Uganda Boat Cruise Safaris

July 06, 2024 | Bujo Safaris

Uganda Boat Cruise Safaris 

Uganda is one of the best destinations in Africa for boat cruise safaris. If you are planning a boat cruise tour or boat trip, you should consider adding Uganda to your safari destination list. Boat cruise safaris in Uganda are done on lakes and rivers across the country. Some of these lakes and rivers are located within protected areas while others are not. Uganda is blessed with several water bodies and these are the lifeline of the ecosystems in the country. 

Where can I do a boat cruise safari in Uganda? 

Boat cruises in Uganda can be easily combined with other safari activities. This is because they are strategically located in areas where many safari activities are done. For example, in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a boat cruise safari can be combined with a wildlife safari game drive and chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge.  Below are some of the popular safari destinations for boat cruise safaris in Uganda. 

Boat Cruise safaris in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda. The park is crossed by the Nile River. Boat cruise trips in Murchison Falls National Park are done at the Nile River. This is the world’s longest river. A boat ride in Murchison Falls National Park starts from Para. It then takes travelers on a Uganda safari to the bottom of Murchison Falls. These are the world’s strongest waterfalls. A boat ride in Murchison Falls National Park enables travelers to see hippos and crocodiles.  More so, travelers get a chance to see 4 of the big 5 animals. These include; lions, leopards, elephants, and buffaloes. A boat ride on the Nile River is usually combined with a hike to the Top of Murchison Falls. Seeing the waters squeeze through a 7-meter gorge is an epic scene on a Uganda boat cruise safari. 

Boat Cruise Safaris on Kazinga Channel 

Located in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel connects Lake Edward to Lake George. A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a dream come true for every Uganda safari-goer. The boat rides on this waterbody allow travelers to interact with the local fishermen. This is one way of supporting Sustainable Tourism in Uganda. Boat cruise safaris on the Kazinga Channel can be done both in the morning and afternoon. In the dry seasons, many animals and birds converge at the channel to quench their thirst. While the hunters come to find something to eat, the grazers come to find something to drink. Do not be surprised when you set your eyes on a pride of lions during a boat cruise trip on the Kazinga Channel.

Other than a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, several safari activities can be done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. These include among others but are not limited to the following. Wildlife safari game drives, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge, Katwe Salt mining tours, community tours, birding safaris, guided nature walks, and many more. Additionally, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a reliable birding destination. This implies that a birding safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park can easily be combined with boat cruise safaris on the Kazinga Channel. 

Boat Cruise safaris on Lake Mburo 

Lake Mburo is located within Lake Mburo National Park in southwestern Uganda. The park is closest to Kampala / Entebbe International Airport (Uganda’s major entry point). It is famous for having many grazers like Uganda kobs, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and buffaloes. An exclusive boat cruise safari or boat trip on Lake Mburo is a dream come true. It comes with scenic views of the surrounding hills. Additionally, a boat cruise on Lake Mburo brings travelers close to birds. The park is a good birding destination in Africa. It is home to both common and rare bird species. Some of the birds to see in Lake Mburo include; the Malachite Kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, bare-faced go-away bird, saddle-billed stork, black-headed gonolek, pied king-fisher, and many more.

Other than a boat cruise, Lake Mburo National Park offers a wide range of safari activities. These include; guided nature walks, horseback riding safaris, wildlife safari game drives, community tours, and many more. Talking of community tours, a visit to Lake Mburo National Park will take you to the Banyankole herdsmen. Here, you will take part in activities including milking the Ankole long-horned cows. 

Boat Cruise Tours on Lake Bunyonyi 

Also known as the lake of birds, Lake Bunyonyi is one place you should not miss on a Uganda safari. Lake Bunyonyi is Uganda’s deepest lake and Africa’s second-deepest. It was named after small birds and has over 29 islands. A boat ride or canoe on Lake Bunyonyi allows you to see the many islands. The most famous island is the Akempene Island. The word “Akempene” translates to Punishment. This island was a banishing place for girls who acquired pregnancies before marriage. They were banished to this island and would die or be rescued by men with no fortune. 

Lake Bunyonyi boat cruise safaris can easily be combined with gorilla trekking in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These two parks can be easily accessed from Rwanda via the Katuna border. Lake Bunyonyi also offers amazing Batwa and Bakiga community tours. You get a chance to dance with the local women and participate in the many traditional activities.

Lake Victoria Boat cruise safaris  

Can you imagine being at one of the world’s biggest lakes? Lake Victoria is Africa’s biggest lake and the source of the River Nile. A boat cruise safari on Lake Victoria takes you to the many islands on the lake. The most commonly visited islands on Uganda safaris include; Ngamba Island, Ssese Island, and Kalangala island. At Ngamba Island, tourists get a chance to see the rescued chimpanzees. On the Mabamba Swamp, travelers track the rare shoebill stork. This is a reliable birding area that is worth every traveler’s time on a Uganda boat cruise safari. Lake Victoria is nearer to the Entebbe International Airport and can thus be visited in one day. 

Boat Cruise safaris on River Nile – Jinja

Did you know that Uganda is the source of the world’s longest river – the River Nile? This river has its source in Jinja about 2 hours from Kampala city. A boat cruise on the Nile River is such an amazing safari activity worth your attention on a Uganda boat cruise safari. During this safari, you may take part in many other safari activities. These include; white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, quad biking, zip-lining, and many more.  Additionally, a boat cruise on the Nile River can be combined with a city tour in Jinja. You get to see historical sites and interact with the locals. 

Boat cruise safaris on Lake Mutanda

Located in southwestern Uganda, Lake Mutanda is a stunning beauty in Uganda. A boat cruise safari on Lake Mutanda allows you to spot the magical species of birds. Lake Mutanda can easily be combined with gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The waters of this lake are Bilharzia-free and can thus be swum in. After you have had a long drive or gorilla trekking adventure, spending time on a boat cruise at Lake Mutanda is a good moment. 

In conclusion, Uganda boat cruise safaris are best done in the dry seasons. These allow travelers to sail the waters of Uganda and create a signature of memories. Talk to us now and plan a Uganda boat cruise safari. 

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