Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Kazinga channel is one of the most attractive features found in Queen Elizabeth national park, Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s most loved and visited national park found in western region of Uganda in kasese district. Queen Elizabeth national park is a fantastic haven for many wildlife species covering an area of 1,978 square kilometers and stretching through areas of kasese, kamwenge, Rubirizi and rukungiri districts. Wildlife species found in Queen Elizabeth national park are estimated to be over 95 mammals and include the famous and most sought for tree climbing lions, African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, giant forest hog, warthog, Nile crocodile, African bush elephant, African leopard, lion, and chimpanzee. Birds in Queen Elizabeth national park are over 500 species and include White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Black Crake and the Knob-billed and many more.
Most of the wildlife species in Queen Elizabeth national park are easily seen at Kazinga channel which offers aquatic activities in the park. Kazinga channel is a 32 kilometers wide natural connecting lake George in the East and lake Edward in the west, as a tourist visiting western Uganda the channel is beautiful spot to view wildlife in the park as many wildlife like Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, hippos and birds are always present on the shores of the channel.
Kazinga channel is consists of sections that is north kazinga and kasenyi plains, kasenyi plains is a very breathtaking spot for viewing wildlife perfect for game tracking voyage and in this plain animals like buffaloes, elephants, zebras, antelopes and lions are easily encountered. The best time to spot animals in kasenyi plains is the early mornings and late evening for a game drive, these animals are seen in the grassland thickets in this section. North kazinga is generally water covered and it is where a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Boat cruise on kazinga channel an impressive activity which takes you on a boat cruise on the waters of the channel, this activity is a cruise of 3-4 hours of enjoying amazing attractions of queen Elizabeth national park such as animals like Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and birds which come to the channel to drink water and some live in the vegetation at the shores of the channel. Boat cruise on kazinga channel is begins from a landing site near mweya safari lodge is led by a professional guide who is available to give you information about any aspect of the channel and the beautiful wildlife around and in the waters of the channel.
Boat cruise in kazinga channel is offered twice on a daily basis that is morning cruise and evening cruise and at times due to high demand rounds are increased to three. Morning cruise is on kazinga channel starts at 11:00 am and ends at 01:00 am giving you two amazing hours of enjoying the aquatic life side of Queen Elizabeth national park, evening cruise in kazinga channel starts at 2:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm giving you spectacular views of numerous wildlife like herds of elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Sitatunga antelopes, crocodiles and many more. While on a boat cruise on kazinga channel you use a 20 seat double decker vessel which is owned by Uganda wildlife authority where you get to see many mind blowing animals and scenic views.
BEST TIME FOR A BOAT CRUISE IN KAZINGA CHANNEL
Kazinga channel is always filled with a high concentration of animals in Queen Elizabeth national park such as hippopotamus, elephants, zebras, herds of buffaloes which come to the channel to drink water. These animals are view while on a boat cruise which is carried out throughout the year on the kazinga channel but the best time to go for a boat cruise is in the dry season, dry season consists of too much sunshine thus causing some water sports in the park to dry leaving the channel as the main oasis for water left in queen Elizabeth national park. For photographers intending to take beautiful scenic pictures while on the boat cruise, the best time to go for a boat cruise and take pictures is in the late afternoon.
WHAT TO CARRY FOR A BOAT CRUISE IN KAZINGA CHANNEL
Boat cruise on kazinga channel is a very entertaining activity with many experiences and memories which can be enjoyed with the right items and equipments such as
- A high quality camera with a charger and extra batteries
- Sun screen and mosquito repellant
- Extra socks
- Pair of clothes to change into
- First aid kit
- Warm clothes like sweaters and jackets
WHERE TO STAY WHILE ON A BOAT CRUISE IN KAZINGA CHANNEL
Kazinga channel is found in Queen Elizabeth national park and while in the park for a boat cruise in Kazinga channel accommodation can be got from many beautiful and comfortable accommodation facilities which include ihamba safari lodge, ishasha Ntungwe river camp, queen Elizabeth Bush lodge, Queen Elizabeth safari camp, mweya safari lodge, jacana lodge, ishasha wilderness camp, mweya hostels and cottages and many more which are very affordable.
For enthusiastic tourists willing to do more activities apart from boat cruise on kazinga channel you can engage in other entertaining activities like game drive, chimpanzee tracking, community cultural visits which are offered in queen Elizabeth national park.