In July 2012, I moved to Kasese, west of Kampala, for my one-year Global Health Corps cooperation with a non-profit organization that serves community in the Rwenzori area. At first, I bemoaned leaving “excitement and style” of city life, having spent most of my life in Kampala. One month in Kasese, I was profoundly, frantically and sincerely enamored with the certain natural beauty of this part of the country.
Kasese region is surrounded by four national parks to be specific; Rwenzori in the north, Kibale in the west, Virunga in east and Queen Elizabeth in the south. It is likewise naturally blessed with various lakes and small snaking their way in old ancient of white rocks into Lake Edward and George. Another of these gifts of nature is Kazinga Channel, a 40-kilometre extend of conduit linking Lake George and Lake Edward.
It is an oasis that extinguishes the thirst of both people and various animals, incorporating elephants, hippos, warthogs, elands, crocodiles, bison, cattle, goats and even birds. In February 2013, I was treated to a boat cruise on the channel in festival of a friend’s birthday. We voyaged by road west of Kasese town through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the clamoring fishing community of Katwe Kabatooro.
This small town is one of the numerous passages to the Kazinga Channel through Lake Edward. It was a boat cruise arranged by a friend, so we didn’t pay any fee, aside from cover fuel costs. On our way, we were treated to a tremendous perspective of wildlife, incorporating different species of birds, animals, for example elephants, buffalos, antelopes and warthogs. We additionally got a flash of crater lakes whose banks were defined by herds of hippopotamus showering in the sun.
While in Katwe Kabatooro, we made a detour to Lake Katwe, a well known salt lake where locals procure their every day bread by harvesting salt, which is traded to countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. At the salt lake, we enjoyed stunning perspectives of various pink flamingos and lovely layouts of salt harvesting ponds on the lake.
We from that point made our way to the landing site, where we met fishermen delighted with their day’s catch of fresh tilapia, cat fish and lung fish from Lake Edward.
The landing site is just as spectacular, beautified with various colourful wooden kayaks, motor boats used by fishermen and some greater vessels used to take tourists to tour the lake, its islands and obviously the Kazinga Channel. On the boat ride to the channel, one has a clear glimpse of the now defunct salt processing industries, whose feeble buildings still tower the skylines of this clamoring town, thinking back over their past glory. On Lake Edward, we saw various animals, incorporating hippopotamus, bison, tiny white monkeys on trees, the Nile crocodiles and the rare fast yellow water snake that almost smashed into our boat. We essentially jumped out of the boat trying to escape from it.
“Unlike the percolating water points that imply the source of the Nile in Jinja, the Kazinga Channel needs no introduction,” our guide gladly proclaimed as we entered this narrow conduit and in reality he was right. This natural conduit notably characterizes itself from Lake Edward and George, yet strengthens the clear sibling like bond the two lakes share.
At the Kazinga Channel, we saw various animals, incorporating a herd of elephants, cattle from nearby communities, buffaloes, parcels and heaps of hippopotamus and various birds species, incorporating the peaked crane, marabou stocks and water ducks with their ducklings. All these animals and birds were sipping from the cool waters.
It was so amicable. On our way back, we got a glimpse of the extraordinary Egyptian kite grandly resting on a tree best as we toured islands on the lake. This amazing two-hour experience affirmed that for sure Uganda is blessed by nature.
Did you know?
At the Kazinga Channel, there are various animals, incorporating elephants, cattle from adjacent villages, buffaloes, lots of hippopotamus and various birds, for example the Crested Crane, marabou stocks and water ducks.
Due to all the extraordinary wildlife in the country, there are many tour operators in the country ready to serve you on your safari in Uganda. They offer different safari in the country gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda wildlife safaris in other national parks in the country like; Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park among others, cultures tours and many others. Book now you trip to Uganda and discover what they call nature beauty.