Boat Cruise Safaris


Boat Cruise Safaris: A boat cruise safari is a recreational and adventurous experience on the fresh water bodies of Uganda (the pearl of Africa). This activity offers a golden opportunity to travelers to enjoy the scenic views of the wildlife and the stunning vegetation.

Additionally, boat cruises offer refreshment and relaxation as well as lasting memories for tourists visiting Uganda.

Where can one enjoy a boat cruise safari in Uganda?

Boat cruise tours are possible in several parts of Uganda such as Lake Mburo National park, Lake Victoria (the second largest lake in the world), Lake Bunyonyi (the deepest lake in Africa), Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park, at the source of the Nile, the Albertine Nile in Murchison fall National park and many others.

Attractions to see while on a boat cruise

While on a a boat cruise safari, tourists get a chance to enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty of the wildlife for instance, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, bird species among others. Also, they can be able to view the nearby communities and villages.

Other activities that you can combine with a boat cruise

The boat cruise safari can be organized together with other Uganda safari activities such as wildlife game viewing, chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth National park and in Budongo forest national park in Murchison fall national park, tree climbing lion experience (Ishasha), gorilla trekking experience, bird watching safaris, nature walks among others.

Boat cruise destinations

Kazinga Channel

To begin with, Kazinga channel is a 40km natural channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward and also divides Queen Elizabeth national Park into two. This small channel of water has the highest population of hippos in Africa.

Going for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel offers tourists an amazing boat adventure experience since they get a chance to view various wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, monitor lizards and bird species such as King fishers, African skimmers, martial eagles, pelicans, papyrus gonolek, cormorants, shoebill stork and fish eagles.

Also, predators as well as nocturnal animals normally come to the shores in the late afternoons for a drink.

Additionally, while on the boat cruise, you can be able to see the surrounding fishing villages and the people’s day to day activities.

Murchison falls

The falls were named by Sir Samuel Baker whose boat was overturned by a hippo on a boating ride. The place is rich with history, and very scenic, the views from a boat on the Nile River are simply magnificent.

During your visit to Murchison falls national park, one of the activities that you cannot afford to miss out on is the boat cruise. This boat ride will take you to the top of the Murchison falls and the Nile delta of the Albertine Lake. More to that, expect to enjoy the views of the beautiful waterfalls and various wildlife such as Rothschild giraffes, antelopes, elephants, herds of buffaloes, Uganda kobs, hippos and a number of bird species.

It is important to note that, Murchison falls has two boats: the delta boat and Nile boat which you can board both in the morning and in the evening hours.

Unique features

There is a lot of history to be learnt and discovered on these boat cruise safaris. You can get off the boat at the bottom of the falls and walk up the trail that was taken by Winston Churchill. The spot where Earnest Hemmingway had his first airplane crash is nearby there too.

Lake Mburo

Located in Lake Mburo National Park, this lake offers a breathtaking boat safari. The boat rides here take you along the shores of Lake Mburo. You can catch sight of wildlife such as zebras, antelope, and buffalo as they move to the water. Lake Mburo is also home to the large eland antelopes which you just might get to see while on a boat cruise. Additionally, there are 3 different species of otters in Lake Mburo as well as hippos and crocodiles.

There is also a variety of bird life such as Pelicans, African Fin-foot, Heron, Cormorant, Fish Eagle, and the elusive Shoebill Stork.

Cost of a boat cruise in Uganda

In all the national parks where boat cruises take place such as Murchison falls National park, Queen Elizabeth National park and Lake Mburo National, the Uganda Wildlife Authority charges a cost of 30 dollars per person per day. However, at Lake Bunyonyi, the fee 150,000 Uganda shillings per person.

The fees in other boat cruise destinations vary according to different factors.

When is the best time for the Uganda boat cruise safari?

You can go for a boat cruise safari anytime throughout the year however it is better during the dry season that is June to mid-October, December to February.

Safety precautions required for a boat cruise

Tourists have to wear a life jacket to prevent them from drowning in case of an accident. More to that, it is advisable that they should have some swimming skills, should avoid leaning on the sides of the boat and avoid smoking during the boat cruise.

Also, there should be proper balance on the boat (both in the front and behind) to avoid accidents.

The boat should not be overcrowded thus it should carry the maximum capacity.

It is also important to note that the boats undergo thorough checks and maintenance to ensure safety of the tourists. Additionally, there are professional tour guides who provide guidance, protection and the necessary information.


If you would you like to go for a boat cruise safari in Uganda, contact Pamoja Tours and Travel for a life changing memorable experience. We also handle safaris in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zanzibar.

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