7 Best African Lakes You Should Visit


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Africa has many great freshwater lakes that offer scenic picnic and outdoor adventure opportunities. Interestingly, most of the major lakes you find in Africa have their homes along the East African Rift Valley.

We have listed some of the finest lakes you may want to visit in different parts of the continent.

Africa is home to the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. Most of the major lakes in Africa lie along a continental fault line known as the East African Rift Valley. We have listed some of the lakes you can visit for your adventures and pure relaxation.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha has become one of the favourite places for tourists and locals in Kenya. Whether you want a picnic or a secluded place for your relaxation, Lake Naibasha has become a place to spend your time.

The beautiful lake is fed by the Gilgil and Malewa rivers, and has an underground outlet.  You can find a variety of wildlife around the lake. If you have not experienced a boat safari, you can go on a tour, where you can find vibrant bird life activities.

At Crescent Island Sanctuary, you can find an abundance of wildlife activities, making it a haven for animals and birds.


Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya and is the largest lake in Africa and the world’s second-largest freshwater lake. The lake houses a diverse ecosystem of reefs, species of fish and islands. You can watch birds or fish with the locals for Nile perch.

Are you thinking of the lake to explore hidden tourist destinations? Lake Victoria offers you an opportunity to explore the water world and indulge in great outdoor activities.

Lake Nakuru 

Coming to Lake Nakuru allows you to find amazing wildlife and bird activities. Baboons and warthogs are some of the animals that make their homes here. If you are an Instagram person, Lake Nakuru has numerous spots for your selfies.

The lake offers birds food and makes it a great place for bird watching. For instance, flamingos have their homes here.

You would find at least one million pink flamingos around the lake. People who want to watch these birds and other species would find them in great numbers.


Lake Albert

Some people refer to Lake Albert as Lake Mobutu Sese Seko, Democratic of the Congo, and Uganda borders Lake Albert. In addition, Lake Albert feeds the White Nile River, which makes it a special water world.

The lake is 80 feet in depth and relatively shallow, but is the fourth largest in the Rift Valley.  The forest preserves and wild activities make Lake Albert a special place for your tourist activities, especially at the Murchison Falls National Park.

Lake Tanganyika

Do you know that Lake Tanganyika is the longest and the second deepest lake in the world? Imagine what you can do along the large expanse of this lake.

The lark borders Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania, and the Republic of the Congo. You can visit the lake from any of these countries and each border offers a unique experience.

The blue water lake gives you that Caribbean feeling for your water activities. Lake Tanganyika is one of the best lakes to visit in the world.

Lake Nyasa

Lake Nyasa is similar to Lake Victoria because it is a section of the African Great Lakes system. The lake borders Mozambique, Tanzania, and Malawi. In addition, Lake Nyasa is among the largest lakes if you are in the East African Rift Valley system.

If you want attractions, you can head to this lake or some of the beaches around it.

Lake Kivu 

Lake Kivu is located in West Rwanda, and is the country’s largest lake. In addition, it is the sixth largest in Africa. Coming to the lake leaves you mesmerized with the deep green waters that covers the lake’s surface area and the stepped mountains.


Do you like swimming? You will love this lake with its cool temperature. It is free of Bilharzia, crocodile, and hippopotamus. In addition, coming to Kiva offers you an opportunity to see some beautiful beaches along the lakeshores with fine sands and mild sun to relax.


We have more lakes in Africa that can make your day because of the fun activities that await you.


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