Famous as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bungee jumping. The town itself is a buzzing little place with some wonderful, crumbling colonial architecture.
Coming from Kampala, the Owen Falls Dam forms a spectacular gateway to the town; but don’t take pictures – people have been arrested for doing so, even though there are no signs informing people of this law.
Source of The Nile Gardens
On the western bank of the river you’ll find the pleasant Source of the Nile Gardens and Speke Monument – a pillar commemorating where the British explorer first laid claim to the historic source of the Nile in 1858. In recent times the source has been traced anywhere from Rwanda to Burundi.
Situated about 10km from central Jinja, Bujagali is not an actual waterfall, but rather a widespread series of large rapids, and was once one of Uganda’s outstanding natural beauty spots. The controversial and long-delayed Bujagali Dam is almost completed, though exactly how much of the roar will be lost is still unclear.,/p>
A boda-boda ride to/from Jinja should cost about Ugx 3000 and a special-hire about Ugx 10,000; prices go up late at night.