Boat cruise in Uganda : Rwenzori Expeditions
Boat cruise experience is an adventurous, refreshment and recreation activity that is done on the fresh water bodies of the Pearl of Africa – Uganda. The activity provides a great opportunity to the travelers to relax and refresh their mind as they enjoy the scenic views of the country like luxurious vegetation cover, beautiful and colorful bird species and varieties of wildlife species that gather at the lake shores and river banks to quench their thirst.
Where to go for a boat cruise experience in Uganda
With a total area of approximately 241,038 square kilometers, Uganda encompasses a variety of enticing features and among these include the huge lakes and rivers that are situated in different parts of the country. These fresh water bodies like Lake Victoria – the second largest lake on the African continent, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi – the deepest lake in Africa, Kazinga channel of Queen Elizabeth national park, the source of the Nile in Jinja, Victoria Nile and Albertine Nile of Murchison falls national park, and many others.
Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
Protected by Lake Mburo national park, Lake Mburo is one of the fresh water bodies in Uganda where boat cruise safaris are done. The lake is located in Nyabushozi county, Kiruhura district near Mbarara and it is the main attraction in Lake Mburo national park. While having a boat cruise on the waters of Lake Mburo, enjoy the scenic views of the park as you spot several animals like crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and elegant bird species along the lake shores. You will also see the nearby communities and villages taking part in their daily lifestyles like fishing and others.
Boat trip on Kazinga channel
Situated within Uganda’s second largest national park – Queen Elizabeth national park, Kazinga channel is a gap where two fresh water bodies – Lake Edward and Lake George connect. The boat trip on the channel offers excellent views of the park species like vegetation, wildlife such as the hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, elephants, and bird species like black bee eaters, fish eagle, king fisher and others. Also, on the cruise, you will see the locals or villagers cleaning their fishing nets that they use at night.
Boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
Sailing on the second deepest lake on African continent is among the top interesting things to do while on a safari in Uganda. The cruise leads you to any of the 29 islands on the lake as you enjoy the scenic beauty around. As you drive to any of the 29 islands on the lake, you will surely have a lot to learn and enjoy since each one of them has a different and unique story to tell. Still on the boat cruise of Lake Bunyonyi, you will meet the local people as they canoe to their gardens and homes on the islands. You will also spot a number of beautiful bird species along the lake shores as you enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the luxuriant vegetation cover.
Boat cruise in Murchison falls
Located in Murchison falls national park, the largest and oldest national park in Uganda, Murchison falls are other destinations for boat cruise safaris. The falls create several waterbodies like the Nile delta of Albertine Nile as they squeeze in a 7m gap and make a large water basin where the experience takes place. Also, the cruise is sometimes done at the top of the top of the falls thus the rewarding views of the mighty waterfalls and other species like wildlife – antelopes, elephants, herds of buffalos, Uganda kobs, hippos, Nile crocodiles, and others. You will also fancy your eyes with colorful bird species around the water bodies.
Cost of boat cruise experience in Uganda
Boat cruise trips that are done in the protected reserves/national parks like Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake Mburo national park and charged according to Uganda Wildlife Authority fees which is USD 30 per person per cruise and Lake Bunyonyi charge 150,000 Uganda shillings.
What to pack for a boat cruise safari?
While going for a boat cruise trip, we consider your safety first and this is done by recommending you with the right packing list for the experience. Among the items to consider while going for the trip include the life jacket since it prevents one from drowning in case of any accident. During the experience, travelers are advised to avoid leaning against the sides of the boat, to properly balance the boat and also to avoid over crowdings while on the boat.
Recommended time for the experience
The recommended time for the boat trip in Uganda is during the dry season which is in the months of June to mid-October, December to February.
The boat trips in Uganda can be customized/combined with other Uganda safari activities like wildlife viewing, gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, mountaineering and also bird watching safaris. Book your safari today with Rwenzori Expeditions which is under the management of Primate Safari Experiences Limited and you will crave for another come back.