Lake Victoria & the Islands

Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza is 68,870 km² in size, making it the largest lake of Africa, the largest tropical lake in the world, and the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area. With a maximum depth of about 80 m, and an average depth of half that, or approximately 40 m, Lake Victoria ranks as the seventh largest freshwater lake by volume. 

 Parks & places

Safaris featuring this park

Lake Victoria is the source of the longest branch of the Nile river, the White Nile. The lake lies within an elevated plateau in the western part of Africa's Great Rift Valley and is subject to territorial administration by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

There are more than 3,000 islands within Lake Victoria, many of which are inhabited but some of them are becoming a popular destination for tourists. The Ugandan part is probably the most attractive.


  • The Ssese Islands: In the north-western section of Lake Victoria east of Masaka are the Ssese Islands. The 84 lush equatorial Ssese Islands form worlds of their own. Their forests are teeming with wildlife, delightful empty beaches and friendly islanders.

  • Ngamba Island – Chimp Sanctuary – Jane Goodall  Institute: Ngamba Island is located in Lake Victoria, 23 kms South-East of Entebbe. The island provides an ideal environment (97 acres - 45 ha) for the chimps  confiscated by authorities from poachers and animal dealers.

  • Bulago Island: Is a 500 acre private Island in Lake Victoria with a beach resort, an excellent place for a few days relaxation.

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