The best Africa safari activities to do in Uganda

Are you adventurous? Is your wild craze burning? Come with me, it’s time to face your fears throughout the fantastic and exhilarating African safari adventure activities right from the east African adventure capital (the source of the Nile) to Lake Mburo national park and Murchison falls national park.

It is easy to find out what’s suitable for you and your family out of the different activities and restrictions that can include age and weight. One would go in for gentle scenic float trips, fun family voyages, white water rafting, golfing, multiple sport quests, and exhilarating the beautiful scenery.

The following are the top adventurous activities you can go in for on your Uganda safari;

  • Sportfishing
  • Ziplining
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • White water rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Quad biking
  • Cycling and mountain biking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Mountaineering and hiking
  • Stand up paddle
  • Riverboarding/surfing
  • Boat cruise
  • Family float
  • Jet boating
  • Golf safari

 

White water rafting in Uganda

Having the safest and wildest grade 5 rapids worldwide, the Nile is considered perfect for people with a compulsive desire for excitement and adventure to hook up with the might rapids. Compiled with the irresistible beautiful scenery, relaxation moments, swimming on calm stretches, and hitting the huge rapids.

Behold the always challenging grade 4 and grade 5 rapids. The guides briefly explain to you about the planned route and it’s about you to decide whether you are ready to face the rapids or you prefer joining the safety boat that will be dodging the rapids or you walk around and then rejoin the raft.

The activity starts at 9 am where you get safety briefings, helmets, breakfast, life jackets, rafting equipment, plenty of drinking water, spray jackets, and midstream lunch. The age limit is eight years and the children must fit into the adult life jacket, compulsorily walk around two rapids and then rejoin during the grade 3 rapids.

Have a professional guide, kayakers, and a professional photographer ready to capture all the moments on every trip. You are advised to carry a towel, changing clothes, loose clothing, shorts, t-shirts, hats, and sunscreen.

Bungee jumping in Uganda

Now it’s time to kick out your fear of heights as you fall from 44m far and then touch the Nile surely this is not for a faint of the heart. Use either the full-body harness or the ankle tie to jump from 3km upstream from the bujagali falls. The age limit here is 13years and the limit weight is 235kg making it possible to dive with your friend.

Hot air balloon safari

This activity is only found at Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls national park handled by dream balloons. This is one of the best activities for honeymoon safaris, one a lifetime adventure, and adrenaline junkies. Giving you a spectacular aerial view, fresh air, and soothing. The hot air balloon safari come in different packages as shown below;

  • The sunrise/post sunrise hot air balloon safari with or without bush breakfast
  • The sunset hot air balloon safari. This starts at 4 pm and it has no special offer e.g. meals after the ride. these are mainly short rides for many people and students.

Currently, only eight people are permitted to enjoy the hot air balloon.

Children under the age of 6 are restricted from boarding the hot air balloon.

Horseback riding in Uganda

Here you are to enjoy nature, wildlife, and the different bird species as your ride the horse. This activity can be accessed either at jinja or lake Mburo national park. This activity is suitable for all ages. There is no need to worry as this activity caters to all kinds of people including the skilled, beginners, and advanced horse riders. Take with you a professional guide who is ready to take you at a favorable pace.

The horseback riding safari comes in different packages that usually take 1-3hours. These packages include the pony ride, mixed group safaris, advanced rider safari, and the overnight horse safari.

Safety-wise there is a weight limit which is 90kgs.

Kayaking in Uganda

This can be a clear alternative to rafting as you go solo and kayak through the raging river or take it to another level and leisurely paddle on flat water.

This includes an experienced guide, a high flotation life jacket, helmets, spray jackets, drinks, and light snacks.

Stand up paddle

Here you learn from calm water introduction and then move forward to a river trip. Starting from the Owen falls dam and cruising down to bujagali. Here you get a few skills such as basic strokes and rescue techniques and after here the guide leads you through the first rapids.

Are these activities safe?

The companies in charge of these activities aim to provide you with a quality experience full-of fun but in the safest way. They have professional guides and staff who are well trained to ensure safe service provision.

All visitors are well briefed before the activities to ensure safety precautions.

 

In conclusion, the capital for adventure is surely jinja filled with a variety of activities, and many other different destinations like lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park is verily read to quench your adventurous thirsty.

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2 Friends Guest House Jinja

2 Friends Guest House Jinja – This is one of the best hotels in Jinja offering comfortable stay when you visit Jinja town. It features a 24 hour front desk service, free room service, intriguing restaurant, an onsite well stocked bar plus the welcoming friendly staff.

Each accommodation room has a flat screen TV, a living seating room, a Kettle, a private bathroom with both Warm and cold showers and equipped with free toiletries including slippers. The hotel hires out bikes to its guests to tour around the Jinja town and the Hotel is a great place to enjoy golfing experience.

