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Lake Victoria in Mwanza

Lake Victoria Mwanza Guide

Lake Victoria Mwanza Guide | Visit Lake Victoria in Tanzania  | Fishing in Lake Victoria  | Where is Lake Victoria  | Beach in Mwanza  | Mwanza Day tours  | Mwanza Safari tours 

Lake Victoria is the largest inland lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world. Covering a surface area of 68 800 square kilometres, this Great African Lake is located in East Central Africa and lies nestled in an ancient basin on the borders of three countries: Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

The mighty lake lies in a shallow depression between the Western and Eastern Rift Valley and is made up of several archipelagos that are shared between the three countries. The two most stunning attractions in the Lake Victoria Basin are Rubondo Island National Park which is the largest island park in Africa and the Ssese Islands which is spectacular archipelago made up of 84 islands.

Lake Victoria supports a thriving fishing and agricultural industry as well as a busy transport industry. Agricultural activities include coffee, maize, tea and coffee farming on either a subsistence or commercial level. There are 500 recorded fish species in Lake Victoria, including the infamous Nile Perch which is an invasive species that was introduced in the 1950s.

A tour of Lake Victoria appeals to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the people of Lake Victoria. The great lake is conveniently located to the major safari game reserves in Tanzania and Uganda and is the perfect add-on destination for people who travel to those regions to see the gorillas or the annual wildebeest migration.

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Mwanza City Guide

Safety in Lake Victoria

Hundreds of thousands of travellers visit Lake Victoria every year despite the fact that certain media sites will tell you it’s one of the most dangerous destinations in Africa.

Why you Should visit Lake Victoria

Why you Shoul visit Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is marketed as ‘The Pearl’ or ‘Pride of Africa’. It’s one of the greatest lakes in the world and is renowned for its spectacular beauty, lush tropical islands and beautiful beachside hotels and resorts.

Facts about Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Facts

Lake Victoria is an African gem. Bordering Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, this expansive body of water stretches into the horizon – appearing more like a sea than a lake.

Mwanza Mini Guide

Mwanza City is located on the southern shore of lake Victoria in Northwest of Tanzania with an area covers about 1325 KM Square by which 900KM Square is covered by water. Mwanza city lies at an altitude of 1,140 meters above the sea level with a sea level between 25.7C – 30.2C during the hot season and temperature falls during the cooler
season up to 16C.


The Mwanza region is occupied by various tribal groups including the wasukuma, the  wakerewe. Wakara and wazinza. Wasukuma tribe is the major tribe occupying Mwanza region. The sukuma are Bantu Ethnic group, they are the largest Ethnic group in Tanzania with an estimated 16% of the country total population. Sukuma means “NORTH” and refers to people of the north”. The sukuma refers themselves as Basukuma (plural) and Nsukuma (singular). They speak Sukuma, which belongs to Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.

Mwanza and Tourism

Tourism remain an important contributor to the economy but it can have negative impacts unless it is properly managed and the conflicting needs of interest groups are
balanced Mwanza is endowed with a lot of attractions, naturally, manmade and cultural attractions. Geographical, Mwanza has an advantage that a person (tourist) can travel to five different countries within few hours and also it is easy and simple way to the wonder land “Serengeti National Park” two hours’ drive from Mwanza. At Mwanza there are some tourist attractions that provide a visitor with a memorable experience for a reasonable admission charge or even for free

Lake Victoria Mwanza Map

Lake Victoria Mwanza Guide FAQ

NO! 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). Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America.


Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that deliver are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. BBQ Tonyt

Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that provide takeout are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. Malaika Restaurant

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 6 Hours to Serengeti.

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Ngorongoro Conservation area is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 10 Hours to Serengeti.

Yes, the driving distance between Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is 242 km. It takes approximately 5h 15m to drive from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park.

The distance between Mwanza and Serengeti National Park is 205 km. The road distance is 242.2 km

More Mwanza Travel Ideas:

Planning your trip? Whether you’re looking for things to do in Mwanza such as events and attractions, key traveller information to make your Mwanza visit run smoothly or are planning where to stay in Mwanza, you’ll find everything you need for your Mwanza holiday on Our Website. Mwanza City Travel guide has the information about latest events not to miss while you visit Mwanza – there’s always something going on, so don’t miss out on the latest exhibitions, shows and more on your trip to Mwanza

Discover the best day trips from Mwanza or try one of the best tours Mwanza and nearby regions. If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Mwanza with kids and find suitable accommodation such as Mwanza holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in Mwanza or planning a longer holiday in Tanzania, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need. 

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