Lake Bujagali Tours

Starting from the Nile River Explorers campsite on the picturesque Lake Bujagali, you’ll push out onto the water aboard one of our stable and easy to steer sit-on-top kayaks.

Your guide will introduce you to the river and the various bird species that live amongst the islands and along the riverbank. A local to the area, your guide will happily answer your questions about the lake and the local area.

Giant_kingfisher_Megaceryle_maxima_jinja_ugandaYou can expect to see many species of birds while out on the lake, pied kingfishers often hover above us, while cormorants dive beneath you. With no engine noise, you are be able to get up closer to the river’s inhabitants than any other means. There are around 20 bird species which have daily sightings here and plenty of others that visit the area. The lucky few may see the African fish eagles hunting directly overhead or, especially if birds aren’t your thing, the freshwater otters that live nearby playing in the water and on the rocks.

At the halfway point on your tour, you’ll refuel with cold sodas, beers or a gin and tonic or two before heading back downstream between a new set of islands. Taking time to just watch the world go by or to see the orange sun drift towards the horizon as you go.

This is a very relaxed way to experience the Nile, hopefully a pace that suits you.

Bujagali sit-on-top tour

  • 2hr guided cruise
  • Ideal for birdwatching
  • Family friendly
  • Gin & tonics and cold drinks on the Nile
  • $40 per person

Join your guide on a gentle 2 hour tour of Bujagali lake, observe the wildlife and have a few drinks while watching the sun set over the Ugandan hills.  

Prefer to do it standing up? Click here for our sister company Nile SUP

Kayak the Nile Tripadvisor

Joan W, from Ruthin, UK

“What fun we have had!

I guess my husband and I fall into the category of ‘wrinklies’ – (we certainly won’t be seeing 50 again…) and initially I wasn’t too enamoured with the idea of ‘kayaking on the Nile’. However, we have now discovered the sit-on-top ‘Sunset Cruise’ on Bujagali Lake with Kayak the Nile!

Our guide Abra, tailored a couple of hours late one afternoon to suit our needs (basically just exploring, and bird watching).

We paddled along the shore line of the lake, around islands, past reed beds, and all on lovely warm, flat water. The gin and tonics from the cool box at sunset were an added bonus (did you realise gin is measured in ‘single’, ‘double’ and ‘Abbra’ measures?!)

We are keen birdwatchers and have spent years in Southern and Eastern Africa but never before seen such a wealth of bird life focused into such a concentrated area.

Abbra was knowledgeable about the birds and Kayak the Nile provided a spotter’s guide to the most commonly seen birds on the lake: 4 types of kingfishers, jacanas, storks and several types of heron to name but a few…

We hired the sit-on-tops a couple of times more on our own on subsequent days, to continue with our bird watching and photography.

I recommend the friendly set-up, the location and the activity to anyone – even those who don’t know much about birds!”

Joan W. Ruthin, UK
via Tripadvisor

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