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Category: Lakes, Local time: 02:30:58, Altitude: 1134m

Victoria Lake, also known as Ukerewe, is situated in the centre of Africa , in the East African Plateau. It spans borders of three states – Kenya , Uganda and Tanzania . Victoria Lake is the world’s second largest freshwater lake. Its area of 68,800 km² makes it the biggest lake in Africa .


Victoria Lake is situated in the altitude of 1134 m. The total water volume is 2,650 km³. An average depth of the lake is 40 m and its maximum reaches 80 m. The lake is 320 km long and 275 km wide. The natives live from diamond and gold mining and from growing coffee, tea, cotton and bananas. A special fish species lives in the lake called Tilapia. The lake was discovered for Europeans in 1858 by the English explorer John Speke who named it after Queen Victoria.


Tourists are strongly discouraged to swim in the lake because of blood flukes, parasites causing serious diseases.

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GPS: -0.9393, 32.9425
Altitude: 1134 m
Last update: Nov 10, 2012 10:25:47 AM

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