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Island Districts in Northern Lake Victoria, Uganda – April 30th, 2011

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April 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Tanzania - April 15th, 2011

Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by surface area, at 68800 km2. It is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Although this thumbnail image focuses on the Ugandan and Kenyan parts of the lake, it can be viewed in its entirety in the full image.

Many islands can be observed in the northern part of the lake. The group to the left are the Ssese Islands, coterminous with the Kalangala district, which does not have territory on mainland Uganda. The largest of the islands is Bugala Island.

East of the Ssese Islands is another group, the Buvuma Islands archipelago. Like the Ssese Islands and Kalangala District, the Buvuma Islands are coterminous with Buvuma District, which also does not have territory on mainland Uganda.

Visible in the upper part of the image is Lake Kyoga, a large shallow lake complex of Uganda. It has an area of about 1,720 kmĀ² (664 square miles). The Victoria Nile flows through the lake on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert.

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