Largest Lake in Africa
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the third largest freshwater reservoir in the world. It also ranks as the largest tropical lake of the world. This lake covers an area of 68,800 sq km (26,600 sq miles). Kagera River is its primary inflow and White Nile (river) is its primary out flow. It gets 80% of its water from direct flow of the participants. Maximum length of the lake is 337 km while maximum width is 250 km. The most shallow depression of this lake is 84 meters deep and its shoreline is 4828 km long crossing from three countries. The total volume of water in this lake is estimated to be 2750 cubic kilometers. This largest lake in Africa was named by John Henning after the name of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
This lake is located in the western part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and it is also among one of the major sources for water supply in the legendary river The Nile. A huge number of people who play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance populate the surroundings of this lake. The lake has high rate of evaporation due to its location on the equator, as the temperature near the equator remains hot.
This lake is also know for its beauty and natural scenic looks. There are lots of isles in the lake which triplicate its beauty and make it one of the most beautiful travel destination in the world. Few of the isles like Sesse group has much fun related stuff for the tourists like sightseeing natural places, health resorts and landscapes. There are certain pollution threats as well which are faced by this lake. The growing population around the lake has contaminated its water, and for this reason this fresh water of this lake is changing gradually to polluted water.