Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest of the Great Lakes of Eastern Africa, the second deepest and the longest lake of the world. Lake Tanganyika is outstanding for its extraordinary north south extension 700 kilometres and depth 1,436 metres. The lake borders Zambia, Tanzania, DR Congo and Burundi.  The main means of survival include subsistence and commercial fishing, cross border trading and subsistence farming.  The Lake is a home of over 214 species of native fishes.

Wildlife

Cichlids, glimpse of otters, speckled eels, catfish, burrowing clams and freshwater crabs, In the deeper water you may well spot some of the larger fish – kuhe and sangala pamba or even the Lake Tanganyika jellyfish

Rivers on the lake

There are 26 rivers that flow into Lake Tanganyika and only one that is the Lukuga River that flows out.

Tourist activities

Swimming

Boat riding

Fishing

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Lake Tanganyika

The longest and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Tanganyika is part of a lake chain in the Great Rift Valley of Africa. The lake is 660 kilometers long and has a depth of 4,710 feet and is located 45 kilometers from Bujumbura Town and has latitudes/longitudes of 3°21′-8°51’S/29°04′-31°12’E with an altitude of 773 meters above sea level. It is shared by Burundi, Democratic Republic Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. Of the lake’s shoreline perimeter, 9 percent is in Burundi, 43 percent is in D.R. Congo, 36 percent is in Tanzania, and 12 percent is in Zambia. The lake has more than 2000 species of fish over half of which are endemic to the Tanganyika Basin and supports 1,000,000 fisheries livelihoods.

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