Uganda, being the Pearl of Africa is indeed blessed with several adventure sites and cities. The capital of all adventure cities in Uganda and East Africa at large is Jinja, the source of the Nile.
Jinja is the second largest town in Uganda, located approximately 87 kilometers east of Kampala, the capital city. It is strategically placed along the shores of lake Victoria and hosts one of the most revered attractions, which is the source of river Nile.
Established in 1907 during the British colonial era, Jinja district was the industrial capital of Uganda right until the late 1970s. This was attributed to the reliable supply of hydro electricity as provided by the Owen falls dam.
Jinja is a vernacular word that means “rock” and this came from the large flat rocks that were found on either side of the Nile, which lessened rapids of the flow of river Nile thus creating a crossing point which facilitated commerce; making it referred to as the place of rocks.
Jinja district is home to the Basoga tribesmen. It is also the capital of the kingdom of Busoga. While on your way there from Kampala, you can be sure to come across several amazing sights like the great Mabira forest in Buikwe district and Sezibwa falls.
For all water sport enthusiasts, consider Jinja a place to be. Its abundant supply of water most especially the rapids on the Nile has made it popular for white water rafting, kayaking, and water skiing. Boat cruises along the still waters of the Nile and lake Victoria are also a speciality for revellers. Mind racing sports like bungee jumping are very popular among those who are not afraid of going an extra mile. Jinja prides in having one of the highest jumps in Africa.
Swimming in the fresh waters is a common leisure activity too. However, some individuals prefer to do it in swimming pools for several reasons.
The waters aside, Jinja is endowed with countless species of wildlife ranging from mammals and reptiles. It is thus a great place for watching Nile crocodiles, elephants, chimpanzees, hippopotami and many more. Buvuma island found on lake Victoria is also a great place for birding, laden with a multitude of bird species. For this reason, the authorities are planning to construct a zoo around the source of the Nile to heighten the tourism sector.
All terrain sports and adventures are to be found in Jinja. Quad bikes which can be ridden by almost all ages are a form of leisure to blow you away. Not forgetting the horse rides that several safari companies have to offer.
Being a place with so many tourist attractions, tourism services are highly equipped. There is plenty of accommodation for tourists; modern lodges, guest houses, motels, and camping are all available to offer tourists the best rest. These are treated to great tours and sports. There are a number of hotels, restaurants and diners to provide a wide range of local and international standard mouthwatering cuisines.
Jinja town has not completely lost its industrial nature. Several industries have been able to thrive for example; sugar processing, metal works, breweries, and more.
The night life is splendid, with several clubs and lounges established both in the town center and outskirts offering contemporary entertainment for party animals. Those who love to party are definitely never bored at all while here.
Jinja is very important to Uganda, providing it with most of the hydro electricity. The Nalubaale as well as Bujagali power stations have sustained Ugandans with electricity, a major input for industrial and domestic use.
Jinja is indeed Uganda’s adventure capital. With a whole wide variety of fascinating waters, features, wildlife, and on top of that great people. It really is a place to brighten that vacation and simply a home away from home.