Africa's beautiful lakes

2013-04-29 08:11
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Africa, known as the mother continent has an abundance of beautiful lakes. Whether your choice of adventure is canoeing, swimming, fishing or cruising on a boat.

Here are the best five we have selected...

1. Lake Tanganyika is an Africa’s Great Lake. It’s estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume and the second deepest, in both cases, after only Lake Baikal in the south of the Russian region of Siberia. It is also the world's longest freshwater lake. Tanganyika is divided among four countries, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Zambia. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean. Attractions close to this amazing body of water are the Mahale Mountains, Tanzania’s most isolated park.

2. Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, it is also the ninth largest in the world. The lake is reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than any other body of freshwater, including more than 1 000 species of cichlids. In this beautiful lake, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun, you can relax in a hammock on the lake shore, walk along the banks or even potter about in boats, and you can even take an unhurried fishing trip or swim with fish of every colour imaginable.

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3. Lake Kariba is the world's largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume, lying 1 300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its north-eastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. You can visit Victoria Falls, go bungee jumping close to the smoke that thunders or connect with animals in the region which includes a safari on elephant’s back.

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4. Lake Victoria was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom by John Hanning Speke, the first European to discover this lake. It is the largest of all African Lakes, is also the second widest freshwater body in the world. Its extensive surface belongs to the three countries; the northern half to Uganda, the southern half to Tanzania, and part of the northeastern sector to Kenya.  Along its many isles, especially the Sesse Group, are known for their beautiful landscape, health resorts and sightseeing places.

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5. Lake Chad is located mainly in the far west of Chad, bordering on north eastern Nigeria. The Chari river, fed by its tributary the Logone, provides over 90% of Lake Chad's water, with a small amount coming from the Yobe River in Nigeria. If you’re into fishing, this is the ultimate destination as it is widely known for being highest among Africa's producers of inland freshwater fish.

Photo: Wikipedia

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