Since the discovery of the River Nile Researchers and Geologists are still debating whether Lake Victoria of Uganda or River Akagera in Rwanda is the source of the Nile.
Many claims that Victoria is not the source of the Nile because it has many feeders.
While still many explorers still debate that the river is River Nile but there are sources indicating that Nyungwe forest has the source of the Nile.
In March 2006, a group of researchers announced a finding that they had followed the Nile to its remotest point using Global Positioning System (GPS) and concluded that Rukarara River, a tributary of Nyabarongo River, originated in a muddy pool deep in the Nyungwe Forest.
Historically, the river is considered the longest in the world nonetheless others suggest that the Amazon River is slightly longer.
In 1959, John Speke, who had by then recovered from Malaria, set off in command of a small party and in August came upon what he later described as “a vast expanse” of the “pale-blue waters” of the northern lake. He named it Lake Victoria and believed, correctly, that it was the source of the Nile.
Until recently, scientists have been recommending Lake Victoria’s waters to be flowing through Rippon Falls, which Speke had claimed as the source (the former falls are now submerged due to a dam), then into Lake Albert. The White Nile flows directly out of Lake Albert.
According Richard Burton Lake Victoria claims as a source of River Nile was left with no convincing evidence.
Burton believed that the true source was more likely to be Lake Tanganyika. But Speke got back to England in May 1859 before Burton, and announced that he had found the source of the Nile. Burton felt belittled and was infuriated by Speke’s account of the expedition in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.
Point believed to be the source of River Nile.
According to Alexandra, River Akagera forms part of the upper headwaters of the Nile and carrying water from its most distant source.
The waters of the Akagera are thus provided by two major tributaries, the Nyabarongo of Rwanda, which feeds lake Rweru, and the Ruvubu of Burundi. It is said that the tributary of the Akagera flows from the north in Nyungwe therefore a source of the Nile.
The White Nile is considered to be the headwaters and primary stream of the Nile itself. The Blue Nile, however, is the source of most of the water, containing 80% of the water and silt. The White Nile is longer and rises in the Great Lakes region. It begins from Uganda Lake Victoria, and continues through South Sudan, Ethiopia and then in Egypt as it powers its waters in the Mediterranean Sea.