Jinja lies in the south east of Uganda, 87 km north east of the capital, Kampala. The beautiful city is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile River. It’s the chief town of Jinja District, remained the capital of Busoga region and is considered the capital of the Kingdom of Busoga. It was the industrial heart of Uganda between 1954 and the late 1970s.
Jinja has a population of approximately 106,000, most of them being Bantus by ethnic group origin. Cotton-packing, nearby sugar estates, and railway access all enabled it to grow in size. By 1906 a street pattern had been laid out, and Indian traders moved in from around 1910
Power was from the hydroelectric Nalubaale Power Station at the Owen Falls Dam. In the 1960s, Jinja, like all the towns in Uganda, was subtly segregated, with little mixing of white, East Indian and black neighborhoods. The white area was by the lakeside, whiles the East Indians who were the commercial and the business class and lived in the rest of the town. In 1971 and 1972, Idi Amin expelled East Indians from Uganda.
Farming here thrives on the productive soils, plentiful water sources and dependable rainfall. Additional industries are metal processing, leather and paper processing, grain milling, sugar, some organic fruits and coffee growing for export, and brewing for local sale. There is some local and export fishing on Lake Victoria.
Jinja is the second commercial Centre in Uganda which was established in 1907 by the British as an administrative Centre for Busoga region.
This excursion will give a chance to taste the real beauty of Jinja’s attractions which include the “Source of the Nile”, and a boat cruise at the Nile though one would want to extend the trip to involve in activities like bungee jumping, white water rafting, visiting the Bujagali Falls, which is located downriver from Owen Falls Dam about 8Kms north of Jinja and Bujagali Falls is a world-class spot for kayaking and white water rafting, and also a popular weekend picnic area for local Ugandans and visitors also there is an active Hindu temple near
There is also a Buddhist temple which you can visit on your trip with your own hired car in Jinja
Itinerary of the excursion for a self-drive/chauffeur driven
After you morning breakfast at 8:00am or any time of you convenience, you will hit the road heading to Jinja making a stopover at sezibwa falls 20 miles off Kampala- Jinja high way in mukono. This site is Buganda’s Heritage Site and its marked with an out-span of sharp-edged rocks and the magnificent sound of soothing waters flowing down the steep ridged stones which makes a good background for video clips with your friends and photo shoot. After the wonderful experience at sezibwa, you will hit the road again making a stopover at Namawojolo for nyama choma, gonja, and roasted cassava by the locals for about 10-15 minutes.
Then you will hit the road to drive through the thick forest of Mabira Forest, the major enduring stands of original (indigenous) forest in Central Uganda, covering a vicinity of more than 300 sq. km along Kampala-Jinja road. Being close to the country’s two big cities, it grants a better opening for traveler’s progress. Bird watchers are not left out since the forest inhabits species of forest birds like, hornbill species, sunbirds, African Grey parrot, rare blue swallow and best birding site at the forest-fringed pond. This forest is a mixture of patches of open grassland, valleys with papyrus swamps, and more than 200 species of trees that have been acknowledged. With attractive walking trails, you can have a good view of the red tailed monkey, but the white Colobus, Grey-cheeked mangabey and blue duiker monkeys being very familiar.
You will have your Lunch in Jinja town with the finest restaurants. After lunch, you will take a ride to the source of the Nile a beautiful spectacular place where the environment is overflowing with palm trees, incredible tropical plants and as you go down the steps toward the Nile you can smell the vegetation there.
You will get to hear the gurgling Nile waters from a distance, observe local fishermen casting their nets in the river that takes 90 days to reach Egypt! – You can get a boat cruise on Nile River crossing into Lake Victoria! Don’t forget to take memorable pictures for your friends! More so at the Nile you will visit the craft shops and don’t fail to buy anything for yourself, and also the traditional basoga will be waiting for you to sing and dance for you as you come off the boat.
After the beautiful boat cruise at the Nile, you will go to the adrift to carry out on of the most exciting and spectacular activity which is bungee jumping , where by you will go on the tower and the adrift team will be waiting for you to make you fly or dive and touch the Nile water. You can’t leave Jinja without involving yourself in this exciting experience, and your friends plus the bungee jumping team will be taking photos of you flying in the air as you’re touching down the water which is the most memorable experience in life and it’s unforgettable.
You will drive you to Jinja town where you will be able to see the historical old buildings in Jinja town and also visit other craft shops to buy for friends and family. As you drive moving out Jinja town you will have a chance to see the Nile breweries factory which supplies the whole of East Africa with its beer products, then on your way back from the exciting Jinja experience.
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