Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area. It covers a massive surface area of 68,800 km2 (26,600 sq mi). However, it is a relatively shallow lake with a maximum depth of 84 meters (276 ft) and average depth of 40 meters (130 ft). The lake is an important source of fresh water and an important fishery; the introduced Nile perch is exported to many different countries. The lake was named after Queen Victoria by explorer John Hanning Speke, who was the first European to discover the lake. Continue reading to find out where this important lake is located.
Where is Lake Victoria located?
Lake Victoria is located on the continent of Africa and it is divided among 3 African countries. Kenya has 6% of the lake, Uganda has 45% and Tanzania has the largest share with 49%. The lake is located close to the equator on the eastern side of Africa, with most of the lake in the Southern Hemisphere.
The largest stream that flows into the lake is the Kagera River, but the majority of the water in the lake come from rainfall and thousands of small streams. The largest river that flows out of the lake is the White Nile, also known as the Victoria Nile. The White Nile is one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River.