There are so many things to do in Jinja and this is why it truly is the adventure capital of East Africa. From relaxing activities like boat cruises on Lake Victoria to the extreme adrenaline lightning of rafting or bungee jumping, Jinja does live up to its name.
As the source of the Nile, Jinja’s history and culture are deeply rooted in Uganda’s past and present, and the beautiful geography makes it all a perfect getaway for both locals and foreigners.
Here are the top 10 activities done by most of the tourists who go to Jinja.
Please note that these activities have been rated according to reviews from social sites like Trip-advisor and the feedback we get from our visitors.
Things To Do In Jinja
1. White water rafting on river Nile
This has been rated the most memorable wild adventure and activity in Uganda/East Africa. You can never forget the experience of rafting on the Nile in Jinja – Uganda.
First off you start with pre-safety training before the rafting experience to make sure you’ll know what to do once you get into the water. A safety boat is always provided for those who fear & are scared of grade 3 & 5 trips.
Age limits are 14 & 16 years for the grade 3 & grade 5 trips respectively. Kayakers are always there to save you in case you don’t know how to swim & also take photos and videos of you. 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.
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 Mabira forest.
5. Bungee Jumping
Jumping into the Nile and rebounding off the water is really one thrilling activity that will get your adrenaline pumping very fast. However, this activity is not for the faint of heart many simply enjoy the experience of diving into the Nile River below. It is an unforgettable experience for most travelers who come to Jinja.
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. Itanda Falls
This is the hidden treasure in Jinja that is a must-see for all visitors. 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 attention has been placed on this jewel of the Nile.
The falls offer you great opportunities for bird watching especially the weaver bird, camping, and picnic outings.
8. Jet Boat up the Rapids of the Nile
One of the most amazing experiences in Jinja is a Jet boat up the River Nile rapids at incredible speeds and you get to enjoy the wild of the River Nile without being immersed in it except for a bit of spray.
Get to feel the 360-degree spins and Feel the splash of water on your skin as you are being guided by a professional boat pilot.
9. Sunset Cruises.
Take a beautiful Sunset Cruise with dinner and drink to the source of the Nile and Lake Victoria – simply one of the most enjoyable experiences. You get to enjoy the amazing food and endless cocktails while you watch the sun go down.
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. This 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.
Jinja is a wonderful place to visit and our guests enjoy battling the rapids on the Nile before or after their safari to see the wild animals and gorillas in the national parks.
If you would be interested in visiting Jinja as part of your safari with us, simply let us know and the tour program will be customized to include Jinja and all the activities you want to enjoy.