Journey to the Source of the Nile: An Extraordinary Quest to Solve the Riddle of the World's Longest River
For centuries, historians and geographers have sought the source of the Nile -- the longest river in the world. It was not until 1858, when John ... Show synopsis For centuries, historians and geographers have sought the source of the Nile -- the longest river in the world. It was not until 1858, when John Hanning Speke "discovered" Lake Victoria, that the mystery was eventually solved. However, confusion reigned and it was not for another 42 years that Speke's claim was finally acknowledged by the Royal Geographical Society and the world at large. Now, with dramatically intimate photographs and the first-hand report of a perilous journey, Christopher Ondaatje brings back startling new evidence not only of the Nile's true source but also of the origins of humankind. All the great Victorian explorations were followed: Burton/Speke; Speke/Grant; Baker; Livingstone; and Stanley. All the theories and claims were researched, and the extraordinary happenings recounted. Journey to the Source of the Nile is the most alarming account of the search for the river's source to appear since Alan Whitehead's The White Nile.