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Rafting, Canoeing and Boat Cruises in the Pearl of Africa

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

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 numerous other water bodies.

Rafting, Canoeing and Boat Cruises in the Pearl of Africa

During canoeing, tourists can discover the peace and tranquillity 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.

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Tourists can also enjoy a boat cruise at the Source of the Nile, Lake Victoria, as one of the fantastic experiences to be done in the Pearl of Africa. Uganda offers some unique and wonderful 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.

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Along these trails, visitors will 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 practical experience for all family members, another thrilling water activity in Uganda is only for adrenaline seekers, the water rafting.

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Water rafting is considered the wildest ma