Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika

Established -1960

Size- 32,900 km²

Location: Western edge of Tanzania

The shores of the Lake connect four countries Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic Of Congo. The shipping line connects Kigoma (Tanzania), Kalemie (Zaire) and other coastal towns as an essential part of the inland traffic system of East Africa.

The Lake also boarders Mahale Mountain National Park, famous for the presence of abundant number of chimpanzees.  The Lake dazzles for its crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches.

The Lake is home an exceptional variety of colourful fishes, nearly 300 species of fish of which an incredible 98% are unique to the lake. Most notable are the colourful cichlids.

Sport fishing is very popular activities that can be done here including the goliath tiger-fish and Nile perch. Crocodiles inhabit most of the shoreline,

The fertile circulating surface water, although not tidal, provides abundant plankton for its inhabitants.  So indirectly it also helps both the local and export markets.

Lake Tanganyika At A Glance

Enjoy a good facts - here are a few useful ones about Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is a tranquil destination with a friendly populace.

Due to a moderate equatorial climate, Lake Tanganyika can be visited almost all round the year. However, June to September is best for enjoying all the activities.

The longest freshwater lake in the world at 660 kilometres

The water is warm and there is a large variety of beautifully coloured fish to see.

Hugely popular for diving with great visibility and a wide variety of fish

Enjoy sailing, swimming, boating, wakeboarding, kitesurfing and waterskiing

Many aquatic critters can be seen such as otters, freshwater crabs, speckled eels and freshwater jellyfish (harmless).



scuba diving

Lake game viewing


Like other national parks, travelling to Lake Tanganyika is also safe. Although some health concerns are necessary to follow, like mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET, antimalaria medication and covering the skin during the evening time.

Most importantly you need to follow the instructions of your guide in your whole trip.

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