Lakes in Africa

1182 Lakes in Africa. Lakes on this page are displayed on the map.

Lake TanganyikaTanzania,DR Congo,Burundi,Zambia

Lake Tanganyika is one of the African Great Lakes. With a depth of 1,470 meters (4,820 feet), it is the second deepest lake in the world, after Lake Baikal. ... Read more

Lake VictoriaTanzania,Uganda,Kenya

Lake Victoria (or Victoria Nyanza in the Bantu language) is the largest of the African Great Lakes, the largest lake in Africa and the world’s second largest freshwater lake ... Read more

Lake MalawiMalawi,Mozambique,Tanzania

Lake Malawi is one of the African Great Lakes. It is the 9th largest lake in the world and the third largest lake in Africa by surface area. It is also the second deepest lake in ... Read more

Lake KivuRwanda,DR Congo

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes, situated on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its name originates from a Bantu language and means ... Read more

Lake NasserEgypt,Sudan

Lake Nasser is one of the largest man-made lakes in the World, located in Southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. The lake is stocked with food fish, making it one of the best fishing ... Read more

Cahora Bassa is the fourth largest artificial lake in Africa, only preceded by Lake Volta (Ghana), Lake Kariba (located between Zimbabwe and Zambia) and Lake Nasser (Egypt) in ... Read more

Lake EdwardDR Congo,Uganda

Lake Edward is the smallest of the African Great Rift Lakes, located on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Geography Lake ... Read more

Lake RukwaTanzania

Lake Rukwa is an endorheic lake, part of the Western Rift Valley of Africa, located in the Southwestern area of Tanzania. Geography The lake is of ... Read more

Lake Volta, located in the South-Eastern part of Ghana, is the largest man-made lake in the world. Covering 8,502 km2, it is the biggest reservoir by surface area, and the fourth ... Read more

Lake TurkanaKenya,Ethiopia

Lake Turkana is located in the Kenyan rift valley, bordered to the North by Ethiopia, and it is the world’s largest alkaline and permanent desert lake. With a surface area of ... Read more

Lake KaribaZimbabwe,Zambia

Boasting 180 km3 of freshwater, Lake Kariba, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the largest reservoir in the world by volume. The hydroelectric power plant on Kariba dam is of ... Read more

Lake AlbertDR Congo,Uganda

Lake Albert, also known as Albert Nyanza and formerly known as Mobutu Sese Seko, is Africa’s 7th largest lake by surface area, and is the northernmost of African Great ... Read more

Lake MweruZambia,DR Congo

Lake Mweru is a natural freshwater lake, part of the rift valley lakes, located between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the second largest lake in the Congo ... Read more

Lake ChadChad,Cameroon,Niger,Nigeria

Lake Chad is a large, but shallow endorheic lake located on the African continent, in the Western part of Chad, on the edge of the Sahara desert. In the 1960’s it was the fourth largest lake ... Read more

Lake FundudziSouth Africa

Lake Fundudzi is located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, in the Soutpansberg area. Because the lake is considered sacred by the local Vhatatsindi people, it is in great ... Read more

Lake TanaEthiopia

Lake Tana is a mesotrophic natural lake that covers a surface area of 3,060 km2 (1,182 mi2), has an average depth of 9 meters (31 feet), and reaches a maximum depth of 14 meters (46 ... Read more

Lake ZiwayEthiopia

Lake Ziway is a natural lake that covers a surface area of 412 km2 (160 mi2), has an average depth of 14 meters (46 feet), and reaches a maximum depth of 9 meters (30 feet). Lake ... Read more

ZeekoevleiSouth Africa

Zeekoevlei is a polymictic natural lake that covers a surface area of 2 km2 (0.78 mi2), has an average depth of 2 meters (6 feet), and reaches a maximum depth of 5 meters (18 ... Read more

Lake RetbaSenegal

Lake Retba is a saline lake that covers a surface area of 3 km2 (1 mi2), and reaches a maximum depth of 3 meters (10 feet). Lake Retba has a total shore line of 11 kilometers (7 ... Read more

Hartbeespoort Dam Reservoir is a monomictic natural, dammed lake that covers a surface area of 17 km2 (7 mi2), has an average depth of 12 meters (39 feet). Hartbeespoort Dam ... Read more