Published on: November 9, 2022

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Why in news?  

A plane operated by Tanzania’s Precision Air crash-landed into Lake Victoria on approach to the lakeside city of Bukoba


  • Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, the world’s largest tropical lake, and the world’s second-largest fresh water lake by surface area after Lake Superior in North America.
  • In terms of volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s ninth-largest continental lake .Lake Victoria occupies a shallow depression in Africa.
  • The lake’s area is divided among three countries: Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
  • The lake was renamed after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke,
  • The lake is home to many species of fish which live nowhere else, especially
  • Invasive fish, such as the Nile perch, have driven many endemic species to extinction.
  • The Kagera River is the largest river flowing into this lake, with its mouth on the lake’s western shore. Lake Victoria is drained solely by the Nile River