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Safari in Kazinga channel

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Safari in Kazinga channel
Inserted: 25.04.2014
Author: Jaroslav Málek © gigaplaces.com

One hundred and ten kilometers south of Fort Portal the road overcomes nearly forty kilometers long channel Kazinga. It connects two lakes belonging to the Great Rift Valley (Lake George and Lake Edward). The channel together with the two lakes falls within the National Park Queen Elizabeth. This channel is especially renowned for huge number of hippos. But they are not the only animals that can be seen here. Except for hippos you can see here buffaloes, elephants, crocodiles and a large number of birds. This safari is an unforgettable experience and it is worth to go here.

Mweya safari lodge

At the Lake Edward is Mweya safari logde, where you can stay and make a boat trip along the canal.

Mweya safari lodge
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Residents of the channel

Soon after sailing out, we come across the first inhabitants of the channel basking on the shore. Soon, however, he will hide into the water from the disturbing tourists. He is the first warning for any enthusiast to swim.

Residents of the channel
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Hippo

Observation of hippos is best known attraction for tourists here. The probability that you will really see a hippopotamus is very close to certainty. They are mostly lying in the water, but if you're lucky, you'll see them in full glory standing on the shore.
 

Hippo
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Hippo paradise

After visiting Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will understand why hippos have here their little paradise.

Hippo paradise
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At your fingertips

You will mostly see hippos how they bathe in the shore. Sometimes, however, they emerge from beneath the surface just a short distance from the boat or they swim below the boat, which may be very scaring for the passengers.
 

At your fingertips
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Hippopotamus with calf

If you are lucky, you will see hippo with a baby. She guards him like a treasure.
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Hippopotamus with calf
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African Fish-Eagle

Various animals including birds of all kinds come into the area around the channel for food.
 

African Fish-Eagle
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Bird´s good-lookers

In the steep banks nest also smaller birds such as kingfishers and Pied Kingfisher.

Bird´s good-lookers
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On the hunt

Beautiful Yellow-billed Stork can be seen during fishing.
 

On the hunt
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Drinking basin

Also elephants from the area come to drink from the channel.
 

Drinking basin
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Buffalo

Buffaloes occasionally walk along the shore. You can see the number of holes in the wall of the shore behind the buffalo, in which smaller birds nest.

Buffalo
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Symbiosis

You will see great symbiosis of birds and mammals on the channel. Birds are walking on the back of large mammals and deprive them of unpleasant parasites.

Symbiosis
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Herds of buffaloes

In places where there are not steep shores, we can see very large herds of buffaloes and neighboring hippos. They seem to live together in complete peace.

Herds of buffaloes
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The abyss Kyambura

Not far from the road bridge over the canal is an outlook place into one of the side valleys of the Great Rift Valley. People come here to observe chimpanzees.
 

The abyss Kyambura
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Lake George

In the distance behind Rift Valley can be seen glistening surface of Lake George.

Lake George
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