Rafting, Canoeing and Boat Cruises in the Pearl of Africa



Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is rich in water resources. The rivers, lakes and wetlands cover about 18% of Uganda’s total surface, including Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the source of the Nile River, the longest river in the world. All these provide a prime environment for water activities such as canoeing, boat cruises and kayaking across the Nile, Lake Victoria basin and several other numerous water bodies across the country.

During canoeing, tourists can discover the peace and tranquility of Uganda’s beautiful waterways, and experience wildlife like never, while learning the pleasure of being at one with the water and nature.

Canoeing activities can be done in Ssese Islands, Mabamba swamp, Lake Mutanda, Lake Bunyonyi, Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, Katonga Reserve, and several parts on the shores of Lake Victoria. The best time to do canoeing is during the dry seasons, from December to February and June to August.

Tourists can also enjoy a boat cruise at the Source of the Nile, Lake Victoria, as one of the amazing experiences to be done in the Pearl of Africa. Uganda offers some of the unique and amazing water trails for breath-taking boat rides including the Source of the Nile, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Victoria, and Ssese Islands.

Along these trails, visitors will be able to see scenic wonders of forests, rocky islands, reptiles, wildlife, and a myriad of birdlife.

The best places to experience boat cruises are the Source of the Nile, Murchison Falls, Kazinga Channel at Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Victoria and Ssese Islands, Lake Mburo at Lake Mburo National Park. The boat cruise activity can be experienced on any day throughout the year.

While Canoeing and Boat cruises can be a suitable experience for all of the family members, another thrilling water activity in Uganda is only for adrenaline seekers, the water rafting.

Water rafting is considered the wildest marine activity in the Pearl of Africa. Adventurers are having this as a must-do experience during their visit to Uganda.

Adventure travellers coming for safaris in Uganda can also enjoy White water rafting at Itanda falls in Jinja or the rafting base on the banks of River Nile in Eastern Uganda.

Rafting can be done every day throughout the year, though dry seasons between January – April and July – October are the most favourable.

With flights from Emirates and Qatar Airways, The Pearl of Africa is welcoming all travellers who want to experience authentic African welcoming hospitality.

Photo: Nile River Explorers

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