Lake Rukwa - Katavi
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Crocodiles on the shore of Lake Rukwa

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The Lake Rukwa was first visited by British explorer John Hanning Speke and followed by the noted Scottish geologist and explorer Joseph Thomson, who sow it from a distance in 1880. It is the forth largest lake in Tanzania located on the south-western regions of Katavi, Rukwa and Mbeya. It is within the Great Rift Valley system of which Lake Nyasa is a part.
 It covers an area of about 2650 square kilometers between Lake Tanganyika and Nyasa (see the Map) with average depth of 3 to 5 meters.
The shallow alkaline lake is cyclical in nature in terms of size which caused by the varying inflow of streams, for example, in some years in the past the lake shrank to a length of about 50 kilometers, years later it expanded to 135 kilometres long. However, Lake Rukwa has a large drainage basin in Tanzania with an area of 81,000 square kilometers. The lake does not have outflow. Rivers that are flowing in are Rungwa, Wuku, Lukwate, Kikambo, Luika, Luiche, Kavuu, Chambua, and Songwe.
The lake is rich in wildlife, largest concentration of crocodiles and hippopotamus, more than half of it lies within Newly Extended Katavi National Park . There are more than 350 species of birds listed in Lake Rukwa and its surroundings. large numbers of water birds: including African skimmer, glossy ibis, lesser flamingo, spur-winged goose, and white pelican; The papyrus swamps are home to the rare shoebill stork and the Tanzania masked weaver
The abundance of the ‘miombo’ type
of vegetation in the Lake Rukwa region creates favorable conditions for beekeeping at a commercial scale
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