Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria, Uganda


Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda. Among the freshwater lakes of the world it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America. Its waters fill a shallow depression in the plateau that stretches between the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys. At 1,134 m above sea level, it has an area of 69,484 square km, max north-south length of 337 km, max breadth of 240 km, and a coastline over 3,220 km. Many archipelagos are contained within the lake, as are numerous reefs, often just below the surface of the clear waters. It has more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most economically important.

At the lake's northwestern corner are the 62 islands of the Ssese archipelago, some of them of striking beauty. The Ugandan cities of Kampala and Entebbe lie along or near the northern coast. The search by Europeans for the source of the Nile led to the sighting of the lake by the British explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858. Formerly known to the Arabs as Ukerewe, the lake was named by Speke in honor of Queen Victoria of England. A detailed survey of the lake was made by Sir William Garstin in 1901. Plans for gradually raising the level of the lake's waters were completed in 1954 with the construction of the Owen Falls Dam on the Victoria Nile at Jinja, Uganda; the dam, which provides hydroelectric power on a large scale, made the lake a vast reservoir. [—Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004]

Pastor and fisherman

Malachite kingfisher

Salon Ssese

Lake Victoria sunset


Rutoboka village, Buggala


Kalangala children


Children


Panorama camping lodge


Lake vista


Fishing boats


Tropical island


Bather


Boda boda


Evening on Lake Victoria


Burning brick kiln


Sunset


Martha


Boy


Child


Alice


Tilapia & Nile perch fishing


Fishermen


Nice haul?


Lake vista


Time for rest


White beach


Dusk


Lake Victoria sunset


Dewy spider web


Ssese islands


Vista point


Vista point


Local flora


Former house of John Speke


View from Buggala island


Visitor


Distant village


Kalangala central market


Lake Victoria sunset


Main street


Smoking fish


Smoked fish


Senior citizen


Ugandan cows

With possibly the largest horns in the world

Ferry from Bukakata


Offloading


Coming home?


Passengers


Island transportation


Boda boda taxi service


Fresh off the ferry


The dreaded matatu


Hamerkop


Campground owners

A Dutch farmer and his Ugandan wife run a campground.

Evening


Lake Victoria sunset

 



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