Jinja Tours  : Jinja city is one of the best places to include in your Uganda safaris and travel plans to visit the source of the River Nile from many other remarkable Jinja tours. Jinja city lies on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and is deeply rooted in beautiful history.

More so Jinja city is home to the source of the Nile –the longest river in the world. River Nile sounds as one of the major geographic superlatives on the earth and from time immemorial. It also been an outstanding natural land feature worth mentioning in historical books.

Jinja’s River Nile has also become a source of beautiful adventures and wonderful experiences, to the effect that Jinja stands as the Adventure Capital of East Africa. You can enjoy Jinja city on 1day Jinja tour /2 day Jinja trip. You can choose to combine it with Uganda wildlife safari, Uganda gorilla safaris, Chimpanzee trekking, Uganda tours, hiking safaris in Uganda and other Uganda tours. 1 day Jinja tour; It starts from Kampala or Entebbe to the famed source of the Nile.

Jinja City is popularly one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world, join into bungee jumping, Kayaking, mountain biking, jet boating, boarding and truly you will enjoy the adventure. Or else participate in a sunset boat cruise, quad bike safari or simply lounging on an island in the middle of the river are all options to be amazed at.

Travelers planning to adventure safari to Uganda and you can plan to combine Jinja tour with Uganda Safari itinerary.

Location of Jinja City;

Jinja City lies in the eastern region of Uganda, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. It is located 80kilometers ‘’2 hours’ drive’’ east of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. So, you can take a day tour to Jinja destination in order to enjoy an adventure and then set off before before nightfall. To enjoy more Jinja adventure activities – you can book into a close by hotel along the Nile and indulge into   their amazing activities.

History of Jinja;

The location of Jinja City was of no particular significance till 13,000 years ago when a shift in the tectonic plates underlying the western Rift Valley relocated the outlet of Lake Victoria. The event also caused the beautiful natural granite rock to partially block the flow of water out of the lake. The local people referred the granite ‘’ejjinja’’, which means ‘stone’ in Luganda. This is where the modern Jinja City got its name.

Jinja made its history on August 3rd ,1858 when John Hanning Speke, a British explorer and arrived from Zanzibar. It was no ordinary trek for Speke. Since the time of Julius Caesar, finding the Source of the River Nile in Jinja- had been marked the epitome of successful African exploration.  On that day in August, Speke solved one of the outstanding mysteries in history when he discovered that the cascade of water over the granite/ejjinja is the source of the Nile.

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Source of the Nile

At a small extent, the world celebrated Jinja’s significance as the source of the Nile River, the people of Jinja have developed their livelihoods. Due to the arrival of British colonial rule in 1906 and later the Indians, Jinja began to grow as a trading center.  The history shows that, after the arrival of hydroelectricity and railroad, Jinja became the industrial capital of Uganda.

During the 1970’s difficult political crises – Jinja’s trading and manufacturing economies suffered.

Best tourist attractions in Jinja can engage in on your Uganda Safari tours include;

A visit to the source of the Nile Jinja.

You can adventure into Jinja City Drive

You can enjoy Sundowner along river Nile

Tubing the Nile

Enjoy jet boating on the Nile

You can relax and chill out in the Middle of the Nile

Community village walks in Jinja

Enjoy horseback riding on Nile River banks

Bungee jumping over the Nile

Quad biking tours around Jinja

Enjoy stand up paddlebaording on the Nile

Visit the Lake Victoria, Samuka Island, Visit Itanda Falls Jinja, Markets, Churches and old Indian Building in Jinja

Visit the Kingdome of Busoga – the Kyabazinga Royal Palace in Jinja.

Other nearby attraction to Jinja City;

They include Mabira forest reserve, Ssezibwa falls, Kagulu hills, Sipi Falls on the Mount Elgon.

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