Jinja is a town nearby Kampala that is perfect for both the adventurer, naturalist and famous historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Where can get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, and mountain biking and horse riding in a gorgeous natural setting with crumbling colonial architecture.The River Nile’s world-famous rapids are under threat, however. In 2011 the Bujagali Hydroelectric Project buried around half of the rapids under a giant reservoir. Although the government has pledged to not further dam the river, Uganda still needs energy and so a new hydroelectric plant has been constructed called Isimba dam. Meanwhile this has not killed the rapids completely you can enjoy the Nile’s rapids at Itanda few kilometers off the road.
Itinerary In Summary;
Early in the morning after breakfast our driver guide will transfer you from Kampala to Jinja for a safari tour to Uganda’s adventure capital with a lot of sightseeing without requiring a large time investment.
The quotation is based on your interest or where you want to visit or do, kindly take time and read through to be specific.
Top Sites And Activities To Do In Jinja;
The amazing sezibwa falls is on your way to Jinja in mukono district a 10 minutes’ drive off the road. According to a traditional legend says Sezibwa and his brother Mubeya were given birth by Nalongo (tittle to a mother of twins) Nakangu Tebatesa and Salongo (tittle to father of twins) Nsubuga Sebwanto while on her way to Buikwe district (bukunja). After the birth, Sezibwa flowed west facing many obstacles which it overcome hence originating its name sezibwa “I can’t be blocked” by the locals while Mubeya the twin brother flowed East. Many people come here to worship the spirits and they believe the site has supernatural powers where miracles can happen. The falls are 7 meters high, the trees are high hence creating a beautiful forest scenery. You can do a little bit of rock climbing on top of the falls while you enjoy the views in the area.
Mabira Rainforest is just a short distance from Kampala and equally so from Jinja. It is the perfect place to get in touch with nature in an African Rainforest in Central Uganda. Mabira Rainforest is the perfect place for an invigorating nature walk, or mountain bike over the trails in the forest and beyond, for birders you can easily spend a half day here or even a full day, breaking for lunch at the lovely Mabira Rainforest Lodge or at a lower price at Griffin Camp. Mabira Rainforest has 200 kinds of species of trees. At times you come across patches of grasslands, and in the valleys of Mabira Rainforest you will come across various papyrus swamps, there are streams and a peaceful waterfall. Mabira Forest’s accessibility from Kampala make it the perfect place for a day in an African Rainforest. When it comes to birding, this small forest is home to more than 300 species of forest birds. With an extensive network of trails Mabira Forest can easily be explored, especially accompanied by a guide who knows the forest, the mammals, the birds, plants and trees and even the butterflies, medicinal plants that are found here in the rainforest of Mabira. Mabira Forest is home to bush-pigs, blue duikers, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked manga bees (a smaller species of manga bees has been discovered here). There is also the occasional leopard you will most likely not see here. Bird Species found here are the Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spine tail, Cassin’s Spine tail, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, Forest Wood hoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinker bird, Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher to name a few.
Mabira Forest Canopy Skyway-zip lining
This is the only Zip-Line above the tree-tops in East Africa and you can do so in Mabira Forest at a most reasonable Price. The activity can be done from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 6pm. We can include it in your safari if a trip to East of Uganda, such as Jinja is included in your safari itinerary. Mangabey Monkey Trekking in mabira forest. The Uganda Mangabey Monkey a rare species of monkeys only found in Mabira Rainforest and in a few other locations in the country as well in a small area of bordering Tanzania. There are 3 habituated groups inside of the Park and they can easily be tracked. You will see other monkeys here like the red-tailed monkeys, birds, butterflies, flowering plants, and ancient trees that have been here for centuries. The Uganda Mangabey was recently identified as a unique species. The Forest is a perfect off-of-the beaten path spot for it and it could be a good idea if you add it on itinerary.
Birding in Mabira forest
Mabira forest is home to over 300 species of birds including some rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes. You can spot 46% of Uganda’s forest birds in Mabira Rainforest that is lot more than any other forest in Uganda. The remarkable thing about Birding in Mabira Forest is that you do not have a large area to cover on foot, meaning that the birds of Mabira Forest are concentrated in a relative small area. In one day, you will be able to identify a wide variety of bird species in this small forest.
