December 17, 1937. Jinja, Uganda: The birth of the Nile Here the river begins its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea. In the foreground is the undisturbed water of Lake Victoria, soon to tumble over the first of a long series of falls. Jinja lies at the right, and the railroad bridge is seen in the background. Note the golf course along the bank. 6200 feet. 16:30.