East Africa Lakes, Africa Lakes,Great Lakes of Africa, Great Lakes in East Africa, East Africa’s Great Rift Valley Lakes
Lakes Victoria, Malawi, and Tanganyika these three lakes are in eastern Africa and are commonly known as the Great Lakes of Africa. The Lakes are nestled in and around the Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley depression extends from Lebanon in the north to Mozambique in the south covers about 3,000 miles (7500 Km). The Great Rift Valley formed by the action of the tectonic East African Rift.
The Rift Valley in East Africa the valley separates into two branches the Eastern Rift and the Western Rift. The Eastern Rift is the main section of the valley, it cuts across Ethiopia and then south across Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi to Mozambique. Lake Malawi lies in the Eastern Rift Valley branch. Just north of Lake Malawi is the western branch, which runs north along the eastern border of Zaire.
Within the western branch of the Great Rift Valley are Lake Tanganyika and other smaller lakes, including Lakes Edward and Albert. Lake Victoria does not lie in the Great Rift Valley but between the two branches of the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area, and Lake Tanganyika, the world's second largest in volume as well as the second deepest. The term Greater Lakes is also used, less commonly, for some of the lakes that include Albert, Kyoga, Edward, Kivu, Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi.
The only other way to explore this lakes is by the country the lake is found, the geographical region or through formation for Example the Great Rift Valley Lakes.In some cases the lakes fall on the boundary of two countries and may have different contribution towards tourism.Below are some of the lakes of Africa.