Beside the lake, life is slow moving and traditional. Fishing sustains the countless communities that dot the beautiful shores, with some villages inaccessible by road and still sustained by the ageing MV Ilala as it potters its way around the lake.
Beaches line the lakeshore along its entire length, but it is the handful of offshore islands that are arguably most unspoilt and beautiful. The wealth of marine life – including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids – makes for fantastic snorkelling and diving. And for those who want to stay above water, activities range from paddleboarding and kitesurfing to sailing and kayaking.