Jinja City, Uganda – Tourists Attractions & Activities
Famously known to many as the home to the mighty source of the Nile River, Jinja is apparently the adrenaline capital of East Africa. It is located at the confluence of Lake Victoria and the source of River Nile bordering the districts of Mukono and Kayunga to the west, Mayuge, and Iganga to the East, and Kamuli to the north. All these neighbour this fun-filled city full of thrilling activities.
Despite the big threats that have always hit this magnificent river Nile that has seen its natural set up inclusive of waterfalls being busted to create dams to favour electricity generation that has tourism being affected, locals have kept the glow pushing Jinja’s tourism industry alive with offerings that have wisely begun to diversify. Jinja town is the largest town of the district and the second most vital city in Uganda after Kampala. The town used to be the industrial heart of Uganda in the mid-90s
Tourists Attractions in Jinja
Source of the Nile
This is the second-longest river in the world and was discovered by Speke who was the explorer while on purposeful movements in Africa. This is an internationally unique and recognized attraction in Uganda and is found in Jinja. How lucky are the people from this region!! It’s best for excursion activities if in a hurry.
The Busoga Palace
Filled with Busoga kingdom artefacts, traditional and cultural enrichments, this kingdom’s museum is also located in Jinja, on Nakabango’ Mpumudde hill just a few minutes’ drive from the main Jinja town. The architectural design in the whole sum beauty offers an atmosphere for photography. Book a trip to venture into the awesome moments of your stay in Uganda while in Jinja.
Though not so many birds are here, birding can be carried out on top of white water rafting and many other activities. With just 10 minutes’ drive from Jinja town, these falls are also found on the mighty and beautiful river Nile.
Itanda Falls is a haven of fun-filled activities and if a traveller wants to thrill in several experiential memories, visit Itanda falls. Located in the northwest of Jinja town on the River Nile. Falls offer opportunities for bird watching (especially the weaver birds), camping and picnic outings, white water rafting, canoe rides, engine boats ride, and hiking on top of several other activities.
The Nile Bridge
With an expertise touch applied during its construction, the bridge is just beautifully constructed with magnificent architecture best for photography. At night, there are different light designs seen that best fit cinematography on top of photos. It’s the first of its kind in Uganda. The bridge was put up to ease movements on the major highway connecting Uganda to Kenya and other East African countries as well as link Kampala to major towns in the Eastern part of Uganda like Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, and many others. Book a trip on www.jewelsafaris.com and have your itinerary drafted for you to only exploring Jinja or other towns in the eastern part of Uganda.
Lake Victoria Beaches
For fish lovers, this is your must-go place while in Uganda or Jinja. Though not famously known internationally, the locals are seriously utilizing these beaches to their best. These beaches include the sites at Sailing Club, Tilapia Club, and Masese. Besides the scenery, the yet-to-be-developed activities around here are; water sports, sport fishing, and canoeing that would attract domestic, foreign resident, and foreign non-resident tourists to hang around here over the weekends.
Islands in Lake Victoria
Jinja is so gifted with many adventurous activities especially in the small water bodies. After a busy week in office, Jinja is where one can find an island that can offer mind-renewing and rejuvenating fun backed up by afresh serenity that takes a traveller’s life back to normalcy. The islands here include Samuka, Ndaiga, Lwabitooke I, and Lwabitooke II. But with Samuka excluded, little is known about the rest of the islands as the best tourism sites in Uganda. The existing potential activities here include; boat racing, sport fishing, overnight camping, day excursions, and various water sports.
There are numerous industries in Jinja best for excursionists, mostly by schools for conducting school tours. Some of these industries include; Nytil Picfare, Nile Breweries making beer, Kakira Sugar Works for sugar, Jinja Steel Rolling Mills for steel, Grain Millers who do grain milling and Masese Fish Factory that handles fish production and Garden tea processing industries. Hydroelectricity plant at Jinja Owen Falls. All these industries attract both local and foreign tourists who come to see and learn the different processes carried out.
The famously known farms here are the tea estates like Kasaku tea estate and sugar estates like Kakira sugar works and plantations that are apparently being utilized as tourist sites.
In Jinja, the most well-known sports grounds are Kakindu stadium and Bugembe stadiums. These are being used for hosting the local tournaments, regional tournaments, national tournaments and if upgraded, they will be some of the best grounds for hosting international tournaments.
Bujagali ancestral site, for Soga tribe ancestral spirits, at Bujagali falls
Products like mats, baskets, and several other souvenirs.
The fun-filled activities include:
- White-water rafting,
- Kayaking, quad biking,
- Mountain biking and
- Horseback riding
- Boat launch
- Plantation tours
- Bird watching
There are several other best things to do and places to visit in Jinja that are not mentioned here but can be visited when you happen to book your trip with us www.jewelsafaris.com and all are drafted for you.