The Great Lakes
With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and is also the largest tropical lake in the world.
This “inland sea” is the source of the Nile, with over 200 species of fish. For those wanting to get off the beaten track and visit the archipelago of Victoria.
One of the Rift Valley lakes on the western boundary of Tanzania, the lake has volcanic forested highlands on its eastern shore, home to wild but habituated chimpanzee families. A stay at Lake Tanganyika is a unique experience – chimpanzee tracking and observation in the forests, as well as white sand beaches with crystal clear waters of the lake to enjoy. Many of the species of fresh water fish used in aquariums are endemic to the lake.
It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest.
The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and the DRC (40%) possessing the majority of the lake. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.