Today, we travelled to Lake Victoria. This huge lake was first discovered by Europeans by the great adventurers Burton and Speke in their quest for the source of the Nile river. This is the world’s largest tropical lake, as well as the largest reservoir in Africa. It covers an impressive 68,600 square kilometers.
We hire a local fisherman to take us out on his boat. From there, we snorkel in the relatively shallow waters of the lake. Lake Victoria is one of the lakes in the East African Valley Rift system, most of which are full of colorful cichlid fish. Their are many different species present and the colors are dazzling. Perhaps most surprising is that it is believed that all of these different species evolved from a couple, even one single, species. Darwin would be proud.
It is nice to relax a bit after our hard treks and climbs in the past few weeks. Tomorrow we will be heading to Lake Malawi, another African lake famous for its fish.