Deepest Lakes in Africa
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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.

Which is the deepest lake in Africa?
The deepest lake in Africa is Tanganyika with a maximum depth of 1,470 meters. The second-deepest lake in Africa is Malawi at 706 meters and the third-deepest is Kivu reaching as deep as 480 meters.The depths of the major lakes in Africa range from 4 meters to 1,470 meters, with lakes reaching as deep as 279.5 meters on average.

 Compare Tanganyika with Albert


  Top 11 ranks, by max depth in descending order ( rank and segment full dataset - 164 items )

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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.

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Here are Africa's deepest lakes.

Tanganyika.

Tanganyika is the 2nd deepest lake in the world at 1,470 meters.

Tanganyika is a lake that holds up to 18,900 km3 of water, reaching a maximum depth of 1,470 meters. The lake also covers 32,600 km2 in surface area.

It spans 676 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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 Tanganyika with Mweru from Zambia, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.


Malawi.

Malawi is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa at 706 meters.

Spanning a surface area of 29,500 km2, Malawi contains up to 8,400 km3 of water and reaches a maximum depth of 706 meters.

It spans 579 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania.

Lake Malawi is another ancient lake, having formed as early as 1-2 million years ago

 

 Compare Malawi with Bangweulu from Zambia.

 Compare Malawi with Mweru from Zambia, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.


Kivu.

Lake Kivu - Gisenyi (Credit: Youtube/Oyibo VFX)

Kivu is the 3rd deepest lake in Africa at 480 meters.

Reaching as deep as 480 meters, Kivu holds up to 500 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 2,700 km2.

It spans 89 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Within its fresh waters, it hosts Idjwi - the world's tenth-largest island on a lake.

 

 Compare Kivu with Tana from Ethiopia.

 Compare Kivu with Bangweulu from Zambia.


Edward.

The Semliki River & Lake Edward (Credit: Youtube/WildlifeDirect)

Spanning a surface area of 2,325 km2, Edward contains up to 39.50 km3 of water and reaches a maximum depth of 112 meters.

It spans 77 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda.

 

 Compare Edward with Malawi from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania.


Turkana.

CENTRAL ISLAND, LAKE TURKANA (Credit: Youtube/Ateker Tv)

Turkana is a lake that holds up to 204 km3 of water, reaching a maximum depth of 109 meters. The lake also covers 6,405 km2 in surface area.

It spans 248 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya.

It is also the world's largest permanent desert lake and the largest alkaline lake in the world.

 

 Compare Turkana with Lake Victoria from Uganda, Kenya.

 Compare Turkana with Tanganyika from Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.


Lake Victoria.

Lake Victoria is the 3rd largest lake by surface area in the world at 68,870 km2.

Lake Victoria is a lake that spans 68,870 km2 in surface area, reaching as deep as 84 meters. It also holds a total water volume of up to 2,750 km3.

It spans 322 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Uganda, Kenya.

 

 Compare Lake Victoria with Malawi from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania.


Albert.

Reaching as deep as 58 meters, Albert holds up to 280 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 5,299 km2.

It spans 161 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 Compare Albert with Kivu from Rwanda, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.

 Compare Albert with Bangweulu from Zambia.


Tana.

Tana is a lake that spans 3,200 km2 in surface area.

It spans 84 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Africa: Ethiopia.

 

 Compare Tana with Mweru from Zambia, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.


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