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Lake Victoria

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Lake Victoria

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Lake Victoria is simply huge and its location straddles three countries, bordering Tanzania to the North West, touching the Serengeti National Park. There are a number of options in how to visit and get there but in terms of safaris, Lake Victoria is best seen as part of a Serengeti safari

The entrance gates to the Serengeti are over 300km from Arusha. Arusha is the starting point for most safaris to Serengeti National Park which can be seen after Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is served by its own regional airport (ARK) that can be reached via Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyere International Airport, or the closer by Kilimanjaro International Airport where regular KLM flights from Amsterdam land as well as new Qatar and Turkish Airlines routes.

Alternatively, a shuttle bus can take you from Kenya to Arusha but most safari operators will pick you up at the airport and take you from there.

However, if Lake Victoria is your only interest, the best way for getting there is via Mwanza which lies on its South Eastern shores. Mwanza is well served by its own airports which can be reached from chartered flights from Arusha and is regularly flown to from Dar es Salaam.

The best time of year to visit Lake Victoria depends on your preference. If you are coupling with a Serengeti safari, between December and July is best to witness the great wildebeest migration or between June and October to see more predatory and general game. The Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year however and Lake Victoria is accessible throughout as well. However, Lake Victoria is not the best swimming area and it is advised to take the decision to swim there carefully and with advice as pollution and disease frequent the otherwise marvellous lake.

Lake Victoria Highlights

  • Kisumu city by the lakeside
  • Kakamega Forest National Park
  • Ngamba Island orphaned chimpanzees.
  • Luo tribal Villages: Stay at the Mfangano Island Camp for a guided walking tour of the closest village and the tribe’s prehistoric art tucked deep in nearby caves.
  • Just chilling out by the Lakeside, regardless of the pollution the surrounding areas of the Lake are stunning and the whole site is one to behold in majesty.

Safaris Including Lake Victoria

12 day Northern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

12 day Southern Explorer

12 day Southern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day north Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari we offer. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari includes two wonderful Northern Tanzania national parks, these are Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. You will spend 1 night at budget lodge, at Mto wa Mbu, the village next to Lake Manyara .
2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day budget south Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills Hiking Tour - this includes a cultural tour and a visit to Kilimanjaro base camp.  This trip is perfect for those that want to get a taste of Kilimanjaro and actually get on the mountain, but don’t have the time to attempt the summit. This is combined with a cultural tour where you find out about the tribes that live on this great mountain. Overnight at a lodge on the mountainslopes.
3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 days luxury tented camp Safari from Zanzibar - a great add on for your Zanzibar honeymoon. This is a flight from Zanzibar straight into the Serengeti. This can also be included with a hot air balloon trip. This is a luxury trip using the best camps.
3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari with Ngorongoro Crater. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to northern Tanzania with Lake Manyara and Tarangire and the 8th wonder of the world - Ngorongoro Crater . We offer this safari for camping, lodge or a mixture of the both.
4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee safari - special fly in safari to the home of the Chimpanzees This safari offers a great introduction to the Mahale Mountains the home of chimpanzees in Tanzania
4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Tanzania safari and hiking tour - a perfect short option 1 day safari with 3 days of hiking. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This is a hiking, walking and game drive tour to explore Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, Mount Oldonyo Lengai climb and a visit to Lake Natron. Please note the Ol Doinyo  Lengai is for advanced climbers / hikers.

4 day Mount Meru Climb

4 day hiking / mountain climbing- reach the 3rd highest summit in Africa. Special Offer Mount Meru can be used for an acclimatization before tackling it's big brother Kilimanjaro, but is also a great hike on its own.  Accommodation is in huts

4 day Selous Camping Safari

4 day southern Tanzania safari - this is an adventure safari to the remote Selous Game Reserve. This is available either camping or lodge This Selous Safari is perfect for travelers who wants to make a short visit of Tanzania's most wild nature reserve the massive Selous Game Reserve. The Selous offers great game viewing and also walking safaris and boat safaris.
4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Northern Tanzania safari - a perfect short option safari for travelers to northern Tanzania. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Rather than rushing great distances to see the Serengeti in such a short time we recommend this safari combining the best of Arusha, Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Crater.
5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day History & Beach tour - this visits a UNESCO Site and one of Tanzania's best beaches. Special Offer  This tour includes time on the beautiful Masoko pwani beach as well as a guided tour to the Kilwa Kisiwani UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous safari - travel over 200km through the Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania's largest protected area. This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great view of the Selous, from the mountainous North you follow the river to the eastern boundary where you have a boat safari.
6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar beach & Stonetown- this is a great add on to any safari  - beach time! This tour offers a spice tour on arrival with beach time at some of Zanzibar's greatest beaches and an overnight in Stonetown UNESCO heritage site with a walking tour.
7 day Northern Safari

7 day Northern Safari

7 day northern Tanzania safari - this is our most popular Tanzania Safari. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Our special offer 7 day safari aims to give you a real highlight of northern Tanzania and it’s National Parks; we have combined a mixture of stunning scenery as well as areas with high concentrations and diversities of wildlife.

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Activities In Lake Victoria

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Wildlife In Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Flora & Fauna

This geological history of Lake Victoria probably contributed to the dramatic cichlid speciation that characterizes its ecology, as well as that of other African Great Lakes. However, the introduction of exotic fish species, especially the Nile perch, has altered the freshwater ecosystem of the lake and driven several hundred species of native cichlids to near or total extinction. In the 1950s, a proposal to increase fish catches in the lake by introducing the Nile perch (mbutta or Sangara) was adamantly opposed by scientists who feared that the lack of a natural predator for the non-native species would result in the imminent destruction of the lake’s bountiful ecosystem. They were right, and along with the consequences of overfishing as well as pollution caused by rapid human expansion around the shores, Lake Victoria has suffered.

However, Lake Victoria still has more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most economically important. Tanzania’s part of the lake includes Rubondo Island National Park, a beautiful little island that’s home to hippos, alligators and more than 400 bird species. Saa Nane Island’s craggy landscape teems with monkeys, clawless otters, impala, hyrax and rock rabbits. Uganda’s Ngamba Island provides the opportunity to meet chimpanzees brought to the 100-acre island after being orphaned by the bushmeat trade.

Lake Victoria Vegetation

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Map Of Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Location & Map

Lake Victoria is simply huge and its location straddles three countries, bordering Tanzania to the North West, touching the Serengeti National Park. There are a number of options in how to visit and get there but in terms of safaris, Lake Victoria is best seen as part of a Serengeti safari.

The entrance gates to the Serengeti are over 300km from Arusha. Arusha is the starting point for most safaris to Serengeti National Park which can be seen after Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is served by its own regional airport (ARK) that can be reached via Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyere International Airport, or the closer by Kilimanjaro International Airport where regular KLM flights from Amsterdam land as well as new Qatar and Turkish Airlines routes.

Alternatively, a shuttle bus can take you from Kenya to Arusha but most safari operators will pick you up at the airport and take you from there.

However, if Lake Victoria is your only interest, the best way for getting there is via Mwanza which lies on its South Eastern shores. Mwanza is well served by its own airports which can be reached from chartered flights from Arusha and is regularly flown to from Dar es Salaam.

The best time of year to visit Lake Victoria depends on your preference. If you are coupling with a Serengeti safari, between December and July is best to witness the great wildebeest migration or between June and October to see more predatory and general game. The Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year however and Lake Victoria is accessible throughout as well. However, Lake Victoria is not the best swimming area and it is advised to take the decision to swim there carefully ask where is a safe place.

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