Jinja lies in the south east of Uganda, 87 km north east of the capital, Kampala. The beautiful city is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile River. It’s the chief town of Jinja District, remained the capital of Busoga region and is considered the capital of the Kingdom of Busoga. It was the industrial heart of Uganda between 1954 and the late 1970s.
Jinja has a population of approximately 106,000, most of them being Bantus by ethnic group origin. Cotton-packing, nearby sugar estates, and railway access all enabled it to grow in size. By 1906 a street pattern had been laid out, and Indian traders moved in from around 1910
Power was from the hydroelectric Nalubale Power Station at the Owen Falls Dam. In the 1960s, Jinja, like all the towns in Uganda, was subtly segregated, with little mixing of white, East Indian and black neighborhoods. The white area was by the lakeside, whiles the East Indians who were the commercial and the business class and lived in the rest of the town. In 1971 and 1972, Idi Amin expelled East Indians from Uganda.
Farming here thrives on the productive soils, plentiful water sources and dependable rainfall. Additional industries are metal processing, leather and paper processing, grain milling, sugar, some organic fruits and coffee growing for export, and brewing for local sale. There is some local and export fishing on Lake Victoria.
Jinja is the second commercial Centre in Uganda which was established in 1907 by the British as an administrative Centre for Busoga region.
This excursion will give a chance to taste the real beauty of Jinja’s attractions which include Kalagala falls, Ssezibwa falls, trekking Mabira forest , the “Source of the Nile”, and a boat cruise at the Nile though one would want to extend the trip to involve in activities like visiting the craft village, Bujagali Falls which is located downriver from Owen Falls Dam about 8Kms north of Jinja and Bujagali Falls is a world-class spot for kayaking and white water rafting, and also a popular weekend picnic area for local Ugandans and visitors also there is an active Hindu temple near Jinja, which has a bronze bust of Gandhi. There is also a Buddhist temple which you can visit the next time you’re in Jinja or if you do an extension of your trip and the city tour of Jinja town
Itinerary of the excursion
After you morning breakfast at 8:00am or any time of you convenience, the Love Uganda Safaris guide will pick you up from you hotel and brief you about the trip, and then hit the road heading to Kalagala falls which is so spectacular and good for photos and canoeing (optional) later after the beautiful experience, you will hit the road to another wonderful and historical Ssezibwa falls. This site is Buganda’s Heritage Site and its marked with an out-span of sharp-edged rocks and the magnificent sound of soothing waters flowing down the steep ridged stones which makes a good background for video clips with your friends and photo shoot. After the wonderful experience at Ssezibwa, your guide will hit the road again making a stopover at namawojolo for nyama choma, Gonja, and roasted cassava by the locals for about 10-15 minutes.
Then the your guide will hit the road to drive through the thick forest of Mabira Forest, the major enduring stands of original (indigenous) forest in Central Uganda, covering a vicinity of more than 300 sq. km along Kampala-Jinja road. Being close to the country’s two big cities, it grants a better opening for traveler’s progress. Bird watchers are not left out since the forest inhabits species of forest birds like, hornbill species, sunbirds, African Grey parrot, rare blue swallow and best birding site at the forest-fringed pond. This forest is a mixture of patches of open grassland, valleys with papyrus swamps, and more than 200 species of trees that have been acknowledged. With attractive walking trails, you can have a good view of the red tailed monkey, but the white Colobus, Grey-cheeked mangabey and blue duiker monkeys being very familiar.
After mabira trekking you will have lunch at Mabira rainforest lodge/ In Jinja town depending on the time. After lunch, you will take a ride to the source of the Nile-a quiet beautiful spectacular place where the environment is overflowing with palm trees, incredible tropical plants and as you go down the steps toward the Nile you can smell the vegetation there.
You will get to hear the gurgling Nile waters from a distance, observe local fishermen casting their nets in the river that takes 90 days to reach Egypt! – We shall organize 1:30minutes boat cruise on Nile River crossing into Lake Victoria! Don’t forget to take memorable pictures for your friends! More so at the Nile you will visit the craft shops and don’t fail to buy anything for yourself, and also the traditional basoga will be waiting for you to sing and dance for you as you come off the boat.
Source of the Nile cruise
After the beautiful boat cruise at the Nile, you will go for the craft village tour where you can buy lots of crafts and sovenier for your family anf friends back at home. After the craft village tour, then you will go for the jinja city tour where you will see and meet the “Basoga” people and also see the old and historical streets of jinja which. If time allows, you will visit the nile breweries factory (this visit is not a must see!). later in the eveniing, you will hit the road back to kampala for dinner and overnight at your lodge
INCLUSIVE OF THE TRIP
- Source of the Nile
- Boat cruise
- All ground transportation
- Drinking water/ soft drinks
- Guiding fees
- Kalagala & Ssezibwa falls
- Mabira forest trekking
- Enroute lunch
EXCLUSIVES FROM THE TRIP
- Extra drinks along the way(alcohol & wines)
- Tipping fees
- Buying of crafts
- Fish at the source of Nile
- Air tickets