Jinja, a town in Eastern Uganda is regarded as the Adrenalin Capital of East Africa because of the numerous adventure activities found in the town that hosts the source of the world’s longest river-River Nile. With the fresh waters, this is a popular spot for 1 day Uganda tours for families and tourists who would love to have great fun on their safari in Uganda. Traveling to Jinja especially at the source of the Nile is that one thing that should always cross your mind when you think of a 1 day Uganda tour because of the great fun you will have outside the busy capital besides the fresh rushing Nile waters in the green back drop filled with beautiful bird species. Already thinking of taking that 1 day Jinja source of the Nile tour but not sure of what activities to undertake, here are the best safari activities in Jinja for all ages;
white water rafting at Jinja source of the Nile
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.
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.