Dubbed the East African Adrenaline capital, Jinja is home to the source of world’s longest River; River Nile. Positioned at the northern shores of Lake Victoria in South Eastern Uganda, Jinja is one of the popular adventure spots that attract travelers for safaris commonly known as Jinja source of the Nile tours. At an altitude of 3,750 feet (1100 meters) above sea level, Jinja lies just north of the Equator. The formerly industrial capital of Uganda enjoys a very pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 63 to 82 degrees F.
Driving from Uganda’s capital, this is surely one of the close adventure destinations outside the capital on just about a 2 hours’ drive. Going past the tropical Mabira forest, tea and sugar plantations you take a very scenic drive finally getting to the town after crossing the newly stayed bridge-one of the best in East Africa. Approaching the town, the most significant feature definitely is Jinja town just at the banks of the calm flowing river.
The most amazing adrenaline activities in Uganda
Quad biking in 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. On a Uganda safari at Jinja, you go can choose to go for Quad biking at any time of the day starting at 8:30am up to 5:00pm and not beyond 7:00pm unless for the twilight safari. No matter the number of your group you can go for this activity because there’s no minimum number required with free training and practice ride before the actual ride.
Categories of Quad biking in Jinja source of the Nile
Quad biking categories are designed according to the rider’s ability ranging from scenic rides to challenging ones. All ages are catered for when it comes to quad biking including the kids, experts and the elder’s quad bike.
These are designed for kids between 7-12 years who are supervised as they ride in designated circuits with a guide accompanying them at all times. The older kids can go for 1-2 hours ride meanwhile those who can’t ride on their own can ride along with a family member or a guide.
Twilight quad biking
This is the only quad biking category that is conducted late in the evening from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. The ride takes you along the eastern banks of the Nile river as you watch the sunset at the banks of the Nile river.
River ride quads
This is one of the scenic rides that stretches to the source of the Nile and takes about 1 hour.
Explorer ATV quad biking
This is one of the popular quad biking categories that takes 2 hours following the trail to the river downstream close to Bujagali dam passing through farmlands and rural forests of Uganda.
Trailblazer quad biking
Taking about 4 hours along the trails in the kyabirwa village downstream along the Nile river this is one of the long quad bike experiences offering the chance to visit less visited places.
You can also opt for a full day quad biking safari along the banks and many more challenging trails. For a 2 days quad biking experience, you spend a night at the Hairy Lemon island but this may require a minimum number and early booking.
White water rafting in Jinja source of the Nile
For adventure travelers, white water rafting is the definite safari activity here. White water rafting is an adrenalin raising activity as you get into the rapids of the Nile for about three hours. Jinja source of the Nile has different classes of white water rafting depending on how much a tourist is willing to raise their adrenaline. It ranges from a two days’ experience to a few hours’ raft including Grade 5 Two Day Rafting, Grade 5 Full day rafting in Jinja source of the Nile, Grade 5 Extreme rafting, Grade 3 Full Day Rafting and the Raft River Board.
Grade 5 Two Day Rafting
Have fun for two days and you will leave Jinja source of the Nile with no regrets. Have the excitements and spills in the waters and try out all the other chances the next day. Accommodation in Jinja source of the Nile is available therefore, there’s no need to worry on how to spend the two days in Jinja. The two days offer a full experience of the Nile waters and a chance to have a tour in Jinja town and see the best architectural mixture of Uganda’s former industrial town. Relax at the shores of the lush vegetation as the waters create rapids.
Grade 5 Full day rafting in Jinja source of the Nile
It’s a full day white water rafting at Jinja source of the Nile, yes, a full day of getting wet and having fun. There’s nothing like having a whole day at the source of the Nile. Without any worries on where to stay in Jinja after the raft, this will be the best ever day trip for a Uganda safari. The whole details of the day will definitely be handled by your tour operator and will ensure your comfort throughout the trip. A full day rafting trip gives the best opportunity for you to capture all of your smiley pictures.
Grade 5 Extreme rafting
The most challenging is the Grade 5 extreme rafting. If you’re really prepared to challenge the Nile, then go for it. Just like the name extreme, its indeed extreme. If you have for long wanted an extreme adventure safari, a 1-day Jinja trip is the best choice since the waters will be waiting. On an extreme white-water raft, be ready to swim through white water rapids. Knowing how to hold your breath will get you through the water.
Grade 3 Full Day Rafting
If the extreme raft isn’t your thing, you probably don’t want your adrenalin this high or need a raft with the kids, the grade 3 full day raft is the best option. Children as young as eight (8) years can take this raft. The grade 3 white water raft offers time to relax with your family making it the best day out. If you are worried of how to get to Jinja source of the Nile, a safari car for hire will always cater for your needs just get the right one for your family.
Raft River Board
The raft river board is for the daring, you face the Nile waters face to face. It is a challenge that can be taken by great adventure seekers. The raft board is different from the boat so it needs some expertise.
Get a little wet as you have fun on one of the world-class white-water rafting destinations with a lot of bumpy rides.
Horseback riding in Jinja source of the Nile
When your safari Uganda and want to refresh on the shores of the world’s longest river then you can go horseback riding. Taking the horseback ride at sunset is the best option as you relax. This is a family activity and therefore even children can go horse riding with their parents.
Birding: Along the banks of the Nile, you can go for bird seeing. Being a great adventure destination therefore Jinja doesn’t deprive of the Uganda birding safari tourists the chance to sight what they love during their tours. The prominent bird species here include,
Whether it’s a 1-day Jinja Source of the Nile tour or a 2-3 days’ tour don’t miss out on these amazing activities in Jinja.
Tubing in Jinja source of the Nile
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 downstream in a group with tubes linked to each other with a string. This is amazing right! Who wouldn’t want to float down the world’s longest river along with their funs 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 Jinja source of the Nile, Quad biking Jinja source of the Nile, Horseback riding Jinja source of the Nile, 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.
When you safari Uganda, taking time to visit the source of the Nile is as much rewarding as you could imagine. For prior booking from the service providers you can contact a Uganda tour operator to handle your booking.
How much fun do you think you can have at the source of the Nile. Your imaginations are just as good as mine, there’s a lot