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Lake Victoria

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Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, the world’s largest tropical lake, and the world’s second largest fresh water lake by surface area after Lake Superior in North America.

Lake Victoria Birding



Lake Victoria occupies a shallow depression in Africa.

The lake has a maximum depth of between 80 and 84 metres (262 and 276 feet ] and an average depth of 40 metres (130 feet)

 Lake Victoria area is divided among three countries: Kenya (6 per cent or 4,100 square kilometres or 1,600 square miles), Uganda (45 per cent or 31,000 square kilometres or 12,000 square miles), and Tanzania (49 per cent or 33,700 square kilometres or 13,000 square miles

Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile River near Jinja, Uganda, on the lake’s northern shore

Lake Victoria contains over 200 species of fish and the cichlid is the main endemic group. However, many species have become extinct in the last 50 years and scientists estimate that Lake Victoria’s indigenous fish species have decreased by 80%. The Nile perch is Lake Victoria’s most notorious invasive species.

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Lake Victoria Wildlife

           Mammals              

Many mammal species live in the region of Lake Victoria, and some of these are closely associated with the lake itself and the nearby wetlands.

Among these are the hippopotamus, African clawless otter, spotted-necked otter, marsh mongoose, bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck, cane rats, and giant otter shrew

Birding

Lake Victoria has some rare bird species confined to this area

  • Swamp Flycatcher
  • Papyrus Gonolek
  • Black headed Gonolek
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • White-winged Warbler
  • Papyrus Canary
  • Papyrus Yellow Warbler
  • Northern Brown-throated Weaver

Birding in Lake Victoria is done on a boat which takes two to four hours

 

Lake Victoria Photos