The boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park is done on the Kazinga Channel which is a 40km water long natural channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. This boat sets off every day at either 09:00 am or at 2:00pm in the afternoon. It takes 2 to 5 hours to well explore the water and the wildlife species along the shores of Kazinga Channel.
There are also many professional guides on the boat who will be there to guide the clients on all the necessary information pertaining the whole safari and will answer all the questions that may arise about the wildlife or anything else. These professional guides will also point out any wildlife species which you may have failed to identify.
Taking a boat cruise on the kazinga channel is among the highlights of Uganda safari within Queen Elizabeth National Park. It offers great chances to take pictures since the boat moves slowly just by the shores of the channel. This channel supports the biggest number of hippos in whole of Africa. An adult hippo weighs more compared to a fully loaded land cruiser. These hippos don’t swim however they just bounce their bodies at the bottom of the water. These normally stay under the water just as you will see in the kazinga Channel so as to safe guard their sensitive skin. During the night hours, these hippos transfer to the land to engage in grazing.
Crocodiles are so many around the channel and you will notice many of them, many years back, and these crocodiles were removed from this lake because of volcanic eruption however in the recent years, they returned from River Semliki. These can be enjoyed on your safari to Uganda.
In the afternoons while on the boat, you can spot large herds of elephants, Buffalos, and a number of lone buffalos within the water which would have kicked out from one of the herds. There are also many other animals found in Queen Elizabeth and some of these include; the lions, birds, monkeys, antelopes, kobs and many more.
This channel is not only a wonderful place to bird lovers, but also passionate to those who love watching wildlife species drinking water at the shores of the Lake. Among the common species to look out for here, include; the Martial Eagles, African spoonbills, Cormorants, African Skimmers, Pelicans, Papyrus Gonolek, in addition to the occasional hard to pin down Shoebill Stork. This means that a launch cruise is something which shouldn’t be missed while on a safari within Queen Elizabeth National Park.