Jinja Travel Guide

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Jinja Things to Do

  • Swaminarayan Hindu temple

    I was told the main Hindu temple is situauted on the way to the show ground from Jinja town but this temple is a lovely building and the askari on the gate was quite happy to show me around.

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  • Source of the Nile

    The source of the Nile is located in my birth country, Uganda. It is the point at which the second longest river in the world, the Nile begins it’s journey. The Nile river runs approximately 6400 kilometers long. With the amount of water it carries along it’s path, it creates high grade rapids that are currently used by White Water Rafters for...

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  • Grade 5 White Water Rafting

    If I had the nerve I had now, I don’t think I would have done many years ago with Adrift in my home country of Uganda. The thrill and adrenaline rush one gets when white water rafting can not be easily described using the English language, ask me in my mother tongue and I may be able to tell you better, smile! I have the adventurous nature of a...

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  • Visit the 'real' source of the Nile

    You can't really miss the real source of the Nile or should I say 'sauce' of the Nile if you are travelling over the dam to Njeru on the opposite bank of the Nile to Jinja on your way to Kampala. The first plot you come to as you cross the river is Nile Breweries.mmmmmmmmm yeah I'm getting thirsty as well.

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  • Nile High Bungy

    Nile High Bungy is in Jinja, a short trip of 4 km from the jinja town is the Nile Resort. The bungy jumping booking can be done here for 55 $ per person. It is one of the beautiful locations overlooking the Nile River. The bungy is 44 m high and at the top the feeling is just great !!!

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  • Triangle swiming pool

    When I asked in a local bar where I could go for a swim in Jinja I was pointed in the direction of the Triangle Hotel. I took a Boda to the Triangle 700UGX from the market.It cost me 5,000 for a swim but I hadn’t brought a towel so had to pay an extra 2,000 to use one of the hotel’s. The small pool had a concrete arch spanning the pool and on top...

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  • Bujagali falls

    Beautiful landscape.Mainly visited by people which like rafting and kayaking but also worth a visit for ,,normal`` visitors.Boat trips are avaiable to visit some small islands around the falls.8km out of Jinja.Lovely to hike around .Very good restaurant not far away from the falls(the black lantern)

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  • Have a shower and look at this!!!

    WOW!See this view - well this is the view you get from the showers at Nile River Explorers Bujagali Falls.Yep, actually inside your little private area where you take the shower.At first its very weird - and I couldnt stop thinking that someone would see me any minute! They wont of course, there are plenty of trees between you and the river and...

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  • Traditional Dancing

    One Night these guys rolle up outside the bar at Bujagali Falls and stayed for an hour or so, singing at the tops of their lungs and dancing acrobatic style!

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  • Locals along the Nile

    The locals in Africa are the main thing that makes the continent so special.When I arrived down at the Nile to watch the Rafters the entire place was full of locals, they were all so excited at watching the foreigners (Or Mzungus as the dub us!).Women were there with their children, washing them in the Nile, children were there with their friends...

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  • Driving down to the Source of the Nile

    This is Africa. As you can imagine the road will be dusty, bumpy and long! They always are LOL.....I drove down to the source of the Nile in the back of a 4x4 - after taking that trip I would imagine the only transport you could take would be a 4x4 but you would be suprised!The trip wasnt far down there, we drove past people and their homes waving...

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  • Bujagali Falls

    Bujagali Falls are beautiful, situated along the Nile just outside of Jinja Township.From our camp you can see the Falls - which is where I took this photo from, but if you take a rafting day you will encounter the falls at a totally different perspective!

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  • White Water Rafting on the Nile

    The main reason that a Jinja receives a lot of visitors in for the White Water Rafting.Rafting is a big business here, if you decide to raft on the Nile you will have a hot, wet, exhausting day but so much fun!The Nile offers up to grade 6 rafting but on a trip you will only get up to grade 5 - which is enough anyway! The famous G Spot is something...

