THE SOURCE OF THE NILE
The Blue Nile, however, is the source of most of the water, containing 80% of the water and silt. The White Nile is longer and rises in the Great Lakes region. It begins from Uganda Lake Victoria, Uganda and South Sudan.
Famous as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, and mountain biking and horse riding in a gorgeous natural setting. The Nile River's world-famous rapids are under threat, however.
Jinja is a town in southern Uganda, on the shore of Lake Victoria. The source of the Nile, at Coronation Park, is marked by a garden and a monument honoring British explorer John Hanning Speke. Owen Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam both span the Nile. Farther north on the river, Itanda Falls is known for its white-water rapids. East of Jinja, on Lake Victoria, Samuka Island is home to birdlife
The river Nile is arguably Uganda’s most scenic river. The section of the river flowing through Jinja has got several beautiful waterfalls and forested islands that remain unspoiled while acting as sanctuaries to primates and over 140 species of birds. The river offers numerous opportunities to have fun right from its source to the point where it leaves for other districts of Uganda and finally to South Sudan. There are various activities one can do along the Nile in Jinja including sport fishing, whitewater rafting, golfing, Quad biking and canoeing. Bungee jumping is just one of the recently introduced adrenaline raising activities in Jinja. This activity is rare and only done in a few African countries like (Bloukrans Bridge), Kenya (Rapids Camp) ,South Africa and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). However the experience jumping in the world’s longest river cannot be compared to any other place on earth. In Uganda, Bungee Jumping can only be done in Jinja. It is one of the leading tourist attractions in Uganda and you can find our more from our 1 day Jinja city excursion.
Rafting The Nile Rapids
Two-day rafting trips are also available through the same companies. The first day covers the same ground as the day excursion, with an extra rapid called Novocain tagged on at the end. On the second morning, four more rapids are traversed: Hair of the Dog, Kula Shaker, Nile Special, and Malalu. After lunch, the going is smoother, though the day culminates with one last rapid called Weleba.
Kayaking Bujagali is also a top spot for kayaking, attracting experienced proponents from across the world. More testing than rafting, kayaking offers (in the words of an appreciative reader) ‘the opportunity to develop your own skills, rather than just bouncing along in a raft controlled by the professionals’. Courses and expeditions are offered too.
Other sceneries in Jinja
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These places are best for waterfalls in Jinja:
- Itanda Falls
- Griffin Falls
Another major step in Bujagali’s development as east Africa’s answer to the more southerly adventure-activity capital of Victoria Falls is a 44m bungee jump located at Adrift (adrift.ug) between Jinja and Bujagali.
Jumpers leap from a 12m cantilevered steel structure on top of a 32m cliff above the Nile
Ride with us into the warm heart of Uganda. Through forest and farms, past villages and along the banks of the River Nile.
Located just across the road from Explorers River Camp at Bujagali, All Terrain Adventures offers a 1hr, 2hr ,3hr and 4hr quad biking safaris as well as Kids Quads Circuits for children up to 12 years old.
No previous experience driving a vehicle is necessary. A free training session is conducted before each safari. Trips are tailored to suit the riders ability and give the best possible adventure. Allow an extra 30 minutes for preparation and the training / practice session before the safari starts.
Visit the source of the Nile
Uganda is the source of Rive Nile – the world’s longest river from where the Nile starts its 4000 mile journey to the Mediterranean sea through to Sudan and Egypt. The source of river Nile is located in Jinja about 1,5 hours from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Once on the shores of River Nile, you will take a motorized traditional boat to where the river waters ‘start’ separating from the lake waters, the spot is clearly marked with a sign post.
Other falls in the East of Uganda