1 Day Day Jinja City Tour & Source Of River Nile Adventure Trip
1 day Jinja tour source of the Nile trip in Uganda excursion OR 1 day Jinja tour in Uganda and Jinja source of the Nile tour/trip is a combined one day Jinja city tour & River Nile adventure that starts and ends in Kampala. This affordable full-day Jinja town tour in Uganda combined with the source of the Nile tour in Jinja Uganda is ideal for a traveler with limited time to undertake a long Uganda safari.
This affordable full-day Jinja tour and the source of the Nile tour excursion offers a visit to Sezibwa Falls, birding in Mabira Forest, local communities, a boat cruise on Nile River with optional activities such as White water rafting, Horseback riding, Quad biking, and Spot fishing.
Jinja City-the adventure capital of Uganda lies in southeastern Uganda, about 87 Km by road to the east of Kampala, and it is blessed with the Source of the River Nile to which major safari excursions or trips to Jinja/Jinja tours base, as one of the best short Uganda safaris & tours. Jinja town is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and it is the vast cosmopolitan place in the Busoga region as well as the capital of the kingdom of Busoga. The town of Jinja has an elevation of 1171 meters & lies at latitude 00*27N & longitude 033*11E.
The town was named Jinja a word from the dialects of two ethnic tribes of peoples (the Baganda & the Basoga) who lived on either side of River Nile region. In both these languages `Ejinja’ means rock and having been so rocky, the place was named Jinja.
From Kampala, you will drive to Jinja with a stopover at Ssezibwa Falls, one of Uganda’s hidden cultural treasure−a Buganda cultural site rich with birds, folktales, and great scenery. Continue your journey with another stop at Mabira Forest Reserve for a forest walk that brings you close to nature and wildlife such as monkeys and birds. Continuing the trip, you finally reach Jinja City, the adrenaline capital of Uganda. Embark on a short ride to the source of the Nile, one of the most iconic places in Africa – the point at which the world’s longest river- River Nile, exits the world’s largest tropical lake (Lake Victoria) to commence an epic 6650km journey to the Mediterranean Sea via the deserts of Sudan and Egypt.
It was here, back in 1862, that the British explorer John Speke recognized Ripon falls to be the geographic Holy Grail that had lured the obsessed and hopelessly misdirected, David Livingstone to feverish death near Lake Bangweulu in present-day Zambia less than a decade earlier. Also, at the source of the Nile, enjoy a short boat cruise as you watch various birds together with interesting sights & sounds.
After your Jinja source of the Nile tour adventure, undertake a Jinja City drive to explore this historical, industrial town of Uganda in detail. View the old colonial buildings, the old railway station, diesel locomotives, golf course, the Hindu temple, and the Memorial Gardens where Mahat Magandi’s ashes were poured. Discover the native Basoga cultures mixed up with Baganda, Bagwere, Basamya, as well as other eastern tribes that make Jinja a fusion of a true Uganda town good for any visitor to interact with. Visit local craft shops to buy a souvenir to take back home.
On this fantastic 1 Day Jinja Tour Source Of The Nile trip in Uganda Excursion tour, you also have a bunch of optional activities to choose from (at extra cost) if you want. Maybe get active with some white-water rafting on the Grade V rapids of the Nile River (considered to be amongst the best in the world), bungee jumping into the historic Nile River, Kayaking, Jet boating, Quad biking, and mountain biking or horseback safaris along the Nile. Alternatively, take a sportfishing boat cruise on Lake Victoria in search of the iconic Nile Perch, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish.
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1 Day Jinja Tour And Source Of The Nile Tour/1 Day Jinja Tour Source Of The Nile Trip In Uganda Excursion – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES
- Cultural/heritage tour to the scenic Sezibwa falls with a hike around
- A nature walk in Mabira Forest, that offers excellent bird watching and monkey viewing
- Sightseeing at the source of the Nile River, the longest river on planet Earth
- Boat cruise at the source of the Nile
- Jinja city to drive to see the main attraction of this historical, former industrial town of Uganda
- Learn about culture
- A visit to Namawojoro roadside roasted food market (optional)
One Day Jinja Tour Source Of The Nile Trip In Uganda Excursion Tour/1 Day Jinja Tour And Source Of The Nile Tour/Trip – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
- Drive from Kampala to Jinja
- Have the first stopover at Sezibwa falls
- Enjoy another stop at Mabira Forest Reserve
- Continue to Jinja City and the Source of the Nile River
- Driver back to Kampala
1 Day Jinja Tour and Source of the Nile Trip – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY
This one-day Jinja tour and source of the Nile trip in Uganda start after an early breakfast preferably 6.30 am from Kampala to avoid the traffic jam. Jinja is approximately 80km from Kampala and the drive takes about 2- 3 hours.
The drive takes you past the impressive landscapes of the city outskirts, towns, and markets where you will see people going on with their daily life before making your first stopover at Sezibwa falls.
Sezibwa Falls Hike and Cultural Tour
The magnificent Ssezibwa Falls which is approximately 45km (1 hour) drive from Kampala lie on the Sezibwa River, a notable beauty spot and significant cultural site of Buganda. Legend has it that, the Sezibwa River is not a natural phenomenon, but the progeny of a pregnant woman called Nakkungu, who lived many centuries ago and belonged to the Kibe (Fox) clan. She was expected to give birth to twin children, but instead what poured from her womb was a twin river.
The name Sezibwa is derived from a Luganda phrase “Sizibwa Kkubo” which translates into “my path can never be blocked” and this the locals say is because its flow could not be stopped even with different obstacles it encountered along with its 150 km long distance from its source to the mouth.
