The Kazinga Channel is a natural channel that is situated between two water body sources in Uganda that is Lake George on the Eastern side and Lake Edward on the Western side. The Kazinga channel is a wide, 32km (20mi) long intermediate channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward and attracts a varied range of bird and animal species.
Lake George is a small lake with an average depth of only 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) and which is fed by streams from the Rwenzori Mountains. Its outflow is through the Kazinga Channel which drains into Lake Edward, water levels fluctuating very little.
The channel is one of the most common and important feature in Queen Elizabeth national park since it’s one of the world’s concentration of the hippos and the Nile crocodiles. Boat cruises that last for 2 to 3 hours are operated from 9:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm to offer visitors a closer view of the different bird and wildlife species.
The boat rides set from the grounds of Mweya safari lodge and always accompanied with trained and knowledgeable guides to give you relative information on any species of wildlife you come across so as to make your safari informative and educative.
Getting to the channel
The Kazinga channel is located a few meters from the grounds of Mweya safari lodge and it’s a 1 hour drive throughout Queen Elizabeth national park from most lodges within and outside the park.
What to see at the channel?
Some of the species of animals a must see at the Kazinga channel include schools of hippos and crocodiles while buffaloes, elephant and a variety of antelope species can be spotted along the shoreline.
Not only animals but the channel also harbours a variety of bird species, so birders are gifted a lot once they take a visit to the Kazinga channel. Over 70 bird species can be seen during a launch cruise at the Kazinga channel, some of the birds that can be spotted include the African fish eagle, white-faced whistling, King fisher, pelicans, great and long-tailed cormorants and if caught lucky you can see the rare shoebill stork.
Note: If you miss a boat ride to the Kazinga channel, your safari will be considered incomplete of the fact that you will have missed an interesting and memorable activity.