Uganda has many large lakes where by the south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. Lake Victoria found in Uganda is the source of the Nile and is the largest tropical lake in the world. The lake is also considered the second largest fresh water lake. Uganda’s main cities are located in the south, near this lake, including the capital city of Kampala.
Besides Lake Victoria there is Lake Albert, Lake Edward, and the smaller Lake George. Lake Kyoga is found in the center of the country and is surrounded by extensive marshy areas. Uganda also has 60 protected areas, including ten national parks of which the two; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These areas are home to many endangered species, such as mountain gorillas and hippos.