Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

LOCATED
–     At approx. 380km from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     1134m

AREA
–     68800km²

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     A Big variety in Kisumu Town

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 5 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Fishing, Boat Trips, Mfangano Island

Named after Queen Victoria by explorer John Hanning Speke, Lake Victoria is the setting for a safari holiday that’s about as far away from it all as you can possibly get. At Kenya’s Western frontier lies the great expanse of Lake Victoria. This massive lake, commonly known as Nyanza, is twice the size of Wales, and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It’s the world’s second largest freshwater lake but the largest tropical lake and is the magical source of the Nile. A century ago European explorers risked their lives to claim this prize for their Empires. It was famed as the pearl of Africa. The Lake is rich in fish and birdlife (fish eagles, kingfishers and pelicans), its islands lush and verdant. The deep blue waters, where you can see the playful otters, support an abundant ecosystem. The chance to catch the giant Nile perch draws many; the Nile perch is the king of the lake’s fish. It can grow to 1.8 meters (6 feet) long, weigh 140 kgs (300 pounds). Its shores are lined with groves of banana trees and fishing villages where you will always be greeted with a friendly smile and a wave. The lake is the heart of the African continent, the source of its mightiest river, the Nile. This mighty body of water is rich in fish life, with shimmering shoals of colourful cichlids and large Nile Perch. Lake Victoria receives its water primarily from direct precipitation and thousands of small streams. The largest stream flowing into this lake is the Kagera River.

 

 

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