Jinja, Source of The Nile Tour
1 Days Start/End: Kampala
Nile Source, Sezibwa Forest, Mabira Forest, Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting
The Source of The Nile Jinja Day Tour is an adrenaline packed adventure to one of the most visited landmark in East Africa, the source of the River Nile. This place was discovered by John Speke decades ago, until today people from all over the world flock this place to see the source of the longest river in the world.
Jinja is the second largest commercial Centre in Uganda after Kampala established in 1907 in south eastern Uganda which is approximately 87 km from the capital Kampala. It’s located on shores of Lake Victoria and is a capital of Busoga kingdom. Its where the source of the Nile River is located that was discovered by Explorer John Hannington Speke in the year 1863.
This tour is preferred by many travelers who are wither going on a long Uganda wildlife safari and need something to jolt their excitement and get to know the Uganda people before they head out or those that are ending the exhilarating mountain gorilla safari.
- Visit the Source of Nile River
- Whitewater Rafting
- Mabira Forest Walk
- Bungee Jumping
- Visiting the Nile brewery
- Bujagali Falls. For Kayaking, Bungee Jumping
Included in the price
- Entry fees
- Boat cruises
- Transport costs in customized 4wd safari vehicle
- Full time English speaking and knowledgeable Driver/guide and his allowance
- Drinking water during the tour
Excluded in the price
- Any domestic or International flights
- Visa fees
- All optional activities
- Medical and travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
- Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills.
Single Day Tour
The 1 Day tour will start from Kampala and take you around Jinja with en route visit to Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest, you will tour the Source of Nile using the boat, see the Speke monument thereafter you will visit local market and have your lunch there or do whole day whitewater rafting, and later you will be driven back to Kampala in the evening.
Note that accommodation will be in either budget: mid- range: or luxury; according to your choice as selected above.
Adventures at the Source of the Nile River, Jinja
Kayaking: There is no better place for kayaking adventures than on the river Nile in Jinja. Kayak the Nile with breathtaking sights of the lush countryside.
Jet-Boating: Take a powerful but safe jet boat and cruise up the raging Nile waters, over rapids at such breathtaking speeds. Nothing compares to this adrenaline pumping adventure.
Bungee Jumping: This is the epitome of adrenaline, jumping from a high platform and plunge 44 meters into the Nile is simply awesome.
Tubing: This is thrilling a ride atop a tractor tire inner tube on the river Nile. Though not quite the adrenaline pumping adventure, it is an exciting ride given the intensity of the Nile. It is also a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Nile.
Sunset Cruises: The Source of the Nile offers relaxing sundowner cruise, enjoying the cool breeze and breathtaking sights of the green scenery. The cruise is complimented by barbecues and drinks.
Horseback riding: Ride along the Nile with great sights of the raging Nile waters and lush countryside. You get to ride through local villages and get to experience Uganda at close range. Healthy horses and great guides are available to guarantee a memorable horse back riding safari.
Bicycle tours: You get to discover Jinja town and the country side from a bicycle. Safe and mechanically well maintained bicycles are available.
Recreational fishing: Go out and catch the Nile Perch in the Nile and Lake Victoria. Expert fishing guides and equipment are available.
Nature walks: Delightful guided nature walks along the Nile and through the countryside.
Birding: Go water birding around Lake Victoria, and along the Nile. Jinja’s varied habitats attracts lots of birds.
Source of the Nile visits: Take a boat ride to the actual source of the Nile to Lake Victoria. There is also a beautiful park you can picnic and enjoy great views of the Nile, Lake Victoria and the beautiful green scenery.
Quad biking: This is one of the most popular adventures in Jinja. It is a perfect way to explore Jinja. Ride along the Nile for great views of the raging waters and surrounding green scenery. Ride into the villages for an experience of a Ugandan rural community setting, viewing the local farmlands, the local houses and local people. Great quad bikes and experts guides are available.
River surfing: And when it comes to surfing, the Ocean waves have nothing on the rapids of the Nile in Jinja.
Things to see in & near Jinja & The Source of The Nile
Sezibwa Falls:The beautiful Sezibwa falls should be your first encounter if you are driving from Kampala. Take a tour of the falls, do a nature walk in the surrounding forest, there are exciting rocks to climb and you could as well visit the medicine man’s hut.
Mabira Forest: The only rainforest in the central region of Uganda, Mabira is nature’s seventh heaven and a true African tropical jungle. It is home to many plants and animal species. A nature walk into this ancient forest should not be missed, and expect to sight a number of monkeys, forest birds, lots of plants, big trees, and flowers.
Jinja Town: This former industrial capital is worth a tour to see the different architecture blend of the old colonial, Asian and African homes.
Bujagali Dam and Lake: For years due to a multitude of rapids and falls, Bujagali was the center for most water adventures in Jinja including rafting and kayaking. However a dam was constructed at the Bujagali falls submerging all the nearby falls and rapids. A beautiful lake, Bujagali, has emerged in the process.
Tea Plantations: During your drive to and from Jinja you’ll come across vast tea plantations in Lugazi district. The tea plantations sprawl across hills creating beautiful views. You could make a stopover to take pictures and buy some ready made tea at lower prices.
Samuka Islands Hideaway and Birds Sanctuary: It is located in Lake Victoria, 13km from the Source of the Nile. It is set in tranquility, peace and serenity making it a perfect spot to relax after your escapades on the Nile. You could also go the island for a bird adventure.
For those hoping to spend a night in Jinja, there are many quality lodges, hotels and restaurants. Some have great locations along the Nile and on Islands in Lake Victoria.
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