Largest Lakes in Africa (by Surface Area)
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These are the largest lakes in the Africa by surface area. 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, and Lake Tanganyika, the world's second-largest freshwater lake by volume and depth and other major lakes - Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Kivu, Lake Malawi and Lake Turkana.

Collectively, they contain 31,000 km³ of water, which is more than either Lake Baikal (23,615 km³) or the Great Lakes of North America (22,671 km³) combined. This total constitutes about 25% of the planet's unfrozen surface fresh water.


Lake Victoria is the largest lake by area in Africa, spanning 68,870km2 in surface area,reaching as deep as 84.0m in maximum depth and holding a total water volume of 2,750.00km3.

Compare Lake Victoria with Tanganyika Lake, the second largest lake in Africa

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Second largest lake in Africa is Lake Tanganyika, covering 32,600km2 in surface area. It is also the deepest lake in Africa, reaching as far as 1,470 meters.

Compare Lake Tanganyika with Lake Kivu of Rwanda

At close third, is Lake Malawi with a surface area of 29,500km2 , spanning the shorelines of Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Lake Malawi is also the second-deepest lake in Africa, reaching a maximum depth of 706m.

Compare Lake Malawi with Lake Turkana of Ethiopia-Kenya

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