Community Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Also known as the Kazinga channel community boat cruise, this is one of the activities you can do on a safari to Queen Elizabeth national park. It is another way to explore the park’s wildlife as you sail on the calm waters of Kazinga channel.

Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the best places to go for boat cruise safaris in Uganda. It boasts various options for this tourist activity and the community boat cruise is the most affordable and flexible than all others. The Kazinga channel community boat cruise takes place on Kazinga channel, the 40km water stream that joins lakes Edward and George.

If you are looking for flexible, less congested and cheaper boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park, then this is for you.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

What is the price of the community boat cruise in Kazinga Channel?

Kazinga channel boat cruise is best for visitors looking for budget water tours in a wildlife park. Visitors heading for the activity are required to pay only $25 boat fee giving them an opportunity to cruise for two hours.

At what time does the boat cruise take place?

The community boat cruise of Queen Elizabeth national park does not have any fixed schedule for operation. Rather it operates on availability of visitors. When visitors arrive at the docking area, they set off for the activity. The minimum number of visitors to get the boat going is two. However, if you can meet the fare for two yet you are one, the boat is set for you to go cruising for two hours of adventure.

Boat trips of the community boat cruise start at 8am up to 7pm every day.

It is also recommended to book for the trip to be on a safe side of time management of your safari. It is also advisable to arrive at the dock area at least 20 minutes before the agreed time of the boat cruise.

The experience at the Queen Elizabeth community boat cruise

The activity is under the guidance of expert local guides from the surrounding communities. They are well informed of the history of the place, current affairs, facts about the wildlife and other information. These guides will go ahead and fully explain the background information of the landscape and while of the area.

The two hours of the trip is an opportunity to see many of the park wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and multitudes of birds among others. Since hippos dominate in the water bodies in Queen Elizabeth national park, you will spot them endlessly.

How to access the boat cruise

The starting point for the boat cruise is in Katunguru – a small town centre between Rubirizi and Kasese. The boat cruise starts at Katunguru Bridge on the Kasese- Mbarara highway running through Queen Elizabeth national park.  

The best time for boat cruise on Kazinga channel

The best time for boat safari in Queen Elizabeth national park is the dry season- December –February and June to august. During this period, there is little or no rainfall which would interfere with the activity. Also, wildlife views are perfect.

This boat cruise is a cool way to explore Kazinga channel and the park at large. It gives wonderful sides of the story of wildlife as well as interacting with the community which lives with the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth national park. To arrange for a Uganda safari including a community boat cruse in Queen Elizabeth national park, contact us today for bookings through or call our travel consultants on +256-700135510/ +256-414699459.