Jinja town is located in the eastern part of Uganda and was at one time the leading industrial center of Uganda due to the presence of a hydro power dam. After this electricity was distributed to other parts of Uganda, Jinja lost its position as an industrial city. Despite of losing the above status, Jinja is still regarded as one of the best places to visit in Uganda. Its about 2 hours drive from Kampala past Mabira forest which is the only remaining large patch of natural lowland tropical forest in central Uganda.
Attractions In Jinja
Jinja is popularly known to be the source of river Nile which is the longest river on planet earth and the spot where the first white man-John Speke discovered the source of the Nile is one of the most visited in Jinja. Because of the presence of River Nile, many activities such as white water rafting, kaying, fishing have developed alongside quadi biking and so many other activities.
Lodges and Hotels In Jinja
There are so many lodges and Hotels in Jinja and they include, Wild waters Lodge, Jinja Resort, Two friends, the Haven among others.
Activites in Jinja, Uganda
White Water Rafting – Nile River, Jinja
You will travel to the starting point for your thrilling white water rafting adventure. This half or full day activity will put you in the midst of the wild Nile where you and your crew will pass through class 4 and 5 rapids. Jinja’s high grade rapids and the river’s consistently high volume of water make this one of the world’s most exciting rafting destinations.
Bungee Jumping – Jinja
Travel to Jinja Resort just outside Jinja for this adrenaline pumping adventure. Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa where visitors can enjoy this daring sport. After being briefed, you will stand above the mighty Nile River preparing for a jump from a 44 meter cliff. With a single rope tied around both legs, your jump will find you free falling before smoothly feeling the bounce of the bungee catch you as you fly down to touch the Victoria Nile water.
Horse Back Ride – Jinja
Set out for the beautiful Nile Valley in Jinja where you will be matched with your horse for the day. Horseback riding in the valley is an adventurous activity with scenic views and the opportunity to visit local communities along the way. All groups will be accompanied by professional guides with riders of different levels given the opportunity to ride at a slower or faster pace dependent upon skill.
Kayaking Lessons – Jinja
Schedule a class with White Nile Kayaking in Bujagali Falls to learn how to kayak the Nile. Professional instructors will lead you through the skills needed to paddle a straight line, carve turns, read rapids, and understand the river. This class will get you off to a great start as a real river kayaker.
Ssezibwa Falls Visit – Jinja
En route to Jinja, visit beautiful Ssezibwa Falls, a cultural site for the Buganda Kingdom, one of Uganda’s local tribes. Thought to be the dwelling for some of the tribe’s spirits, visitors can enjoy watching the clear blue water as it falls down the steep cliff and quietly flows into the forest. Follow your trip to the falls with a guided forest walk to the local snake cave where cultural rituals are performed.
Quad Biking – Jinja
Travel to Jinja for a half or full day quad biking adventure. You and your guides will travel off the beaten track, riding along the area’s many scenic trails, maneuvering through forests, farms and villages, and exploring the banks of the Nile River.