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Introducing Lake Victoria

Tanzania’s half of Africa’s largest lake sees few visitors, but the region holds many attractions for those with a bent for the offbeat and a desire to immerse themselves in the rhythms of local life beyond the tourist trail. The cities of Musoma and Bukoba have a quiet waterside charm while most villagers on Ukerewe island follow a subsistence lifestyle with little connection to the world beyond the shore.

Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city, is appealing in its own way and it’s the perfect launch pad for a Serengeti–Lake Natron–Ngorongoro loop. And adding the forest of idyllic Rubondo Island National Park, deep in the lake’s southwest reaches, gives you a well-rounded safari experience.

If you have the time you’ll surely leave this little corner of Tanzania with new experiences and wonderful memories.