Jinja is a town in southeastern Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria, Famous for the source of the Nile River, the world’s largest river spanning Egypt, Sudan, and Uganda. River Nile is the most scenic river in Uganda, and the section that flows through Jinja has got beautiful rapids and forested islands that are habitats to primates and over 150 bird species.
Jinja was once the industrial capital of the country and has rail links with Kampala (50 miles [80 km] southwest) and the port of Mombasa, Kenya but now it is the country’s adventure hub.
Jinja holds a major spiritual significance for locals, the River waters have sacred value to the Basoga and it is a tourist hub to visitors, Jinja is about a 2-hour drive from Kampala.
Sugar cane, Peanuts, and corn are largely grown by the community around the city.
Jinja offers classic adventure activities that include;
1. Water Rafting
Water rafting is a recreational outdoor activity done using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or any other water body, a crew works simultaneously to navigate a river. Rafting is one of the most exciting water activities.
Water rafting on the Nile is considered one of the best rafting experiences in the world. This is an experience that you don’t have to miss when in Uganda for primates and wildlife safari, for your birthday, any celebration or just having a fun adventure day.
Rafting on the Nile is done in 3 phases all under the instruction of a professional guide to ensure a safe and fun water rafting experience. Whether you are a first-timer, family, or high adventure enthusiast, you’ll find a perfect Customised rafting adventure day. When doing rafting, rafting, or swimming experience is not necessary; however, you are required to be water confident and reasonably fit.
Grade 5 white water rafting
Grade 5 are high adventure rapids, You will raft all the major falls of the Nile for about 15km and it will take you between 4-5 hours this is recommended for 16years old and above, The Nile offers one of the finest grade 5 white water rafting.
Grade 3 white water rafting
The grade 3 rapids are flat and scenic there is time to sit back, relax, enjoy your surroundings and have the occasional water fight. These are good for those who what to experience the Nile without the intensity of grade 5 rapids and families with children from 8 years.
This will take between 4 to 5 hours for about 15km
This a slow-moving adventure, it is a 2-hour floating tour suitable for adults, and kids as young as 4 years .you get the opportunity to splash Nile waters you can even swim under the guidance of a professional guide.
This takes between 1 and 2 hours for 7 km.
How the day of water rafting looks like
Rafting is a physical activity and you will need to have a good and enough breakfast before setting off.
You will need to pack a towel and change of clothes, light and short clothing is ideal
You must reach the rafting base by 9:00 am; you will meet fellow rafters and guides.
You will then get the briefing, get fitted with life jackets and helmets, and then head down to the starting point; get a more detailed briefing to ensure the safety and fun of the experience.
You will then need to get ready to get wet and enter the rafts and get started, as the river meanders through beautiful scenery, the guide rafts into the mighty challenges of some of the biggest and safest rapids.
The guide will be stopping at different rapids to explain the next route, you can request to join the safety boat at any time relax a bit and re-join the raft again or find a perfect take-out if you would like to leave the adventure before the end time.
During the trip, one of the flat pools will serve you snacks and drinks and then head back to more action.
Expert photographers will be there to capture every moment of this adventure.
Rafting on the Nile is done all year round
2. Bungee Jumping
Jumping off a platform of 154 feet in the air for about 10 min to touch the waters of the World’s longest river in every scenic jump view is the ultimate, fun and adventure experience you can ever have. Bungee Jumping in Jinja (On the Nile River) is one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world.
Jinja has an Award-winning 5-star jump crew, by far the most experienced and accredited on the continent. The bungee jump is operated according to New Zealand standards.
How Bungee Jumping in Jinja is done
Bungee jumping doesn’t require experience you just have to be prepared physiologically as you are going for it.
The activity starts with registration that requires signing a waiver form. And then you may decide whether you are going for a long jump to touch the water or just a short jump that stops mid-way. After registration participants are dressed up with the right jumping gear, briefed about the experience; First-timers are warned against looking down, closing their eyes, or looking straight ahead is highly recommended to help one remain composed.
You can have your both legs’ ankles tied with your face looking down or the whole body tie to allow you to float like a butterfly, the bungee cord is connected to the platform. Thereafter participants are called out one at a time while the others wait for their turn or cheer on from the tower
The instructor counts from 3 to 1 and then shouts “bungee” you then dive till you touch the water where the other team of instructors will be waiting to receive you and un-tie you and take you to a relaxing place to recover and celebrate.
What to note about Bungee Jumping
• The activity is for 13 years old above
• Minimum weight for participants is 35kg and maximum weight is 260ks. Those that are afraid to jump alone can go with a friend or partner.
• Those with heart diseases, high blood pressure, or any serious medical condition are advised not to participate.
• Making sure your photos are taken is a serious note to take so that you do not miss memories of such moments.
• Bunge Jumping is done during the day or night.
3. Quade bike safaris
You do not need previous experience of driving a vehicle; a training session is conducted before each safari. Trips are tailored to suit the rider’s ability. The quade bike safaris take you through the forest and farms along the banks of the Nile River. the wet weather gives a better experience.
4. Horse Back safaris
The horse ride safari enables you to explore the banks of the Nile, the community around, and the stunning views of the hills surrounding the Nile River valley. You can take a 1, 2, or 3-hour horse ride safari under the guidance of 2 or more guides tailored according to your horse riding experience.
Kayaking is another relaxed and user-friendly way of exploring the Nile, Kayaking requires no experience however it can be tailored according to your experience under the professional guidance
This is a relaxed kind of adventure that allows you to float on the banks of the Nile while enjoying the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and birdlife with family and friends.
7. Sunset Cruise to the source of the Nile
This is a beautiful cruise to the landmark of the River Nile source is during the evenings are very perfect for majestic sunset views with a drink and a selection of snacks and great views of small island birds otters and other wildlife.
8. Mountain Biking
Here there is also a great spot for mount biking along the banks of the Mighty River for a physical challenge or to just explore the surroundings of the Nile.
9. Paddle Boarding
This is also another great sport to do while exploring the Nile and it can be tailored according to your abilities and experience.