Standing on the lush banks of The River Nile, Jinja is Uganda’s second biggest city. The town itself has a vivacious, multi-cultural feel to it, and tourists flock from all over the world to see where The Nile starts its long 6,500km journey north. Many go on to take up the challenge of the river’s mighty grade five rapids, which are now one of Uganda’s main tourist attractions.
Jinja became an economic boom town at the start of the twentieth century due to its strategic location close to the river and Uganda’s capital city Kampala, which is only 80km away. Its central position in Uganda’s industry was cemented in 1954 with the building of the Owen Falls Dam, providing it with cheap, accessible (if not very reliable), electricity. Within a few short years, the community had expanded to include many Europeans and Asians who were keen to settle in this bustling industrial hub.
Jinja a unique adventure tourism capital
Flat water canoeing, River boarding (Fishing, Swimming and bird watching), Kayaking, Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, Water sport, Rock climbing, Horse riding on the Nile, Paragliding, Cultural sites, Source of the Nile and Historic sites.