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Boat cruise safaris in Uganda

Boat Cruise Safaris in Uganda

Here are some of the questions that are usually asked about boat cruises in Uganda; how much does a boat cruise in Uganda cost, where can one do a boat cruise in Uganda? 

Boat cruises in Uganda are done in three-game parks of Murchison falls national parkQueen Elizabeth national park, and Lake Mburo national park. You can also take a canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi.

Boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

The boat cruise is a highlight of any visit to Murchison Falls National Park and it happens on the Victoria Nile from Paraa.

Boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park.

The boat cruise is a 3-hour launch trip to the base of Murchison Falls. Along the stretch, you see open savannah grasslands on the northern side of the river and shrubs on the southern side of the river. Game viewing along the way is excellent seeing animals like Nile crocodiles, hippos. Elephants and other animals may be seen on the shores. The birdlife is diverse with species like Piapiac, African fish eagle, herons, egrets, African skimmers and you also come across Red-throated bee-eaters on the Nyamsika cliff which acts as their breeding area.

Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park

Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park
Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park

A boat cruise is one of the popular activities in Lake Mburo National Park that unveils you to good sightings of hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, waterbucks and it is also worth looking out for the water birds like African fish eagle, African finfoot, marabou stork, pied kingfisher, and various egrets and herons. Some bird species like Narina trogon and Ross’s turaco may be seen on the lakeside. All seasons are favorable for a visitor to do the boat cruise, but the best time is during the dry season.

Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Boat cruises in Queen Elizabeth National Park are taken on the Kazinga Channel; a 40km stretch of water situated on the Mweya Peninsula and connecting Lake Edward in the West and Lake George in the East. The cruise on the channel presents opportunities for both bird and game viewing known for hosting the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. Other species seen on the banks during the cruise include buffalos, elephants, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles, and monitor lizards.  

The boat cruises in these different parks offer daily trips twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. Morning departures are between 08:00 AM to 9:00 AM and afternoon hours between 14:00 PM to 15:00 PM.

The boat cruises are costed as follows;

  • Foreign residents ($) – 30
  • Non – foreign residents ($) – 30
  • East African Community ($) – 30,000

Other remarkable places for boat cruise safaris in Uganda outside the parks include:

A Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi.

Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa situated in South Western Uganda. Take part in the canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi visiting different islands including punishment island, Zebra Island, and several others. You will get an opportunity to meet and interact with the local pygmy people that live within the area. 

Boat cruise on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest Freshwater body in Uganda which also is shared with other East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania.

Lake Victoria’s water is calm and safe giving you an atmosphere for carrying out a boat cruise.

Contact Jewel safaris and book your boat cruise safari.

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