Lake Victoria which is known as Nam Lolwe in Luo speaking people and Victoria Nyanza in Bantu speaking people is one of the African Great Lakes. The Lake Victoria was named by John Hanning Speke, the first European to identify this lake. The lake has got a surface area of 68,800km2, it is also the biggest lake by area in Africa, and it is the biggest tropical lake on the earth. Lake Victoria is the planet’s second-biggest freshwater lake by surface area; only Lake Superior in North America is bigger. Regarding its volume, it is the ninth biggest continental lake in the world, and it holds around the range of 2,750km3 of water.
Lake Victoria gets its water essential from direct precipitation and many other small streams. The biggest stream streaming into this lake is the Kagera River, the mouth of which found on the lake’s western shore. Two rivers leave the lake, the White Nile streams out at Jinja, Uganda on the lake’s north shore, and the Katonga River streams out at Lukaya on the western shore connecting the Lake Victoria to Lake George.
The lake occupies a shallow depression in Africa and has the greatest profundity of 84 m (276 ft) and average profundity of 40 m (130 ft). Its catchment area covers 184,000sq km. The Lake Victoria has a shoreline of 4,828 km, with islands constituting 3.7% of this length, and the lake is shared by three east African countries: Kenya (6% or 4,100 km2 or 1,600 sq mi), Uganda (45% or 31,000 km2 or 12,000 sq mi) and Tanzania (49% or 33,700 km2 or 13,000 sq mi).
Tourism in Uganda
Uganda is now one of the world’s best tourist destinations, because of its variety of wildlife, unique cultures beside all that Uganda is one of three countries on earth where the endangered rare mountain gorillas are found. These unique species are only found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwestern part of Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in the northwestern part of Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda offers different tourist activities include Uganda gorilla safaris which is mainly done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and many other interesting activities like wildlife tours, white water rafting, cultural tours and game drives in different national parks in the country like the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Kibale Forest National Park which is also famous for chimpanzee tracking and the 12 species of primates.