Are you a high adventure enthusiast? A Uganda adventure safari to River Nile is what you need for a perfect adrenaline raising adventure. Jinja is one of the frequently visited tourism destinations by most tourists who come to Uganda. Annually, Jinja holds one of the biggest numbers of visitors or tourists who love engaging in Africa adventure safaris in Uganda. Jinja is a place which encompasses both domestic and international tourism. There are many international and local tourist who enjoy taking part in Uganda safari activities. This invigorating region also accommodates the source of the longest river in the world which is the River Nile. Jinja over the years has tried to maintain the reputation of being a fun and venturous place to be.
Jinja is known to have some of the best and most exciting activities one can take part in while on a Uganda safari tour. You wouldn’t want your friends to narrate to you the enlivening experiences they had while at jinja! You ought to try these activities out…
Why the Nile River is known as the world’s longest river.
The European explorer John Speke during his Uganda tour was the first explorer to discover the source of the Nile a few meters from Lake Victoria with bubbles from underground at this point to attest to the true source. Of course, other destinations have claimed the source of the Nile, but this point attests to it. The question about the longest river is debatable but for long the River Nile has been credited for being the world’s longest river.
The most interesting activities in the best adventure safari destination
White Water rafting on the Nile.
White water rafting is one of the most enjoyable activities you can enjoy as a group or family. It’s done in sessions and a distance of 21kilometres is covered through 8 big river rapids. Of course, you are briefed and given the right attire to use while rafting. Safety jackets, helmets, safe raft boats. What an astonishing experience you cannot afford to miss.
White water rafting is the popular activity undertaken by many tourists who go on tours to Jinja. The source of the Nile River has World class white-water rafting, the best in Africa to up to 6 bumpy rides. White water rafting though is not for the feint hearted. This heart pounding activity that will get you “a little” wet is perfect for either a family, first timer or a passionate adrenaline raising tourist. White water rafting can be undertaken as a full day or half day safari activity.
Boat riding is another exciting activity you can explore. Slow and calm during a sun set or a sun rise. On a boat ride cruise, tourists are not only interested in a smooth sail but also enjoy bird watching as an additional activity. Viewing of different bird species is so interesting on the Nile. You can spot birds like the king fisher while on the Nile.
You would probably wonder what tubing on the Nile River is and here I take you through what it means.
Tubing on the Nile River is an activity on which you start with a cruise using a motorboat to the up currents with round tube, tire like carried along. After then you float on top of the water down stream in a group with tubes linked to each other with a string. This is amazing right! Who wouldn’t want to float down the worlds longest river along with their friends as they have fun. This is not a full day activity therefore you can even do it on a 1-day Jinja source of the Nile tour.
After tubing down the Nile River, you can opt to relax at the shores of the Nile river by having some barbecue or go for a walk at sunset along the shores.
At the Nile River, there several other activities in Jinja source of the Nile that you can undertake including white water rafting, Quad biking, Horse back riding, cycling, birding or take a Jinja city tour. Following the Nile waters north, you can also go for a boat cruise or game drive at Murchison Falls National Park on your Uganda wildlife safari.
Quad biking at Jinja source of the Nile
Quad biking is one of the thrilling adventures conducted along the tracks and trails on the eastern bank of the Nile River connecting to the adjacent small villages and farms stretching along the downstream to Bujagali falls. The activity involves a ride using the well maintained semi-automatic and automatic Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha quad bikes ranging from 80cc to 450cc along with well-trained and experienced guides who live in the nearby villages.
For Jinja source of the Nile tours, when you opt to do quad biking, you can do it any time of the day starting at 8:30am up to 5:00pm and not beyond 7:00pm unless for the twilight safari. Quad biking in Jinja source of the Nile does not usually require a minimum number of bikers, even a single biker can go for the activity with a guide. For every type of ride, there is a free training and practice ride before the actual ride where the rider has to learn all the basics before they go for the ride. It’s a matter of the riders’ choice on either to do a scenic ride on the river banks or take a challenging ride along the trails.
Horse back riding at Jinja source of the Nile
If you want to have an amazing horseback riding experience then a ride along the Nile River is the best option. Horse back riding can be done. You take a unique ride through a typical Ugandan village and a stunning section along the banks of the Nile. Horseback riding safaris are ran for about 1 hour, 1 and a half hours, 2 hour & 3 hour rides each day of the week starting at 10am in the morning and 2pm in the afternoon. Even for first time riders, don’t hesitate to go for horse back riding since training is done before you go riding.
Zip lining in Mabira forest
Just before you get to the source of the Nile in Jinja, you can have one of the most thrilling experiences at mabira forest about 57km away on a1 hr 45min drive. This is an amazing experience as you explore the Mabira Forest canopy on the zip-line system that sends you soaring between the tallest trees in the rain forest.Experienced zip-lining guides lead you to pass through the trees for 250meters. On the zip line, you have a view of the forest, sight several mammal species like the grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys and bird species like palm nut vultures, African fish eagles, great blue turaco.
Make your Uganda safari interesting by taking a Jinja city tour for an adrenaline adventure in the park. On your way for your Jinja city day tour, make a stop at Mabira forest along the Kampala- Jinja road and experience nature from new heights with zip-lining adrenaline tour in Mabira Forest. This is a very exciting outdoor Uganda safari adventure as you sight primates and birds in Uganda’s big rainforest.
The list is endless but if you decide to be part of safari tours in Uganda, you will endlessly enjoy the memories shared with your loved ones at Jinja. Besides Jinja, most travelers get the opportunity of visiting plenty other sites in the country. Many visitors are eager and inquisitive because they want to see and interact with gorillas. So, they eventually go for gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda in parks like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
There is no perfect adventure than one in the cool waters of the Nile river waters. Be daring and experience the best of excitement that the water holds.