Boat Cruise in Uganda

Boat Cruise in Uganda is one of the amazing activities that travelers love to engage in when they visit Uganda’s water bodies. Uganda offers unique and fascinating boat cruise tours to visitors on a safari from different destinations such as boat cruise on Lake Victoria, Murchison falls national park, Kazinga Channel, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda. A  Boat cruise tour is an interesting activity where visitors travel on water bodies such as lakes and rivers from one place to another. Visitors who engage in a boat cruise tour will get an opportunity to explore natural features such as bird species, animal species, landscapes among others. 

Boat Cruise in Uganda

Where to go for a Boat Cruise safari in Uganda

Boat Cruise on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest fresh water in the whole world and is shared by three East African countries namely Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The boat cruise is the main activity done on Lake Victoria and it gives an opportunity to visitors on the boat tour to visit cruise to different islands on Lake Victoria such as Ngamba Island where you will view the chimpanzees, Ssese Island where you will view different bird species and also engage in other activities. Lake Victoria offers an amazing sunset cruise which normally starts at 4 or 5 pm at the waterfront pier and crosses through to the equator line. The sunset cruise gives you a beautiful view of the sunset over the horizon hence good for photographs. During the boat cruise on Lake Victoria, you will view various islands on the lake, bird species, animal species such as Nile crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards, spotted necked otters among others. Lake Victoria also offers other interesting activities which visitors can engage in such as Sportfishing, Horse riding, Community tours among others. 

Murchison Falls Boat Cruise

Murchison falls National Park is situated in the northern part of the Albertine Rift Valley and is the oldest and largest national park in Uganda. Murchison Falls national park offers two boat cruise tours namely the one upstream to the bottom of the falls which is the most exciting and adventurous boat cruise and the one downstream to the Victoria Nile delta which stretches to the shores of Lake Albert. The boat cruise on the Victoria Nile Delta takes about 4 to 5 hours and is either done in the morning or evening. It offers the great views of different bird species such as the elusive Shoebill stork, Goliath heron, African fish eagle, Pied king fishers, Handsome francolin among others for the bird lovers and other animal species. During the evening the Victoria Nile Delta cruise offers you beautiful views of the equatorial sunset on the river hence great for photos and provides you with memorable moments.

Boat cruise upstream to the bottom of the falls has two shifts the one that begins at 9am and another one at 2pm daily from Parra jetty and lasts for about 2 to 3 hours. The boat cruise down the stream is interesting and gives you an opportunity to view different bird species and animal species such as the Nile crocodiles, Hippos, Buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Waterbucks, Elephants, Giraffes which will be feeding and drinking water on the water banks of the river. Boat cruise in Murchison Falls national park offers the best experience with lifetime memories on your safari tour in Uganda. 

Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Kazinga Channel is a water body that is located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda. Kazinga Channel is situated in the western rift valley connecting two lakes that is Lake George and Lake Edward and it attracts big numbers of animal and bird species hence a great destination for wildlife viewing. Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel start at either 9am or 2pm in the afternoon and take about 2 hours. Visitors on the boat cruise tour on Kazinga Channel will have an opportunity to cruise near the animal species which will be viewed on the water banks such as Elephants, Hippos, Crocodiles, Monitor lizards, Buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The animals come to drink water, feed or bathe on Kazinga Channel, especially during the dry season.

Kazinga Channel is also a great place for bird viewing for the bird lovers and this is best done during the morning boat cruise and birds that will be viewed include Pied kingfisher, Pelicans, Herons, Long tailed Cormorants, Wattled plover, Malachite Kingfisher, Fish eagles, Knob-billed ducks, African jacana, Papyrus Gonolek, Black bee-eaters among others. Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel offers you an interesting and an amazing experience on your tour in Uganda with beautiful views of the wildlife along the water banks and the fishing villages on the southern bank of Kazinga Channel.

Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo national park is the smallest lakes in Uganda but rich is biodiversity. Lake Mburo national park is located in western Uganda in Mbarara district and is the only national park in Uganda with a whole lake inside. Lake Mburo national park offers the best daily boat cruise trips which start in the morning at 9am and in the afternoon at 2pm and take about 2 to 3 hours. The boat cruise trips on Lake Mburo start from Rwonyo jetty and you will get an opportunity cruise and have a clear view of different animal species such as the Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffaloes, antelopes among others on the water banks and the bird species such as Black crake pelicans, Fish eagle, Herons, King fishers, Harmmerkops, Cormorants, the rare Shoebill stork among others. 

Boat Cruise on Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. Lake Bunyonyi is located in southwestern Uganda in kabala district and is one of the beautiful and safe lakes in Africa in that it doesn’t harbor the hippos and the crocodiles. Lake Bunyonyi offers one on the best, interesting and exciting boat cruise trip in a dugout canoe which gives visitors in Uganda a unique and great experience. Lake Bunyonyi is a home of 29 islands that are scattered in different areas across the waters and the boat cruise in a dugout canoe will give you an opportunity to explore the islands where each island has a different story that is worth listening. The islands include the punishment island which acted as a prison for the girls who got pregnant before marriage, they would be taken there and left to die in isolation, another one is Akacuraniko Island which is believed to have turned upside down. 

During the boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, you will have an interesting moment with great experiences with the local people on the islands, beautiful views of the landscapes, terraced hills, community homesteads, views of the bird species such as the Herons, Levillant cuckoo, African harrier hawk, Pied crow, Weavers, Cardinal wood pecker, Egrets, Fish eagles, White tailed blue monarda, Grey crowned cranes among others. Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful place for bird watching, scenic views, canoeing, chill and relax after your gorilla trekking or mountain climbing safari in Bwindi national park or Mgahinga national park.

Boat Cruise in Lake Bunyonyi
Boat Cruise in Lake Bunyonyi

Boat Cruise on Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda is located in south western Uganda in Kisoro district and is the second lake apart from Lake Bunyonyi that offers boat rides in a dugout canoe. Boat rides on Lake Mutanda are best done in the morning when the water is still calm and easy to navigate with a dugout canoe which is an interesting experience to engage in on your safari in Uganda. Boat rides on Lake Mutanda offer beautiful views of the islands, mountain ranges, bird viewing hence good for photographs. Dugout canoes on Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi are used for fishing and transportation of the local people from one area to another therefore during the morning boat ride, you will get an opportunity to view school children going to school in a dugout canoe because there are some schools that are located on the islands.

When to go for boat cruise tours in Uganda

Boat cruise tours in Uganda can be done any time throughout the year and the best time for boat cruise tours in the national parks like Murchison Falls national park, Lake Mburo national park and Queen Elizabeth national park on Kazinga Channel is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, December, January and February. The dry season is the best time for boat cruise tours in that that’s the time when you will have great views of animal species which will be seen along the water banks coming to drink water.

A safari in Uganda becomes complete once you engage in a boat cruise tour on either Lake Victoria which is the largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Bunyonyi which is the second deepest lake in Africa, Kazinga Channel, Murchison Falls National Park which is the largest national park in Uganda among others for great experiences and beautiful views.

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