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List Of Lakes In Africa By Size

List Of Lakes In Africa By Size

How many lakes are in Africa? According to the WORLDLAKE data- base, there are 677 lakes in Africa, with 88 of them listed as principal lakes (see Appendix). Although lakes are a source of livelihoods in most African societies, they are also a major source of natural disas- ters, tropical diseases and pandemics.

What is A Lake In Africa ?

Lake is a large body of water that is entirely surrounded by land. Lake water can be fresh or more rarely salty or saline.

Which one is largest lake in Africa?

Lake Victoria, also called Victoria Nyanza, largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km).

Which country has many lakes in Africa?

RankCountryNumber of Lakes% of total number of lakes in Africa
1Uganda6910%
2Kenya649.5%
3Cameroon598.7%
4Tanzania497.2%
5Ethiopia466.8%
6South Africa375.5%
7Rwanda294.3%
8Ghana294.3%
9Morocco263.8%
10Madagascar253.7%
11Egypt162.4%
12Nigeria162.4%
13Mali152.2%
14Tunisia152.2%
15Democratic Republic of Congo152.2%
16Malawi131.9%
17Botswana121.8%
18Gabon81.2%
19Others135<20%
20Total677100%

The 7 major lakes in Africa

The African great lakes consist of seven lakes that span countries in East, South and Central Africa. These lakes are lake Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi, Turkana, Albert, Kivu and Edward in order of size.

lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes. Though having multiple local language names, the lake was renamed after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke, the first Briton to document it in 1858, while on an expedition with Richard Francis Burton.

Which country owns Lake Victoria? The lake’s area is divided among three countries: Kenya occupies 6% (4,100 km2 (1,600 sq mi)), Uganda 45% (31,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)), and Tanzania 49% (33,700 km2 (13,000 sq mi)). The lake includes many species of fish that inhabit nowhere else, especially cichlids.

Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is the second-oldest freshwater lake in the world, the second-largest by volume, and the second-deepest, in all cases after Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is the world’s longest freshwater lake. 

In which country is Lake Tanganyika? Located in Central Africa on the borders of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Burundi, Lake Tanganyika stretches approximately 676 km long and 50 km wide. With a maximum depth of 1470 m and an area of 32 900 km² , Tanganyika is the second deepest and the fifth largest lake on the planet.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 

Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, in northern Kenya, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake.

Lake Albert

Lake Albert, formerly known as Lake Mwitanzige and Lake Mobutu Sese Seko, is a lake located in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is Africa’s seventh-largest lake, as well as the second biggest of Uganda’s Great Lakes.

Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

Lake Edward

Lake Edward or Lake Rutanzige is one of the smaller African Great Lakes. It is located in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, with its northern shore a few kilometres south of the equator.

eastern AfricaLake Edward, French Lac Édouard, one of the great lakes of the Western Rift Valley in eastern Africa. It lies astride the border of Congo (Kinshasa) and Uganda at an elevation of 2,992 feet (912 m) and is 48 miles (77 km) long and 26 miles (42 km) wide.

Which is the largest lake in West Africa?

The largest lake in West Africa is Lake Chad, which itself is in the nation of Chad. Lake Chad is very large but also very shallow.

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