One of the Great African Lakes
Did you know that the lake was originally known to the Arabs as Ukerewe? However, it was eventually renamed by explorer John Hanning Speke in honour of Queen Victoria of England. This naming came about during an expedition with Richard Francis Burton to find the source of the Nile.
Largest tropical lake in the world!
Covering an area of 68,800 square kilometres, the lake is the largest one in Africa! Lake Vic is shared between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. In addition to being the largest in Africa, this lake also bears the title of the largest tropical lake in the world. It’s also the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. That’s what we call an impressive medal collection! Only Lake Superior in North America manages to beat Lake Victoria and takes the prize for the largest lake in the world. More than these beautiful titles, Lake Victoria is best known as the source of the longest branch of the Nile: the White Nile.
200 fish species
The shores are largely populated by the fisherman who relies upon the biodiversity of the lake for both food and income. Fun fact: Lake Victoria is home to more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most important for the economy.
A real off-the-beaten-track destination
Good news: Tanzania’s part of the lake still attracts few visitors and therefore offers many activities for people who like to travel off-the-beaten-track. The cities of Mwanza and Musoma are full of history and culture: from the Sukumu – the largest tribe in Tanzania – in Mwanza, to the Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere Museum in Musoma. Also, there is Rubondo Island National Park in the southwest of the lake. This park comprises the island of Rubondo and several other small islands. The park includes elephants, giraffes, hippos, chimpanzees, pythons, bushbucks, and crocodiles. What the park is best known for is the rare and endangered Sitatunga, a swimming antelope.