Tilapia

A carp from Lake Victoria…

This fresh water fish comes from Lake Victoria. This lake is one of the collectively known Great Lakes of Africa, among which Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika are two of the most famous one. These great lakes are a result of a rift. The rift has created depressions which are filled with water, sometimes alcaline, like in the case of Lake Nakuru.

Other lakes such as Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha can be seen on this blog.

Lake Vitoria is named after Queen Victoria – like many other places in Easter Africa such as for instance the Victoria Falls This is subject to confusion because the falls are not at all located in Eastern Africa : they are located in Southern Africa at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. For now, Lake Victoria is a natural border between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

But here is one of the delicious fish coming straight from the town by the lake, Kisumu. The lake, like most fresh water areas in Africa, is inhabited by crocodiles and the fishermen risk their lives to get this fish for us.

In Nairobi, ladies like this one, set up a stove and fry it for us. Prices rage from 700 to 1200 Ksh (Kenyan Shillings) depending on the size of the fish.

 

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