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Ecotourism Kenya

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Greatest Lake

AT Kenya's Western frontier lies the great expanse of Lake Victoria. This massive (67,493 sq kms) lake, the largest of all African Lakes and the second widest freshwater body in the world, is twice the size of Wales, and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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The lake is the heart of the African continent, the source of its mightiest river, the Nile. In the 19th century the riddle of the Nile was one of the great enigmas of African exploration. After many expeditions failed, John Hanning Speke finally reached these shores in 1858. The Nile flows northwards, carrying the waters of Nyanza to Egypt and beyond into the Mediterranean. This mighty body of water is rich in fish life, with shimmering shoals of colourful cichlids and large Nile Perch. Nyanza province is the heartland of the Luo, a tribe known as formidable fisherman. Fishing brings many visitors to this lake, mainly in search of the Nile Perch, considered a world-class game fish. There are three separate fishing lodges on islands within Victoria.

Kisumu is a quiet port town on the Lakeshore, with wide streets and fine colonial architecture. To the south fishing villages line the lake towards the broad waters of Homa Bay. This area is home to Ruma National Park, a small but attractive park with many unique species.
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The best way to appreciate the beauty of this region is on the lake itself. The sun shines brightly, and gentle breezes rise from the water. In trees along the shore, Fish Eagles call to each other with long haunting cries. Sunsets turn the water to gold, as the local fisherman in their canoes pull in their nets and slowly turn for home.

A short flight takes you to the lakeshore and a visit to a traditional fishing village. You will also have a chance to cruise on the lake and fish for giant Nile perches, some of which weigh over 100 lbs.

View the dazzling numbers of birds that inhabit this area and watch as the majestic Fish eagle scoops its prey out of the lake with its powerful talons.