Things To Do In Jinja. 10 Fun Activities to do in Jinja, Uganda

Jinja, located in Eastern Uganda, is a true adventure destination that offers a wide variety of activities for all types of travelers. From relaxing boat cruises on Lake Victoria to the heart-pumping excitement of rafting and bungee jumping, Jinja has something for everyone.

But it’s not just the thrilling activities that make Jinja worth visiting. As the source of the Nile, Jinja is steeped in history and culture, and its breathtaking landscapes make it a perfect retreat for both locals and tourists.

To help you plan your trip, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 activities that are most popular among visitors to Jinja. These activities were selected based on reviews from popular travel sites like TripAdvisor and the feedback we’ve received from our own visitors.

Top 10 Things To Do In Jinja – Uganda

1. White water rafting on the Nile

If you’re looking for the ultimate adrenaline adventure in Uganda or East Africa, look no further than rafting on the Nile in Jinja. This activity is sure to be a memorable experience that you’ll never forget.

Before you embark on your white water rafting adventure, you’ll receive safety training to ensure that you know what to do in the water. Safety boats are also available for those who are nervous about tackling the grade 3 or grade 5 trips.

Rafting is open to those over the age of 14 for grade 3 trips and 16 for grade 5 trips. If you’re not a strong swimmer, fear not – kayakers are always on hand to help you out and capture photos and videos of your experience. And if you’re traveling with your family, don’t worry – family rafting is also available.

2. Visit the Source of the Nile

A tour to the Source of 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 for the flow of water from Lake Victoria’s only outlet.

A boat ride out to Samuka Island is another trip in itself, not counting the beautiful fauna you will see along. The Nile is one of the world’s longest rivers and it flows up to the Mediterranean sea in Egypt.

3. Kayaking

Explore the Nile by kayaking with one of the guides to take you down the rapids of the River Nile. Here you get to sit in a small narrow boat wrapped around your waist equipped with a double-blade paddle.

4. Horseback Riding Safaris

This gives you a unique ride through a typical Ugandan Village and a stunning section along the banks of the river Nile. The horseback riding safari experience offers you views from the hills overlooking the Nile valley, canter through the stunning plantations, and relax in the tranquillity of the Mabira forest.

This is a perfect activity for those visiting Jinja for some time to slow down or for a short romantic getaway in Uganda.

5. Bungee Jumping

If you’re looking for a heart-pumping thrill, bungee jumping into the Nile might just be the activity for you. This adrenaline-fueled adventure involves diving into the Nile from a high platform and rebounding off the water.

It’s not for the faint of heart, but those who dare to take the plunge often find it an unforgettable experience. If you’re visiting Jinja and want to try something truly memorable, bungee jumping into the Nile might be worth considering.

6. Quad Biking

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. This activity is ideal for small groups and families.

7. Visit the Itanda Falls

If you’re visiting Jinja, you won’t want to miss the hidden gem known as Itanda Falls. This stretch of the Nile is well-known among kayakers and rafters, including Prince William of Great Britain.

Previously overshadowed by Bujagali Falls, Itanda Falls has gained popularity after the construction of a new power dam led to the disappearance of Bujagali. Today, this jewel of the Nile is a must-see for all visitors to Jinja.

In addition to its natural beauty, Itanda Falls offers great opportunities for activities such as birdwatching (particularly for the weaver bird), camping, and picnic outings. Don’t miss the chance to experience this hidden treasure during your visit.

8. Tubing the Nile

A newer and extremely enjoyable activity on the Nile in Jinja is Tubing. Depending on what you want, tubing can involve some fast-moving water but most people prefer the laidback slow-paced tubing experience.

Tubing is perfect for catching up with your group of family or friends and taking in the views around you, catching up on old stories, and maybe taking a sip of Nile Special beer because there is no better place to drink a Nile Special, than in the Nile.

9. Take a Sunset cruise.

Looking for a way to unwind after a day of adventures in Jinja? Consider taking a sunset cruise to the source of the Nile and Lake Victoria. This relaxing excursion allows you to sit back and enjoy some food or drinks as you watch the sun disappear over the distant horizon.

Whether you’ve spent the day rafting, bungee jumping, or exploring the area’s many attractions, the sunset cruise is a perfect way to slow down and take in the breathtaking beauty around you. So if you’re looking for a laid-back activity during your visit to Jinja, this is worth considering.

10. Fishing

Jinja features the waters of the Nile and those of Lake Victoria offering the perfect haven for the mighty Nile Perch and other indigenous species like the Catfish types. It is the perfect option for you who loves to cast a line in the water but also want to share a great day out on the lake with family and friends.

With all the fishing equipment supplied including GPS, fishfinder, the latest rods and reels, and all the latest lures, you won’t miss catching the Big Fish.

Final Thoughts

If you’re planning a safari in Uganda and are interested in adding a visit to Jinja to your itinerary, we’d be happy to help.

Our guests often enjoy the thrill of rafting on the Nile before or after their safari, and we’d love to help you create a customized tour program that includes Jinja and all the activities you want to enjoy. So if you’re ready to experience all that Jinja has to offer, simply let us know and we’ll take care of the rest.

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