Jinja City, also known as the “Adventure capital of East Africa” is located in the eastern region of Uganda, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria – Africa's largest lake and the source of the Nile River. It derives its name from a local Luganda – Lusoga language word “Ejjinja” which means 'Rock' or 'Stone'. The British used this reference to name the city they established as Jinja, formerly the industrial hub of Uganda before Kampala. 

Jinja is located 80Km away from Kampala – Uganda's capital city, and it is one of the most scenic towns and source of the Nile River City in Uganda, as it attracts tourists looking to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Nile River throughout the year. The source of the Nile, Itanda Falls – the white water rapids, among other attractions, Jinja is a one – stop tourist destination in Uganda. Book a day excursion tour in Jinja with us, we'll create you a memorable travel experience in this Pearl of Africa.

Things to do | Travel Activities in Jinja City 

There are various activities in Jinja including; White-water Rafting, Jet Boating, Bungee jumping, Quad Biking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking and Canoeing, Fishing on the Nile, Visiting the popular attractions – the source of the Nile & Waterfalls, community visits, birding/nature walks in Mabira forest, Jinja city tours drive or walk and, many others. Here are Trafeka’s top recommendations;

1. White-water Rafting

This is one of the top things to do in Uganda, particularly in Jinja City. The Grade 5 White-water rafting experience in Jinja is the best in Africa. It is a very exciting and breathtaking activity like no other. White-water rafting isn’t only about navigating rapids, it also includes making stops at some of the islands which have an amazing collection of green vegetation, birds and primates like Vervet monkeys. The activity is organized as half or full day. Our trained team will go through your requirements to create the perfect itinerary for you to row with some of the most experienced crews in the world.

2. Bungee jumping

This is one of the craziest and tremendously thrilling activities you will ever do in your life. It involves jumping from a 44 meter high tower and down towards the Nile waters with a rope tied to an elastic cord around one's feet for support. Bungee jumping is common around the world but we are talking about doing it over the longest river on earth, River Nile. After the leap, you are lifted up back to the top by the cord.

3. Horseback Riding

It might not be as intense as white water rafting or Bungee jumping, but Horseback riding is a great way to experience the Nile River and the countryside. Quad activity takes you through the banks of the river Nile and villages of Uganda as you watch the local people go about with their daily lives. The horse ride also offers a chance to see beautiful forests, valleys and hills around the river banks. All participants are escorted by our professional and experienced guides.

4. Quad Biking

Quad biking adventure through the forests, villages, farms and the banks of the river Nile is one of the interesting activities in Jinja. It is very adventurous and by the end of the day, you would have learnt a lot and seen how the rural people live their lives. You do not need to have any experience in order to participate in Quad biking, we'll provide you free practice sessions for participants. 

5. Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing offer travellers a chance to experience the mighty Nile River and the neighbouring villages, local people, farmlands and birds. All participants are trained before embarking on these activities by our experienced instructors. Participants learn the flow of the river, back and forward paddling, basic strokes, rescue and capsizing skills. 

Accommodation: Where to stay in Jinja

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