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Located near the origin of Nile River and on the shores of the massive Lake Victoria, Jinja is the second-largest city in Uganda. Jinja is the adventure capital of East Africa due to the availability of a wide range of adventure sports like white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, ziplining, and more. Being the historic origin of Nile, the town’s average temperature throughout the year is 22.8 C with the coldest and warmest months being June and January, respectively.
Before 1906, Jinja was a fishing village which benefited from its location on the long-distance trade routes. The town got its name from the languages of two tribes, Baganda and Basoda, from the Ejjinja, which means rock. The town was named so due to the presence of large rocks near the Ripon Falls that enabled migration in Africa.
Unlike most of Africa, where migration was hindered by rivers like the Nile, Jinja due to the massive rocks in Ripon Falls has a crossing point that allowed migration, trade, and fishing. The point also allowed the two major tribes that lived there and their languages, Baganda and Basoda, to mingle. As such, similarities can be observed between the two despite the barrier between the two settlements.
Nearest Airport: Entebbe International Airport
How to reach: by road
Famous for: Source of Nile river, adventure sports
Best time to visit: April to October
WHAT TO SEE
White water rafting, Kayaking, Jet boat adventures up the Nile rapids, Sunset cruise, Zipling in Mabira forest, Horseback Riding Safaris along the Nile
All-Terrain Quad-Bike Safaris along the Nile, Mountain Biking along the Nile,Bungee Jumping into the Historic River Nile, Visit the Source of the Nile, Owen Falls dam, Itanda Falls
Places of interest:
White Water Rafting:White water rafting on the Nile River is the second-biggest attraction in Uganda. Available in mild to wild levels, rafting in the river Nile is an unforgettable experience.
Kayaking:If rafting is not suitable for visitors, but they wish to explore the white water, they have the option of Kayaking. Lessons for novices kayakers are available here for the optimum experience.
Jet-boat adventures up the Nile rapids:The exhilarating jet boat ride up the Nile rapids is a must when visiting the Nile. The jet-boat ride is a safe adventure while also giving the thrill of a rollercoaster.
Sunset Cruise:The sunset cruise on the White River Nile is one of the most beautiful things to do on the origin of Nile trip. The river Nile, which is not all white, has some serene spots perfect for the sunset cruise.
Ziplining in Mabira forest:The Mabira forest has a wonderful zip line system that allows visitors to explore the forest like monkeys. As a visitor zips through the tallest trees in the forest, they will experience its canopy and view the forest layers and inhabitants.
Horseback safaris along the Nile:Experience the scenic countryside during a horseback safari along the Nile river. During the safari, visitors get to explore the river and the nearby villages.
All-Terrain Quad-Bike safaris along the Nile:Riding along the river Nile with ATV-Quad bikes is a fun experience that a whole family can do. During the ride, visitors can visit the nearby villages and learn their way of life and culture.
Mountain biking along the Nile:Mountain biking along the river Nile is popular among visitors, as it is suitable for people of all ages. The experience of seeing the river as one cycle by it is a beautiful one with an option for visitors to go on a picnic here.
Bungee jumping into the historic River Nile:One can bungee jump anywhere in the world, but to do it into the mighty, historic River Nile, is an experience of a lifetime. Both daytime and nighttime bungee jumping are available at the Nile.
Visit the source of Nile:Locals who lived in the area always knew this is where the source of the mighty Nile lies. However, John Hanning Speke was the first western explorer to discover the source. Today it is a park with a peaceful garden, and down the river is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes were strewn here. Boat rides are available here, which will take one to the actual origin of Nile.
Owen falls dam:Owen falls dam comes from Kampala and is a striking gateway to the town. It was formed in 1954 from the flooding of the magnificent Rippon Falls to generate electricity for Uganda.
Itanda Falls:When visiting the Nile in Jinja, Itanda Falls is not one to miss. Located 27 km outside Jinja, the Falls is where one can enjoy the whitewater adventures. The sheer beauty and sounds of the falls will make one want to stay longer at the Nile. Itanda Falls is a place to chill in Jinja, drinking in the natural beauty. The best way to experience a visit to the falls is by combining it with a visit to the origin of Nile.
Where to stay:
Consistently rated as one of the most family-friendly accommodations, The Haven is perfect for a family origin of Nile trip. With its eco river cottages, one can find peace and tranquility in a world away from city life. The lodge is solar-powered and provides UV-filtered spring and rainwater, making it a haven for environmentalists. From The Haven’s spacious terrace, one can spot fish otters, fish eagles, monitor lizards, and wonderful bird species. With White Nile’s first waterfall below it, The Haven is lush and green all year round.
Yet another option for tourists is the Jinja Nile Resort. Located in a landscaped garden in Jinja, on the back of River Nile, the resort is where luxury meets casual comfort. All its rooms offer a stunning view of the mighty river from the terrace. At the Jinja Nile Resort, guests have the option to enjoy their free time within the resort with mini-golf, dart, and children’s playground area. With the Nile Gardens 9 km away, accommodation experience in the resort is an unforgettable one.