Boat sitting on the lake under a blue sky at Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Tours and Travels

About Lake Victoria

Back in 1160 AD, Arab traders recorded the discovery of Lake Victoria. Since then, this huge expanse of water has grown in significance and now plays a vital role in the lives of millions of people. Spanning across Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, it is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. Around the lake are several small settlements and villages that should be visited and explored for anyone who has the time and is interested in learning about Tanzania in a truly authentic and traditional way.

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One of the main draws of the lake is its plethora of tiny islands. Most exciting of these is Tanzania's Rubondo Island National Park, which is home to groups of hippos and alligators as well as hundreds of species of birds. What makes this island particularly special is the fact that the water surrounding it acts as a natural barrier for the resident wildlife, meaning that they are unable to migrate in the same way landlocked animals can. The result of this is that prime game viewing opportunities are always available here.

There are a number of different ways to make the most of your time at Lake Victoria, one of these consists of taking a boat trip around the islands in search of exciting wildlife. Hippos and birds can often be seen during these trip. Visitors also have the opportunity to turn these tour in to fishing excursions. Lucky adventurers might even catch a highly-coveted Nile Perch, which can grow up to 6 foot long, or a Tilapia, both of which can then be cooked up for dinner.

Lake Victoria Hotels

If you are planning a Lake Victoria holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Lukuba Lodge Lake Victoria

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Lukuba Lodge is a true escape, situated on a remote private island, with beautiful sandy beaches. The stone bungalows are on Kyameto bay and the permanent tents on Gonolek Bay, both of which are charming and comfortable. The bungalows have enclosed bathrooms and the tented cabins have outside bathrooms. Lukuba Island Lodge is situated on Lukuba Island 13 kilometers off the shore of Lake Victoria and is the perfect destination for travellers looking to relax in the sunshine with some spectacular views.

Speke Bay Lodge Lake Victoria

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Embraced by savannah, the Speke Bay Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The bungalows and tents are situated along the banks of the lake and furnished with comfortable beds and topped with quaint thatched roofs. Within the main complex there is a small gift shop, which sells regional arts and crafts bought directly from local artisans. Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania.

Lake Victoria Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Lake Victoria.

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