I thought I had seen it all…After a highly successful safari week in Tanzania, then tracking the mountain gorillas and visiting the tree climbing lions in their offices in southwestern Uganda, I thought, all that would be hard to beat. But the reality proved me wrong. The Kazinga Channel boat cruise at sunset in the northern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park far exceeded my expectations. I was overwhelmed by the number and variety of animals, and I didn’t know where to look, what to shoot. Non-stop wildlife cruise for two straight hours that easily became the highlight of our trip to Uganda.

Boat safari Uganda Kazinga Channel - MAHO on Earth Boutique Adventure Tours and Travel Blog
How many different species can you count on this picture?

Seeing such a diversity of animals wallowing in the water and doing their natural business, not only in huge quantities but also highly active, is absolutely breathtaking: elephants hugging each other (or perhaps fighting?); another elephant scaring off water buffaloes; Nile monitor lizards and crocs coming out of the water and sneaking their way; storks, pelicans, bee-eaters, weaver-birds and more species of birds accompanying with their songs; and then the ever lazy hippos in a surge of energy shooting out of the water without warning, THIS close to our boat!

Kazinga Channel boat cruise Uganda

Was it all even real? You’ll have to decide for yourself! First, check out the short video on YouTube https://youtu.be/cy6KdF4umyQ for the highlights of our 2-hour boat safari on the Kazinga Channel in Uganda. And then, let the pictures take you back to my boat on the river. Repeat as needed and enjoy!

Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 62
Nile crocodile and a fearless bird
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 65
Follow me, dude!
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 70
Are you looking for someone, dear?
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 71
Let’s switch sides, kids
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 72
Ugandan Christmas Tree: Weaver birds and their nests
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 80
Hey there!
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 84
Nile monitor lizard
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 86
Malachite kingfisher
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 87
Grey heron
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 88
Hippos look like giant boulders
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 90
La Dolce Vita
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 91
Should I stay or should I go?
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 93
“Stand up for something, even if it means standing alone. Because often times, the one who flies solo has the strongest wings.” – Woodland kingfisher
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 96
African Fish Eagles are monogamous, normally seen in pairs and are believed to mate for life. Pairs generally remain within sight of each other for most of the day.
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 97
Hamerkop
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 100
Nile monitor lizard
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 101
White stork
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 102
Bee-eater in flight
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 104
The Hippopotamuses – the funny looking creatures with short legs, a huge mouth and a body like a barrel- are considered to be the third largest land mammal in the world (after the white rhinos and elephants).
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 105
Their massive bodies make it impossible for them to swim, but allow them to simply walk or stand on the river/lake floor, or lie in the shallows. The Hippos can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes and spend most of their time submerged in the water.
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 106
Such a handsome devil!
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 109
While many people view the hippo as a harmless and comic character, in reality, it is a dangerous creature. They have such powerful jaws and sharp teeth that can crush a crocodile or split a boat in two. That’s why I was scared to death when two of them suddenly emerged from underwater, or another one charged at us on land while trying to take photos through the open window of our safari vehicle.
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 113
Buffaloes enjoying a group bath. Note the houses at the background – humans and animals have learned to survive together
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 118
Rows of nostrils just above the water and countless birds
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 122
Bird’s paradise
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 123
Symbiotic friendship
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 124
Almost always tired…
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 129
Move aside, tiny humans!
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 130
Elephant greeting
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 127
Elephant hug
Queen Elizabeth Kazinga Uganda 132
Sunset and my boat on the river…