Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes. Though having multiple local language names, the lake was renamed after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke.

The lake is shared by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, and is the world’s largest tropical lake and the second-largest freshwater lake and is a must-see on your safari to this part of the country. The mighty lake lies in a shallow depression between the Western and Eastern Rift Valley and is made up of several archipelagos that are shared between the three countries.

Lake Victoria supports a thriving fishing and agricultural industry as well as a busy transport industry. Agricultural activities include coffee, maize, tea and coffee farming on either subsistence or commercial level.

Rubondo Island National Park is located in Tanzania in the southwestern portion of Lake Victoria. The park is made up of the famous Rubondo Island and a collection of 11 smaller islands. Coving an area of 456 square kilometres of land and water surface area, it is known as the largest island park in Africa. There is a good range of big game on the forested island, including elephant, chimpanzee and giraffe, and around 400 species of birds.

Rubondo Island is also home to the rare and highly endangered Sitatunga, which is an amphibious antelope that hides and camouflages itself in the thick marshes around the lake.

Best time to visit: all year round


  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Rubondo Island
  • Fishing

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