Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kazinga channel is among the most important features in Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the most well-liked game reserve in Uganda. The channel connects two Lakes; Lake Gorge which is to the east and Lake Edward which is to the west. The channel has the wonderful view of the most important wildlife ventures within Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Lake George is on the Eastern side of the Kazinga Channel with an overall depth of 2.4 meters and 250 sq. km and it is fed by streams flowing from the spectacular Rwenzori Mountains just north of this lake. Lake Gorge covers a total area of 2 000 sq. km flows through this Kazinga Channel and drains west into the adjacent Lake. Lake Edward is one of the main fresh-water lakes in Uganda.
The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles. An average of 60 bird species can be spotted during the trip. Carrying up to 40 passengers, the boats guarantee a seat with a view, while expert ranger guides narrate the creatures’ stories.
Launch trips last two hours and run three or four times a day. They can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya, or through our office of travel experts – Enquire with us.
The Kazinga Channel is accessed by a boat cruise which begins at the Mweya peninsula, found 20 km west of Kasese-Mbarara main road. There are Special hire taxis available at the Katunguru trading centre. These normally charge around Ush30,000 – a one way fare to Mweya Lodge.
Tourism & Activities at the Channel
On the shores of this channel you will find a large number of wild animals, birds and reptiles all through the year. The Kazinga Channel holds one of the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plenty of Nile crocodiles.
These animals can be seen well on a boat cruise down the course of the channel or most likely at the entrance of the spectacular Lake Edward. The Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel is extremely rewarding and among the finest and most liked launch trips in the country. The boat cruise is operated from 3pm and 5pm local time, whereas additionally expeditions are done at 11am and 1 pm local time basing on the tourists’ preference.
The Kazinga channel comprises of sections such as the North Kazinga in addition to the Kasenyi plains. The plains of this channel offer breath taking viewpoints of spotting game. On a game tracking voyage, you will have a better way to see the diverse wildlife living in this area within its very pristine natural environment such as buffaloes, elephants in addition to other wild animals that live within the grassland thickets in the Northern Kazinga near to Mweya. The most convenient and favorable place to spot the lions is within the eastern section of Kasenyi Plains as well as the Kasese road on which they prey on the large number of resident Uganda Kobs.
- Mweya Safari Lodge – this 5-star luxury lodge ideal for relaxation, it has swimming facilities and different bird species can be seen around the area.
- Simba Safari Camp – this newly built safari accommodation on the border of the national park and only 2 km from the Equator is on a hill and offers spectacular views of Lake George, the Kazinga Channel and the savannah plains.
- Katara Lodge ;Katara Lodge is situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond. Katara Lodge is located 16km from the Katunguru gate of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is Uganda’s premier safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world
- Kyambura Safari Lodge This eclectic contemporary safari lodge in Uganda has been converted from an old coffee processing plant and is an ideal location for Uganda safari activities.The beautiful bandas have each been nestled into the hillside with their luxury comforts including en-suite bathrooms and an individual view of the park.
- Enganzi Lodge is the perfect gateway to the mighty Queen Elizabeth National park. The captivating lodge is nestled on a hill bordering the Queen Elizabeth National Park and overlooking un spoilt bush in the cradle of western Ugandans magnificent wild.
- Kazinga Channel View Resort ; Offers an affordable accommodation and is located in Katunguru along Kazinga channel, within Queen Elizabeth National Park, 1km off Kasese-Mbarara road.The animals visit the Resort which include Buffalos, Hippopotamus, Warthogs Elephants, Monitor lizards, Forest hogs, Lions, Hyenas and Baboons among others.
- Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Many animals frequent the camp during day & at night. Lions,hippos, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, kob, hyenas and wart hogs are frequent the camp. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roari
- Kasenyi Wild Game Lodge
- Jacana Safari Lodge – this luxury lodge on the banks of a crater lake is good for relaxation and refreshment for utmost comfort.
- The Institute of Ecology – this is a basic hostel accommodation style.
Camping – can be done at Mweya, Maramagambo Forest and Ishasha sector. Better to move along camping with facilities
Quick Kazinga Channel Facts
Size: 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park – between lake Edward and Lake George
Desc: The hippo Paradise – The Kazinga Channel in Uganda is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Areas of interest: Queen Elizabeth National Park for a savanna game drive.
When to Visit: December to February and June to July is the best time to Kazinga Channel – during the dry season. However, you may also see some of the rarest bird species.