History of Ribbon Fall

Ribbon Falls is located at the northern end of the Lake Victoria in Uganda, it was formerly considered as the source of river Nile, back in 1862 John Hanning Speke was the first European to follow the course of the Nile downstream right after discovering the falls.
The measure of the lake is about 900 feet (5 meters) high and 900 feet (275 meters) wide, the waterfalls into a narrow opening and some people believes it’s where the river Nile starts.


The lake was named after George Robinson who was the president of the royal geographical society during 1859.
It was functioned as a natural outlet for Lake Victoria until in 1954 as the construction of Owen Falls Dam was structured, extending Lake Victoria and submerging Ripon Fall.  
The Owen Falls dam was completed in 1968 with eight supplementary units.


Owen Falls Dam is also known as Nalubaale Dam by the locals, it consists of a concrete gravity dam with a close-coupled intake powerhouse unit, it controls the Lake Victoria outflows through a series of 10 turbines and 6 sluices in the dam.
When the dam is fully opened, 6 sluices provide a spill capacity about 1200 cumecs, initially equipped with two 15 units.

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