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  • White Water Madness

    One thing which everyone going to Jinja should not miss out on is the white water rafting. Considered one of the most dangerous of the white waters, it is an experience of a life time. Few other white waters will give you the thrill that the source of nile would give. The rafting is organised by ADRIFT and I must say that it is very well organised....

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  • Raft the Mighty White Nile

    From our campsite we arranged a trip with Nile Rivers Explorers to raft the mighty Nile, which has its source here in Jinja. Bujagali Falls offers some excellent rapids between grades 2 to 5. You get lunch included and raft the whole day. It is a really cool experience and so much fun and adrennaline. I always was a little wary of Rafting, but the...

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Jinja Restaurants

  • North goes East

    As you can see from the photo the thought of a big plate of Malakwang got the street kids all fizzy knickered! And they are not the only ones who get impressed when a restaurant offers some of northern Uganda’s favourite delicacies. I wasn’t really that hungry but I couldn’t resist a plate of Dek ngor. Sadly the ground sesame seed and green pea...

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  • “Yes we have it”

    I ate here two days on a run at this veggie Indain restaurant. Pretty extensive menu here and I did ask if everything on the menu was available but when I asked for the Gujerati thali there was a look of relief on the face of the owner. “Yes we have it” he smiled. 6,000 UGX for the Gugerati thali seemed reasonable value.

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  • great coffee and delicious sandwiches

    I personally like the cafe latte there a lot.Nice pastas ,cakes and delicious sandwiches.Relaxed atmosphere,great service.Wireles internet available.Lots of used english written books and magazines available(1Dollar a book).Nice wines to buy.Mainly frequented by the white community to have a chat and enjoy food and coffee. egg and bacon sandwich...

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Jinja Nightlife

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    by Herwig1961 Written Feb 25, 2009

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    cosy place,people from all around the world.Good service.Pooltable,watching football.Owned by a Swedish and Islander.

    Dress Code: Come as you like.

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    • Rafting
    • Fishing
    • Singles

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Jinja Transportation

  • Akamba Bus and Kampala Coach

    If you are needing a bus to Kenya from Jinja the place to go is either the Akamba Bus or Kampala Coach bus offices which are pretty much next to each other on the roundabout north east of town. This is not the roundabout near Owen Falls dam it is further along the Tororo highway than this. Both offices are in a block of buildings opposite the Gapco...

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  • Transport to Kampala

    There is a bus station South East of the Market this is usually the stage for the bigger long distance buses. More frequent than the bigger buses are the smaller Taxi minibuses and twenty seater coaches that leave from the taxi park behind the Fairway Hotel. Transport to Kampla is constant througout the day.

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  • NO NO CHOO CHOO

    No passengers train services from Jinja anymore. But watch the level crossing as it is still busy with freight traffic.

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Jinja Shopping

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    by muguruki Written Apr 9, 2013

    Better than the average market was Jinja market. It was a crowded friendly place full of friut, veg, spices and all the other usual things for sale at an African market but since my last visit like a few markets in Uganda at the moment it has been bulldozed and and brand spanking new market is being built in its place.

    In the mean time the market has relocated to south of the taxi park.

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Jinja Warnings and Dangers

  • sun protection

    I arrived at the end of january in Jinja.Almost every day it was raining but also every day it was sunshine.I got constantly sunburned even when it was cloudy.Jinja is on 1100m above sea level,the sun is very strong.Bring sun protection!!!

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  • Fotographs

    Don`t take fotos at the dam/bridge which leads to Jinja.If you take fotos(like me:-)))be aware that soldiers will question you,control you.Do not give your camera.Behave friendly,explain that you didn`t know better and ask how/what would be the way to solve the problem/issue.Be aware that you violated the law!Money will solve the problem fast(as...

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Jinja Sports & Outdoors

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    by Herwig1961 Written Apr 11, 2009

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    It is so special because of the location.Rafting at the source of the nile in Uganda-probably not a daily experience.

    Equipment: If you are at 2 friends or Gately at the nile you can book your sport activity.

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    • Backpacking
    • Rafting
    • Kayaking

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