On arrival at the Sezibwa, embark on a hike around the area. Encounter the many shrines where people come for worship and others performing cultural rituals at the top of the falls. Traditional healers have different shrines where people camp for days or overnight depending on their request as they seek blessings and removal of curses from their ancestors through the traditional doctors.
The worshipers believe the falls have supernatural powers that connect them to their ancestors to receive long life, defeat their enemies, and get wealth among their many needs. As you explore, you come across various unique bird species and monkeys.
From Sezibwa continue your Jinja Town and Source of the River Nile tour by driving through famous towns like Lugazi famous for tea and sugarcane plantations and Namawojolo where you can enjoy an optional stopover at the famous roadside fast food dispenser of fruits & roadside chicken for photos or purchase. Namawojolo is a roadside market famous for its delicacy of roasted chicken and beef on sticks. You will have another stop at Mabira Forest for a nature walk which is about a 22km (1 hour) drive from Sezibwa.
Mabira Forest Reserve Visit
Mabira is a natural evergreen forest situated on an area of 306 km². It is the largest remaining block of semi-evergreen rainforest in the Victoria Basin forest-savanna mosaic ecoregion.
Mabira Forest is one of the most important birding sites in Uganda with a checklist of 315 species including the Great blue turaco, African grey parrot, three species of hornbills, forest wood-hoopoe, Africa pitta, Purple-throated cuckoo-shrike, Red-tailed leaflove, Weyn’s weaver, Nahan’s francolin not forgetting primates like the endemic Ugandan Mangabey, Red-tailed monkeys and Black-and-white colobus
Mabira forest also of significant value when it comes to the traditions of the Buganda Kingdom. The Baganda people believe that the forest is home to their ancestors that brings rain and food. They also believe that the forest act as a guard for the Kingdom and in case of any hurricane coming from the eastern part can be stopped by the forest not to reach the palace of the Kabaka on Mengo hill in Kampala.
Other optional activities you can do in Mabira Forest include
- This Canopy Super Skyway connects six lofty canopy platforms and offers an adrenaline surge that matches the white-water rafting at the Nile River.
Jinja – Source of the Nile Visit
From Mabira and continue with your Jinja Town and source of the River Nile Tour driving to Jinja. On arrival, you go for lunch at the Sunset Hotel -a lovely restaurant perched on a hill over the Nile serving very good food with chicken breast stuffed with spinach great delicacy. It has Ugandan, Chinese, Indian, and Italian dishes.
After lunch, you take a short ride to the source of the Nile, one of the most iconic places in Africa– the point at which the Nile River exit Lake Victoria to commence its long journey north to the Mediterranean Sea. Stepping the point where John Speke stood as the first European to discover the source of the River Nile takes you back to the ancient times when the mystical Nile River Source lured great men into the world of the unknown.
The source of the Nile River is a quiet beautiful place, filled with palm trees, fantastic tropical plants and as you walk down the steps toward the River Nile you can smell the flowers there. And as you stand on the Nile, hear the gurgling water; watch local fishermen throw their nets in the longest river in Africa.
Also, enjoy a short boat ride here. The boat cruise is a rewarding adventure as it exposes you to opportunities of exploring counts of birds including beautiful Kingfishers.
Other optional activities you can do at the source of the Nile River include:-
- White water rafting, world-class adrenaline on Nile’s grade IV and V rapids
- Kayaking along the Nile
- Bungee jumping into the historic Nile River
- Fishing for the Nile Perch
- Jet boating
Jinja City Tour Drive
After your source of the Nile tour experience, engage in the Jinja City tour drive which includes the old viewing of the old colonial buildings, the old railway station, diesel locomotives, golf course, the Hindu temple, and the Memorial Gardens where Mahat Magandi’s ashes were poured.
On this Jinja City tour, you discover that Jinja town was once the industrial capital of Uganda but today a residential town filled with many old Indian-styled structures in which many Indians lived during the pre-Amin area, some of whom have returned to reclaim their old properties.
However, Jinja is a multicultural town, dominated by native Basoga mixed up with Buganda, Banyankore Bagwere, Basamya as well as other eastern tribes making it a fusion of a true Uganda town good for any visitor to interact with.
Jinja town has many shops along the main road and also a place where to buy Ugandan crafts hence visit these local craft shops to buy a souvenir to take back home as a remembrance of your 1 day Jinja tour and source of the Nile trip in Uganda.
Other optional activities:-
- Horse Riding
- Quad Biking
- Horseback riding,
- Mountain biking
Drive Back to Kampala
Once all is done on your 1 Day Jinja Tour & Source of the R.Nile Tour, drive back to Kampala taking as many pictures of the local community/village people’s daily life activities, amazing scenery.
As you drive back to Kampala have an optional coffee break at Bannz Café along Jinja Highway and later proceed to Kampala. The journey back to Kampala takes 2-3 hours depending on the traffic jam. Drop off at your hotel/residence.
End Of The 1 Day Jinja Tour And Source Of The Nile Trip
1 Day Jinja Tour And Source Of The Nile Trip – WHAT TO CARRY/BRING?
- Hut & Sunglasses
- Rain Jacket
- Light Clothes
- Sun Screen
- Insect Repellent
- Binoculars/Zooming Lenses
Map Showing How To Get There For Your 1 Day Jinja Town & Source of the Nile Tour/1 Day Jinja Tour Source Of The Nile Trip In Uganda Excursion.
Excursion – SAFARI INCLUSIONS
- Source of the Nile Experience
- Entrance fees Ssezibwa Falls & Jinja
- Mabira Nature Walk
- Boat tour to the Source of the Nile (River Nile Viewing)
- Bottled Drinking water
- Services of an English speaking guide Driver
- Transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle
1 Day Jinja Tour and Source of the Nile Trip/1 Day Jinja Tour Source Of The Nile Trip In Uganda Excursion– SAFARI EXCLUSIONS
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
- Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
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