Boat Cruise Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Boat Cruise Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park : is one of activity you cannot miss out on while visiting this pristine national park. Established in 1952, Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda, covering approximately 1,978 square kilometres. The national park is situated in western part of the country in Kasese district. It is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority along with nine national parks. The national park is popular among tourists for its tree climbing lions in its Ishasha sector, with about 95 different wildlife species and over 600 species of birds.
About the boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth park.
The boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth park are conducted on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George. The boat cruise experience in Queen is offered by both Uganda Wildlife Authority and Mweya safari lodge. The cruise offers tourists a chance to view lots of wildlife in the national park, such as; elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, zebras, giraffe, bush-bucks, hippos and crocodiles to mention but a few.
The boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth park is conducted both in the morning and evening. Morning boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park commence at 9am every day. The evening boat cruise safaris in the national park start at exactly 2pm. Each launch trip offers visitors two hours of wildlife viewing.
Boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park offer quite marvelous bird viewing opportunities as the park is a well-known birding destination in East Africa. Some of the stunning species of birds that birders are likely to sight while on a boat cruise include; long tailed cormorant, open billed stork, black crake, pied kingfisher, pink backed pelican, yellow billed stork, African jacana, African skimmer, swamp flycatcher, red capped lark, grey capped lark, slender tailed nightjar, African mourning dove among others. Birders can also be able to view local fishing villages around Kazinga Channel where the fishermen will be laying their fishing gears for the night to catch fish when the hippos are grazing on land.
Cost of a boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda are quite affordable. For a fee of USD 30 dollars, one can enjoy a boat cruise safari in the national park. In addition to that, you can enjoy the boat cruise safari with friends and family. Most of the boats used for the boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park have a carrying capacity of 30 passengers, and each passenger on board is given a life jacket for safety purposes.
Best time to go on a boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park can be done throughout the year. However, the best time for visitors to enjoy a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park is during the dry season. This is in the month of June to September and December to February. During this time, animals in the park usually converge at Kazinga channel to quench their thirst and cool off.
Other Activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Apart from the boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park, there are other activities that you can enjoy during your visit to the park and they include; guided game drives, sport fishing, guided nature walks, bird watching, hippo census, Chimpanzee tracking, Banded mongoose, lion tracking experience and community cultural tours to mention but a few.
What to carry on a boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Here are some essential items to bring along with you on a boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park; a pair of binoculars, camera, a hat/cap, sunscreen and insect repellent cream, and bottled water.
How you can get to Queen Elizabeth national park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located about 420 kilometres from Kampala via Mbarara. Travelers can also access the southern part of the national park via Ishasha as you drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The northern route to the national park goes through Fort Portal town which is covers a distance of 410km.
Boat cruise safari in Queen Elizabeth national park is undoubtedly one of the best activities that travelers visiting the national park cannot miss out on. The national park has a lot to offers its visitors from splendid game drives to tracking its famous tree climbing lions and habituated chimpanzee to mention but a few. Get in touch with us and book your trip to Queen Elizabeth national park!