Lake Victoria on the left and a promenade with grass and palm trees on the right

Lake Victoria

Written by: Dana Leidel Last updated at: June 26, 2024

Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and the largest lake in Africa. It was "discovered" in 1858 by the British explorer John Hanning Speke (for the western world) and named after the British Queen Victoria, who ruled at that time. It has an area of about 68,000 km² and supplies water to the Nile River. Uganda shares Lake Victoria with the states of Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda has a share of 45% of the lake's surface. In the lake there are a lot of islands, which are covered with forests and from which you have a beautiful view of the lake. Uganda's international airport is also located in the city of Entebbe, which is situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria.

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