Boat cruise in Uganda takes place in various water bodies in different sites in Uganda, boat cruise is one of the amazing experiences that visitors to Uganda love to engage in when they visit Uganda for tourism activities. Uganda offers a unique and fascinating boat cruise safari for visitors having a safari in Uganda, Uganda offers different destination from where one can go to for a boat cruise experience. Visitors having interest in boat cruise safaris, can visit areas like boat cruise on Lake Victoria, Murchison falls national park, Kazinga channel, lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, and lake Mutanda. These places will offer an amazing experience to explore the wild life in different water bodies in Uganda, land scape, natural features like bird species spotted along the shores of the lake and many others.

Top places to go for a boat cruise safari in Uganda

Boat cruise on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria; is one of the largest fresh water body in the world with its source originating from jinja the source of the Nile, lake Victoria is shared by the three East African countries that is Uganda, Kenya, and extends up to other African countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, south Sudan, Burundi, Zaire and others it flows and pours its waters in to the Mediterranean sea. The boat cruise in Lake Victoria, is one of the top activities and offered an opportunity to travellers taking part in this experience, to different islands in Lake Victoria. Boat cruise on Lake Victoria, will take you up to Ngamba Island which will offer visitors an opportunity to view the chimpanzee, also visiting Ssese island where you will have an opportunity to view different bird species with other activities that are being offered in this area. Lake Victoria offers tremendous sunset boat cruise on the Nile, the boat cruise kicks off at 4 or 5 pm at the waterfront prier and crosses through the line of equator. During the boat, you an amazing experience since you will be able to view the beautiful view of the sun set horizon which is the perfect time for photography. During the boat cruise, you will view various attractions, the bird species, animal species like the lizard, monitor lizards, crocodiles, hippos, islands on the lake and others. Besides the boat cruise, Lake Victoria also offers other activities like sports fishing, Horse riding, community tours and travellers having interest in these activities, are advised to show interest and book them early in advance.

Murchison falls National Park. The park is situated in northern part of Uganda Murchison falls national park is one of the biggest national parks found in Uganda, which protects most of the wild life, the park is located in north western Uganda and lies at the arm of the east African rift valley, the park covers an area of approximately 3,892km2 spreading along the shores of albert and the Nile river up to Karuma falls .Murchison falls national park is one of the best national parks you do not want to miss to visit during any of your tour safaris in Uganda. Murchison falls national park offers two boat cruise tours for the travellers taking part in this activity. The park offers a boat trip to the bottom and upstream of the falls. This is one of exciting adventures you will encounter when you take part in this amazing experience. The boat cruise downstream to the Victoria Nile delta stretching up to the shores of lake albert, the boat cruise on the Nile takes approximately 4 to 5 hours and it’s done in two shifts that is the morning shift and the afternoon shift. During the boat cruise on the Nile this will expose you to number of attractions like different bird species like the Shoebill stork, African fish eagle, Goliath heron, kingfisher and others and other water animals like the hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and others. the delta boat cruise offers you the clear views of the sunset down the stream since its done in many times during the evening. The evening boat cruise is so romantic and full of excitement as you view the natures greatness while watching the dusk falling, sunset and it’s the best time to take photos.

The boat cruise up stream up to the bottom of the falls, offers two shifts the morning boat begins at 9:00am and the afternoon boat kicks of at 2:00pm every day at paraa side and it lasts for about 3 hours. the boat cruise downstream offers you a great chance to view different bird and animal species like the hippos, the crocodiles, the waterbucks, and other animals like the Giraffe, Uganda kob and others seem feeding and drinking water along the shores of the Nile. These offers travellers an amazing experience during your safari visit to Murchison falls national park.

Boat cruise at the Kazinga channel A safari in Uganda in different water bodies and national parks, is best when you come have an encounter with the animals and different bird species and these features are never disappointing when it comes tour safari in Uganda. Some tourist destinations are famous are widely known and expected, others you just come across and you will get surprised by the beauty of it all when you step your feet in to these places. The Kazinga Channel is one such place with an amazing experience when you take time to have a boat cruise, it’s of the life changing experience you do not want to miss during your safari visits in Uganda.

western Uganda has got several places you can visit and are rich in biodiversity with a lot of tourist attractions to view when you visit the different national parks in Uganda and mainly to Queen Elizabeth National park area and you happen to visit the Kazinga channel an experiencing boat cruise.  A boat ride on the Kazinga channel is quite an experience you do not want to miss. During the boat, you will be treated to an awesome sight of highest concentration of hippos, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, not forgetting that there is also a large array of birds in this area that is best suitable for bird watching experience.  This short channel of water is a tapestry of nature. The slow boat ride from Mweya into Lake Edward is an experience that many who have been there, and those planning to have always tried their best to reach here and those who have reached, would like to repeat this experience time after time.  Since 1952, this boat launch has existed and is very common with visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Mweya region.

