3 Breathtaking Lakes That You Shouldn’t Miss in Tanzania

Lake Manyara, Arusha, Tanzania.
Lake Manyara, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo by ray rui on Unsplash

If you want to explore the natural wonders that Africa has in store, Tanzania is a good place to start. Mount Kilimanjaro is the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions this country, but Tanzania is also home to many breathtaking lakes—including these three.

Lake Victoria

Africa’s largest freshwater lake is safely tucked away between Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, and it’s the Nile River’s main source of water. It also happens to be the largest tropical lake on the planet, and it offers everything from boat rides and beaches to rich native wildlife.

Lake Manyara

Located on the grounds of Lake Manyara National Park, this shallow, alkaline lake is also one of the most picturesque in all of Tanzania. If you visit it during the wet season, you’ll spot thousands of flamingos on its shores. Manyara is also one of Tanzania’s most popular spots with cannoning lovers.

Lake Tanganyika

If you want to visit several African Great Lakes while in Tanzania, Tanganyika also deserves a spot on your bucket list. In addition to Tanzania, it also borders Congo, Burundi, and Zambia and it’s the second-deepest and the second-biggest lake in the world by volume.