Lake Victoria Africa
Take a voyage to the Africa’s most stunning and spectacular historical landmarks―Lake Victoria! Located in the east central part of the country and sharing borders with nations like Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.
Lake Victoria was first discovered by a British Indian Army officer John Speke in the year 1858. Also known as Victoria Nyanza, the 68,800 km wide lake has dotingly derived its name from then Queen of England – Queen Victoria.
In recent years, tourism activities in Lake Victoria Africa have increased due to the improvement of infrastructure around the lake basins.
Good roads, mostly from the Kenyan side and an increased investment in hospitality industry have seen the number of tourists visiting Lake Victoria region shoot upwards.
The number of world class resorts being set up in the Lake region has made the Lake transform from a traditional fishing point where most of the Islands surrounding the Lake are now dotted with private resorts, game lodges and beautiful hotels that offer tourists an atmosphere to die for!
The Lake Victoria region is now one of the most popular destinations in East Africa due to its untapped island fossils sites and the general quiet and private atmosphere that offers peace and tranquility.
The number of picnic sites that are coming up such as the Bridge Island and Rusinga fossil sites (In the Kenyan part of the Lake) where the oldest skull was found by renowned archaeologist Dr Leakey and indeed the beautiful Lake itself, which is a great game fishing point.
Lake Victoria Africa as of now has more than 170 tourists sites and a quite a substantial number of heritage sites that outnumber other tourism circuits thanks to the 50 world class resorts set up along the Lake and the many Islands surrounding Lake Victoria.
The National Botanical Gardens located in Entebbe on the shores of lake Victoria are expansive gardens, thick with rain forests are a treat for the eye. You will came across a myriad of monkeys, squirrels and birds there. As a matter of fact a local guide informed me that approximately 115 species of birds could be found in these incredible botanical gardens of Entebbe, Uganda.
These gardens which are present on the shores of Africa’s mightiest lake are one of Uganda’s most often visited tourist attractions. For one thing, they are easy accessible.
It was a very short ride from the airport to the Entebbe gardens. Secondly, there is a multitude of both woodland and country species out there.
I felt lost among them. They were just so beautiful and numerous and a couple of hours went by stealthily without me even noticing them.
My guide also kept filling me in with the details of this national garden of Uganda. He informed me that orange weaver and the sun birds were the garden’s key birds.
Undeniably they were a piece of art. He also informed me that this botanical garden of Uganda was noted for its patch of thick rain forest.
This ruminate pocket of rain forest mesmerized me with the variety of nature present in it. I came across Vervet monkeys, Diederik cuckoos, African fish eagle, Angola swallow, wattle- eye etc.
In fact there were hundreds of species, more than my eyes could take in. My birding binoculars which my guide had advised me to keep along with me came in really handy though.
For more information about the lake check out these Lake Victoria facts.
Parks such as: Musoma, Tanzania: Lie on the east shores of Lake Victoria Africa and are located near the Kenyan Boarder.
Tourists will enjoy the cultural and vibrant life of the local people. The views of the lake feature many varieties of boats, from large ferries and transport barges to ngalawa fishing boats and dugout canoes.
This majestic lake has a great wetland surface that offers birdwatchers a wonderful expedition where they can observe the island fish eagles running a spectacular scene diving from high above into the lake water to catch their prey.
Wildlife around Lake Victoria are naturally drawn here by the abundance of lush wetlands,water and food.
Different hotels, lodges and resorts organize game drives for their clients. Alternatively, tourists can liaise with local tourist companies and hire a guide to take them around the Lake Victoria region and benefit from seeing some of the wildlife in the area and how they co-exist with human life.
Travel to Uganda’s many Safari parks including Queen Elizabeth Safari, Bwindi Impenetrable safari, Mgahinga Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Rwenzori Mountains Kidepo Valley, and Lake Mburo.Also visit the Ssese Islands and Entebbe on Lake Victoria.