“Life is a climb, but the view is great” In every downhill-experience, there are uphill-adventures. So many untod African motorcycle-adventures but have you been to the Source of the Nile?
Bike to Jinja Nile
It is still unconcluded on whether Jinja or Fort portal is Uganda’s tourism capital. But one thing has been concluded, Jinja is Uganda’s adrenaline capital offering adrenaline activities including but not limited to; Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, swimming in the Nile, among several other adrenaline activities.
What far is Jinja from Kampala?
Jinja is located 80kilometers from Kampala. Though the traffic might be thick on certain days, it is where the motorcycle adventures come in handy. It might take you between 2hours and 21/2 hours.
We often recommend a stop at Ssezibwa falls just half the journey. When you speak of environments that are still intact, then Ssezibwa falls ranks among the top list of such destinations in Uganda.
Why Motorcycle adventures to Jinja?
Jinja is Uganda’s adrenaline capital offering a number of adrenaline activities. This includes but not limited to quad bikes, horse rides, white water rafting, boat cruise, kayaking, canoeing among several other activities.
Have you heard of the Nile; the longest river in Africa? Visiting Jinja will give you access to its remarkable source. Of course, you can only ride your motorcycle up to the parking space. You will have to take a boat to see the actual source of the Nile; the point where the Nile separates from Lake Victoria.
Other Destinations should you consider to or from Jinja?
There are mainly two destinations to consider on your way to Jinja, Ssezibwa falls just a few kilometers to Lugazi town and Mabira forest. The forest offers a number of activities including but not limited to; Zip lining, forest walks, mountain biking, community tours, camping, among several other activities.
After Jinja town, you can drive to Sipi falls the leading hiking destination in Uganda. You will be gifted with community encounters in this area as well as breath-taking views of the iconic Sipi falls.
Key Facts about Jinja Town
- Jinja is located on an elevation of 1140 meters above sea level
- The source of the Nile is located in Jinja town
- It was founded in 1901 as a British administrative center
- It has a population of about 500,000 people
- The main language spoken in this town is Lusoga. Other languages include Luganda, English, and Swahili
- Jinja town is one of the few towns in Uganda that have Hindu temples.
- Jinja is the second-largest and busiest city center in Uganda after Kampala.
- The most famous festival in Jinja is the Nyege Nyege festival that is hosted every year.
- It is also home to Nile breweries
What Should You have in mind when driving to Jinja?
The Road is the main exit route to Kenya; it has very many trailers more so on Fridays heading to Kenya and very many trailers coming back on Monday.
Responsible Tourism in Jinja
Jinja is one of the busiest tourist destinations in Uganda. Most of the tourism centers in Jinja have community engagements that ensure good health care, providing employment opportunities more so for the residents of Jinja among several other community empowerment initiatives.
Activities To Consider In Jinja Town
There are a number of activities to consider in Jinja including the following;
White Water Rafting
The Nile is the main signature of Jinja town, and along the Nile, you are offered an opportunity to encounter your fears. You do not have to know how to swim; all you need is a water jacket to keep you on top of the water after the final crash. You are offered a collection of photos that are taken through the course of the rafting.
In Jinja, you will have the opportunity to switch from a two wheels bike to a four wheels quad bike. Quad around the shores of the Nile offers great sights of the Nile.
Swimming in the Nile
The Nile River is one of the few locations in Uganda where you have an opportunity to swim without any fear of water infections.
- Visit at the source of the Nile
- Boat cruise
- Hindu temple visit
- Community Tours