02-Days Jinja Town & Source of The Nile Tour
Renowned as the significant source of the Nile River, Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline center of East Africa. On Jinja tour you can get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bungee jumping. The town itself is a lively little place with some wonderful, crumbling majestic architecture.
Coming from Kampala, the Owen Falls Dam forms a stunning entry to the town; but don’t capture pictures – people have been arrested for doing so, even though there are no signs informing people of this law.
Day 1 Depart from Entebbe after breakfast and drive along Jinja road from Kampala toward Jinja on one of the busiest roads in Uganda, you will pass through Lugazi which is a sugar cane town meeting sugar cane trucks with their ware on them.
We come by some of the fast-food dispensers of chicken and beef on a stick, also drinks and cassava before reaching Mabira Forest. We pull off and soon reach the place where we will take a walk in the forest. This is one of the few rainforests in the central region of Uganda. A portion of which is now being cut down for power lines, while another portion has been threatened to be given away to sugar companies for more sugar plantations, that decision has and is an off – on situation.
Besides the lovely forest there are over 300 species of birds and over 218 kinds of butterflies. There are over 312 tree and plant species. You will also find lots of monkey and other mammals in Mabira Forest.
Walking underneath this canopy of an African Rainforest is an almost spiritual experience. You will love the silence only to be broken by the call of a bird, or the shriek of a monkey.
Uganda is the one of those places where the West African Rainforest meets East Africa resulting in beautiful places such as Mabira Forest and it is simply breathtaking.
Afterwards we get back into the vehicle and drive to the Nile Guesthouse where we sit inside a lovely restaurant perched on a hill over the Nile. The food is very good and they have a stuffed chicken breast stuffed with spinach that is my personal favorite. Most of all enjoy the food.
After lunch we take a short ride to where we visit the source of the Nile, a quiet Park, nowadays there are some souvenir sellers there, but otherwise it is quiet and beautiful, filled with palm trees, fantastic tropical plants and as you walk down the steps toward the Nile you can smell of the flowers there.
As you stand on the Nile, you can hear the gurgling water, watch fishermen throwing their nets, taking in the longest river in Africa, a river that flows from south to north toward the Mediterranean Sea, you can close your eyes and sense history. Oh John Hanning Speke coming to this river and being the first Westerner to discover the source of the Nile as to being Lake Victoria.rafting-adventure
Take a Boat Ride to the actual source of the Nile and beyond the lake, great picture opportunities for you. Then it is off to town, which at one time was the industrial capital of Uganda, now-a-days it is a sleepy town filled with lots of old Indian styled homes, reflecting the many Indians who lived here in the pre-Amin area, some of which have returned to reclaim their old properties, while most Indians today in Uganda and in Jinja came from India in search of success. There are many shops along the main road and also a place to buy Ugandan crafts, you can have some time to do so. Overnight at Hotel Triangle – Jinja, Bed/breakfast.
Day 2– Bungee jumping and White-water Rafting on the Nile, back to Kampala We should be awake by 7.00am and have our breakfast.
After breakfast we shall have another thrilling encounter with the Nile – Bungee jumping at Bujagali, half day. Afterwards, we embark on the day’s main adventure of white water rafting.
Enjoy the most thrilling white water rafting at different grade stages. The white water rafting begins with a comprehensive briefing and the fitting of lifejackets and helmets. The rafting is done on an 10 kilometre stretch of the Nile River. The first few rapids are low grade (1,2) and give clients a sense of confidence. As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, the rafts are guided into the mighty challenges of the best “grade 5” rapids on the Nile. Eight major rapids are rafted plus lower graded runs to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. Return to Kampala reaching late evening, before being transferred to Entebbe.
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