The Hotel offers various types of accommodation which include standard double rooms, Standard Twin rooms, Deluxe Twin room and each offers a spectacular view to the surrounding environment.

Jinja District – Jinja City

About Jinja Town

Jinja town is as well-known as the Adventure capital of East Africa and it is the second largest town and commercial center in Uganda after Kampala. It is situated in the eastern region of Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria and it is located north of the lake adjacent to the source of River Nile. It is near the Own Falls Dam which is significant in regulating the flow of the popular White Nile which helps to generate Electricity.

It is one of the nearest towns that are close to Kampala town and it can be accessed by road transport.  It will take you about 3 hours to reach Jinja town while covering a distance of about 83 kilometers. Jinja is not only the capital of the Busoga kingdom but it is also the largest Municipal area on the district of Jinja. It is found on an Elevation of about 1171 meters

Historical background of Jinja District

In the ancient era during colonial rule, Jinja district was one of the most adorable places due to its strategic location, the colonial rulers came up with a plan of how to establish the town and this was done by Ernst May who was a Germany architect as well as an urban planner. Ernst May also had interest for Kampala therefore he also designed the urban planning scheme for the Kampala city and this acted as a neighbor unit for Jinja town.  In Jinja District, the ruling Elites of then were honored thus they constructed for them houses with in and outside the city center. In the process of construction there was slum clearance and over 1000 residences where displaced in the year 1950.

In the year 1954, the construction of the Owen Falls Dam commenced and this submerged ripons which forced some of the Flat Rocks to disappear in the water. It is these flat rocks that name Jinja was derived with a mixture of two languages of the Baganda and Busoga who lived on either sides of the River Nile. There is an amazing description of how the originally the town looked like and it was published by John Hanning Speke who was the first explorer to discover the source of the Nile.

Historically, Jinja Town was the leading industrial town due to its strategic location on the trade route and the presence of the hydroelectric power dam which is along river Nile. However Jinja Town collapsed due to the expulsion of the Asians by late president Idi Amin Dada in 1970’s. The Asian were owners of these industries and they used to perfectly operate them, therefore when they left, the Uganda who replaced them did not have enough knowledge to run operation if the industry which led to the collapse of the industry hub of the country. This caused an economic broke down all over the country although almost all town benefited because they retained the hydroelectric power which ran all over the country. Ever since then Jinja town lost its Glory and although some Asians tried to come back the town never got back to its peak. And apparently, Kampala and Mbarara are currently the leading industrial Towns of Uganda.

In Jinja City the majority of the population that occupied is the indigenous Bantu group of people, the dominants are Basoga and the Lusoga is the main local language spoken. The Town has got a large population of inhabitants who are referred to as the working urban people.

Jinja City Weather 

The annual average temperature in Jinja town is about 22.8 degrees Celsius and the warmest month in year is January that an average temperature of 23.3 degrees Celsius. June is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of about 21 degrees Celsius.

Best Jinja Hotels – Best Jinja Lodges

Are you looking for good hotels in Jinja to stay in while on your visits? Here is the list of the recommended best Jinja hotels -Best Jinja lodges 2020.

Attractions in Jinja Town – Jinja tourist attractions

Jinja Uganda things to do – Jinja town has got a lot to offer to all travelers that visit the town and it is open to visitors throughout the year. And due to the relocation of the industries from Jinja, it was an advantage in disguise since it left the town serene and quite making it a perfect place for leisure relaxation far away from the noise of the Kampala capital city. Some of the top Attractions in Jinja town (Jinja tourist attractions) include;

Top things to do in Jinja

Source of the Nile – this is the major key attraction in Jinja where a lot of people come to witness the source of the longest river in the world. It flows from Uganda passing through several countries like South Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan then to the Mediterranean Sea. While using either a traditional dugout canoe or a speed engine Boat, a lot of travelers are able to reach to the point where river Nile starts its journey to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the point where John Speke stood to declare the source of the Nile in the year 1858 and he was the first Explorer to discover the source of the River Nile.  The place where John Speke stood has been apparently turned into a picturesque park with very beautiful Gardens and fascinating well established lodges that are a perfect place to enjoy relaxation while gazing at scenic beauty of River Nile.

White Water Rafting– This is one of the fascinating water sports adventure activities in Jinja and Uganda. You will enjoy Grade 5 whitewater rafting on river Nile and this is one of the best experiences in Africa. The activity is very scary but extremely interesting more than anything else. The activity can be done for a full day or half day. Expect to navigate through the Nile Rapids and at times you have a stopover on the islands which harbor wildlife such as primates like the vervet monkeys, birds and the green vegetation. You are not required to have experience to participate n the whitewater Rafting activity since the various companies offer lessons for first time travelers and they also have starting grads for first time rafters. The activity is open to visitors throughout the year and it costs about 140 and 150 USD. All companies that operate white water rafting activities offer protective gears and you will be escorted by Kayaks for rescue in case of failure or an accident.

