Boat cruise in Uganda; Uganda is paradise of many wonders that attract thousands of tourists to visit Uganda thus making it a remarkable tourist destination in East Africa and Africa at large. Meanwhile, Uganda is a land locked country located in Central east Africa getting its name from Buganda Kingdom, Uganda is once referred to as Pearl of Africa because of its several astonishing endowments like beautiful nature, diversity of wildlife and haven of birds. Well, Kampala is renowned as Uganda capital city that experiences conducive climate conditions ranging from warmth in lowland areas and coolness in the highlands of southwest Kigezi with temperatures ranging from 26 degrees maximum.

More fact, Uganda is a beautiful country ranking with several tribes and each with different stunning cultural and norms making it one of the most amazing destinations on earth to experience different cultures.

A cruise; A cruise refers to as a holiday taken by a traveler to enjoy or travel on a ship or boat through visiting a number of places. More so, Boat cruise is an excitement experience done on water bodies, that involves in spending time in a water vessel like a boat while having fun as you enjoy touring stunning place around. Interestingly, boat cruise is a pleasant voyage safari trips where one shouldn’t miss to include on their tour packages. Fact, Uganda is gifted country with many water bodies where thrilling boat cruise takes place.

In Uganda -boat cruise is best enjoyed on Lake Victoria which is the most dominate spot and nearest to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda ‘’Lake Victoria is known as the largest lake in Africa, world’s largest tropical lake and world’s second largest tropical lake shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. In Uganda it connects with the water bodies of Lake Bunyonyi, Murchison Falls, Source of the Nile, Kazinga channel.

While doing boat cruise on these water bodies expect to enjoy more adventure from water animal species such as Crocodiles, Rhinos, Buffaloes, a various bird species spotted on the shores as well as spectacular view of nature and the hills. The most rewarding thing during the cruise is watching sunset as the sun reflects into the water it is a gainful view for everyone to enjoy.

Uganda is a bustling destination where thousands of tourists do flock in year by year intending to tour – meeting our beautiful cousins the endangered mountain gorillas through engaging in Gorilla Trekking Experience, Wildlife safari, Birding and so many more attraction to engage in while on Uganda Safari and three types of boat cruise are offered including;

Morning boat cruise; Morning boat cruise take starts at 9:00am, this is the best time for viewing most of the animals as they are lazing around on the shores   as well as spotting various birds as they sing.

Afternoon boat cruise; Afternoon boat cruise begins in the afternoon hours of 2:00pm, it is the time to watch numerous birds and animals’ species can be seen drinking water in the Kazinga channel especially herds of buffaloes and elephants.

 Evening boat cruise; The evening boat cruise starts at 5:00pm. This time is perfect for photographers as you get witness the sunset giving a rewardable view as the sky filled with a mixture of colors from orange, yellow, white and blue reflects into the waters. It also offers a great opportunity to view animals as they come from grazing to go to their nests.

Boat cruises in Uganda involves use of different boat types such as power boats, Kerala boats, speed boat and yachts.

Here are the highlighted places where Boat cruise in Uganda takes place;

Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park takes place on the impressive Kazinga Channel which is a 40-kilometer-long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake Gorge. Well, Kazinga channel is an attraction it’s self that inhabits numerous animals either in the water or on the shores, animals to see includes; hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, water bucks, Uganda knob, elephants and the channel is also paradise of bird species including rare shoe bill, Pelicans, Papyrus Gonoleks, Martial Eagles, African spoonbills, Cormorants among others.

Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be with skilled experienced guide to educate the tourists more about the wildlife. The experience of the cruise on Kazinga channel ferries 40 passengers and can take 2 to 5 hours giving tourists time to adventure the beauty of the nature around and wildlife along the water banks. It’s done in three sessions; Morning cruise starts 9:00am, afternoon – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – an evening cruise.

Boat Cruise In Murchison Falls;

First of all, Murchison Falls National Park is the oldest and largest park in Uganda, located in northwestern region of Uganda, approximately 8 to 9 hours drive. The park is a diversity of wildlife species with over 86 mammals and around 450 bird species. Although the most tourist attraction in the park is the Murchison Falls known as the most powerful water fall in the world. The come along game drive and boat cruise among others.

Back to boat cruise trip in Murchison Falls National Park which takes place at the bottom of the falls starting at Paraa to Nile Lake Albert delta. The experience can take 4 to5 hours offering the beautiful frontal view of the falls and wildlife including; hippopotamus, elephants, Kobs, buffaloes and a lot of birdlife can be seen along the river banks including; white- faced whistling duck, rock pratincole, yellow-billed stork, Osprey, black headed plover, Goliath heron, secretary bird among other.

Boat cruise in Murchison falls can be done three time a day; Morning – 9:00am, Afternoon – 2pm and evening – 5:30 pm which offers magical view of an equatorial sunset reflected in the Albert Nile River. If your luck on your day of boat cruise experience you can have a chance to see the rainbow formed by speedy water strongly squeezing through the narrow gorge. There is both public and private water cruise.

Boat cruise at Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile;

Lake Victoria is known as the largest fresh water lake in Africa and world’s largest tropical lake that offers gorgeous boat cruise experience as you not only enjoy the water but also viewing beautiful surrounding hills while sailing on the lake to various islands in the Lake. These Island include; Ngamba, Kalangala, Ssesse are the most outstanding Uganda destination for honey moons and vacations. While on the Lake Victoria you can get to enjoy the calm clear waters, refreshing air as you enjoy fresh wind blows, enjoy the sunset in the evening. Animals to see includes crocodiles, elephants and many bird species including; Eagles, Egrets, African Jacanas, Kingfishers, Egyptian Geese among others.

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Source of the Nile;

The Boat cruise on the source of the Nile offers a magical experience as you cruise on the longest river in the world. River Nile connects the source of Lake Victoria in Jinja town that lies on the shores of Lake Victoria in eastern Uganda region. It flows through different countries such as Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Republic of the Sudan and Egypt links with two major tributaries – White Nile and Blue Nile. The boat cruise on the Nile can be able to enjoy crocodile, buffaloes, elephants on the river shores and birdlife.

Canoeing at on Lake Bunyonyi;

Lake Bunyonyi is known as home to various little birds and the second deepest lake in Africa. While cruising on lake Bunyonyi you will be able to witness various birds like herons, weaver birds, grey-crowned cranes and islands among other.

Other water bodies that offer boat cruise in Uganda; Lake Mburo, Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Albert.

What to carry;

Appropriates shoes including sandals and closed shoes

Clothes; bathing suits, a sweater, a tower

A bag pack to keep your items

Sun screen and moisturizers

First aid box


Rules to follow while doing boat cruising for the safety of the tourist;

Tourists are advised to avoid hanging over the side railing of the boat wear life Jackets while on a boat cruise. It’s Important in case of an accident.

Ensure that boat is balanced both sides, Infront and back

Restrain from boozing and smoking while on the boat

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