With the name that comes from a local word meaning rock, Jinja is a great capital of adventure and compassing several attractions including the source of the Nile and landscapes along this river especially waterfalls. It is among the top destinations with lovely areas to spend a vacation. Jinja is also a busy town and was recently ranked the 3rd largest economical city in East Africa. Besides tourism, it is a highly industrialized area and this surely makes it a lively place all day.
Jinja has over the years gained a strong reputation of fun and adventure. The availability of spectacular physical features including the source of the longest river in the world has attracted multitudes of people from far and wide who opt to experience fun and wide that opt to experience fun and adventure during their visit to the pearl of Africa. The wonders you get on a Jinja tour are quite invigorating and the popular tour activities are just right even for the most adventurous of people. Most people usually prefer to use the services of a tour company in Uganda so that they fully enjoy these wonders. Visit Uganda and take part in these Jinja tourist activities.
Jinja is one of the most scenic towns in Uganda. It is located in eastern Uganda and it is only two hour drive from Kampala. Jinja town was once the leading industrial town because of the hydro electricity dam along the Nile. The river Nile is the attraction in Jinja with almost all tourism activities centered on it. The town attracts tourists throughout the year who wish to relax after a long safari in the different parts of Uganda while enjoying the beautiful tranquility of the Nile. The Nile supports a number of adrenaline raising activities like bungee jumping, canoeing, white water rafting kayaking, horseback riding and quad biking among other activities.
No wonder Jinja has come to be referred to as the ‘adventure capital’ of Uganda and the ‘adrenaline centre’ of east Africa. Apart from water sports, visitors can also tour the old colonial style building , old Hindu temples. Jinja is one of the best places for cultural tourism in Uganda.
Some of the wonders of Jinja and popular tour activities include the following,
White water rafting
This is arguably one of the top things to do in Uganda and Jinja town particular. The grade 5 white water rafting experience in Jinja is the best in Africa. It is scary activity but also very exciting and thrilling like nothing else. White water rafting is organized as half or full day activity. This activity not only involves navigating through the rapids but also making stops at the islands that have an amazing collection of green vegetation, birds and primates like the vervet monkeys.
Jinja is well known for bungee jumping, an adrenaline pumping experience where you plunge yourself 43 meters down into open space before partly immersing yourself into the Nile. Lap over the source of the Nile from almost spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. As one leaps from the raised platform, they get a birds view of the terrain below. This activity is not for the faint hearted, it will take 2 minutes at most but the memory will last for a life time.
Source of the Nile tour
The river Nile has its source in Uganda. At this point the Nile water is seen setting off from the still lake Victoria water at a reasonable speed before making its way up to the Mediterranean sea, making it the longest river in the world. As already noted, the river Nile is the longest river in the world. It flows from Uganda all the way to Mediterrean Sea after passing through several countries like south Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, among others. Using a speed boat, tourists can go to the point where the river begins its journey to the sea. The site at which John Speke stood and first spotted the source of the Nile was turned into a park with stunning gardens that are perfect for relaxation and marveling at the river Nile.
Boat rides along the Nile
A typical Jinja tour is bound to include a boat ride along river Nile. Boat rides give visitors a chance to encounter lots of bird species and stunning scenery. Bird watching is best done while on one of these boat rides. Mot Jinja tour activities include boat riding along the Nile.
Quad biking is one of the popular Jinja tourist activities and takes adventure to a whole other level and does not require prior driving experience. A free training session is conducted before each safari and trips are tailored to suit the riders’ ability and give the best possible adventure. Sliding across the puddles and potholes in mud makes quad biking much more fun.
Kayaking and canoeing
These are just some of the numerous activities that can be done on the river Nile. Kayaking and canoeing offer travelers opportunities to not only experience the great Nile River but also the surrounding villages, local people, farmlands and birds. These activities offer more effortless and quiet experiences compared to white water rafting. All participants are trained before embarking on these activities by experienced instructors. The participants learn the flow of the river, back and capsing skill. More experienced kayakers can choose to go river sections with stronger current and rapids.
Horse riding is done along the shores of the Nile and it is a great way to explore Uganda’s beauty. The surrounding landscape and the local communities make horse riding such a fun and adventurous experience. Birdwatchers also stand a chance of encountering many of the different bird species along the shore of river Nile.
Visit Jinja in Uganda with DK car rental services and take part in a number of adventure activities in the adventure capital of Uganda. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +256752429596 or +256774071656 and speak with the reservations team.