The marvels of lake Tanganyika

May 5, 2017

 

We just found about this gorgeous resort on Lake Tanganyika - this story is by Lupita Island resort. The photos are by Rob Besant.

 

 You can swim in a mile of water in Lake Tanganyika - or use the pool at Lupita island resort - and each of the 12 cottages has its own infinity pool and a tub overlooking the lake.

 

 Swimming at Lupita Island resort - the most fabulous private island lodge in western Tanzania.

 

Comprising Tanzania’s western boundary, Lake Tanganyika is one of the largest lakes in Africa, second only to Lake Victoria.  At 420 miles long, it is the world’s longest freshwater lake.  It is the second oldest lake in the world, after Lake Baikal in Siberia.  And at nearly five thousand feet, it is also the second deepest.  This incredible lake contains a full seventeen percent of the earth’s fresh water, nearly as much as all the U.S. Great Lakes combined, and is clear and clean enough to drink.  Its population of Nile perch, kuwe and other fish provides sustenance and vocation to thousands of local fishermen, and its vast variety of cichlids make it a destination for aquarists and ichthyologists alike, who come to admire and study the hundreds of species found nowhere else on the planet.

 

According to Colin Apse, an Africa and U.S. freshwater-conservation advisor for the Nature Conservancy, “From my perspective, it’s the best place for tourism in the world, because you can wander through an amazing forest and see chimpanzees and then jump into the equivalent of coral reef snorkeling—but in fresh water that is kind of the perfect temperature.”

Lake Tanganyika is a rift lake, formed when two sections of the African tectonic plate began to split millions of years ago.  Because it is so deep, it has outlasted many shallower lakes, and contains freshwater animals found nowhere else which are very similar to their ocean counterparts.  In fact, they are probably distantly related but diverged onto their own evolutionary path millions of years ago when the lake was formed.  Three hundred unique species of fish and some of the world’s only freshwater jellyfish are found here, which makes the lake a very important biological resource in the study of evolution.

 

 

 

 

Lake Tanganyika’s average surface temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit makes it ideal for water sports, including boating, water skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, fishing and just enjoying the sandy beaches.  And because of its high altitude, at over 2500 feet above sea level, a specialty known as altitude diving is available for PADI-certified scuba divers to explore its depths.  Altitude diving is significant in recreational diving because the depths and durations used for dives at altitude are different from those used for the same dive profile at sea level.

 

If you are going to Katavi National Park, Lupita Island resort will transfer you to the lodge by road - or you can fly on Safari Airlink on Mondays or Thursdays.

Lupita is a great add-on where you can get pampered in its own spa, and enjoy all the other luxuries and treats they have arranged there.

Ask for info at lupita@adventurecampstz.com

 

 

 

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