Lake Albert Uganda

Lake Albert is also famously known as Albert Nyanza and was formerly known as Lake Mobutu Sese Seko. It borders Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lake Albert is one of the African Great Lakes, and is Africa’s seventh-largest lake, and the world’s twenty-seventh largest lake by volume.

lake Albert shoresLake Albert is geographically in the center of the continent, on the border between Uganda and Congo.

Lake Albert is the northernmost of the chain of lakes in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift.

It spans an area of 160 km long and 30 km wide, with a maximum depth of 51 metres and has a surface elevation of 619 metres above sea level.

Lake Albert is part of the upper Nile, Its main sources are the Victoria Nile, coming from to the southeast, and the Semliki River, pwering from Lake Edward to the southwest.

The water of the Victoria Nile is much less saline than that of Lake Albert. Albertnile is its main outlet, at the northernmost tip of the lake, which becomes known as the Mountain Nile when it enters South Sudan.

Swamps can be seen at the southern lake, this is where river semlike comesin. Furthermore, southwards, there is the Ruwenzori (Rwenzori) ranges. There are settlements here in Butiaba and Pakwach

Histoically, Lke Albert was discovered by the famous greta explores; Samuel Baker and Sass Flora in 1864. They named it after the recently deceased Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria.

In the 20th century, Congolese president Mobutu Sese Seko temporarily named the lake after himself which was shortlived thereafter.

Lake Albert was known as a shipping centre to the European colonialists, this is where the British planned from, as part of the network railway, river steamer and lake steamer services linking British interests in Egypt, east Africa and southern Africa.

Its interesting to be in this place due to the vast activities that take place around, like wild life (Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, hyenas, Zebras, water bucks among others), birding, boat rides, nature walks, ans many more.