ONE DAY JINJA TOUR

Jinja municipality is the second commercial centre in Uganda which was established in 1907 by the British as an administrative centre for the Provincial Government Headquarters for Busoga region; it 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 mighty River Nile. 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.It 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

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.

General attractions include white-water rafting, the "Source of the Nile", and Bujagali Falls, which is located downriver from Owen Falls Dam about 8Kms north of Jinja. Bujagali Falls is a world-class spot for kayaking and white water rafting, and also a popular weekend picnic area for local Ugandans. There is an active Hindu temple near Jinja, which has a bronze bust of Gandhi. There is also a Buddhist temple.

 Tour Itinerary;
After breakfast our guide will drive from your Kampala hotel navigate to Jinja a popular safari destination through Lugazi a preferred place to put your feet up and healing for the Kabakas of the Buganda Kingdom, natives who believe in kiganda customs still appear to seek the old ways at this place. For you our clients, these falls will leave an unforgettable exploration on your heart.

As we advance to 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, weyn's weaver, 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 come by some of the fast-food dispensers of roasted chicken and beef on sticks done the local way

Have lunch at Sunset Hotel –an attractive restaurant on the edge of a hill over the Nile. It has Ugandan, Chinese, Indian and Italian dishes. You will take a ride to the source of the Nile-a quiet beautiful place after lunch, the environment is overflowing with palm trees, incredible tropical plants and as you hike 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! – We shall organize 90 minutes boat cruise on Nile River crossing into Lake Victoria!  Don’t forget to take memorable pictures for your friends! Our guide will then drive you to Jinja town for the tour and probably to a place where you can buy Ugandan crafts. At the end of the Jinja town tour you will navigate to Bujagali Falls which lies 9km from Jinja north of the town.  White water falls are about 10km downward the River Nile. This was named after an African spirit Bujagali which was said to have occasionally floated on a piece of bark cloth down the river.

Besides our 1 day package, Rafting excursions can be booked with us for 2days from all at a fee of USD $180 per person inclusive of all. The 1 day covers one added Novocain rapid at the end of the similar ground excursion, the 2 day is quite more thrilling with four rapids to cover, Hair of the dog, Kula shaker, Nile special, malalu with the last rapid called Weleba. Totaling to rafting, those with a more exploratory spirit can hire white water kayaks and also take coaching for Eskimo-roll and shooting rapids. Also offered are sunset cruises for families or larger groups and All topography exploration that run the quad biking trips. Please book this tour now via our 24/7 hot line +256 774873 278 OR via our email info@selectsafarisafrica.com. We are warmly waiting for you inquiry!