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Lake Victoria tours & holiday packages

Africa's largest lake

The source of the Victoria Nile is a vast inland sea offering plenty of opportunities for fishing, island hopping and birdwatching.

Known to the local Baganda people as Nalubaale ('Home of the Spirit'), Lake Victoria is the world’s second-largest freshwater body, set in a shallow basin on an elevated plateau separating the eastern and western forks of the Great Rift Valley. Though its waters are shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, the Ugandan part of the lake is the most ecologically sound, with its shores and islands still swathed by large tracts of marsh and forest. Important lakeshore sites include Magamba Swamp, where you can look for shoebills and other aquatic bids on local boats, and the substantial town of Entebbe, which is where the Victoria Nile, the upper section of the Nile River, exits the lake.

Popular Lake Victoria safaris

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Best of Zambia Wilderness Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Zambia Wilderness Safari (10 days)

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of mystery waiting to be uncovered.

$ 8,400

£ 5,948

R 121,326

6,910

per person

10 days

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Philip Briggs says

I've always felt Lake Victoria to be a strangely unrealised tourist destination. Its presence looms large in southeastern Uganda, but in a kind of marginal way that provides all the more reason to cross over to Ngamba or the Ssese Islands and really experience its vastness.

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Fly-in visitors to Uganda will see Lake Victoria upon arrival, as the only international airport lies right on its shore at the former capital of Entebbe. This small town actually forms a more attractive introduction to the country than the modern capital Kampala, at least for nature lovers, with the lakeshore Entebbe Botanical Garden supporting plenty of monkeys and birds.

Entebbe is also a good base from which to take game-fishing trips on the lake or to embark on day or overnight excursions to Ngamba Island, a facility for orphaned chimpanzees associated with the Jane Goodall Institute.

For more hardcore travellers, a lovely way to see Lake Victoria is to take a boat across to the Ssese Islands, which support a lush cover of thick, bird-rich forest and several small towns and traditional villages with a really laid-back feel very different to the mainland. 

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Lake Victoria's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Victoria

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Lake Victoria safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

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