Lake Tanganyika was first discovered in 1800 by the famous British explorers Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke. It lies on the western branch of the Great Rift Valley , with a temperature of around 25°C.
In the early 2000s, the lake’s inhabitants took the initiative and decided to set up action plans to safeguard the lake’s environment
The lake is protected by the Lake Tanganyika Authority (ALT), whose role is to ensure the protection and conservation of biological diversity and the use of the lake’s natural resources.
Why go to Lake Tanganyika?
There are two parks on the shores of the lake:
Lake Tanganyika is a great place to spend a pleasant beach holiday. This charming place will delight you with its breathtaking scenery and its many activities, including fishing, wakeboarding, safaris and kayaking.
Dive into a shallow lagoon where you’ll be lucky enough to spot a wide variety of fish.
Lake Tanganyika is home to 250 species of cichlid fish and 80 species of non-cichlid fish (such as Benthochromis, Boulengerochromis, Cyphotilapia, etc.).
You can also take part in a local safari to discover the diversity of the local fauna and various species of butterfly.
Lake Tanganyika is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the whole of Africa, with its long sandy beaches, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and watch the sun set.
Here are some of the towns that border the lake:
- Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Kigoma in Tanzania
- Mpulungu in Zambia
- Bujumbura in Burundi