Few people have written more books on or travelled more extensively in the Nile Basin than Tvedt. His “Nile Quest” is a three-hour documentary on his travels from the Mediterranean to the sources of the White and the Blue Niles, narrating the long history of the river on his way (see below and available on Amazon.) The River Nile in the Age of the British (2004), hardback and paperback editions were published by IB Tauris (London) and American University Press (Cairo) and translated into Arabic in 2018. He edited The River Nile in the Post-Colonial Age with contributions from researchers from the Nile basin countries. The Nile. The River of History became a rare non-fiction best-seller in Norway and is translated into English, German, Dutch and Serbian. Finally –  his three volumes of bibliographies on the Nile (about 3000 entries) and the two volume bibliography on Southern Sudan (2004), about 7000 entries registering all literature in all disciplines on Southern Sudan from 1850 to 2002 – should be mentioned. See also the edited books and the great number of articles and chapters he has published in scientific journals and books.

Together these works is a contribution to our knowledge of the history of the Nile and the peoples that live in its basin. See also his entry on the Nile in the Oxford Encyclopedia Britannica, African History (2017).


The Nile in Egypt – an itroduction

Desert and river in Nubia, Sudan

«Draining the swamp» – the Jonglei Project

Up the White Nile to Murchison Falls in Uganda

Flying helicopter up the Blue Nile Valley, Ethiopia


Taking the colonial railway to the Nile lake, Kenya

The Nile – a World River, Rome

The Nile has intrigued historians and poets since the days of the Pharaohs; this most famous river has been the subject of hundreds of poems and thousands of books, from Herodotus and Virgil and the travel notes of Islamic scholars and European novelists to the many modern books about Nile geology, hydrology, dams and politics. The Nile basin was home to many polities, and more than thousand language groups, two world religions and other African religions, Arabs and Africans, Western empires and Muslim states. No international river basin has a longer or more complex and eventful history of water politics than the Nile’s. The deep, silent and almost ‘timeless’ connections between river and culture and river and society have affected both the societies in the Nile basin and the river itself, and it is this story that has fascinated Tvedt and he has described in his work.


‘In the Nile Basin the past is in the present and the present in the past, but nobody can escape the impact of the Nile’s power and its history.’ The River Nile in the Age of the British, p. 326.