Boat cruising is one of the most popular activities in Uganda and a large number of visitors on the Uganda safari never miss out on this relaxing experience. Boat cruising on the freshwater bodies of Uganda enables visitors to sight various aquatic and wildlife mammal species alongside stunning bird species. 


  • Bottom of the falls boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park. 

Murchison Falls National Park is situated in the northern part of Uganda, Masindi District. It is the largest and oldest national park in the country with a satisfying wildlife experience. There are two scheduled sessions of boat cruises in Murchison falls NP, both in the morning and in the afternoon where visitors can either boat cruise from upstream to the bottom of the falls or downstream to Victoria Nile Delta.

The boat cruise downstream to Nile Delta takes about four hours and allows visitor to have splendid views of the Murchison falls NP wildlife including giraffes, buffaloes, and elephants among others.  

  • Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Situated in one of the oldest national parks and the country’s second-largest national park in the western part of Uganda, the Kazinga channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This channel is one of the popular wildlife viewing spots due to its strategic location and almost all the visitors who come to the Queens never miss out on visiting the channel.  

Nile crocodiles, hippos, lions, leopards, buffaloes, antelopes, and elephants are some of the most common wildlife species that visitors are likely to encounter while on a boat cruise at Kazinga. All boat cruise sessions on Kazinga are divided into two; the first starts in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and another one at 2:00 p.m.

  • Boat Cruises at Lake Victoria.

Few of the visitors on a Uganda safari miss out on this great experience of boat cruising at Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa. Lake Victoria spans Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda making it a popular gateway for a lot of economic activities in all the three East African countries. 

Aside from the Nile crocodiles., hippos, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife, several unique bird species including black kite, heron, and pied kingfisher, to mention but a few can be sighted while having a cruise at the Victoria. Boat cruising at Lake Victoria is also carried out in about three sessions including the morning session that starts at around 9:00 am, the afternoon session around 2:00 pm and the sunset boat cruise around 4 pm. 

While boat cruising at Lake Victoria, visitors are also able to visit several natural islands including Ssese Island for beach holidays, and Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary where visitors can spend some quality time with the human-like primate species of chimpanzee.    

  • Boat Cruises at Lake Mutanda.

The proximity of Lake Mutanda to Uganda’s leading gorilla trekking destinations of Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi impenetrable national park in the southwestern part of Uganda, Kisoro District, makes it a great spot for relaxation after long days of gorilla trekking. 

Normally the traditional canoes are the means for boat cruising at Lake Mutanda. Boat cruise on Lake Mutanda not only enables visitors to have the most unforgettable wildlife views but also dive into the Bafumbira and Batwa cultural experience where they share their history, background and way of living. A wide range of bird species can also be sighted on the shores of the lake.   

  • Lake Mburo Boat Cruise

Boat cruise on Lake Mburo takes about two to three hours and happens on a daily basis. Boat cruises on Lake Mburo are carried out in two shifts including the morning shift which starts at around 9:00 am and the other one in the afternoon starting at 2:00 pm.

Situated in the heart of Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda with a very rich biodiversity. Game drives, fishing activities, long nature walks, horseback riding and hiking are some of the other popular tourism activities that can be done alongside boat cruising at Lake Mburo. 

All boat cruises at Lake Mburo set off from Rwonyo and visitors can anticipate having the most remarkable wildlife views of hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and a wide range of bird species including the rare shoe bill, herons, black crake pelicans and kingfishers.

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