If you love adventure, then Jinja town is the place for you. If you love calmness and quietness, then Jinja is the place for you. You find both extreme worlds in this colonial style town – once the giant industrial town of Uganda. Jinja offers activities that define the meaning of adventure hence the title – Adventure capital of East Africa.
Jinja hosts the source of river Nile –The Nile starts its 4000-mile journey to Egypt from Jinja.You can take a boat to the place where the Nile ‘leaves’ Lake Victoria at the now submerged Rippon Falls. It is also in this place that some of the remains of Mahatma Gandhi where sprinkled according to his will – He requested that his remains be splashed in all the major rivers of the world.
The town offers many activities’ which can be enjoyed without a rush. The available activities include but not limited to; White water rafting which is possible all year round; regardless of the time of the year you choose to take your vacation, The Nile will a waits for your adventure spirit and will not disappoint you because of Uganda’s tropical climate. Dive under the rapids and soon come out to the placid waters where you can enjoy a swim with the sun overhead – amazing feeling if you ask me. White water rafting is highly recommended and the guides are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
The other activities’ in and around Jinja include; bungee jumping – kiss the Nile, Sundowner – boat cruise on the Nile with the sunset, jet boating, kayaking. Still on the list are; horseback safaris along the banks of River Nile, Cultural Tourism visiting sites of Busoga Kingdom, visits to factories and birding around the banks of river Nile. En-route to Jinja you will find Sezibwa falls – a Buganda cultural site and Mabira forest that offers activities like birding, forest hikes and mounting biking.
If you love the rush of adrenalin, then Jinja and the Nile in particular are the places for you to visit and if you look forward to a quiet enjoyable vacation – then Jinja town will offer just that and you hide away from the city life in the capital Kampala.