Boat Safaris in Uganda
Popular tourists from around the world enjoy Uganda Boat Safaris. In their view, they say that a boat cruise in Uganda is the best way to explore the beauty of the Pearl of Africa as it helps a tourist to get better views of the Wildlife, Reptiles and Birds. Some of these one cannot see quite clearly from land and therefore he or she has to get onto the waters to get a clear view.
Boat Safaris in Uganda are popular especially with the Bird watching experiences as birding experts get chance of encountering a variety of bird species as they sail on the water.
Uganda is blessed with several rivers and Lakes with Lake Victoria which is the largest freshwater lake in Africa. Some of the the lakes include Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Edward, Lake George, Lake Mburo, Lake Wamala and some of the large rivers include, River Nile, River Katonga, River Sezibwa, River Kagera, River Rwizi and several other smaller rivers and lakes.
Boat safaris in Uganda are mainly done in the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, on Lake Victoria and on the River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.
Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel
The Kazinga channel is a 40km natural channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward, dividing the Queen Elizabeth National Park savannah into two. A Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel gives tourists a chance to see many animal species as well as bird species. Fisher men can also be seen setting up nets, crocodiles along the shores, and the highest population of hippos in Africa along the shores and in the water.
Boat Safari in Murchison Falls National Park
Taking a Boat Safari in Uganda to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls is a great highlight of Uganda Safaris to the Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park. In addition to seeing the great Murchison Falls, these Boat Safaris in Uganda give tourists a chance to see various animals including, elephants, crocodiles, hippos among many others. Bird species seen along this stretch are also very many.
Boat Safaris on Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is the biggest freshwater body in Africa, here you can conduct different boat safaris to different places such as Ssese Island, sunset cruises on lake Victoria, boats to Ngamba Island, wine and cheese boat safaris, speed boat excursions to see shoebills in Mabamba and many other.
Boat Safaris on Lake Mburo
Lake Mburo offers a breathtaking experience for those who choose a boat safari. While on the boat ride on this peaceful lake, you can catch sight of wildlife such as zebras, antelope, and buffalo as they come to the water. The lake is a home to the large eland antelopes, 3 different species of Otters and also a variety of bird life to be seen such as Pelicans, Black crake, African Finfoot, Heron, Cormorant, Fish Eagle, and the elusive Shoebill Stork.
Boat Safari on Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is an exceptional small lake comprises of 29 Islands and the second deepest lake in Africa after lake Tanganyika and comprise of 29 islands.Found in the extreme end of southwestern Uganda, A boat ride to any of the islands on Lake Bunyonyi is an amazing experience where you will cruise to the punishment island where pregnant unmarried Bakiga girls, would be left to die in isolation and to the Akacuraniko Island.
Other Sites where to conduct boat cruises include:
- Lake Mutanda in Kisoro
- R.Nile in Jinja
- Mabamba Wetland
Below are the tips to consider for boat cruising in Uganda and travelers are advised to be careful and responsible while conducting a boat cruise including;
- Avoid hanging over the side railings of the boat
- Wear life jackets and keep them on fit to prevent drowning in case of any tragedy
- Avoid boozing and smoking on the boat
- Ensure the boat is balanced both sides, in front and back
- Properly check the boat before the start of the cruise to make sure it’s in a safe state