About Lake Victoria:
Locally known as(Nam Lolwe in Luo; Nalubaale in Luganda; Nyanza in Kinyarwanda and some Bantu languages) Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes. Named after after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke, the first Briton to document it. Speke accomplished this in 1858, while on an expedition with Richard Francis Burton to locate the source of the Nile River.
With a surface area of approximately 68,800 square kilometers (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, the world’s largest tropical lake, and the world’s second largest fresh water lake by surface area, after Lake Superior in North America. In terms of volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s ninth largest continental lake, containing about 2,750 cubic kilometers of water.
Lake Victoria receives its water primarily from direct rainfall and thousands of small streams. The Kagera River is the largest river flowing into this lake, with its mouth on the lake’s western shore. Lake Victoria is drained solely by the Nile River near Jinja, Uganda, on the lake’s northern shore.
Lake Victoria occupies a shallow depression in Africa. The lake has a maximum depth of 84 meters (276 ft) and an average depth of 40 meters (130 ft). Its catchment area covers 184,000 square kilometers (71,000 sq mi). The lake has a shoreline of 7,142 kilometers (4,438 mi) when digitized at the 1:25,000 level, with islands constituting 3.7 percent of this length, and is divided among three countries: Kenya (6 percent or 4,100 square kilometers or 1,600 square miles), Uganda (45 percent or 31,000 square kilometers or 12,000 square miles), and Tanzania (49 percent or 33,700 square kilometers or 13,000 square miles).
At Oluokos Expeditions our responsible expeditions’ policy binds us to genuine sustainability in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Below please read more:
• Our expeditions are managed in a manner where the natural and cultural values of the host communities are undiminished in the long term. Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or to promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
• We believe that travel should be as rewarding for the host communities as it is for the traveller. Our sole aim is to maximize the benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.
• We actively minimize the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
• We provide opportunities for cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.
• We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our SMILE WITH COMMUNITIES PROGRAM where we organise for our travellers to spend some meaningful time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.
• We strive to educate our travellers about our destinations and their local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.