Holidays to Jinja, Uganda

Jinja, a modest town in Uganda is best known and celebrated for being the historical source of the Nile River and the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Thrill-seekers from around the globe flock here every year in search of a good dose of adrenaline thanks to the multitude of daring activities on offer. Kayaking, cycling, horse-riding, bungee-jumping, canoeing, white-water rafting, tubing and boat tours galore. 

The Jinja Central Market is a must-visit. Known for its notable size and unique wares, this market boasts over 3,000 registered vendors, each selling something different. Filled with authentic Ugandan souvenirs, locally sourced fruits, vegetables and spices, handmade leather shoes and traditional arts and crafts, you're bound to find some souvenirs to take home.

One of the most popular attractions is the impressive Nile River. What better way to admire it in all its glory than to actually get in it? White-water rafting and kayaking in the rapids of this powerful river is an experience unlike any other. If tackling the raging rapids sounds a bit hardcore for your taste, there’s also a variety of tranquil cruises to enjoy in the calmer sections of the water, including a peaceful steam powered boat cruise or sunset  cruise.

The spectacular Owen Falls Dam, also known as the Nalubaale Hydroelectric Power Station, is a great day out. This is where Lake Victoria tunnels under the Dam wall and into the Nile River, and the huge power station is a real feast for the eyes.


  • See the beautiful Nile River at its source with a leisurely cruise

  • Try white-water rafting, kayaking or tubing through the raging rapids

  • Peruse the stalls at Jinja Central Market

  • Visit the Owen Falls Dam Wall

  • Cycle or gallop your way around the town

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Jinja trip ideas

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