The Ultimate Mabira forest Nature Walk
You can go on Nature Walks without guides here, however for the best experience in the forest we recommend that you use the resident guides that can give you the best forest experience. Forest walks for any fitness level can be done here including children on a family safari with us, from a long and adventurous trek into the back country to a gentle meandering stroll through our well maintained trails. It’s difficult not to run into one of the 3 species of monkeys native to the forest. You will also see many birds and butterflies along with giant, ancient trees.
Mountain Biking in Mabira Forest
The mostly well-maintained trails are also a great place for mountain bikers to blaze through the Forest. One can even venture beyond the forest into the communities. Mountain Bikes can be rented at Griffin Falls camp, outside of the forest at a National Forest Department facility and the best bikes can be provided.
The Hidden Itanda Falls Are Sights and Sounds along the historic River Nile not be missed by visitors to Jinja. This is the Wild Side of the River Nile unleashed. It is the ending point of rafting, only the power of Nature unleashed. Bujagali Falls, long a tourist Destination is no more – just a few ripples – but few miles down the road – the Nile still roars at Itanda Falls. Itanda is known to kayakers and rafters from around the world as a falls to avoid but to most visitors and tourists it remains one of the Hidden Pearls in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda. Most guidebooks write about Bujagali Falls, a thing of the past since the new Bujagali Dam and Power Station was built, even most tour companies still offer visits to Bujagali Falls and in the Ugandan tradition of never turning down money. Drive down the road a few miles and you discover Itanda Falls where the Nile’s power is unleashed and you can stand in awe as you look out on river, see Itanda Falls and hear the rushing waters of the falls roaring past you. Itanda Falls has 3 levels of rapids along it which go up to Grade 6 from Grade. Itanda Falls is a most spectacular places to behold and the rafter, kayaker has to exercise some cautions traversing the rapids of Itanda Falls. Itanda Falls – on the Nile in Jinja is not the most easily reached location beyond Jinja, even when you ask questions, you just might get a blank stare – it is about 27 kilometers from Jinja and the drive will take about 45 minutes in length. Not many overseas visitors, tourists have come to Itanda Falls, making it still un spoilt area where you can experience Authentic Africa, authentic Uganda. Unlike at the source of the Nile the way to the falls is not paved with souvenir stands and hawkers shouting at you to buy their wares. Itanda Falls at Jinja, is still the Nile non-commercialized, the way it has been for many years. To locals it is considered a sacred site…a “Blessed Place” where those living near the falls come to pray at the base of a tree in times of adversity such as when they need a physical miracle. Jinja without a waterfall along the Nile just would not be the same, it will take a while, but Itanda Falls will be a place along the Nile that attracts more and more visitors and another reason to enjoy Jinja on the Nile.
Still along the river you can have quad bike near Itanda falls, horse ride and kayaking.
The source of river Nile
Discovering the source of the world’s longest river was one of the great prizes for early British explorers, you’ll have an hour boat ride that will take you to the river’s origin, which eluded the early travelers for so many decades. The trip also offers a great chance for birders to spot some of the region’s most distinctive winged creatures.
To all fans of this activity the old site was closed due to landslides but a new site was spotted and constructions are going on, when it is done we shall communicate.
White Water Rafting
Jinja was known to be the most industrialized city in Uganda but now it’s known as the adventure tourism capital of East Africa because of a wide range of adventure tourism activities that leaves many tourists desiring to come back and white water rafting as the leading adventure activity. This activity can be done in two ways, you can do a full day rafting or opt for a half day rafting and backup with other interesting activities like Jinja city tour or visiting the actual point for the source of river Nile.
Advice to Rafters;
we kindly ask you to carry Light cloths for rafting, suntan lotion, cap, towel and clothes to change in after the rafting and some money for any optional activity.
we don’t advise you to put on Shoes, watches and jewelry, any other valuables, eye glasses, camera while rafting our professional team will be responsible for photography and will be shared to you.
Nyegenyege always takes place at Nile Discovery resort beach right on the source of the river Nile in Jinja, Uganda. The art committee beautifies on the site by creating structures and other decorations to make this venue with more enchanting atmospheres. Over eight thousand people attend to this music festival from all over the world, to come and showcase their talent as well watching. Jinja city being the host of the source of the Nile River it’s created variety of adventurous games like; bungee jumping, rafting, horse riding, white water kayaking, that a client can participate in during his stay at Nyegenyege festival hence giving this annual September three-day event a hype and marking among Africa’s most attended, music festival.
TOUR AND SAFARI TRANSPORT
STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people
UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER
We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smart phones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.
End of your tour!