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Jinja - A District That Holds The Heart Of The Nile
By Dickson Richards

Famous for the river Nile Jinja is a town in Uganda Located 125 east of Kampala the capital. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near to the source of the White Nile River, this city is also considered the capital of the Busoga kingdom. Jinja is bordered by towns to include Njeru (1.9 nm), Kimaka (2.8 nm), Buwenda (2.8 nm), Mpumudde (2.6 nm), Masese (2.3 nm), Bugungu (1.5 nm) and Walukuba (2.4 nm)).

The town centre overlooks the lake with large houses that have big yards, which is the legacy that the early developers left for the town. The town is quiet, calm, with tree lined street and this gives the ambiance that visitor experience on arrival in the town. Different from Kampala, the rush hour in Jinja is not the same as that in Kampala. There is less traffic and it is easy to get around and parking is no problem as half of all vehicles are bicycles. The atmospheric conditions are totally different with Jinja have cool and carbon free breezes from the Lake just the ultimate place to stay.

Though it is a small own the town has a lot to offer for the tourists ranging from beautiful sceneries, the source of the

Nile, Bujagali falls, beaches, the golf grounds, Quad biking, the Owen falls dam, and a memorial garden where some of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were buried. On your way to Jinja is the Mabira forest reserves the largest forest in Central Uganda. There is an active Hindu temple near Jinja, which has a bronze bust of Gandhi. There is also a Buddhist temple.

The Owen falls Dam.

Also referred to as the Nalubaale dam could be described as the source of the White Nile, at the point where the river flows out of Lake Victoria. The dam provides electrical power to Uganda and Kenya and it is the crossing road fro Kampala to the East.

Bujagali falls.

A popular weekend spot for Ugandans located, Bujagali Falls is a world-class spot for kayaking and white water rafting. It is located several kilometers downstream from 'The Source'.

Quad-biking

This is another popular activity that has been on the falls for several years. It can be done in groups, as a family and as an individual. The ride takes you to see special parts of the Nile and the farms, forests and villages besides the greatest river. Reliable tour operators can help in organizing the quad biking for you.

White water rafting.

Bujagali has thrilling sections that are spacious between giving you an opportunity to lay back and appreciate Nature. Rafting has become a top activity for most of the tourists who come to Uganda. The waters are safe with no crocodiles or hippos in the Bujagali section of the river. Several competitions have been help by Kayakers over the last three years in the same waters. You can raft the Nile on any day as there are always people to raft with even when you are one. You can't fail to get a group to join.

Just like Kampala, Jinja is a city with many Natural wonders that are scenic and memorable. A short tour to this district even to just have lunch in the city can be rewarding. For Tours to Jinja, contact Sydah Naigaga of Access Africa Safaris.


Dickson Richards is a freelance Writer in Africa. For adventures, visit Kenya Safari Maasai, and Gorilla Safari Uganda or Chimpanzee Tracking

 
 
     
 
 
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