Jinja is the second largest town in the state of Uganda. It’s the source of the river Nile. Lying on the shores of Lake Victoria it is has become the adrenaline capital of East Africa. It is just the place for adventure lovers. Even after being close to the equator the climate here is pleasant throughout the year owing to the altitude of 3750 ft. the town was a British Colony and later became a town in the state of Uganda. The name Jinja comes from the language of Buganda and Busoga people meaning ‘rock’.
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Uganda is home to several tribes of Africa. The Bantu speaking people, however, dominate the region. The majority of the population is Christian followed by Muslims. Here are a sizeable number of Hindu and other religious groups. The traditions of the ancient days still are there in the region. The national dress for men is Kanzu and for women its gomesi, suuka and busuti. The music and dance in the region is a mix of all tribe. Every community has its own genre of music, type of musical instruments and complex dances of their own.
Owen Falls Dam
Today known as Nalubaale Power Station, Owen Falls Dam is one of the most popular places in Jinja. The dam is the source of hydroelectric power. This is one of the earliest dams created in the state. The name of the dam was changed to Nalubaale which is the name of Victoria Falls in Luganda Language.
The falls were in earlier in the 19th c. Considered as the source of river Nile. The falls were completely submerged during the construction of the Owen Falls Dam. However local guides do mention it.
Bujagali Falls is another of beautiful fall on the Lake Victoria. The falls was said to be the source of River Nile. A dam was made in 2011 on the fall and it now an adventure park for water sports. There are several beliefs revolving around the falls. It is said the spirit falls live in a person of the nearby village.
Source of Nile Bridge
Also known as New Jinja Bridge, it is a cable-stayed bridge across the river Victoria Nile which is the first few hundred miles of the river. The bridge was built in 1954 and renovated in 2018. The original name of the bridge was Nalubaale Bridge.
The Jinja Market
Entebbe is neighbouring major city to Jinja. The name of the city means a seat in the local Luganda dialect. It was named thus as it was the seat of British who colonised the region 19th century. The city is a settlement ashore Lake Victoria which is said to be the origin of the River Nile. The region is known for its beautiful and serene natural surroundings. Apart from natural beauty, there are several manmade attraction in the region that recently grabbed the attention of travellers worldwide.
White water rafting across the longest River on Earth is one of the must experience in Jinja.
Kayaking on the waters of the Nile is another popular activity in the region.
Quadbike safaris can be done in adventure parks of Jinja. Prior training is given on the parks itself for those who want to do that activity.
Bicycle tours across the natural beauty in the region of origin of the River Nile is another fun experience one does not want to miss.
The cuisine in Uganda is influenced by Asian and English cuisines while maintaining traditional tastes. Yams, potatoes, pork, chicken and fish constitute major ingredients of the food here. There are Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants in major towns and cities of the state. The traditional dishes include Millet bread, Chapati, Simsim, Mandazi, Pombe, Matoke and Posho etc.
The nearest airport to Jinja is of Entebbe. From here the town of Jinja is just a few hour’s drive. Cab and bus are easily available from Entebbe to reach Jinja
Jinja is accessible via roadways easily. Jinja is just 2-3 hrs drive from the capital city of Kampala if no traffic is there. Bus, minivan taxi, taxi are easily available from the capital to reach Jinja.