Boat cruise, getting close to queen Elizabeth national park’s wildlife
Queen Elizabeth national park is located about 389 kilometers from Kampala which is Uganda’s capital located in the southwestern part of Uganda near kasese district stretching from the Rwenzori ranges crater foothills in north along lake Edwards’ shores to the remote ishasha river in the south. This is the famous park of Uganda with its lush savannah holding the pride of climbing lions, buffaloes, elephants, numerous antelopes and over 600 bird species to explorer on your adventurous safari to Uganda
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK BOAT CRUISE
Enjoying a 3 – 4-hour boat cruise on the kazinga channel which is a water channel about 40km long beneath the well-known mweya peninsular linking lake Edward to George. The boat cruise is always done in the morning and the evening getting you closer to wildlife of queen Elizabeth national park that include the variety of water birds, reptiles, plus many more
The boat cruise at the kazinga channel starts at 11:00am and ends at 1:00pm that is to say the morning shift and the evening cruise start at 2:00pm ending at 5:00pm. get ready to enjoy your boat ride just a few meters from the fascinating wildlife that include the hippos which spend the night grazing and find there way back to the water before sun rise where they spend the all day. not missing out the crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, sitatungas, bushbucks, antelopes and further more.
The kazinga channel is categorized as an important birding area by birding international as it attracts over 612 bird species and during your boat cruise you stand a high chance to see birds like the African spoonbills, the African fish eagle, African skimmers, the great cormorants, pelicans, king fishers, shoebills, the goliath heron and many more. Not forgetting the role of the binoculars that will help you in seeing the distant birds.
On your boat cruise there are some essential things that you have to carry with you to make the ride memorable and firstly is the camera which you will you to take pictures of your desired wildlife, bird species and any other features. The hat that will shelter you from the sun. after securing your ride with those then leave the rest to the professional guides that will take you through the boat cruise with safe and reliable information offering you the best plus giving you a chance to ask questions.
THE BOAT CRUISE AT QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK IS AFFORDABLE
The boat cruise is just 30$ per person for foreigners and 30,000 Ugandan shillings per person for nationals and east African citizens.
ADDITIVES ON YOUR BOAT CRUISE
In addition to your boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park, you can go in for the exploration of the park’s expanse on game drives where you are to enjoy the super climbing lions, buffaloes, topis, elephants and many more in the ishasha sector which is in the southern part of the park. Queen Elizabeth national park has also got the grasslands of the kasenyi plains with the present Uganda kobs and lions that prey on them.
The activity takes about 3-4 hours in the kyambura gorge which is located in the eastern part of the park. chimp trekking can be done in the morning and the evening hours where you will be able to spend a full hour with the chimpanzees. On your trekking you stand a chance of seeing many more primates that include the blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and more.
Queen Elizabeth national park offers the best memories to the birders has it has got a number of birding hotspots like the kasenyi area, mweya peninsula, the maramagambo forest, the kikorongo lake, ishasha sector, the katunguru bridge area plus the katwe area were you expect to see over 612 bird species that include the martial eagle, chapin’s flycatcher, black-rumped buttonquail, the African skimmer, pink-backed pelican, the verreaux’s eagle owl, African broadbill, the black bee eater, white tailed lark, white winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, corncrake, lesser and beater flamingo, shoebill, bar-tailed godwit to mention but a few.
Hiking and nature walks
The mweya peninsula, maramagambo forest and the ishasha river of queen Elizabeth national park offer savannah, woodlands and beautiful rain forests sutable for nature treks where you are likely to see the different mammal species and birds. hippos, bold warthogs and many more wildlife can be spoted on your nature walks at queen Elizabeth national park
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR BOAT CRUISE?
No one is ready for a boat cruise as the rain is pelting down in the wet seasons, the best time for the boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park’s kazinga channel is in the rainlesness months of December to January and June to august.
No matter how wet it is in the rainy seasons, the boat cruise can be fascinating as you grab a chance to see the wild animals in multiplicity. This gets me to a conclusion of assuring you that the boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park is comfortable throughout the year
WHERE TO STAY
To the budget travelers we have simba safari camp, the luxurious travelers having the mweya safari lodge, and lastly the mid-range traveler having enjojo lodge, elephant hab lodge, marafiki safari lodge and park view safari lodge.
Not forgetting that the budget lodges are ranging from 40$ – 120$ and the mid-range lodges ranging from 150$ to 299$ and lastly the luxurious lodges range from 300 us dollars and above.INCLUDE THE BOAT CRUISE ON YOUR SAFRI ITINERARY
Adventure in the wild safaris usually adds the boat cruise to your queen Elizabeth national park safari to give you best relaxation and fascinating visit in Uganda, taking nature walks, game drives, watching the different birds plus chimpanzee trekking.
In which ever way you would like to explore Uganda our local safari experts are ready to take you through memorable holidays and triggering your wildlife imaginations of Africa.