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is the second largest freshwater lake in the world, with a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres. It is however remarkably shallow for its size, never reaching more than 80 metres in depth.
This section focused on the part of the lake which lies offshore from Kenya. Please refer to the Tanzania Northwest
sections for other parts of the lake.
The lake has had a rather turbulent ecological history in recent decades. Fifty years ago the introduction of Nile perch proved an enormous boon to fishing, whilst at the same time wiping out over 300 endemic fish species. In more recent times an introduced water hyacinth expanded to completely choke large areas of the lake and only huge investment by the World Bank has managed to bring this under control.
Although the villages along the lake are interesting enough, it is the fishing which is the main attraction.
Despite its proximity to the Maasai Mara
and the ease with which the two areas can be connected by light aircraft, it is very rare for our guests to want to visit this area.Mfangano Island Lodge
... is probably the best of the limited accommodation options.
Most visitors to this Lake Victoria area tend to stay for 2 to 3 nights, usually in combination with popular Kenyan safari areas such as Maasai Mara
, as well as time down on the Kenya Coast