The Source of The Nile
An excellent starting place on a safari Uganda is Jinja, long known as the source of the longest river in the world, The Nile.
Uganda’s second largest urban centre after the capital city Kampala, it lies on the shores of Lake Victoria, 80 km east of Kampala and 120 km west of the Kenya border towns Busia and Malaba. The town overlooks the calm, picturesque lake.
Jinja has a fantastic climate. It has a lovely laid-back atmosphere, plenty of good accommodation, quiet tree lined streets that give ambiance to the place. Visitors get a warm welcome. Traffic is generally light, making it easy to get around and at least half of the vehicles are bicycle and motorcycle taxis. Parking is abundant.
Heading to Kampala from Jinja involves crossing the Owen falls Dam on the world’s longest river. It begins its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea on the west side of Jinja town. Before the Owen Falls Dam was completed in 1954, a huge cascade, 5 metres high, called Ripon Falls formed a major natural attraction and the roar of millions of litres of water dropping 5 metres provided a something good to everyone in Jinja.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting is one of the adventure activities at Bujagali falls, and it is one of the major contributing factors to the growing popularity of Jinja as a travel destination. It has lots of good rapids (including some maximum class 5 ones) and a beautiful river with high volume. There are some exciting sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the wildlife, particularly the many species of birds to be found here. There are no crocodiles or hippos in this section of the river. These upper reaches of the Nile are becoming a ‘must do’ for Kayakers. Indeed, some competitions have been held here over the last few years. Companies offer ½ day and 1 day trips covering 31kms and 2 day trips (45kms) with overnight camping. They also offer clients the option of taking the safety boat and the family float trips so that children less than 14 years old can enjoy time on the water.
If rafting is not your thing, consider, Quad Biking. It involves a guided safari, up to four hours long, along the banks of the River Nile. The adventure is unique to this part of East Africa, making it possible for individuals, groups or families to get off the beaten track and see special parts of Nile not usually considered; the farms, forest and villages- the warm heart of rural Africa. They also offer kid Quads. Bujagali Swimmers.
There is a group of young men from the local village around the falls, who for a few shillings will do one of the craziest things you can imagine. They will get hold of a plastic jerry can, shut it tight, using it as a floater and without a life jacket, plunge through the falls. Potentially hazardous but fun to watch
Day 1: Full Day White Water Rafting Uganda
After breakfast and drive to Jinja reaching there in an hour’s space, go for an exciting life time experience of white water rafting. This is going to be a full day rafting experience, you will spend the entire day challenging the mountainous rapids of the Nile. This experience requires no rafting on swimming experience. Dinner and over night in Jinja
Day 2: Bungee Jumping Uganda and Jet Boat
Challenge your fear of heights by touching the Source of the Nile from the high Nile Bungee jumping uganda. After the Bunjee you will go explore upstream in the wild Nile Jet. Leave Jinja Late afternoon to Kampala .