Kazinga Channel

The Kazinga Channel in Uganda is a wide, 32 kilometers long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and dominant features of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippo and numerous Nile crocodiles.

Lake George is a small Lake with an average depth of only 2.4 meters (7.9ft) and which is fed by streams from the Rwenzori Mountains. Its outflow is through the Kazinga Channel which drains into Lake Edward, water levels fluctuating very little.

In 2005, large numbers of hippos were killed in the channel as a result of an anthrax outbreak, which occurs when animals eat remnants of vegetation in the driest months, absorbing bacterial spores that can live for decades in dry soil.  Kazinga Channel is described as a popular wildlife tourism area.

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