Discover Africa Great Lakes

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Africa is home to Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world among other prominent lakes. Most of these lakes lie in the East African Rift Valley, which is a continental fault line that runs through the south eastern area of Africa. This line creates a scheme of deep lakes collectively called Africa Great Lakes. Fossils dating back to over a million years ago have been discovered in this range of lakes. Visit any of the lakes in the Africa Great Lakes region and enjoy fun water activities and excursions.

Here are major lakes in the Africa Great Lakes region:

Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is not only the largest lake in Africa but also the second largest fresh water lake in the world. It is surrounded by Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya with Tanzania having the largest share. Fishermen around Lake Victoria region usually look for tilapia, herons, kingfishers, sandpipers, and tilapia along other fish species. Top things to do around Lake Victoria include guided boat rides and a visit to Mfangano Island, which hosts diverse bird species. If you are a history enthusiast, you will enjoy visiting Rusinga Island, an area that has fossils as old as 18 million years as well as the first complete skull of Proconsul, the early man.


Sunset at Lake Victoria

Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika is among the top 10 largest freshwater lakes in the world. It is also the second deepest lake on earth. The lake cuts across Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lake Tanganyika’s clean and clear waters make it excellent for scuba diving adventures. Katavi and Mikumi National Parks, which are situated on the lake shores, have excellent spots for chimpanzee viewing.

Lake Nyasa
Lake Nyasa, also called Lake Malawi, is the third largest lake in the East African Rift Valley. The lake is bordered by Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. Fishing villages around the lake fish the Redbreast tilapia and Kampango fish among other species, which are vital to the area’s economy. Accommodation near Lake Malawi shores is easy to find as the area has excellent lodges. Tourists can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, and kayaking in the lake.

Lake Albert
Lake Albert, sometimes known as Lake Mobutu Sese Seko, is the seventh largest lake in Africa. Situated in the Rift Valley, the lake is a source of the Nile River. It shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Fun things to do at Lake Albert on the Ugandan side include bird watching, fossil hunting, horseback riding, and fossil hunting, cycling and taking tours to nearby fishing villages. Tourists will also enjoy visiting Murchison Falls National Park and forest reserves around the lake.

Flock of sea gulls and pelicans at Lake Albert

Flock of sea gulls and pelicans at Lake Albert

Lake Turkana
Lake Turkana, formerly called Lake Rudolf, is situated in the Kenyan Rift Valley. It is the world’s largest alkaline lake and permanent desert lake. The lake is also the fourth largest salt lake in the world. Lake Turkana National Parks are now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thus they are worth a visit. The parks include Central Island National Park and South Island National Park, and Sibiloi National Park. Hominid fossils were discovered in abundance around Lake Turkana.

Explore Africa Great Lakes region today to discover its rich history and engage in fun water activities.

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