Water activities in Mahale

Make a splash in Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains National Park

The essence of the water activities

Lake Tanganyika plays host to an array of water activities for you to enjoy during your stay. Avid fisherman will delight in tranquil days spent casting their rods in these pristine waters. Not-to-be-missed is the opportunity to explore the wonders of the lake by boat. Embark on an exclusive dhow sundowner cruise, lazily following the shoreline and stopping to fish along the way. Alternatively, grab a kayak and explore the waters at your leisure or head inland on foot and take a plunge in a crystal clear mountain pool, fed by a beautiful waterfall.

If you are into water-based activities then this lake is ideal for you. Snorkelling and even scuba diving are perfect here as the alluring water is summery, and as you float above or immerse yourself, there is a magnificently kaleidoscopic aqua world to unfold. Be aware though that chunky hippos, shifty crocodiles and the venomous Tanganyika water cobra also inhabit this liquid haven so, always check with the locals about which areas are considered safe to swim and what is lurking nearby.

The second deepest and by volume, the second largest lake in the world Lake Tanganyika sprawls over four countries’ territories: Burundi and Zambia get a little liquid rush, and more than 40 percent in each of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

Incredibly ancient with many an aquatic story to tell, it is said that the lake dates back 9 to 20 million years. Home to over 280 varieties of colorful fish, this is one of the richest aqueous environments on the globe.


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