Boat Safaris occur on the rivers and lakes located in both protected and non protected areas in Uganda. They are popular because of the relaxation they offer combined with sightings of amazing wildlife and panoramic views. Bird watching is rewarding while on a boat cruise near the banks of the rivers or lakes.
Uganda is home to several rivers and Lakes with Lake Victoria the largest freshwater lake in Africa shared between Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. In fact, 20% of Uganda’s land mass is occupied by water in form of rivers, lakes, and swamps. Some of the large rivers include, River Nile, River Katonga, River Sezibwa, River Kagera (shared between Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi), River Rwizi and several other smaller rivers. The lakes include Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Edward, Lake George, Lake Mburo, Lake Wamala and several small lakes especially the crater lakes in western and south-western parts of Uganda.
In Murchison falls national park, there is a boat cruise on River Nile where you watch the different animals come to water and other aquatic animals and numerous birds. The boat brings you meters away from the thunderous Murchison falls offering you amazing views of the waterfalls.
The Kazinga Channel found in Queen Elizabeth national park connects Lakes Edward and Lake George rich in wildlife. Along this channel, you will find a range of mammals, birds, and reptiles providing great photographic moments as they come to the water’s edge to drink, cool off or search for food. The boat trip is 2 hours in a park owned boat or a private boats operated by different lodges.
Lake Mburo is a compact lake that offers a tranquil experience for those who choose a boat safari. The lake is home to Hippos, Crocodiles, monitor Lizards, and a variety of bird-life like the spectacular African fish eagle that usually occupy a particular tree with its partner.