Boat cruise in Uganda

Boat cruise in Uganda: Uganda is haven of many wonders which are interest to tourists making it one of the major tourist destination in east Africa and Africa at large. Uganda is a former British land locked country located in Central east Africa taking its name from Buganda kingdom, this beautiful nation most times referred to as pearl of Africa because it’s numerous fantastic endowments. Uganda with Kampala as the capital city experiences conducive climatic conditions ranging from warmth in lowland areas and coolness in the highlands of south west kigezi with general temperatures ranging from 26 degrees maximum and 15 minimum with are good for touring. Uganda is a nation of numerous tribes making it one of the most wonderful places on earth to experience different cultures.

Boat cruise in Uganda

Boat cruise is a pleasant voyage safari trips on water bodies, boat cruise involves spending time in a water vessel like a boat or ship while having fun and touring the neighboring surroundings. Boat cruise in Uganda is one the most fun memorable activities you cannot dare miss as a tourist on a holiday, Uganda is gifted with many water bodies where exciting boat cruises take place. Boat cruise spots in Uganda include Lake Victoria which is the most dominate spot and nearest to Kampala the capital city of Uganda (lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, world’s largest tropical lake and world’s second largest tropical lake being shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania), lake bunyonyi, Murchison falls, source of the Nile, kazinga channel. While doing boat cruise on these water bodies you get to enjoy more adventure from water animals like crocodiles, rhinos, buffaloes, a thousand species of birds on the shores and the scenic view of nature and the hills. And most amazing is watching the sunset as the sun reflects into the water it is a spectacular view for everyone to enjoy.

Uganda is always a bustling place full of tourists from time to time intending to tour and experience various attractions in Uganda and three types of boat cruises are offered including

Morning boat cruise: Morning boat cruise take place the morning hours starting at 9: 00 am in the morning, this trip best for viewing most the animals as they are lazing around on the shores and you get to enjoy the sounds of birds as they sing.

Afternoon boat cruise: Afternoon boat cruise start in the afternoon hours of 2:00 pm, it is the best trip to see numerous birds and animals as they come to drink water in the kazinga channel most especially herds of buffaloes and elephants.

Evening boat cruise: Evening boat cruise take place in the evening beginning at 5: 00 pm. This trip is most perfect for photographers as you get to witness the sunset giving a spectacular view as the sky filled with a mixture of colors from orange, yellow, white and blue reflects into the waters. It also offers an opportunity to see animals as they coming from grazing to go to their nests.

Boat cruises in Uganda involves use of different boat types including power boats, speed boats, Kerala boats and yachts. Boat cruise is offered in the following places.


Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park takes place on the fascinating kazinga channel, kazinga channel is a 40 kilometer long natural channel connecting Lake Edward and Lake Gorge. Kazinga channel is not only an attraction of its own it is also filled with numerous animals either in the waters or on the shores, these animals include hippopotamus (kazinga channel has the largest population of hippopotamus in Africa), Nile crocodiles, water buck, Uganda knob, elephants and kazinga channel is haven to numerous bird species including Martial Eagles, African spoonbills, Cormorants, African Skimmers, Pelicans, Papyrus Gonoleks and the rare shoe bill. Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park are accompanied by a professional experienced guide to educate the tourist more about the wildlife, boat cruises on kazinga channel ferries 40 passengers and are always for 2 to 5 hours giving tourist time to enjoy the adventure of water and wildlife starting at 9: 00 am for morning cruise, 2:00 pm for an afternoon cruise and 5:00 pm for an evening cruise.


Boat cruise in the largest and oldest park in Uganda Murchison falls takes at the bottom of the falls starting at paraa to Nile Lake Albert delta, this is unforgettable trip of four to five hours offering the frontal view of the falls and wildlife including hippopotamus, elephants, rhinos and various bird species including Goliath Heron, secretary bird, black-headed plover, osprey, white-faced whistling duck, veracious dove, rock pratincole, yellow-billed stork and the rare shoes bill on the river banks. The boat cruise expedition begins at 9 am in the morning, 2 pm in the afternoon and 5: 30 in the evening which offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected in the Albert Nile River. While on boat cruise in Murchison falls you also get to see the rainbow formed by speedy water strongly squeezing through the narrow gorge. In Murchison falls they offer public and private water cruise.


Lake Victoria the largest fresh water lake in Africa and world’s largest tropical lake offers the most amazing experience of boat cruise as you not only enjoy the water but also the neighboring hills while sailing on the lake to various islands in the lake. These islands include Ssese, Ngamba, Kalangala islands which are most appropriate destinations for honey moons and vacations. Boat cruise on Lake Victoria you get to enjoy the calm clear waters, refreshing air as chill wind blows, you also get to enjoy the sunset, crocodiles, rhinos and many bird species including Egyptian Geese, African Jacanas, Kingfishers, Eagles, Egrets and it is best for sight-seeing.

Boat cruise on the source of the Nile offers a wonderful magical feeling as you cruise on the longest river in the world. River Nile has its source in Lake Victoria in Jinja town found on the shores of Lake Victoria in eastern region of Uganda, it is approximately 66996 kilometers flowing from Uganda to Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Republic of the Sudan and Egypt with two major tributaries white Nile and blue Nile. While boat cruising on the Nile you get enjoy animals like crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants on the river shores and also birds.

Canoeing at on Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi a lake surrounded by numerous islands is one of the small lakes in Uganda and the second deepest lake in Africa. Lake Bunyonyi a land of many birds offers great cruising experience and tales behind this lake makes it exceptional. The most prominent island to visit while on the cruise is the punishment island where unmarried girls from bakiga tribe were relocated to as a punishment, they were isolated and left to die there and also the Akacuraniko Island which is believed to have turned upside after locals refusing to offer local beer to an old woman. While cruising on Lake Bunyonyi be sure to witness a number of birds including herons, weaver birds, grey-crowned cranes and islands.

Other water bodies offering boat cruise in Uganda include Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Mburo

The following are the items to carry for a boat cruise in Uganda

  • Appropriates shoes including sandals and closed shoes
  • Appropriate clothes including bathing suits, a sweater, a towel
  • A bag pack to keep your items
  • Sun screen and moisturizers
  • First aid box
  • Camera

There are many rules to be followed while doing boat cruising for the safety of the tourists

  • Tourists are advised to avoid hanging over the side railings of the boat
  • Wear life jackets is a must while on a boat cruise, it is important to keep tourists up float in case of an accident
  • Restrain from boozing and smoking while on the boat
  • Make sure the boat is balanced both sides, in front and back