Top ChoiceCafe in Jinja


This industrial-chic deli and cafe is just the trick for homesick travellers. Tasty espresso drinks, brownies, lovely oversized salads, nachos and sandwiches on crusty fresh bread have patrons lining up. Seating...

Top ChoiceBar in Jinja


Right on the fast-flowing water, this open-air thatched bar with lounge divans and tables on a floating pontoon boat is the most ambient drinking establishment in Jinja. It's also lively, with DJs and late nights...

International in Jinja

Black Lantern

Bujagali's premier dining destination is set under an elegant traditional thatched-roof overlooking the water. The extensive menu showcases dishes from around the world. Barbecued spare ribs are the house...

Arts & Crafts in Jinja

Kilombera Workshop

Many of the colourful cotton textiles (place mats, table runners, bedspreads) for sale around Jinja are made on hand-operated looms at this Nile-side workshop. Visitors are welcome to stop by and watch the...

International in Jinja

Gately on the Nile

The restaurant on the back porch of the popular boutique hotel of the same name exudes the atmosphere of a Balinese garden. The fusion menu serving butter chicken, burgers and Thai specialities shows plenty of...

Arts & Crafts in Jinja

A Bernadette

Young NYC fashionistas have partnered with local women to create well-made recycled bags and accessories in fun, bold designs. Items are fair-trade certified and available for online purchase. The shop is in...

River in Jinja

Source of the Nile River

The birthplace of the mighty Nile river (or one of them anyway…), here the water spills out of Lake Victoria on its journey to the Mediterranean flowing fast from the get-go. It's estimated no more than 5% of...

Gardens in Jinja

Source of the Nile Gardens

On the western bank of the river you'll find the pleasant Source of the Nile Gardens and Speke Monument – a pillar commemorating where the British explorer first laid claim to the historic source of the Nile in...

Cafe in Jinja

Source Café

A magnet for expats seeking reliable wi-fi (not free but cheap and fast), this attractive cafe does excellent French-press coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. The porch with mosaic tiles is a good place to watch...

International in Jinja

Jinja Sailing Club

Completely rebuilt in a sleek and modern resort style, this waterfront restaurant serves a long list of Indian, African and Western classics, with vegetarian options. It's also a good destination to enjoy...

Indian in Jinja

Moti Mahal

Jinja's best Indian food comes from this cavernous restaurant with a large downstairs dining room. The ambience is dull but the food isn't. Enjoy spicy curries, tandoor dishes and more. It also delivers.

Indian in Jinja


Locals like this friendly laid-back Nepali-owned restaurant, the last word in authentic South Asian food, from Indian thalis to dhaal bhaat, with some Ugandan dishes also available.

Landmark in Jinja

Central Market

This commercial market is across from the bus stand with vendors selling fruit and vegetables, among other produce, and clothing.