Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 3
Mammals: 7
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 8.5

Lookout for

Chimpanzee
Blue Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Colobus Monkey
Giant Forest Squirrell
Hippo
Zebra
Baboon

Lake Tanganyika is one of Africa’s Great Lakes. It extends over the borders of four countries: Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia, with the majority (46%) belonging to Tanzania. Lake Tanganyika’s catchment area amounts to over 231000 square kilometres, while it is home to over 2000 species of flora and fauna, 600 of which are endemic. At 720km long, the lake is the longest lake in Africa, and at 1470m, is also the second deepest lake in the world. Over 280 fish species can be found in the lake, 200 of which are mostly endemic cichlid species. Lake Tanganyika is a spectacular diving destination- other species to spot include speckled eels, crabs, otter and catfish, as well as the Lake Tanganyika jellyfish, which is harmless to humans, unlike its marine counterparts. The shores of the lake and its surrounds are also home to many tree, mammal, bird and reptile species, including chimpanzees, hippos, crocodiles, eagles and vultures.

Why we like it

Vast wild lake system; Crystal clear waters; Incredible fish biodiversity and endemic aquatic species; Rainforests

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 32,900 km²
Reserve Type: African Great Lake
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cichlid
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kigoma

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Key Species

MAMMALS
Chimpanzee
Hippo
Vervet Monkey


BRIDS
Palm Nut Vulture
African Fish Eagle


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Eastern Aquatic Cobra
Nile Monitor Lizard


TREES
Alpine Bamboo


HABITAT TYPES
Lake
Tropical Rainforest