Lake Tanganyika
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Lake Tanganyika


Lake Tanganyika is regarded as the world’s second largest fresh water lake. It is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the continent of Africa. Almost 41 percent of the lake flows through Tanzania. It is the second deepest lake in the world thus making the shallow water crystal, thereby providing plenty of oxygen to marine creatures. This lake ultimately flows into Atlantic Ocean but during its process it touches four countries they are Burundi, Tanzania, Congo and Zambia. If you are an avid scuba diver then this place offers you immense challenge and opportunities.

Lake Tanganyika Sunset

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This lake is rich for its mineral and ornamental fish. There are more than 250 different varieties of cichlid fish in the Tanganyika Lake. Many other different varieties of fish, bivalves, sponges, leeches, gastropods, non vertebrates, etc are present in the water. Some species of ornamental fish are available only in Lake Tanganyika and are prized possession. This lake moves gently through enormous carpets of mountains and rifts thus making it an adventurous path.

Make sure that you book your ride through this lake as it offers more than you ask. Ph of the water hovers around 8.4 (average) and mean surface temperature is around 25 degrees. It offers great challenge for rift enthusiasts because this lake travels through difficult paths formed due to the volcanic eruptions nearby some million years ago.

These formations are formed by prolong volcanic activity some hundreds of years ago. This is also known as the famous Great Rift Valley. Africa has huge tectonic formations because of which these mountainous walls have formed thus adding more beauty to it.

Make sure that you pack essentials such as medications, safety gear, medical kit, etc. Book in advance for you trip and get good advice about local conditions from your guide. There are ferries operating through these passes and it would be better if you opt for one of those. The other option being hiring a boat of your own and then embarking on an endless journey.

Date posted: 7th December, 2016

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