Jinja found in Jinja District, Busoga sub-region in Eastern Uganda. It is also a city of its own and an industrial town, lying along the North shores of Lake Victoria. The distance between Jinja and Kampala is about 81 km. Jinja is most popular as adrenaline adventure capital of East Africa, and it being the source of the Nile River.

The Nile River starts its journey from Lake Victoria in Jinja and flows 6650 km to Egypt. Jinja is named after the huge rocks that exist at the Nile River and these were covered in water after Owen Falls dam construction in 1956. Basoga are the Bantu speaking group and the dominant tribe in Jinja.


Jinja is one of the towns that the British settlers founded. It was established in 1901 and its plan was made in 1948 during the colonial era. The town’s plan was made by Ernst May, German architect and urban planner. Besides Jinja, Ernst also made Kampala capital city’s plan creating what he described as neighborhood units.

Jinja is a tourist destination of its own, providing exhilarating experiences to adventure seekers on Uganda safari. As an industrial town, there are several industries that have been established in the area including Kakira Sugar Works, sugar –making company run by the Madhivani group of companies; Nytil textile, Nile Breweries Ltd and Kiira Motors.

Tourism in Jinja –Uganda

Jinja is not only an industrial town, but also a tourist destination with lineup of attractions and activities. It comes with breathtaking sceneries given its close proximity to the River Nile and Lake Victoria; historical sites and tourists have plenty of thrilling adventures to engage in.

Tourism activities/top things to do while in Jinja

White water rafting

White water rafting is among the most famous adventures that makes Jinja a preferred destination. The Jinja white water rafting is classified as the best in Africa and the rapids to conquer include grade 4 & 5 rapids. The white water rafting spots include Itanda Waterfalls and Kalangala. You can on half or full day white water rafting experience.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a special adventure Jinja has to offer the world and isn’t for the faint-hearted. This is done at a cliff tower built on the Nile River shores rising at a height of 44 meters and you jump down till you kiss the Nile River water. If you are 13 years and above, you can be part of the Jinja bungee jumping experience.

Jet boating

Jet boating is a rewarding adventure conducted on the Source of the Nile. Take off at the speed of 100 km per hour through the rapids and tides. It is a fun-filling adrenaline adventure and takes about 2 to 3 hours.

Quad biking

There are few places worth visiting for quad biking and Jinja is of them. The amazing bit about quad biking in Jinja is that you will be enjoying the view of the Nile River or ride through the villages, sugarcane plantations, forests and many others.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is another special expedition that is carried out in Jinja. You will have one to three hours exploring the rural villages, scenic views of River Nile and breathtaking landscape. The cost of horseback riding in Jinja ranges from USD 50 and 150.

Visit the Mahatma Gandhi monument

The monument of Mahatma Gandhi was set up in memory of Mahatma. He is remembered for his tireless work to liberate India and also started journey to modernization. His actions were also felt in Africa and prior to his death; he wished his ashes were poured on the mighty Source of the Nile. A statue was also built near the Source of Nile River.


Tubing is a unique experience offered on the Nile River involving you floating on the water. This is done in a safe area using air-pressured tubes.

The other activities to do on Jinja tour includes kayaking, cycling, play golf, visit the markets, birding, boat cruise, and many more.

Where to stay

Jinja is a complete destination with a long list of accommodation properties including budget, midrange and luxury options. The hotels, lodges and camps to book include Wild water lodge, 2 Friends Guesthouse, Bilkon Hotel, Explorers River Camp, The Haven Jinja, Source of the Nile Hotel, King Fisher Safaris Resort, Jinja Safari Hotel, Jinja Nile Resort, The Mansion Hotel, Bridge Way Guesthouse, and more.