Kazinga channel boat cruise Queen Elizabeth national park; Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest and one of best national parks to visit in Uganda located in western region in Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Rubirizi districts. Kazinga channel is a 32 kilometer long channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.
Boat cruise on Kazinga channel is one of the major activities in Queen Elizabeth national park and it is done in two sessions that is the morning session which starts at around 9 am to 11:00am and the afternoon session which starts at around 2:00pm to 5:00pm and each session takes about 2 to3 hours’ drive. During the boat cruise on Kazinga channel, you will be able to view large concentrations of hippos in water, view Nile crocodiles basking along the water banks, view other animals like elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs among others which come to drink water along the shores, enjoy stunning views of the beautiful scenery, views of the sunset, local people among others. During the Kazinga channel boat cruise, you will also be able to view different aquatic bird species like the cormorants, African shoebill, marabou stork, bee-eaters, fish eagles, king fishes, hornbills among others and also view the fishermen who will be preparing their fishing gears for night fishing.
Cost of boat cruise on Kazinga channel
A boat cruise on Kazinga channel Queen Elizabeth national park costs 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 25 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens. School groups are charged 450,000 UGX per group and 15,000 UGX per person.
Best time to do a boat cruise on Kazinga channel
It can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is little rainfall in the park therefore many animals will gather around the channel to drink water which helps you to view abundant animals and take beautiful pictures.
Other activities in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park offers other interesting activities that visitors can engage in apart from the boat cruise on Kazinga channel including game drive in Kasenyi plains, Mweya peninsula and Ishasha sector where you will be able to view animals like the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, topi, giant forest hogs, guided nature walk in Maramagambo forest or Mweya peninsula where you will be able to get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the local people in the neighboring communities, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge where you will spend time with the chimpanzees, lion tracking experience, bird watching among others.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights with Bar aviation Uganda or Aerolink from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kasese or Mweya airstrip and then connect to Kazinga channel.
Queen Elizabeth national park can also be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Mubende Fort Portal or Masaka Mbarara to the park headquarters which takes about 7 to 8 hours’ drive in a 4 WD safari vehicle,
You can as well access Queen Elizabeth national park from Kibale forest national park which takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
Where to stay in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury, midrange and budget where you can stay during your safari including Twin Lakes Safari Lodge, Elephant Plains Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, Lake Munyanyange Cave Resort, Irungu Forest Safari Lodge, Elephant hab Lodge, Marafiki Safari Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Topi Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp, Pumba Safari Cottages, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Enganzi Lodge, Park View Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, King Fisher Lodge, Lake Chibwera Camp, Ishasha Tented Camp, Jacana Safari Lodge, Ihamba Safari Lodge, Kitandara Hippo Hill Lodge, Kikorongo Safari Lodge among others.
Kazinga channel boat cruise is an exciting activity in Queen Elizabeth national park that can be combined with chimpanzee trekking or chimpanzee habituation in Kibale forest national park. For more information about the Kazinga channel boat cruise, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various safari packages.