Uganda is famously home to the main reservoir of the mighty Nile River, Lake Victoria. The second largest freshwater lake on the planet with a surface area of 26,828 square miles (69,484 square kilometers)—beaten in surface area only by Lake Superior—Lake Victoria lies in Uganda and Tanzania where they border Uganda.
While massive in size with a coastline exceeding 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers), Lake Victoria is rather shallow, only 270 feet (82 meters) at its deepest point. Some 200 species of fish live in the waters of the lake, providing a direct or indirect livelihood to approximately 3 million people.
Since Lake Victoria lies a bit off the well-trodden tourist track, visitors who make the effort to get there will be rewarded with a glimpse of authentic Ugandan life largely untouched by tourism. Besides fishing, visitors can embark on island hopping safaris or birdwatching excursions.
Lake Victoria is located 20 minutes by car outside of Kampala.