Jinja an industrial town located east of Kampala on the northern end of Lake Victoria, it lies along the banks of river Nile longest in river in the whole world, it is a very interesting town with loads of adventurous activities I may say at least there is something for everyone to do whether old or young it’s the best point for relaxation, leisure, recreational activities and facilities.
Jinja has for years been identified with the source of the Nile that was at now the submerged rippon falls due to the construction of the Owen falls dam to generate hydro- electric power for the country and other supplies, Bujagali falls also disappeared because of high volumes of water from the construction of the dam but today the existence of the Nile continues offering the best opportunity to experience all kinds of water and adventurous sports such as kayaking, white water rafting, boat cruise, jet boating, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback riding. Today I bring to you your best travel experience as you choose what activities to do on your safari list, Jinja is got it all.
White water rafting and jet boating is the best thing to do while in jinja this is an over whelming adventurous activity that shouldn’t be missed, it takes place for half a day or full day along the Nile, kayaking experience you can explore the Nile as an individual, family or a team.
Boat cruise to the source of the Nile, the Speke memorial site marks the rippon falls where the Nile begins its long journey, having a magnificent view of Lake Victoria, sunset trips can be organized as you relax alongside the cool breeze of the Nile sometimes drinks and barbeque can be mobilized.
Quad biking through the country side of jinja town farms and sugar plantations tourist enjoy taking a trip on these bikes, guides are available to teach how to ride and the bikes as well. The activity begins with free lessons on the biking, how to manage your bike and look out for community children on the road sides, the best experience is during the rainy season on the slippery roads.
Bungee jumping is one of the highest jumps in Africa its involves jumping from a high platform to the bottom of the Nile, Jinja is the only place where you can do this activity there is no minimum age but with a minimum weight of 35kgs to participate, it is so much adventurous in that one would rather get scared to death than failing to try for most attempts.
Horseback riding allows experience villages of jinja while enjoying the view of Lake Victoria alongside the Nile. The ride takes place in the morning and in the evening, night times are only allowed to experienced horse riders. Besides jinja, horseback riding can be done at Lake mburo national park which gives you chance to have a view on game like giraffes, zebras, topi among others.
Jinja can be accessed all throughout the year, the best time to visit the source of the Nile is early morning and in the late evening hours for sunsets. It takes approximately 2hours drive from Kampala, accommodation is available in jinja town for example 2 friends hotel, Jinja Nile resort.