We offer this affordable and tailor made 1 day Jinja tour. This trip is suitable for groups or individuals and may include white water rafting on the River Nile. On this Jinja tour, see where the Nile River starts its 4000 mile journey to the Mediterranean Sea, see Mabira forest, the source of the Nile, Bujagali falls, and Sezibwa falls.
Early morning after breakfast, your Msafiri Tours guide will pick you up from your Kampala hotel, heading east to Jinja passing coffee, tea and sugar plantations. You will drive through Lugazi, a favorite place of rest and healing for the Kabaka’s of the Buganda Kingdom. People who believe in Kiganda traditions still come to seek the old ways at this place.
Stop at Mabira Forest:
On your way to Jinja as you approach Mabira Forest, you will see road side fast-food sellers with chicken and beef on sticks. There is also a local fruit market where you can buy some local bananas, pineapple, avocadoes, mangos and much more.
You will have a brief stop at the picnic area in the forest where you will see different species of birds. The forest shelters over 218 species of butterflies. You may also find different types of monkey and other mammals in this forest.
Stop at Owen Falls Dam – Jinja:
First stop is at the submerged source of the Nile, followed by a visit to Owen Falls Dam and Masese fishing village on Lake Victoria. You will drive on to Jinja Nile resort Hotel for your lunch. It is a lovely restaurant perched on a hill over the Nile serving very tasty Ugandan, Chinese, Indian and Italian dishes.
Visit the source of the mighty River Nile:
After lunch, you will take a short ride to the source of the Nile – a beautiful place, filled with fantastic tropical plants. As you walk down the steps towards the Nile, you are surrounded by the lovely perfumes of local flowers.
As you stand by the Nile, you will see the gurgling water and watch native fishermen throw their nets in the longest river in Africa – you will be able to take a boat ride to the actual source of the Nile and beyond the lake where you can take great pictures of your memorable visit.
Return to Kampala in the afternoon, stopping at Sezibwa Falls or Mabira Forest to see primates, birds and butterflies.
OPTIONAL (extra charges apply):
White water rafting in Jinja:
You can also spend an extra day in Jinja, and choose to do a half-day or full-day rafting trip on the grade 5 rapids of the Nile River. No experience is needed for this adventure. You can choose a raft where you get to paddle or one where you enjoy an easier ride with someone else doing all the work!
This Jinja tour package includes a morning snack, lunch, beverages and a BBQ at the end of the day.