1 Day Jinja Tour, Sezibwa falls and Mabira forest Hike

For most people visiting Uganda on a short business tour unable to take a long Uganda safari can choose this 1 day Jinja tour, which offers visits to 3 main tourist sites in total. The tour starts after an early breakfast preferably 6.30 am in the morning from Kampala or Entebbe to avoid the traffic jam. You will drive through tea plantations, sugar plantations and colorful roadside fruit and vegetable markets. On two stops you will see several Ugandans selling roast meat as a quick snack for travellers in buses and taxis.

Sezibwa falls tour

sezibwa-fallsOur first stop over will be at Sezibwa falls – a Buganda cultural site rich with birds, folktales and great scenery. This is a great Uganda birding spot for bird lovers, cultural site with folk stories and traditional healers and lastly the water falls that equally have a story as to how they got to be named. On arrival we shall be met by a resident tour guide who will lead us explaining the different sites and legends surrounding the falls and the river.

The name Sezibwa is derived from a Luganda (local language of the area) phrase “sizibwa Kkubo” which translates into “my path can never be blocked” and this the locals say is because its flow could not be stopped even with different obstacles it encountered along its path like Rocks etc. The rivers flows down a set of rocks creating beautiful water falls especially during the rainy seasons. In the dry season, the water is less hence the waterfalls are not as magnificent but nevertheless are there. This stopover will give you a glimpse into the traditional beliefs of Buganda kingdom and great pictures from the scenery and landscape.

Hiking Mabira forest

Our next stop will be Mabira forest the largest rain forest nearest to Kampala city. We will drive to the Eco tourism center to take on one of the many forest trails where we take hike through the forest; we will meet our local site guide who will lead us on this excursion. On the trail, you will learn about the different medicinal trees in the forest and how people lived and survived on the forest. You will encounter different bird species, beautiful butterflies, red-tailed monkeys jumping from one tree to another and hopefully sight the Uganda Mangabeys on a good day.

Boat ride on Source of River Nile – Jinja

source of the nile jinjaOn arrival to Jinja, we will have lunch after which we shall enjoy a boat ride on River Nile as it starts exiting Lake Victoria. This is will be the last site on this adventurous Jinja tour with a boat ride to the “Source of the Nile” at the now submerged Rippon Falls. This is where the Nile starts its 4000 mile journey to the Mediterranean Sea traversing various countries along the way. The boat rides take between thirty minutes and two hours depending on the available time. Listen to your local site guide tell you stories of the ‘source of the Nile’ as believed by the locals.

Jinja is also known as ‘the adventure capital of East Africa’ because of the many adventure activities carried out on the Nile and along the Nile which include water rafting, kayaking, jet boating, bungee jumping, squad biking and horse riding along the Nile. You are free to stay longer and enjoy these many activities or arrange to return for the same.


Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person $259 $179 $156 $142 $132 $125

Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Sezibwa falls
  • Mabira forest hike
  • Entrance of Source of River Nile
  • Boat trip
  • Lunch
  • Service of an English-speaking bird guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

What to bring

  • Sun hut
  • Sunscreen

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