Jinja is the source of the mighty River Nile, the world’s longest river, which winds its way from here through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean. Jinja is the second largest city and second busiest commercial centre in Uganda. Jinja was established in 1907. Dubbed The ‘Adventure Capital of East Africa’. Jinja never disappoints. Jinja is in Jinja District, Busoga sub-region, in the Eastern Region of Uganda. The town is approximately 81 kilometres (50 mi), by road, east of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. It sits along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile.
According to the 2014 national population census data, Jinja is the largest metropolitan area in the Jinja District and the 14th-largest town in the country. The coordinates of Jinja, Uganda are 0°25’24.0″N, 33°12’24.0″E (Latitude:0.423333; Longitude:33.206667).
Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline capital of East Africa.
Areas of interest
The source of the Nile
The Nile river is the second longest river in the World. It has been marketed as one of the first European explorers. River Nile is the longest river in Africa with Lake Victoria as its source. The river starts its 6,500km journey to the Mediterranean Sea (Egypt) beside Jinja town (Uganda) and holds the Owen Falls Dam the source of hydro electricity for Uganda with one other dam under construction currently. A tour to the Nile will take you through another life of adventure. There is a golf course unwinding along the banks and the source of the Nile provides a pretty focal point to the flow of water from Lake Victoria’s only outlet. A boat ride out to Samuka Island is another trip of itself, not counting the beautiful fauna you will see along. Booking a safari downstream on the Nile River brings you to Adrift Nile High Camp with various activities including Bungee jump. A few kilometers further, is Bujagali Falls, the adventurer’s capital with grade-five white water rafting, kayaking, river boarding and mountain-biking. These activities offer a unique way to explore the river banks, passing though farms, forests and villages beside the Nile.
Up along the Nile’s course is Lake Kyoga which also feeds the river with fresh water. The course then leads you to the great Murchison Falls, where roars of millions of litres of water dropping form a lullaby. Activities such as spot fishing, game drives and scenic viewing can make your safari to Murchison Falls an exhilarating experience. Murchison Falls National Park named after the Murchison falls provides boat trips to the foot of the falls that enable you to look at hippos, crocodiles and magnificent bird life. Similar to gorilla safaris, the park at the falls organizes nature walks to the top of the falls for trekking chimpanzees. From this point, it flows though Lake Albert to the northern part of Uganda, to Sudan and finally in Egypt were it pours its mass into the Mediterranean Sea.
Bujagali Lake (former Bujagali Falls)
Within the proximity of 10 kilometers, from Jinja municipality, Bujagali Lake is best known for both excursions and international tourism. The Lake also offers opportunity for bird watching, sunset cruises, canoeing and more.
Itanda Falls is about 27 kilometers from Jinja and the drive will take about 45 minutes. Located along the River Nile in Jinja District, Itanda Falls is the hidden treasure that is a must see. Known to kayakers and rafters, including Prince William of Great Britain, this stretch of the Nile is what eluded many visiting Uganda for a long time. Because of the disappearance of Bujagali Falls after a new power dam was constructed there, Itanda falls has gained popularity and the attention has been placed on this jewel of the Nile. The falls offer you great opportunity for bird watching especially the weaver bird, camping and picnic outings.
Lake Victoria Beaches
These beaches have been partially exploited for the location of tourism developments, especially hotels. These beaches include the sites at sailing Club, Tilapia club and Masese. Besides the scenery, the lake can be exploited for water sports, which would attract the domestic, foreign resident and foreign non-resident tourists.
Islands in Lake Victoria
Several Islands are found in Lake Victoria including Samuka, Lwabitookel, Ndaiga, Ssese islands and Lwabitooke.There are several potential tourism activities including boat riding, racing, sport fishing, over-night camping, day excursions and various water sports.
Numerous industries found in Jinja attract excursionists, especially school tours including textile, beer, Sugar, steel rolling, grain milling and fish industries. There are several agro based industries such as sugar and tea processing establishments which have potential to attract foreign resident and non- resident tourist.
Tea and Sugar estates are currently exploited as a tourist attractions. Agro based industries have tourism potential as an attraction for tourists coming from countries where semi-finished product of sugar and tea are exported.
There are outstanding sport facilities, especially the out-standing Jinja golf pitch and the Bugembe Stadium, offer opportunity for attracting international and national tournaments, whose participants are over- night visitors.
White Water Rafting in Jinja
From mild to wild – white water rafting at its best in Jinja on the White Nile – you might get wet, but you will never forget the experience of rafting at Jinja in Uganda. You can take it a bit easy with a family float for you and children.
Jet Boat up the Rapids
Jet boat up the River Nile Rapids at incredible speeds and enjoy the wild of the River Nile without being immersed in it except a bit of spray. Simply the most awesome experience.
Tandem Kayaking with a most knowledgeable guide to take you down the rapids of the River Nile. You can also try River Surfing, another option at Jinja along the River Nile.
Take a Sunset Cruise with dinner and drink at Jinja – simply a most enjoyable experience while at Jinja on the White River Nile.
Horseback Riding Safaris
Horseback riding safari along the Nile and there is even an overnight horseback riding safari of two days – another way to enjoy the Nile, visit Villages and hamlets along the journey and take in the culture and sights.
All Terrain Quad Bike Safari
All Terrain Vehicle Quad Biking along the River Nile taking in the sights and the local cultures as you ride through various villages. Visitors to Jinja find this an exhilarating experience.
Bicycling along the Nile at Jinja is a most enjoyable experience for visitors to the Nile area, there are lot of places where you can ride a bike including along the Nile though various villages and hamlets.
Bungee Jumping into the Historic River Nile
Bungee Jumping, not for the faint of heart, however many simply enjoy the experience of diving into the Nile River below. It is an unforgettable experience for most.