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Lake Zone

Discover Kagera & The Lake Zone

The Kagera region lies on the shores of the iconic Lake Victoria, in the north west corner of Tanzania. Its neighbours are Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi with Kenya lying across the lake. Its position makes the region an ideal stop for tourists wanting to explore the heart of Africa or travel easily between such countries - once they have discovered the regions own hidden gems!

Kagera is one of four regions which border Lake Victoria (i.e. The Lake Zone), the others being Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara - home to the world famous Serengeti National Park.


Kagera is 1,500km north west of Dar es salaam and lies just south of the equataor, sharing its borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.


The region takes its name from the Kagera River, which flows from Rwanda through northern Tanzania. This river enters Lake Victoria and emerges as the Nile, and is thus known as the souce of the Nile -  the longest river in the world.


For five centuries Kagera had 9 different kingdoms, before European rulers and Tanzania independance heralded their ultimate demise. Today the region is predominantly christian in faith and the first Catholic African cardinal lived in Bukoba. Lying 3,750 feet above sea level, agriculture is an important part of its economy with the cultivation of coffee, bananas, vanilla, tea, cotton, tobacco and maize.


Bukoba is the capital of Kagera and  is Tanzania’s second largest port on Lake Victoria. It's surrounding villages house heritage sites and exotic plantations to visit. Lake Victoria offers experiences for birders, fishermen and those who want to relax on golden beaches. Explore the natural forests and National Parks  home to a variety of wildlife from elephants to giraffes, hippos to roan antelopes.


Kagera experiences a pleasant climate with an average temperature of 20° to 30°C throughout the year, although it can drop to 10°C at night in the rainy season.


The region has two rainy seasons with heavy downfalls March to May and shorter downpours October to December. During the rainy season it usually rains only in the morning and brightens up later in the day.