Jinja is a town in southern Uganda, on the shore of Lake Victoria. The source of the Nile, at Coronation Park, is marked by a garden and a monument honoring British explorer John Hanning Speke. Owen Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam both span the Nile. Farther north on the river, Itanda Falls is known for its white-water rapids. East of Jinja, on Lake Victoria, Samuka Island is home to birdlife, including little egrets.
Why is Jinja famous?
(1) Source of the River Nile
Today, Jinja is best known for its location on Lake Victoria at the source of the Nile, Africa’s longest river and the symbol of life for all the countries it travels through before reaching Egypt.
(2) White water Rafting
Xavier safaris welcomes you to Jinja. East Africa’s Adventure Capital is home to some of the world’s finest grade 5 white water rafting and other …Rafting and whitewater rafting are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water. Dealing with risk is often a part of the experience. There are no hippos and crocodiles in areas where rafting is practiced These animals were plentiful in this region prior to Idi Amin’s rule in the 1970s, however they have since all been poached out of the area.
(3) horse back riding
Xavier safaris welcomes you to Jinja for a unique horse back ride adventure through rural village community trails in jinja Uganda and some stunning areas along the banks of the River Nile. On our special advanced riding trips, horseback riding adventure tour provides a wonderful experience of exploring the stunning banks of the Nile, spectacular viewing of hills over looking the Nile.
(4) Kayaking along the River Nile
A tour to Jinja, Uganda, is not complete without the river Nile, and we believe that the best way to explore the world’s longest river is on the water. Kayak the Nile has a spectrum of classes ranging from introductory kayak courses all the way to competitive freestyle training. The world-famous Nile Special Wave is perfect for advanced freestyle paddlers but may be challenging for some because of the rope system used to catch the wave. Take a relaxing 2hr kayak cruise adrenaline kayak trip Learn and Experience to white water kayak with Uganda’s most experienced kayakers.
(5) Birding in Mabila Forest Uganda
The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primates.
Mabira forest boasts of 315 species of birds including the rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Jameson’s wattle eyes. 46% of Uganda’s forest birds can easily be seen in Mabira than any other forest in Uganda.
(6) Zip lining in Mabila Forest Uganda
The Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is a canopy “zip-line” system that sends you soaring between the tallest trees in this rainforest.
(6)Nature walks in Mabila forest
Mabila Forest guided nature walk with a well-trained Forest guide to to take you for a Nature walk and search for different attractions, like wildlife which includes wild animals like duikers, bush pigs, grey cheeked Mangebay, baboon, colobus monkeys, fruit tailed bat and red tailed monkey to mention a few and boosts 315 species of birds including the rare ones like the , Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Nahan’s francolin and Jameson’s wattle eyes.