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The week that Sammi, the Palliative Care Pharmacist, and Jenna, the Palliative Care Physician Fellow were here, we took a day trip to Jinja, the Source of the Nile River- the same one that flows to Eygpt, which was extra interesting since Sammi is Eygptian. See below for some of the beautiful sites we saw along the way.
The pictures above are of a bamboo forest. There is green and yellow bamboo- isn’t it lovely? These were taken at Ssezibwa Falls. After going to the Falls, we headed on to Jinja. We went to the Kingfisher Resort where we charted a little boat that took us on a ride to the Source of the Nile River.
We had to take off our shoes and wade through the water over very sharp and slippery rocks to get to the sign that is posted right at the Source. There used to be a waterfall here, Ripon Falls, but the Hydroelectric Dam that was built in 1954 to provide power to all of Uganda, the Owens Falls Dam, eliminated the waterfall. You can’t really tell that there are 2 bodies of water coming together here at first glance but there is a spring that comes up from the ground to merge with Lake Victoria which becomes the Nile River. If you throw a piece of branch into the water at the juncture of the lake and the underground spring, you can see the that the branch will circle around and flow into the Lake to the right before it continues to flow down the river to the left. This is contrary to what you would expect since all the water appears to be flowing down the river to the left of you at this point. This point where there used to be a waterfall was discovered to be the source of the Nile River that flows all the way to Egypt by John Hanning Speke, an officer in the British Indian Army in 1862.