Queen Elizabeth national park is situated in the western part of Uganda, it is a pureness of African wilderness, and the park is characterized by many ecosystems stretching from the beautiful valleys, gorges, wildlife, savannah and birds, the Kazinga boat cruise takes place along the Kazinga channel, a long stream connecting the two rift valley lakes of Edward and Lake George, it is a whole experience of a life time to experience the Kazinga boat cruise, it a whole experience and a highlight of visit to the Queen Elizabeth national park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park of Uganda and the boat cruise experience is the highlight of your African safari to the whispers of the African wilderness, the 40 kilometer stream is a hub of wildlife, it gives wonderful views of the animal species especially during the dry season between the months of December-February and June –September, the channel is known for the highest concentration of hippos in the world these relax and ooze in the water in large numbers, on a hot day you will be chanced to view animal species like African elephants, African buffaloes, monitor lizards, and many species pf antelopes.
The Kazinga channel boat cruise begins at the Mweya peninsular, it is a haven of birds, lots of species of birds can be sighted while here, birders will be amazed by how many bird species they can spot around the region, remember the Queen Elizabeth national park is the best place to go birding in Uganda, there are over 600 species that have been recorded in the park to date, expect to view African skimmers, malachite King fisher, Pied king fisher, pelicans, fish eagles, gulls, ducks to mention a few.
Kazinga boat cruise is done in sessions, in the morning beginning at 11:00am and in the afternoon at 2:00pm, evening time like at 5:00pm to enjoy a sundowner, the teams of people entirely choose on what time they want to do the bat safari, there is a boat managed by the Uganda wildlife authority and those of private entities like Marasa Africa, and the volcanoes lodge. It takes 2-3 hours along the channel experiencing the best views of wildlife, it acts as an oasis of park more so during the dry season
Kazinga boat cruise is blended with other things to do in the queen Elizabeth national park for example game drives in the Kasenyi plains, it is amazing by how many animal species you will encounter while here, through the well distributed game tracks expect to meet wildlife and birds, Game drives are also done in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park and also one of the where doing night game drives is allowed. Guided nature walks, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge.
Getting to Queen Elizabeth national park, can be by road or by Air it takes +/-7 hours’ drive to the ecosystem, flights can be arranged to the Kasese airstrip.