The African great lakes consist of seven lakes that span countries in East, South and Central Africa. These lakes are lake Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi, Turkana, Albert, Kivu and Edward in order of size. Put together, the lakes span ten countries which are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya,Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The total surface area covered by these lakes is approximately 138,447 km2. The total volume of water contained in these lakes is approximately 25% of the worlds unfrozen freshwater.