The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32 kilometre (20 mile) long freshwater channel that links Lake Edward to its smaller neighbour, Lake George. The lakes are named after Queen Victoria’s son, King Edward VII, and his own successor, King George V. The channel is a key feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park and a popular area for wildlife tourism.
The channel is home to a wide range of animals and birds, including one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos (around 2,000) and countless Nile crocodiles. You can also expect to see elephants, buffaloes, and over 100 species of water bird, including the African Skimmer.
Lake George is fed by streams from the Rwenzori mountains and its outflow drains into Lake Edward, via the Kazinga Channel. Lake George’s 250km² surface area is almost ten times smaller than that of its larger neighbour, Lake Edward (2325km²). The channel itself has a maximum depth of 8m.
Climb aboard and explore the wonders of the Kazinga Channel from a panoramic view. Soak up the sights of energetic elephants and bathing buffaloes as an expert ranger guides you through the flora and fauna of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
There are two independent boat ride operators, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Mweya Safari Lodge. Both trips cost around $30 per person and last around 2 hours. Mweya Safari Lodge gives tourists a choice between its comfortable ten-seater boat, The Sunbird, and its stylish twelve-seater boat, the Kingfisher. Both vessels have experienced guides and crew, but the Kingfisher allows you to travel in luxury through providing refreshments and canopies.
As well as seeing mesmerising mammals, you will get a glimpse of one of the eleven fishing villages that are located within Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Where is Kazinga channel found?
Kazinga channel is located in Kasese district; with in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is about 420km away from Kampala City. It has an estimated terrain of about 914m above sea level. It is wide and long natural channel of 32km (20mi) that links two fresh water Lake George and Lake Edward.
What is the major tourist attraction found at Kazinga Channel?
Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel is quite rewarding and one of the most famous launch trips in Uganda. Boat drives at the Kazinga Channel offers the opportunity of viewing hundreds of water birds, huge mammals like hippos, buffaloes, elephant herds.
How long is Kazinga Channel?
Why You Should Visit The Kazinga Channel
The Kazinga Channel is essentially a short river that runs between Lake George and Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Western Uganda. The channel is about 20 miles long and pretty shallow: only 8 metres deep at the deepest point.