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Lake Victoria

Tanzania, United Republic
Lake Victoria region
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

There are two major airports; one in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR) (formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport), and one in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA: JRO) [3], which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi.

By Train

The Tanzania - Zambia train service, known as TAZARA [18], operates trains twice a week between New Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia, and Dar es Salaam, leaving from Dar es Salaam on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A domestic railroad network links the country's major cities, including Kigoma, Mwanza, Dodoma, Tabora, and Dar es Salaam. The domestic train service is usually reliable, and ticket prices are affordable. Ticket prices differ, however, according to 'class', typically first, second, and third. First and second classes offer cabins with two and four beds, respectively. Third class is open seating. Hot meals and beverages are usually available from the dining car. It is not uncommon for the train kitchen to purchase fresh produce at many of the stopping points along the way. It is also possible to purchase fruit and snacks directly from local vendors who frequent the many train stations on each of Tanzania's many train routes.

Key places to visit
Ndere Island, Hippo Point, Kagera River, Nile perch


Places to Visit

Ndere Island

Ndere Island is a small island (4.2 km2 or 1.6 sq mi) in Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria in Kenya. It was gazetted as the Ndere Island National Reserve in November 1986 and has since that time been uninhabited.

Ndere means "meeting place" in Dholuo. According to Luo folklore, early tribal migrants rested up near Ndere after their long journey south up the Nile River Valley. They found the lush shoreline so pleasing that they stayed.

Hippo Point

Hippo Point House is a surreal yet beautiful sanctuary, a magical establishment set in the equally magical surrounds of Lake Naivasha.  Harnessing the by-gone elegance of British colonialism, adding lashings of luxury and a unique touch of its own, Hippo Point in the ultimate place to spot game, drink in the lush scenery and truly escape real life.

Kagera River

The Kagera River, also Akagera River, is an East African river and a remote source of the Nile. Originating in Burundi and emptying into Lake Victoria, the river became internationally known in 1994 for carrying bodies from the Rwandan Genocide into Lake Victoria.

Nile perch

The Nile perch (Lates niloticus) is a species of freshwater fish in family Latidae of order Perciformes. It is widespread throughout much of the Afrotropic ecozone, being native to the Congo, Nile, Senegal, Niger, and Lake Chad, Volta, Lake Turkana and other river basins. It also occurs in the brackish waters of Lake Maryut in Egypt. Originally described as Labrus niloticus, among the marine wrasses, the species has also been referred to as Centropomus niloticus. Common names include African snook, Capitaine, Victoria perch (a misleading trade name, as the species is not native to Lake Victoria), and a large number of local names in various African languages, such as the Luo name Mbuta.

Right Time to Visit

April - July