Lake Tanganyika

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Lake Tanganyika


Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is the second-oldest freshwater lake in the world, the second-largest by volume, and the second-deepest, in all cases after Lake Baikal in Siberia.It is the world’s longest freshwater lake.The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and DRC (40%) possessing the majority of the lake. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.Lake Tanganyika is situated within the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, and is confined by the mountainous walls of the valley. It is the largest rift lake in Africa and the second-largest lake by volume in the world.

Best Time to Visit

The lake waters are a comfortable 75 F (23 C) and the climate is actually cool enough to need a light fleece in the early mornings or evenings, especially from June to September. This is the best time to set out on a trip to Tanganyika to maximize on the lake, beach and mountain chimpanzee trekking activities.

Getting There

Buses, Car Hire, Ferries, Flights, Tour Operators, Trains


Sunbathe with hippos

Have a beer on Lake Tanganyika

At the edge of Lake Tanganyika, we dance!

Visit tourist squares on the shores of Lake Tanganyika

Mukeke, found only in Lake Tanganyika


It’s also the second oldest freshwater lake in the world, the second deepest, and the second largest by volume. The only lake greater than Lake Tanganyika is Lake Baikal in Siberia. The one record it holds is being the longest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Tanganyika stores 4,500 cubic miles of water, covering an area of 12,700 square miles. The deepest point in the lake is 4,820 feet, and it averages a depth of 1,870 feet. This great depth is due to it lying in the Great Rift Valley.

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