Deepest Lakes in Africa


These are the deepest lakes in the Africa. Akin to the Great Lakes of North America, Africa features its own version - the African Great Lakes. They include Lake Victoria, the largest lake by area in Africa, Lake Tanganyika, and other major lakes - Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Kivu, Lake Malawi and Lake Turkana.

Compare Lake Victoria with Lake Malawi, largest and third-largest lakes by area in Africa

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At 1,470m, Lake Tanganyika is the deepest lake in Africa (second-deepest in the world) by a wide margin compared to the rest of the African lakes. Lake Malawi takes second spot at 706m for maximum depth, while Lake Kivu is third at 480m.


Lake Tanganyika .Among the Greats, Lake Tanganyika extends the deepest - to the depth of 1,470m. It is also the second-deepest lake in the world, after Lake Baikal (1,637m) in Siberia. Lake Tanganyika is shared by four countries - largely by Tanzania (46%) and the DRC or Democratic Republic of Congo (40%), with Burundi and Zambia covering less than 15% of the lake. Lake Tanganyika is also the second-oldest lake in the world - an ancient lake that is formed as early as 9 - 12 million years ago.

Compare Lake Tanganyika with Lake Baikal

Experience the environment and scenery of Lake Tanganyika in this video by Tanzania Tourism

Lake Malawi (also know as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique) is the second deepest and third largest lake in Africa, stretching across a surface area of 29,600 km2. Lake Malawi is another ancient lake, having formed as early as 1-2 million years ago. 

Compare Lake Malawi with another large African lake - Lake Turkana

Lake Kivu is the third deepest lake in Africa at 480m. Within its fresh waters, it hosts Idjwi - the world's tenth-largest island on a lake.

Compare Lake Kiyu with Lake Albert

Beautiful UAV videography ofr Lake Kivu - Gisenyi

Lake Kivu with the island of Idjwi (source: Wikipedia)

There's more to learn about the deepest lakes. Select any of the lists below:

  Lake Baikal and the world's deepest lakes

  Hornindalsvatnet Lake and Europe's deepest lakes

  Great Slave Lake and North America's deepest lakes

  O'Higgins-San Martín  and South America's deepest lakes

  Lake Baikal and Asia's deepest Lakes

  Tanganyika Lake and Africa's deepest lakes

Or check out Largest Lakes in Africa.


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