Our 1 day Jinja tours, Jinja town is situated in jinja district in eastern Uganda Busoga sub-region . it is most probably 81 km travelling by road east of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. It lies in the north of the shore of lake Victoria which is known as the birthplace of the mighty Nile River the longest in Africa where water spills to his journey to the Mediterranean sea with two different dams Nalubaale and Kiira dams generating Electricity in and around Jinja district. Bujagali waterfall located around 10 km from central Jinja.
Jinja is the largest metropolitan area in jinja district and 14th largest town in the country with various neighbouring towns and villages including Njeru, Buwenda, Kimaka, Masese, Walukuba, Mpumude, Bugungu and Bugembe.
Historically the name jinja comes from two different people ( the baganda and basoga ) who lived on the side of the Nile River in the area meaning “Rock” which was the fishing area in the time of long distance trade. The baganda used the stones or rocks . the british used this information to name it Jinja.
Most of the flat rocks that aided in naming the area jinja disappeared under water in 1954 as the construction of owen falls dam which was later named Nalubaale Power station started and Rippon Falls were submerged and the description of the area now can be obtained in john Hannington Speke ‘s notes the first white to see the source of the Nile.
The town became popular for its source of River Nile , cotton processing , sugar estates and railway access that hindered its growth. The existence of lake Victoria which was so important for transport linking Uganda to Kisumu a Kenyan town prompted the british to make jinja the administrative center for the provincial government headquarters for Busoga region in 1907 . Infrastructure posseses the main post office and several other branches , jinja Regional Referal Hospital ,dispensaries and pharmacies , a town hall . a golf course , a center for tennis and other facilities available also exist , sport stadium in the city center for football and an athletic stadium in Bugembe , several internet cafes , commercial establishments including factories ,shopping malls ,cinemas , casinos ,supermarkets and shops.
Finance several financial institutions obtain branches injinja which include centenary Bank ,Orient Bank , Bank of Africa, Barclays Bank, DFCU Bank, Post Bank among others. Education The city has a number of Educational Establishments that play a part in tourism and these include ; Makerere Eastern Campus , Jinja College , Busoga College, International School of Health Science, MUBS jinja campus, YMCA, Jinja High School, Lords Meade School among others
Transport Jinja is a major station of the Uganda railway and a port for Lake Victoria Ferries since 1900 s were access to the railway was by ferry to the railhead at Kisumu. Favorable tarmac road west is 81 km from jinja to the capital which is about 1 ½ by car, and 2 hours by bus. Another tarmac road access is Tororo- Jinja highway 100 km east from Tororo to Jinja that has been improved with completion of the Jinja- Bugiri Highway. Buses and Minibus which are locally called taxi provide transport in and out of Jinja Town . Air transport also exists in jinja town as small civilian and military airport are located at Kimaka about 4 km north of jinja ‘s central business district . A new bridge construction called New Jinja Bridge to connect the town of njeru from jinja was started in 2013 and mid end in 2016.
LOCAL Jinja tours ATTRACTIONS
The source of the Nile, the second longest River in the world is an internationally unique attraction attracting both international tourists and domestic excursionists. Bujagali falls that are situated along the Nile River about 10 km from jinja town. the scenery and rafting activities of bujagali falls attract a potential number of both excursionists and international tourists .they als offer opportunity for bird watching.
Itanda Falls are also located on the Nile within a distance of about 18km north-west of jinja town . they provide an opportunity for bird watching (most seen are the waever birds ) camping and picnic outings . kyabirwa falls which are located 8 km from jinja providing beautiful scenery and landscape for campsite
but it is not yet fully exploited bird watching and ethnobotany .
Lake Victoria beaches including the sites at sailing club , Tilapia cluband masese have been fully exploited due to the water sports which attract domestic ,foreign residents and foreign non-residents tourists . sport fishing and canoeing are other activities that attract tourists.
Islands in Lake Victoria which include Samuka, Ndaiga, Lwabitookel and Lwabitookell. It is only samuka island which have been exploited for tourism purposes despite the existing potential all islands that include boat racing , sport fishing, camping, day excursions and water sports. Antiquities / historical sites existing in jinja town do include : Bujagali ancestral site for Soga tribe ancestral spirits at Bujagali falls, the current Busoga King’s palace at Nakabengo mpummude hill , the historical meeting place for of Busoga chiefs and the British colonial governors, Mpumudde also known as place where king kabalega of bunyoro kingdom died .
Jinja tours Activities
Viewing of the source of the Nile River is the major activity attracting domestic tourists in the area and the international tourists who wish to participate in the same activity which long time ago by John Speke the first European to la eyes on the source of the river Nile . Other activities which attract tourists in the area are: white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, sport fishing, quad biking, cycling, jet boat cruises among others.
In conclusion for Jinja tours, Jinja district comprises of various attractions creating a chance of different tourists participating in different activities of their wish making it the best destination to visit amongst all destinations in East Africa.