The 32km Kazinga Channel of Queen Elizabeth National Park

The 32km Kazinga Channel of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a haven to the numerous wildlife species that survive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. For the aquatic wild animals this 32km long Kazinga Channel is home and to the wild animals that live in the park this is the perfect point to quench thirst. Many tourists on a Uganda wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park undertake the launch trip/boat cruise on the Kazinga channel because of how up close this activity can get you close to wild species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park where the Kazinga Channel is found is situated in the western region of the country spanning districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi and Rukungiri. On a land coverage of about 1,978 square kilometers (764 sq. mi) this is the second popularly visited Uganda safari park hosting about 95 mammal species and popular for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector.

Kazinga Channel is a 32km(20mi) wide long natural channel within the great lakes region joining lakes George in the North East and Lake Edward in the South West of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lake George on the Eastern side of the channel is a small lake with an average depth of only 2.4 meters (7.9 ft) fed by streams from the Rwenzori mountains with its outflow going through the Channel and draining into Lake Edward.

The launch trip/boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

Kazinga channel boat cruise

The Kazinga channel attracts a diverse range of animal and bird species and host to one of the world’s largest concentration of hippopotamuses and numerous Nile crocodiles. Many wild animals come to the shores of the channel to quench their thirst and this is what makes the boat cruise an ultimate activity to get you up close to these species as you cruise just meters from hundreds of wild species.

At the shores of this channel is a large number of wild animals, birds in addition to reptiles all through the year, with one of the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plentiful crocodiles. With the boat cruise on the channel you are much more than rewarded on a wildlife safari in Uganda popularly liked by many tourists. Buffalos and elephants linger on the shoreline of the Kazinga channel and clearly be seen.

When you opt for a boat cruise as one of your Uganda tour activities then choose to sit on the left-hand side as it’s the side that faces most of the scenery and offers great sightings of wildlife.

The boat cruise/launch trip is operated on a daily from 2pm, 3pm and 5pm local time depending on the boat you booked to use. Additional expeditions are done at 11am and 1 pm local time basing on the tourists’ preference.

If you are looking for a perfect way to spend an afternoon on a safari in Uganda, then the Kazinga channel boat cruise is the best option.