Lake Kyoga; a shallow large Lake found in the north western part of Uganda. It is about 1,720 km2 (660 sq mi) in area. The Nile River flows through the lake on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert. Another source of water to Lake Kyoga is the Mount Elgon region on the border between Uganda and Kenya.

The Victoria Nile flows all the way through Lake Kyoga on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert. The major inflow from Lake Victoria is under the regulation of Nalubaale Power Station in Jinja. Another source of water is the Mount Elgon region on the border between Uganda and Kenya. It can be said that Lake Kyoga is found within the Great Lakes system but it’s not considered to be a great Lake itself!

Sections of this Lake are covered up by water lilies, while the larger part of the swampy shoreline is covered with papyrus and water hyacinth. The papyrus forms floating islands drifting between a number of small permanent isles. Extensive wetlands fed by a complex system of streams and rivers surround the lakes. Nearby Lake Kwania is a smaller lake but deeper.

Lake Kyoga Extensions

Lake Kwania, Lake Opeta and Lake Bugondo are all extensions of Lake Kyoga.

Vegetation

Kyoga is encircled by huge wetlands being fed by a complex river system. Its shoreline is very swampy and is mainly covered with papyrus, water lilies and hyacinth.

Fish

Over 46 fish species are sheltered by Lake Kyoga, along with numerous crocodiles. The famous Nile Perch was later on introduced to boost fish production on Lake Kyoga.

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