Located in the south-eastern Uganda, Jinja is an important town economically and historically. About 80 kilometres from the capital city of Kampala, it is easily accessible by road, air, and water, which happens to be a crucial reason that it is one of the major economies in the East African Community. Jinja was founded in the early years of the 20th century by the British and acted as a strategically important administrative centre for controlling the Busoga region. In 1954, Owen Falls Dam (now known as Nalubaale Power Station) was completed which provided electricity to the region making Jinja the industrial centre for Uganda.
The biggest tourist attraction in Jinja, home of the source of the Nile also known as the White Nile. From here White Nile starts its journey that goes through South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt to finally end into the Mediterranean Sea. The area near the source of the Nile is a hub for adventure sports such as white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bungee jumping. On the western side of the river, there are mesmerizing source of the Nile gardens and a Speke Monument (to commemorate the discovery of the source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke). It is next to impossible not to fall in love with the pristine beauty and ambience of this place.
Whitewater rafting or kayaking are two adventure sports that every tourist must try in the varying rapids of the Nile. Depending on whether you want to work in a team (rafting) or want a more personal experience (kayaking), you can choose one of them. Safety is of paramount importance here and your instructor/guide will make sure that you are safe at all times. You can also choose only those regions of the Nile where rapids are safer for beginners and require basic maneuvering only. Another famous adventure sport activity is quad-bike safari which will take you to the off the beaten track alongside the Nile from Bujagali to nearby villages and local trading centre. If that is not enough, horseback riding is also there to make your day full of adventure activities. Excursions & day tours to Jinja and other places in Uganda will surprise you with more than you ever expected. These excursions & day tours are tailor-made for those tourists who don’t have a week or two to cover a good part of Uganda.
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