Lake Edward

Lake Edward, in a few numbers

Lake Edward straddles the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the 15th largest lake in Africa.

Length: 77 km Area: 2150 km²
Altitude: 920 m Depth: 117 m

On the rift

Lake Edward was formed during tectonic movements during the origin of the formation of the East African Rift. It is fed by several rivers and empties to the north by the Semliki. With Lake Victoria, it forms a vast river system that is the source of the White Nile.

An invaluable resource

This gigantic expanse of fresh water never dries up. The lake is rich in fish and a variety of wildlife come to drink at the water’s edge. There is no doubt that living next to the lake would have meant that the people of Ishango would have enjoyed abundant resources throughout the year.