Lake Edward was named in 1888 by the explorer Sir Samuel Baker for Prince Albert, Prince of Wales and son of Queen Victoria, later to become King Edward VII.
Lake Edward is an Albertine Rift lake located a few kilometres south of the Equator and only 20kms south of the Rwenzori Mountains, in Kasese District in Western Uganda between Uganda and the DRC. It is surrounded on all sides by Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ugandan side and the Virunga National Park in Congo. The tiniest of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Edward has a surface area of 2,325sq. Km and is about 77kms long and 40kms wide, with an average depth of 17m.
The 32km long Kazinga Channel on the northwestern margin of the Lake Edward joins it with Lake George. It is an oasis for the fascinating wildlife of Queen Elizabeth Park and boat ride from the Mweya Peninsula, along the Kazinga Channel to Lake Edward is the park’s most enduring attraction. Lake Edward’s shores are inhabited and visited by several animals including elephants, crocodiles, lions, buffaloes and hippos and it is also home to various perennial and wandering birds. There are no large human settlements on the lake save for Mweya and Katwe on the Ugandan side.
Lake Edward was named in 1888 by the explorer Sir Samuel Baker for Prince Albert, Prince of Wales and son of then reigning Queen Victoria, later to become King Edward VII. It sometimes goes by Lake Nyanza and was briefly called Lake Idi Amin in the 1970’s before it reverted to Lake Albert after the fall of the Amin regime.