Destination of the week: Jinja, Uganda
Just seventy kilometers from the country’s capital, Jinja will easily capture any traveler that comes across it. There’s something for everyone; kayaking on the level five rapids and bungee jumping for the adrenaline junkies, and relaxing horseback safaris and great hiking for the slower paced traveler.
Rafting on the Nile
There are a number of establishments that offer rafting guides and instructors so that even first time rafters can enjoy the restless river. A day-long rafting excursion will cost US$125 for an adult and US$75 for children up to 14. Still along the lines of water sport, jet skis are accessible to rent if you prefer to ride solo.
Located right at the source of the Nile, Adrift Adventures Africa offers a 44-metre jump right over the water. The best way to get the adrenalin going and for an extra fee you can get footage of your fall from a GoCam and as well as HD pictures to take the memory home with you. There is a backpacker’s lodge attached to the jump site which is a great place to stay, meet and mingle with fellow travelers from all over the world and exchange war stories from your adventures conquering Jinja.
With breathtaking views and challenging hiking trails, this is the ideal place for travelers looking to get away from the hassles of Kampala and spend a few quiet days in the folds of nature’s bosom. It has the perfect terrain for challenging hiking trips to the waterfall as well as easy horseback safaris. This park is just 5 kilometres away from Jinja town which gives travellers the chance to enjoy the nightlife too. Facilities are also available to hire quad bikes to explore the terrain.
While in Jinja, you should pass by the amazing Wildwaters Lodge which is situated on its own private island, midstream on the Nile. The canvas walled structures right on the edge of the water provide candid views of the Nile rapids as well as the thick riverine forests. If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite in Jinja town there is a huge variety of restaurants that vary from milkshakes and snacks to authentic Indian cuisine.
Whether you’re a group of friends looking for a short vacation or an adrenaline junkie who just wants to have a little fun, Jinja is your one stop destination.
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