Back in the Victorian period, the source of the River Nile was declared to be Jinja. This is where the White Nile begins its 4230 mile journey to the Mediterranean. Intrepid Victorian adventurers settled on Jinja, on the western shores of Lake Victoria, as the most distant source for the world’s longest river. It’s impossible to visit Uganda without feeling the tug to visit the spot. This declaration began the unlikely fame and popularity of this small sleepy town. The fact that is it so easily reached from Kampala, just over an hour’s drive away, didn’t go amiss either.
White Water Rafting on the River Nile
Jinja itself may be a little quiet. But white water rafting the Nile River is the major draw for a new generation of thrill-seekers. At the Bujagali Falls, 8km from Jinja, modern adventurers take on some of the finest white water rafting in the world.
So now the source of the Nile is East Africa’s ‘adventure capital’ . As well as Grade 5 white water rafting, Jinja offers other adventure activities. Such as kayaking, quad biking, the ubiquitous bunjee-jumping and horse-riding. As well as the more tranquil ways to explore the Nile, such as riverboat cruises on Lake Bujagali.
If you would quite like to try some white water rafting. But don’t fancy spending so much time upside down, or outside the raft, then try the Grade 3 rafting.
The Nile is still a great choice for ‘rest and relaxation’ after a Uganda safari. Even for those not giddy with excitement at the prospect of watery thrills and spills. Why not stay on an unspoilt riverine island in a private oasis of comfort about 26km downstream? Enjoy guided walks, swimming and fishing. Or just chilling out. Here you get the charge of energy from being near surging frothy water. But without the immersion.
The Wildwaters reserve protects several of the tropical forested islands mid-stream in the Nile. It offers sanctuary to endemic birds, schools of fish and unique flora and fauna. The Wildwaters Lodge is on a mid-stream island only accessible by canoe. And so you are surrounded by rapids and rushing waters. But you are some half an hour away from the main white water rafting and adventure sports hustle and bustle