Self Drive Around Lake Victoria – 4×4 Car Hire in East Africa: Car Rental Tanzania.
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In the Lake Victoria drive, we recommend that you start with your rental car in Uganda and end in Uganda to enable enjoy a visit to some of the islands on the lake found within Uganda’s side.
Brief facts about Lake Victoria.
The British explorer John Hanning Speke was the first European to find the lake in the 1850s during his expedition to find the source of the River Nile and decided to dedicate his discovery to Queen and country. Speke believed that the lake was in-fact the source he’d been looking for, and this is now widely accepted as being true (at least, it’s considered to be the main contributor to the ‘Fat River’)
Lake Victoria covers a gigantic area of 26,600 square miles and has a coastline that runs for over 2,000 miles around three countries. It contains approximately 1,000 islands, ranging from tiny spits of land to larger inhabited islets. Each inhabited island has its own character, customs, and history – visitors to Mfangano Island, for example, will be able to see ancient rock paintings made by the Twa (Batwa) people.
Lake Victoria is a haven for wildlife. Alongside a spectacular array of birdlife and wetland animals, such as the clawless otter and sitatunga, the lake has fostered a number of native species. Among these are several types of cichlid, many of which are notable by their vibrantly colored scales. More elusive – or, possibly extinct – is the Lake Victoria Deepwater Catfish. Dwelling at the bottom of the lake, which is 82 metres at its deepest, this little-known catfish is thought to have been brought to near extinction by the introduction of the Nile Perch.
What Makes Lake Victoria Self Drive Special?
Alongside its rich history, cultural wealth, and spectacular wildlife, Lake Victoria is special for being one of only two places in East Africa where it’s possible to watch the sunset over water without being on the coast! Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya is the other.
Standing in the heart of East Africa, Lake Victoria is an enormous mass of water that stretches across countries, cultures, and histories. A visit to the lake offers the chance to explore the diversity of local communities, as well as sight some of Africa’s most prized wildlife. Take a look at how Governor’s Camp can shape your Lake Victoria Experience.
Where to find the bookings
We can also advise you on where to find discounted Safari lodges and camps in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and National Park campsite reservations, as well as how to make National Park reservations and how to find the best flight options at discounted rates to airports in East Africa.