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Lake Sagara and Ugalla River in Tanzania – December 27th, 2010

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December 27th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Tanzania - December 10th, 2010

This APM image shows the eastern end of Lake Sagara in Tanzania. The lake stretches from the Kigoma Region into the Tabora Region (visible here).

Upon opening the full image, the Ugalla River can be seen south of the lake. It provides the border between the Tabora RegionĀ  (above) and the Rukwa Region (below).

In the southeast part of the full image, south of the river, lies the Ugalla Game Reserve. It is a low-lying, flat area located in central-western Tanzania. The Ugalla River runs through the area after which it is named, and the open flood plain alongside this ranges from one to six miles across. Away from the river, the area is characterized by open Miombo woodland.

During the rains, much of the reserve is inaccessible due to extensive flooding, while in the dry season Ugalla forms a haven for much of the game from surrounding areas. The river stops flowing during the dry season but large pools remain throughout the year.

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