Jinja is located at the northern end on Lake Victoria in South Eastern Uganda. Lying just north of the Equator, but at an altitude of 3,750 feet (1100 meters) above sea level, it enjoys a very pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 63 to 82 degrees F. (17 degrees to 28 degrees C). Jinja is spread out with few high-rise buildings outside city center. It retains a much more ‘laid-back’ feel relative to the nearby capital of Uganda, Kampala and is currently undergoing major renovation – for example the recent construction of a new multi-storied central market and road repairs as well as many new hotels promoting tours of Uganda for travelers visiting the city and its tourist attractions.
As you approach Jinja from Kampala, the district’s most significant geographical feature is immediately obvious. Jinja ‘Town’ is situated on the east bank of the River Nile, where the longest river in the World, the Nile starts its 6,670 km journey from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea. After what can be a very slow section getting through Kampala traffic to Mukono, the drive to Jinja passes through an interesting parts of Uganda with small townships, farmland, and Mabira Forest, tea & sugarcane plantations.
You cross the Nile at the Owens Falls Dam (completed in 1954) and will find Jinja a laid-back contrast to Kampala – a very friendly place with a focus on tourism and welcoming hospitality. White water rafting at its best in Jinja on the White Nile – you might get wet, but you will never forget the experience of rafting on the Nile at Jinja in Uganda. You can take it a bit easy with a family float for you and children. Jet boat up the River Nile Rapids at incredible speeds and enjoy the wild of the River Nile without being immersed in it except a bit of spray.
Simply a most awesome experience. Tandem kayaking with a most knowledgeable guide to take you down the rapids of the River Nile. You can also try River Surfing, another option at Jinja along the River Nile. Take a Sunset Cruise with dinner and drink at Jinja – simply a most enjoyable experience while at Jinja on the White River Nile.
Take a two-day house boat safari on Lake Victoria – Jinja. A great way to relax and chill out in a most novel way in Uganda. Fish, relax, enjoy the scenery including fishing villages along the shore. Two Crew members are on board – your food is prepared for you and you the houseboat can accommodate up 8 – sleep on top or below, two bathrooms are available.
Horseback riding safari along the Nile and there is even an overnight horseback riding safari of two days – another way to enjoy the Nile, visit Villages and hamlets along the journey and take in the culture and sights. All-Terrain Vehicle Quad biking along the River Nile taking in the sights and the local cultures as you ride through various villages. Visitors to Jinja find this an exhilarating experience.