Boat Safaris in Uganda
Boat Safaris in Uganda present the different aquatic life closer to your eye as you appreciate nature alongside the history and storylines behind the place you visit on the launch cruises in the different destinations. It’s better to cruise on the many magnificent rivers and lakes rather than just stand by them and see how magnificently they flow; you have to experience the waters up close preferably in a boat.
Uganda is home to several rivers and Lakes with Lake Victoria the largest freshwater lake in Africa, with Uganda’s land mass occupied by water in form of rivers, lakes, and swamps. Some of the he 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 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. For many tourists the kazinga channel launch cruise is the highlight of their safari where you can see 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
Murchison Falls National park is not only popular for its game drives but also boat safaris to the
Bottom of the falls” and the Nile delta which are truly rewarding where many water animals can be spotted including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and so many other birds. The boat brings you meters away from the thunderous Murchison falls offering you amazing views of the waterfalls.
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 is a compact lake that offers a tranquil experience for those who choose a boat safari. The lake is home to Hippos, Crocodiles, monitor Lizards, and a variety of bird-life like the spectacular African fish eagle that usually occupy a particular tree with its partner.
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 Lakes where to conduct boat cruises include:
Lake Mutanda in Kisoro
R.Nile in Jinja
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