Boat safaris are a wonderful way to spot wildlife whilst relaxing in a comfortable chair and not having to worry about bumps in the road. Nowhere is this truer than on the Kazinga Channel, a natural, 20-mile-long waterway that connects two of Uganda’s westernmost lakes – Edward and George. It also happens to flow through Queen Elizabeth National Park, arguably Uganda’s top wildlife destination (by now you’ll have realized that many Ugandan placenames have quite a retro, colonial feel). Kyambura Gorge Lodge is our lodge of choice near Queen Elizabeth National Park. If you’ve not yet seen hippo or elephant, this waterlily lined channel is the closest thing to a guarantee you can find.
If you’re keen to look for more elusive wildlife, then an excursion along the Nile below Murchison Falls might yield a sighting of the enigmatic – and enormous – shoebill stork. Nile Safari Lodge is the best option in Murchison Falls.