Bungee Jumping- the activity is extremely exciting though scary. You will be tied from a tower which is about 44 meters high using a rope and you will jump facing the Nile water. Although the activity is common all over the world, it is extremely interesting if you do it on the longest river in the world. Bungee jumping experience takes about 2 minute and it is not for people who faint heated. It is open to all interested travelers throughout the year and t costs 115 USD per person.

Boat cruise – there is an engine boat that will enhance you to explore the beauty of River and also take you to the point where John Speke stood to explore declare the source of the Nile. You will go through the rapid falls of the Nile and ride at a speed of about 90 kilometers per hour. The boat cruise experience costs 75 USD per person and will have chance to have a leisure experience.

Golfing– this is an intriguing activity that takes place at the Big Game Mini-Golf course in Jinja. It is well established with the statues of the African big five animals such as leopard, buffalo, elephant, lion and Rhino among other creatures. Golfing in Jinja will give you a unique experience and it is offered with a lot of fun, drinks and mingled with the locals as well as tourists from different regions of the world.

Other attractions include; the Jinja market, the Owen falls Dam, Nile Breweries, and Bujjagali Falls Dam among others.

Jinja Uganda Tours

Jinja tour – Jinja comes as the top destination when talking about exciting touristic areas or towns in Uganda and especially close to Kampala city. The strategic location of the town is the reason for the range of activities to do there such as white water rafting among others. Jinja is famous because it is where we find the Source of the Nile which is the longest river in the world.

 

Location of Jinja

Jinja town is located in Jinja district in the eastern part of Uganda on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. The town is about 81 kilometers from Kampala city which is the capital of Uganda. From Kampala by road, you will use Jinja road which will take you through suburbs like banda, kireka to other districts like Mukono and then via Mabira forest to Namawojolo which is one of the areas beside the road where travelers enjoy delicious roasted foods such as chicken, beef and plantains. The journey continues through Lugazi sugarcane plantations in Lugazi and then to Jinja.

Jinja town is one of the largest and busiest towns in Uganda with lots of adventurous tourist activities, a genuine reason why it is referred to as “the Adventure Capital of East Africa”. Adventure in the wild safaris makes perfect itineraries for excursions and tours to Jinja, including the most thrilling activities to do in and on the way to Jinja. It is okay to get excited for your Jinja tour because you will do activities such as;

Outdoor activities in Jinja

Here are the top tourist activities in Jinja. The best outdoor activities in Jinja that you can do while on your Jinja tour.

White water rafting

For over 20 years, whitewater rafting has been one of the activities to do in Uganda and specifically along the river Nile in Jinja. This is one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations where you can enjoy the white water rafting experience in the world. At this point you are not just enjoying the rapids but rather doing it on the longest river in the world. The rapids on this part of the Nile are graded 4 and 5. It also has an area for grade 3 rafting where you may go if you are not ready for the higher grades. Whitewater rafting at the Nile in Jinja is good for first time rafters as well and all rafters are kept safe by a well trained crew that moves with the tourists on the water.

Source of the Nile Boat cruise

There are different convenient schedules for boat cruises on the Nile in Jinja. These boat cruises are the best ways you can relax and explore how beautifully the world’s longest river starts its journey. The trips last for about 2 hours and you can choose to go for day time cruises or the sunset cruise.

Kayaking

This offers the opportunity of exploring the Nile on a small narrow boat. You’ll go through the rapids on the Nile to areas where you’ll view beautiful birds and sceneries.

Bungee jumping

You can find out how brave you are by going for the bungee jumping on the Nile. This is the time for you to get rid of adrenaline from yourself by getting down to the waters of the Nile from 40m high.

Quad biking

Quad biking in Jinja offers you an opportunity to tour areas around Jinja town on Quad bikes. Tourists get a chance to have a good moment of seeing how people around this area do their activities as they can easily interact with them.

Other activities to do in Jinja are swimming, horseback riding, jet boating and sport fishing.

There are a number of attractions to see and adventurous activities to do en-route as you travel from Kampala to Jinja. These include; bird watching or forest walk and Zip lining at Mabira forest and visiting Ssezibwa falls.

Accommodations in Jinja

Since Jinja is a prominent tourism and industrialized town, there are a lot of good hotels and restaurants around the place. These include; Wildwaters lodge, Haven lodge, Kingfisher lodge, The Orchid Grand, Nile River camp, Jinja Nile resort, Pearl on the Nile Hotel, Living Waters Resort, Rain forest lodge, Gately on Nile and Igar Plaza Hotel among others.