1 Day Source of the Nile Tour in Jinja
1 Day Source of the Nile Tour in Jinja This tour of Jinja city is a one visit to numerous exciting places in Jinja town, most notably the source of the Nile. The Jinja tour can include a white water rafting adventure trip and Bungee Jumping on River Nile, Quad biking excursions, Mabira forest birding excursions, culture tours and reptile village visits.
Jinja was established in 1907 and is the second largest town in Uganda. It is the second busiest commercial center in the country, after Kampala. Before 1906, Jinja was a fishing village that benefited from being located on long-distance trade routes. Located about 87km by road in South-Eastern Uganda, Jinja town is blessed with the Source of the Nile to which major safari excursions are made. The Jinja tour is one of the short safaris & tours we offer in Uganda. Jinja town is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, with an elevation of 1,171 meters. It lies at latitude 00*27N and longitude 033*11E. Besides being the capital of Busoga Kingdom, Jinja town is home to a diversity of cultures and customs.
The town was named Jinja, a word from the dialects of two ethnic tribes – the Baganda and the Basoga tribes – whose peoples lived on either side of the River Nile. In both these these tribes the word `Ejinja‘ means a rock. Jinja town was named thus because it was so rocky a place.
- Nature walks in Mabira Forest
- Birding in Mabira Forest/Samuka Island
- Visit the Source of Nile
- City tour
After an early morning breakfast, you will be driven from your hotel in Kampala to Jinja, a prime destination for Uganda Safaris. On the way to Jinja, you will be driven through Lugazi – a place which was much loved by the ancient Buganda Kingdom kings for resting during their voyages as well as healing. Today, people who believe in the kiganda traditions still visit this place seeking traditional blessings and healing.
The Roadside Market Food Vendors
As you approach Mabira Forest, you will come by some roadside market food vendors selling locally-roasted delicacies such as roasted chicken, beef, goat’s meat and/or beef on skewers, and gonja (plantain) among others.
This forest boasts of over 312 tree species, over 300 species of birds and 218 species of butterflies. Walking underneath this canopy of this great African tropical Rainforest, you will also see different species of monkeys and other wild mammals.
You will thereafter get back into the vehicle and go for lunch at the Sunset Hotel -a lovely restaurant perched atop a hill overlooking the Nile, serving very good food with chicken breast stuffed with spinach, a mouth-watering delicacy. The hotel has Ugandan, Chinese, Indian and Italian dishes.
Trip to the Source of the Nile
After lunch you will take a short ride to the Source of the Nile – a quiet, beautiful place filled with fantastic tropical plants and palm trees. As you walk down the steps toward the Nile, you will be able to smell the flowers there.
As you stand on the Nile, you will hear the gurgling water as you watch native fishermen cast their nets on the longest river in Africa. You will then be taken on a Boat Ride to the actual source of the Nile, and beyond the lake where you will take great pictures for future memories and reference.
After the boat ride, you shall be driven to Jinja town, once the industrial capital of Uganda but today a residential town filled with numerous Indian-styled old structures in which many Indians lived before being expelled by President Idi Amin in the 1970s, some of whom later came back to reclaim their old properties. Jinja is a multicultural town dominated by native Basoga, mixed up with Bagwere, Baganda, Banyankore, Basamya and other eastern Uganda tribes, making it a fusion of a true Uganda town good for any visitor to interact with.
The streets of Jinja town are dotted by many shops and Ugandan crafts-shops. At sunset, you will be driven back to Kampala in time for dinner at your hotel, which will mark the end of the one-day trip to the Source of the Nile in Jinja.
End of Jinja City Tour
- A professional driver/guide
- Transportation including fuel
- Boat fees
- All activities (included in the itinerary)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Round trip transfer
- Bottled drinking water
- Entry fees
- International flights
- Personal items
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Things to remember on your trip
- Rain jacket incase of weather change.
- binoculars for the bird lovers.
- Insect repellent.
- Good zooming lens camera for photos.
- Light clothes since sometimes it tends to be hot.
- Little more cash incase you want to buy some Ugandan Souvenir.
Other Optional Activities in Jinja
- Water rafting
- Quad bike
- Horse Ride
- Mountain Biking
Standard 4X4 Safari Vehicles
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari vehicles. Each Safari vehicle comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.
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