Every year, the global tourism industry turns a gross income of over $7.6 trillion, according to the Berlin School of Business & Innovation. Tourism is one of the most effective ways to stimulate an economy, because it generates jobs, boosts local businesses, and invites foreign investment. Just like agricultural innovation, one of the best ways to foster Pan-African economic prosperity is to promote its many natural tourist attractions. These three beautiful lakes are excellent examples of such, and by visiting them you’ll be doing your part in growing Africa’s tourism sector too.
Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Considered the world’s largest artificial lake, Lake Kariba’s main attraction is its large population of tigerfish. The 5,580 square-kilometer lake hosts Tiger Fishing Competitions every May. But aside from that, many lake goers frequent the spot for its stunning scenery. The section of the Zambezi river that Lake Kariba sits on is calm enough that many tourists even opt to spend their stays on houseboats. These floating accommodations allow you to soak in the sights more intimately than from the shore.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Named for the country that owns most of its shoreline, Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa, covering an area of almost 30,000 square kilometers. It is most famous for having more unique species of fish than any other lake in the world. This ancient body of water is almost 2 million years old, and since the dawn of civilization has been a prime fishing spot for both locals and visitors. But aside from that, its clear, turquoise waters and diverse fish populations make it an excellent place for diving and snorkeling. Just make sure to read up on basic swimming safety measures before taking a dip at the deep end.
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Within the Lake Nakuru National Park lies Lake Nakuru. 1,754 meters above sea level, the lake and its surrounding park play host to a vast array of birds, especially flamingos. Apart from them, visitors are also given the opportunity to see rhinos, giraffes, baboons, and warthogs in their natural habitat. Bird watchers and game viewers alike have plenty of reason to visit this lake. Safari-goers can camp on designated campgrounds that dot the park, but for those who want a more peaceful getaway, there are also lodges for rent along the shore.
Waterside holidays can provide you with some much-needed respite amid the hectic day-to-day of modern life. These three lakes offer something for just about any kind of person, from the adventurer to those who just want to enjoy nature’s peace.