The two-hour boat ride along the Kazinga channel gives you the opportunity to see the hippo population of QENP, large herds of elephants- some herds are as big as a hundred elephants. Watching these huge mammals feeding and bathe in the water is quite an amazing experience. During the boat in the Kazinga channel, you do not only view one animal species alone , and then travel for miles before you see another species, they are all spotted in the same space feeding together which makes it easy to spot the different species of animals roaming around the forest of queen Elizabeth national park. you will be able to view animal species like the antelopes, buffaloes, crocodiles, and monitor lizards, all enjoying the environment in and around the kazinga channel of queen Elizabeth national park.

For bird lovers, the kazinga channel is a prime spot for bird watching activities. While on the boat safari you can see up to 60 different species of birds. Many of these are water birds, some of the birds you might see on the boat cruise along the kazinga channel include: The Great White and Pink-Backed, Great and Long Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, Saddle Bill Stork, Darters, Black Crake and Jacana, Pelicans, African Shoebill, Yellow Billed Stork. The kazinga channel is the top region to explore the beauty of work of art you will love every moment you spent here.  with a number of attractions that you take photos for your memorable experience of your Uganda safari.

Boat cruise on lake Mburo National park; lake Mburo is situated in western Uganda, it is the smallest lake in Uganda but rich in biodiversity, and the only national park in Uganda being occupied by the whole lake (water body). Lake Mburo offers the best location to explore the boat cruise experience. the boat cruise starts at 9:00am in the morning and the afternoon boat starts at 2:00pm and lasts for about 3 hours. the boat cruise in lake Mburo starts off at Rwoyo jetty where you will view a lot of water animals, like the hippos, crocodile, buffalos, and other animals like the antelopes, giraffes Zebras and many other animals seen feeding and drinking water along the water banks. There also bird species spotted around this area that is; the Shore bill stork, Black crake pelicans, Fish eagle, Heron, king fisher, Harmmerkops, Cormorants and many others.

Boat cruise on lake Bunyonyi; lake Bunyonyi is situated in south western Uganda in the district on kabale and acts as one the most beautiful and safe lakes in Uganda to take park in boat cruise. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest in Uganda after Lake Tanganyika. Lake Bunyonyi, does not harbour hippos, and crocodiles, although, but it offers the best place for a boat cruise around the lake. The dugout canoe offers visitors an exciting and interesting experience full of fun as you listen to the tourists being told by your guide a bout lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi, has 29 islands in one lake scattered all over different areas of the lake. During the canoe on the water body, visitors will have an opportunity to explore all the islands each with its own different story which is worth listening to. The islands that have been found here include; the island of retribution, which served as a jail for girls who had been pregnant before marriage, would be left there until they died. The other island is Akakuranika Island, which is thought to have turned upside down.

The boat cruise, also offers an opportunity where by you will have an encounter with the local people living on the Island, clear views of the landscape, terraced hills, community homesteads, and also you will spot number of bird species around this area like the fish eagle, white tailed  blue monarda, Grey crowned cranes, Weavers, Cardinal wood pecker and others, lake Bunyonyi is a best place to visit and relax normally after your gorilla trekking and mountain climbing in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Boat cruise on lake Mutanda; lake Mutanda is situated in south western Uganda in Kisoro district also offers the dugout boat cruise along the water body. The boat cruise in lake Mutanda are best done in the morning when the waters area still calm and easy to navigate also offers an exciting experience. During the boat, you will the beautiful views of the Island, mountain ranges, birdwatching experience. The lake also offers an opportunity to visitors who want to take part in fishing activities since they facilitate fishing activities where by the locals I many occasions fish in the lake. The lake is also used for transportation of the local people from one place to another on the Canoe, and during the morning boat ride, you will be able to view the going children crossing the lake since some schools are situated on the Island.

Best time for a boat cruise in Uganda

Boat cruise in Uganda, have no specific times or days for the activity since it can be done through out the year at any time. but the time for the boat cruise in these national parks listed above, is best during the dry season when there is little or no rainfall at all. During the month of June, July, August, December, January and February. The dry season is the best season of the year as you will have an opportunity to view different animal species seen drinking and feeding water along the water banks.