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10 Things to Do When You Visit Jinja

Jinja is one of the most popular touristic towns in Uganda. Located in Eastern Uganda, Jinja is the ultimate gateway for adventure seekers looking to engage in different holiday activities. This peaceful town is the one of the best destinations for nature retreats and it has more to offer! Here are the top 10 things to do in Jinja Town;

1. Visit the source of the Nile

Visiting the source of the Nile will take you through a life of adventure. There is a golf course unwinding along the banks and the source of the Nile provides a pretty focal point to the flow of water from Lake Victoria’s only outlet.

A boat ride out to Samuka Island is another trip of itself, not counting the beautiful fauna you will see along. The Nile is one of the world’s longest rivers and it flows up to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt.

2. Bungee jumping

This is the one of the best adrenaline adventures that bring tourists to Jinja. Plunge about 44m from a platform above the Nile River. If you want adrenaline pumping action, this is your call and you will love it.

White Water rafting

Explore the Nile by taking on its rapids on a white water rafting expedition. Some of the rapids are intense Grave IV and V rapids.  The Nile is one of the best white-water rafting destinations in Africa. White Water Rafting in Jinja has been rated the most memorable wild adventure and activity in Uganda and East Africa at large. You can never forget the experience of rafting on the Nile in Jinja.

Rafting sessions start with a pre-safety training before the rafting experience so that you can be sure you will know what to do once you get into the water. A safety boat is always provided for those who fear & are scared of the grade 3 & 5 trips. Age limits are 14 & 16 years for the grade 3 & grade 5 trips respectively. Kayakers are always there to save you in-case you don’t know how to swim & also take photos and videos of you. Family rafting is also available.

Horseback Riding Safaris

Would you like to adventure the rural side of Uganda on the back of the horse? Horseback riding gives you a unique ride through a typical Ugandan Village and a stunning section along the banks of River Nile. The horseback riding safari experience offers you the views from the hills overlooking the Nile valley, canter through the stunning plantations and relax in the tranquility of Mabira forest.

Quad biking

All-Terrain Vehicle Quad biking along the River Nile taking in the sights and the local cultures as you ride through various villages. Visitors to Jinja find this an exhilarating experience. This activity is Ideal for small groups and families.    

Jet boating

Take your family or friends for a motorized trip on the Nile in a speedboat reaching a speed of 90km/hr. The jumps, the wind, the spins, the sprays are unforgettable.


Experienced and first time kayakers have a lot to experience on the Nile. There are instructors too who coach first time paddlers before they take on the untamed waters of the Nile.

Boat cruise

Take in the beautiful landscape through day cruises on River Nile. Sunset cruises over the lake are magical. Take a beautiful sunset Cruise with dinner and drink to the source of the Nile and Lake Victoria. It is one of the most enjoyable experiences. You get to enjoy the amazing food and endless cocktails while you watch sun go down.


Test your fishing skills in one of the best fishing spots in East Africa. Fishing tours are offered on the Nile and on Lake Victoria. Your best catch ought to be the Nile perch. jinja features the waters of the Nile and those of Lake Victoria offering the perfect haven for the mighty Nile Perch and other indigenous species like the Cat fish types. This is the perfect option for you who loves to cast a line in the water but also want to share a great day out on the lake with family and friends. With all the fishing equipment supplied including GPS, Fish-finder, the latest rods and reels, all the latest lures, you won’t miss catching the Big Fish.

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