Lakes! We often prefer the seas and oceans to them, but they also have the indescribable charm offered by the immensity of their calm and mysterious waters. The calm, tranquility and serenity are more than convincing reasons to travel to these lakes, compared to the beaches of the most famous destinations. This is why we invite you to discover the 10 largest lakes in the world so that you can plan a different getaway and enjoy exceptional natural surroundings. Let’s go!
- 1 Lake Victoria, Africa
- 2 The Caspian Sea, Iran; Kazakhstan; Russia and Turkmenistan
- 3 Lake Superior, North America
- 4 Lake Huron, North America
- 5 Lake Michigan, North America
- 6 Lake Baikal, Russia
- 7 Lake Tanganyika, Africa
- 8 Great Bear Lake, Canada
- 9 Lake Malawi, Africa
- 10 The Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
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Lake Victoria, Africa
It is the largest lake in Africa with an area of 69,485 km2, and extends over the territories of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The search for the source of the Nile has been one of the geographical challenges that humanity has struggled the most over the centuries. The Egyptians explained everything by the will of their gods, but in the year 150 AD Ptolemy wise Library of Alexandria drew an amazing map of the sources of the Nile. On this map you can see that the Nile originated from two large lakes located close to the Equator and in the middle was a large mountain range called the Mountains of the Moon. Centuries passed and the sources of the Nile remained a mystery.
Officially the White Nile rises in northern Lake Victoria near the Ugandan town of Jinja, but the waterfall he saw Stanley no longer exists because a dam built upstream in 1950 flooded the entire area. But in any case it is a privilege to contemplate the birth of the great river. On a small hill there is a monument to Speke, and around a park where they run on the freedom of green monkeys. To enjoy this lake, we advise you to stay in Nairobi.
The Caspian Sea, Iran; Kazakhstan; Russia and Turkmenistan
With an area of 371,000 km2 that spans Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan, the Caspian Sea is considered the largest salt lake in the world. The Caspian Sea being bordered by 5 countries, there will be many opportunities to dip your feet in it! You can stay in Tehran, or in Baku, for example.
Lake Superior, North America
It is located between Canada and the United States. With an area of 82,414 km2, Lake Superior is the largest known freshwater lake. If you’re traveling to Minnesota or Wisconsin, we recommend taking a detour and seeing the beauty of Lake Superior. Around, there are many national parks to visit like Isle Royale, Grand Island Area, and Pictured Rocks Lakeshore.
Lake Huron, North America
It is the second largest of the 5 Great known lakes of North America, after Lake Superior. It is also located between Canada and the USA. Its area is 59,596 km2. Discover Lake Huron on your next trip to Canada! If you spend a few days in Toronto, do not hesitate to move away from Lake Ontario to enjoy the miles of beaches of Lake Huron. Lake Huron is a freshwater lake made up of two islands (Manitoulin and the smaller Mackinac).
Lake Michigan, North America
It also belongs to the Great Lakes region, but it is the only one that is only on American territory. It has an area of 57,750 km2 and on its shores we find the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee. There are quite a few fish species such as carp and perch. We advise you to visit Lake Michigan during a stay in Chicago. Spend a few days in the vibrant city then escape to breathtaking natural landscapes.
Lake Baikal, Russia
With an area of 31,500 km2, the deepest lake in the world belongs to the mountainous part of Siberia. Lake Baikal and its depths of more than 1600 meters constitute the largest reserve of freshwater on the planet. In the heart of Siberia, this Russian treasure is not easy to access and has to be earned! For example, you can fly to Moscow and then cross Russia with the Trans-Siberian train, to arrive at Lake Baikal.
About 1h30 by bus from Irkustk, you will find the small village of Listvyanka, lost on the shores of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world (and also the oldest). There are few accommodation options including a hostel. There is a fish market (excellent) and where you can get meat skewers. Walk on the beach located further north (pass the fish market on the quay and continue the road for 10 minutes) at sunset, it’s magnificent. Note that the lake usually begins to freeze in mid-December.
Lake Tanganyika, Africa
It ranks second among the deepest lakes. It has an area of 32,893 km2 and serves as a natural border between 4 countries: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia.
Great Bear Lake, Canada
It has 31,080 km2 in area, making it the largest lake in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Great Bear Lake is made up of many small islands. Just like Lake Baikal in Siberia, access to Great Bear Lake in northern Canada must be earned! We suggest you stay in Vancouver or find a hotel in Calgary and then travel across Canada by train or car.
Lake Malawi, Africa
Formerly called Lake Nyassa, its area is 30,044 km2 and it expands into the territories of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique and constitutes a natural border.
The Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
Here we are again in North America to finish this list of the largest lakes in the world! Located in Canada, it is the deepest known lake and has an area of 28,930 km2. This large lake takes its name from the Slavey, one of the First Nations tribes. It is not far from Great Bear Lake, so you can extend your road trip from Vancouver and take a detour to Great Slave Lake. You can discover the houses built on the lake that turn into floating houses when the lake melts