Uganda Boat ride Safaris
Uganda Boat ride Safaris: Uganda the pearl of Africa is a hub of a wide range of tourism activities that tourists can engage in, as they visit this amazing country. Though the most sought after activity in the country is mountain gorilla trekking done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, water activities are normally the next do go thing to do after the trekking experience.
Uganda is gifted with numerous water bodies that include rivers, lakes, swamps, craters and many more; not to mention the longest River- Nile River in the world originates from Uganda from the largest lake in the region Lake Victoria which is also in Uganda.
The magnificent water bodies in the country make it impossible for you to just stand by watching the flow of water, you want to get in and enjoy the adventure of rattling with the waters up-close and person. Different water options can give you a thrilling adventure of the waters and these include: – boat rides, white water rafting, canoeing, swimming, jet boat riding, cruises and many more.
In this article we want to talk about boat rides; places where you can have the best boat ride adventure in Uganda.
Boat ride as the name states they are rides taken on water bodies in a boat, depending on the size of the boat a boat ride can take as few as two people or as many as 20 plus people.
On boat rides, the riders are treated to spectacular sights of various water life including birds, mammals, reptiles and rare species. The riders also are treated to breath-taking views of the water body surrounding including rare and beautiful flora. Not forgetting the experience to just be on the water is just extraordinary, if you take a very early or very late boat ride you also get to enjoy the scenic sunrise or sunset respectively.
So since we know you desire to experience this and more on your visit to the pearl of Africa, we have listed below the top three places you can have the best boat ride experience.
Nile river in Murchison Falls National Park
You cannot visit Uganda and not experience the Nile river, the longest river in the word; it starts all the way from Eastern Uganda and flows upstream through north western Uganda and then out of the country to other parts of Africa.
Boat rides on the Nile River can be done in the several places the Nile passes but the best boat ride experience is usually in Murchison Falls National Park. The Nile passes through this park forming the famous magnificent Murchison Falls that are always are climax of your boat ride experience. Boat rides on this section of the Nile River, get you really close to these falls and the experience is to die for; you can also complete your boat ride with a hike on top of the falls which is another unique experience.
On top of seeing the falls, you are also guaranteed of seeing animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, a few crocodiles and many other animals. You will also see several bird species and of course unique and beautiful flora including forest cliffs along the river.
The park is also home to several wild animals that you can enjoy on a game drive and if you are up to it, you can go chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest just close to the park.
Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This 40km water channel found in western Uganda in Queen Elizabeth National Park connects Lake George and Lake Edward and divides this national park into two parts. Boat rides on this channel are managed by the park and they are usually done in the morning or in the afternoon, you can also arrange for a private boat ride that can be done at any time of the day. On these particular boat rides you will be treated to unique sights of flora along the channels, numerous birds including the famous shoe bill stork and other birds like the pelicans African spoonbills, martial eagles, papyrus gonolek, African skimmers and many more; reptiles like crocodiles, monitor lizards and others; then numerous mammals like hippos, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda Kob, antelopes and many more; of course it’s a water body, if you are really in luck you will see some fish and catch some if you are up to it.
Since the channel is inside QENP, you can always couple your boat ride experience in the park with animal game drives in the park including the lion tracking experience.
Lake Mburo in Lake Mburo National Park
Located in western Uganda, Lake Mburo is known as one of the most peaceful lakes in Uganda; the lake is inside Lake Mburo National Park and it’s one of the highest highlight of the park. Boat rides on this lake are done in the morning and afternoon and whatever time you decide to do your boat ride you will be assured to see a variety of animals like hippos, crocodiles, zebras, elephants, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes and many more
For the birds you’re assured of seeing the Black crake, Heron, Pelicans, Cormorant, African Finfoot, Fish Eagle and others.
On a visit to this park you can also engage in night animal game drives, horseback rides and many more activities.
Though these are our top three places that give you the most exciting boat rides, Uganda has other places like Jinja that also give you amazing boat rides. So on your visit to the country, don’t miss out on either one of these boat rides, you will be glad you did.