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Travel and Tours in Africa Guide

Africa has rivers that flow east, west, north and south. It is the only continent with this distinction. There are rivers flowing through deserts while others wind their way through dense forests. Some of Africa’s rivers rush down from the highlands and create spectacular waterfalls. The next time you travel in Africa, take time to see some of the continent’s fascinating rivers.

Any talk of rivers in Africa must begin with the river Nile. This is the longest river in the world and one of the most famous. The Nile has two sources, Lake Tana in Ethiopia and Lake Victoria on the border of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is also the only river in the world that flows north. Any traveler would have a really unique adventure if they followed the Nile through most of east Africa, past the pyramids in Egypt and empties in the Mediterranean Sea.

Another of Africa’s most popular rivers is the Zambezi. The Zambezi River rages south out of the southeastern African nation of Zambia, wends its way through Mozambique and empties into the Indian Ocean. Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls lies on this river. The great Kariba Dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects is also on this incredible east African river.

South Africa’s Limpopo River is another must see. The Limpopo runs along South Africa’s northeastern border with Zimbabwe, through Mozambique and carries its waters into the Indian Ocean. It travels over one thousand miles in all, slaking the thirst of thousands of people and many exotic animals in three southeast African nations on its way to the ocean.

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