Boat Cruise Safaris In Uganda

Boat cruise safaris in Uganda

Boat cruise safaris in Uganda

Boat cruise is an extremely a wonderful and an interesting adventurous activity carried out on the fresh water bodies of the Pearl of Africa.  Boat cruise is among the best adventurous activities which can give you chance to enjoy the scenic view of Uganda, relax, forget your stress and refresh the mind. You can view wildlife animals along the river banks taking water and showering plus the birdlife when on a boat cruise in Uganda. Boat cruise can be done in places like lakes and rivers which is a rewarding experience giving you a life time memory while on a Uganda safari.

Boat cruise safari destinations in Uganda

Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is the oldest and the largest park located in the north eastern part of Uganda. This boat cruise is so rewarding since it takes you to the top of Murchison falls and up to the Nile delta of the Albertine Lake. The park has two boats that is the delta boat and the Nile boat which you can go for it either in the morning or evening. T6he boat cruise safari gives you opportunity to spot different animal species like elephants, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, antelopes, hippos, Uganda kob plus the bird species which include the Goliath heron, handsome francolin, African fish eagle, pied king fishers and the elusive shoebill stork. You can also experience the eye catching view of the equatorial sunset while on the fresh water bodies hence taking great photos for life time memory.

Kazinga channel  

Kazinga channel is situated at the center queen Elizabeth national park mainly in the western rift valley dividing lakes George and Edward. Boat cruise on kazinga channel lasts for 2 hours and takes place twice a day that is in the morning and in the evening. While cruising on kazinga channel you will grab chance to spot different animals on the river banks like buffaloes, elephants, hippos, lizards, antelopes, crocodiles among the rest while taking water and showering. You will also have a sight at the fishing villages, fishing nets and fisher men on the river banks which they use for night fishing hence a rewarding experience.

Lake Victoria

Boat cruise safari gives you chance to explore the largest fresh water body in Uganda and the whole world. Lake Victoria is shared by the three east African countries which are Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. You can cruise to different islands while on a boat cruise on Lake Victoria like Ngamba Island where you can spot the chimpanzees and Ssese Island where you can sight different bird species. Boat cruise safari provides you with an opportunity to watch the sunset over the horizon and view of wildlife species like crocodiles and hippos.

Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo is situated in the western part of Uganda mainly in Mbarara district. It is the smallest savannah lake with great biodiversity and is the only lake with a whole lake inside it. The lake offers boat cruise safaris twice a day and each last for 2 to 3 hours. Boat cruise is carried out from Rwonyo jetty with a clear view of the various animal species like buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes mention but a few plus other but species namely cormorants, king fishers, herons, black crake pelicans, fish eagle and the rare shoebill stork.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda mainly in Kabale is the deepest lake in Uganda the second deepest in Africa after Tanganyika. The lake offers the perfect boat cruise experience on a dugout canoe providing you with unique and adventurous experience. The lake is blessed with 29 dotted islands found in different areas with different history behind each island. The most visited island is the punishment island where girls were taken in case they get pregnant before marriage and they die in isolation way. Boat cruise on lake Bunyonyi gives you chance to interact with the local people, provide you with great view of the landscape, community homesteads, terraced hills and sight of a lot of bird species like weaver birds, cardinal wood pecker, grey crowned cranes, pied crow, egrets, fish eagles, white tailed blue monarda, African harrier hawk, levillant cuckoo, herons among others. This lake is the best option for birding while on a boat cruise in Uganda.

Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda offers you an interesting boat ride experience in a dugout canoe. It is situated in the south western part of Uganda in kisoro district and is the second deepest lake in Uganda. Boat cruise activities here are done in two phases but the morning phase is the best because the waters at this period is still calm and you can navigate with much ease. Here you can view beautiful and scenic islands, magnificent mountain ranges, colorful bird viewing hence good for photographs.

Boat cruise safari gears in Uganda

Tourists are advised to come along with life jackets if possible but they can hire them from boat riders which help them from drowning into fresh water bodies.

Visitors should have some swimming skills

The boat should balance both in front and behind to avoid accidents

The boat should carry the normal capacity of people

Travelers should avoid leaning on the sides of the boat

Travelers should avoid smoking while in the boat

Best time for boat cruise safari in Uganda

Boat cruise safari can be done throughout the year in Uganda but it is best done in dry season in the months of June to October and December to February. During this time the chances of viewing animals and birds are high since the come along the water bodies to take water and refresh from the burning heat.

Therefore in a nutshell, your Uganda safari will become complete if you don’t miss out boat cruise on your safari activities in Uganda.

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