The Kazinga channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel connecting the two Lakes; Lake Gorge (which is to the east) and Lake Edward (which is to the west). These are named after Queen Victoria’s son and heir, Edward VII and his own successor, George V. This channel is among the most important features in Queen Elizabeth National Park (which is the most well-liked game reserve in Uganda covering an entire land area of 1,978 sq km). The channel has the wonderful view of the most important wildlife ventures within Queen Elizabeth National Park.
On the Eastern side of the Kazinga Channel is Lake George; a tiny lake with an overall depth of 2.4 meters and 250 sq km. This lake is fed by streams flowing from the spectacular Rwenzori Mountains just north of this lake. The outflow from Lake Gorge flows through this Kazinga Channel and drains west into the adjacent Lake Edward (which is among the main fresh-water lakes in Uganda) that covers a total area of 2000 sq km.
Early explorers in Africa often had to cope with inhospitable terrain and travel by boat was especially difficult. Now you can experience the sights and sounds that greeted these early pioneers in luxury and comfort. Cruise the Kazinga Channel and view the immense concentration of hippos at close range, spot over 100 species of water birds, marvel at the majestic elephants in their natural habitat and the notorious Nile crocodiles sunbathing on the channel bank. 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 operates from 3pm and 5pm local time, whereas expeditions are done at 11am and 1 pm local time basing on the tourists’ preference ( booking is done at Mweya safari lodge).
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 view points of spotting game. Through embarking 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.
However, 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 within that area. The best time to have game drives is in the mornings as well as late in the afternoons. It is the duty of the range guide to offer you adequate information about the wildlife within this park; help you identify some of the wildlife that you may have no noticed; and above all to ensure that you have the most pleasurable times as well as memorable experience on this safari.
The Boat cruise begins at the Mweya peninsula. This is found 20 km west of Kasese-Mbarara main road. All vehicle itinerant between Mbarara and Kasese go through Katunguru. There are Special hire taxis available at the Katunguru trading centre. These normally charge around Ush30,000 – a one way fare to Mweya Safari Lodge.