Kazinga Channel
Kazinga Channel
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StephanieKrishnan
Singapore, Singapore156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Worth the few hours we spent here - make sure you wear sunscreen and hats. The variety of wildlife at the river's edge was fabulous. Great to see and our guide was great at spotting and getting close without being too disturbing (he shut of his engines at just the right time to drift us close). Wonderful that he was mindful of the impact that the noise has in stressing the animals and that he sought to minimise it. Thank you!
Written January 28, 2020
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Amina
Newmarket, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Kazinga Channel teems with wildlife – everything from the mighty elephant, that makes it’s trek down the hill from the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the watering hole to drink and play; the hippos that will scare you as you feel that if the boat were to tip you would be their next meal; the water buffalo that are bigger than you thought; the crocodiles that lay with their mouths open to breathe and the countless birds in the trees and monkey species running along the shore playing or relaxing in the trees.

The boat ride was 2 hours long and we took off from the shore below the Myewa Safari Lodge, at the Mweya Penninsula. By the way, Mweya Safari Lodge is one of the places we will be staying at when we visit this area.

The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometer long natural channel connecting two Lakes; Lake George to the east and Lake Edward to the west. Many consider the Channel to be one of the most important features of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Written August 13, 2020
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mfuwe
Isle of Man, UK48,106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Take the UWA large boat for a good and informative commentary.
The cruise costs US$30 and takes two hours. Almost all the resident wildlife can be seen at times plus lots of birds.
Written March 5, 2020
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AltabasTravels
London, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We took a three-hour tour on the Kazinga channel and had an amazing experience seeing and watching the wildlife up and down the channel.

Huge numbers of Elephants including a herd that came down to the channel with their very small calves and allowed us to get relatively close for a look. Lots of Buffalo and Hippo too as well as warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, and a Giant Forest Hog. Crocodile too and loads of birds including kingfishers, stork, ibis, herons, bee-eaters and skimmers.

The guide was excellent at both spotting interesting wildlife as well as telling us all about them and the location.

Thoroughly recommend.
Written July 10, 2022
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JKH_GA_USA
Canton, GA162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Kazinga Channel boat tour was everything it was hyped to be. We were able to get very close to five elephants splashing and playing in the water. The hippos liked to turn their backs to us, but we still were able to get some great photos. The fishing village along the route is extremely picturesque, even Disneyesque, with it's multiple boats parked on the shore and a peninsula chock full of animals sunning or grazing.
Our ranger guide was very informative and pointed out several species of birds. He answered all of our questions and was able to weave in some funny and interesting stories along with the facts about what we saw.
I appreciated that the boat would linger near the animals on the shore to give everyone time to watch and enjoy them, as well as to take pictures. I never felt that we were rushed along the route.
In my opinion, the Kazinga Channel tour is the only reason to visit the northern sector of QENP. You won't see nearly as many animals on your land safari in QENP as you will along the channel.
This tour is a must do.
Written August 6, 2021
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ananjand
Mumbai, India145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We took the UWA boat. There was a running commentary that helped in locating the wildlife. No sooner was the opposite bank visible than we started viewing a number of birds close to the edge of the water. Later during the trip we saw the hippos, elephants, wild boar, crocodiles, eagles etc. So long was the opposite bank was visible, some bird or animal could be viewed.

However, the boat ride was poorly managed. We spent a long time sitting inside the car while our driver went to procure the tickets. Once close to the boarding point there were about 4 boats all either filled up or in process of getting filled-up. When we were able to locate our designated boat, we found that both decks of boat was completely filled there was no enough sitting space for the 5 persons in our group that included one person above 75 years and two above 60 years. We were asked to stand and maybe get some makeshift seat later during the cruise. We naturally decided not to proceed and got down from the boat. Just then a group of tourists decided against proceeding with the cruise in view of over-filling of the boat and disembarked. As we had limited time at our disposal and coming back again was not an option, we took their vacated seats in the lower deck. Later during the course of the cruise we saw that another boat had got stuck in the sand at the opposite bank and efforts were underway to pull it out.

Be that as it may, the cruise is certainly recommended and definitely worth the money spent on it.
Written April 30, 2020
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CristinaTravelPlans
New York City, NY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This wildlife boat safari is spectacular. You see so many animals together at the shoreline. It is right out of national geographic. We saw Hippos, African Elephants, Water Buffalo, and so many birds…all together! You find many serious photographers on this tour. The guide was great – especially with spotting and describing all the different birds. Tip: sit on the top deck, left hand side for best viewing.
Written February 12, 2020
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miaandpiotr
West Vancouver48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This trip was great! Our guide was amazing and we saw lots of wildlife. The only really disturbing thing was when we saw an elephant on the shore --- he was frolicking and grazing and it was so cool. Our boat driver cut the motor to let us watch. Then two other boats came by, didn't cut the motor. The elephant clearly became agitated and I hated seeing this. They didn't cut the motor or back off when it was clear that the elephant needed space. Very sad. I hope they stop this practice
Written October 16, 2022
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ljturco
Mebane, NC243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The boat ride on the Kazinga Channel was one of the top 3 highlights of our three-week Uganda trip. The density and diversity of the wildlife along the channel was just stunning. There was a large herd of elephants having their afternoon drink and splash at the river's edge, and the boat captain let us stay near them for a good long time to get all the photos we wanted. Being so close to the lovely elephants in such an idyllic setting was absolute heaven
Written June 22, 2021
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Joshua I
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I can see why people like it, but it wasn't for me. You get close to a lot of animals: dozens of elephants and hippos, also many cape buffalo and birds. The problem for me was that the boat motor was very noisy, so it was a loud experience and felt more like being in traffic rather than a serene nature experience. It was also too loud to hear anything the guide was saying.
Written August 5, 2022
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