Welcome to Jinja

Famous as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is these days the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can get your fix of whitewater rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking and horseback riding in a town with a gorgeous natural setting and some wonderful, crumbling colonial architecture.The spectacular Nile River's world-famous rapids are under threat, however. In 2011, the Bujagali... Read More

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$980 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days Murchison falls and Jinja trip

Day 1: Arrival in UgandaYou will be met at the airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you in Kampala. Dinner and overnight will be at Forest Cottages Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the Murchison Falls National Park through Malinda town. Along the way you will visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you will have a guided nature walk to track the Rhinos. You will proceed to Masindi town where you will have your lunch after which you will enter the Park via the Kichumbanyobo gate and visit the Top of the falls, the spot from which the park gets its name.  At the top of the waterfalls, you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will have dinner and overnight at the Parkside Safari Lodge Day 3: Game drive and boat launch In the morning you will have breakfast before going for a game drive in the park’s Northern area to see the big 5 including Buffaloes, Lions, Elephants, and if fortunate even see a Leopard. Other animals you will see include: Rothschild giraffes, Bushbucks, Warthogs, Waterbuck, plus a great diversity of other Antelopes in large numbers. At lunchtime you will return to the lodge and later in the afternoon go for the thrilling launch cruise down the Nile. You will sail close to the bottom of the falls and on this cruise you will see various birds, numerous hippos and giant crocodiles plus some other animals grazing close to the banks. If fortunate, you may see the uncommon shoe bill stork plus various other bird species within this area. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight Parkside Safari Lodge. Day 4: Transfer to Jinja You will after breakfast, set off for Jinja to visit the source of the Nile, Africa’s longest river. You will arrive in the early evening and relax at your lodge until dinner time and overnight Paradise Hotel Jinja  Day 5: Boat cruise  in Jinja and transfer to Kampala You will after breakfast have a brief drive through this historical town after which you will visit the source of the Nile and explore it by boat. You will then spend the rest of the day, late afternoon will you will relocate back to your hotel in Kampala or to the Airport for your departure flight.

$250 Day Trips & Excursions

1 Day Jinja source of the River Nile tour

The The Nile Source TourOverviewThe Nile Source tour is for those who are already in the country either as foreign residents, visitors who have flown in for business and meetings, or citizens who want to enjoy the tourist attractions of their country as part of their holiday to unwind. You will visit the source of the Nile River and finish with a visit to the historical town of Jinja.The Nile Source Tour HighlightsMabira forestThe Nile SourceTour of Jinja townThe Nile Source Tour ItineraryOur guide will pick you at 7.00am from where you are residing and drive you to Jinja in the eastern part of the country. You will have a brief stopover at Mabira Forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda and continue to the source of the Nile in Jinja. You will visit the source of the Nile and explore it by boat and later have a brief drive through this historical town before  going for lunch and drinks, Later set off for a brief tour of the historical town of Jinja. You will drive back to Kampala in the late afternoon.

$313 Day Trips & Excursions

Mabira Forest and Jinja Guided Day Tour from Kampala

Your guide will collect you at 7am from the hotel and drive you through the beautiful capital of Uganda (Kampala City) and head to Jinja to explore your Imagination and test your adventure spirit in this one full day trip 50km from Kampala. En route expect to see beautiful tea and sugar plantations in Lugazi. In Jinja, visit the source of the Nile, Bijagali falls. Experience the cool breeze at the source of the longest river in Africa. Lunch is taken after a fantastic mid morning boat ride and or bungee jump, or grade 5 white water drive. (optional) Also expect to see cultural performance with the Basoga dance groups. On your return journey there is stop at Mabira Forest where bird watchers will delight in the fantastic array of bird life among the acacia. After the activities, proceed with the journey to Kampala arriving late in the evening. This tour can be done any time of the year.

$180 Day Trips & Excursions

1 Day Jinja and Source of the Nile Tour

Pick up from your place of residence as early as 7:00 A.M, and travel to Jinja, our first stop over is the Sezibwa falls. Sezibwa Falls is a 45 minutes drive from Kampala and is located on Jinja Road after Mukono town. It is a wonderful place for a nature walk, birding, picnics, a limited hike to the top of the falls and the cultural worship grounds with their lush greenery grounds which are suitable for camping with sound of the falls in the background. After Sezibwa falls we proceed to the Mabira forest walk, which starts from form the Mabira rain forest lodge. During this walk one gets to view and appreciate the lush greenery growing luxuriantly and hear the most authentic bird songs and sounds as they chatter in the top and canopies of this rain forest and if fortunate one get to see the elusive monkeys. Proceed with After the nature walk in the Mabira forest we pass via the Owen Falls Dam and then proceed to Jinja town (sunset hotel) for lunch. The sunset hotel offers two menus, the Ala carte and the buffet which offer a variety of choices, so one gets to choose between the two without restrictions. Apart from their delicious meals, the sunset hotel possesses one of the best views of the source of the Nile with both the railway and car bridge in view over the sparkling water and reflections when the water is hit by the sun rays, creating a kaleidoscope. After lunch, take a short tour around Jinja town, we start from the Jinja railway stations and see the railway line that connects Uganda to Kenya and view the diesel locomotives. We proceed to the Hindu temple which has a bronze statue of Gandhi and visit the golf course which possesses very beautiful view of the Nile and Lake Victoria. Finally visit memorial gardens where some of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were scattered. Conclusion of Jinja city tour To end the day, go for a boat ride to visit the actual point where the source of River Nile starts from and view the Speke monument where John Speke stood when he discover the source of the longest river in the world. Also get to see a number of water birds in the isolated tiny islands on the lake and then board the car and drive back to Kampala/residence. The Safari package for Jinja city tour includes: -Transportation by safari vehicle -En-route lunch -Entrances fees to various sites-A boat rides to the source of the Nile -Buffet lunch at Jinja Nile resort -Guide/Driver Allowance The Safari package for Jinja city tour Exclusions: The expenses of personal nature like: Air fare Uganda Visa Luxury drinks Laundry Tips to local guides Telephone Porter fee while touring Personal insurance Personal shopping bills and cigarettes.

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Ultimate East Africa

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy wildlife safari drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!

$8299 Yolo

Ultimate Africa

Spanning nine countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches, and loads of adventure. Track the Big Five across open savannah, explore the Okavango Delta in a dugout mokoro canoe, encounter gorillas deep in the Ugandan wilderness – do it all on this ultimate 54-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa truly is. Travel aboard our rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Encounter rare wildlife and real people on this unique and cost-effective journey through the stunning scenery of Southern and East Africa.