VISITING THE SOURCE OF WORLD’S LONGEST RIVER: RIVER NILE
The Nile River, vastly regarded as the world’s longest river is the not only the lifeline of Egypt but many other nations. Its rich history from the medieval times, biblical right up to today makes one wonder of its Genesis. Jinja in Uganda is the proud source of River Nile, notably the longest river in the world and the adventure capital of East Africa. Today it attracts various tourists from far and beyond.
Jinja is just a two hours’ drive from the Entebbe International Airport the main entry point into the country and a one hour drive from the capital Kampala. It boosts of rich history that continuously gets a new addition to its list. It’s the main town of the Busoga Region and seat of their traditional leader, the Kyabazinga of Busoga. The Basoga are among the most prominent tribes in the Pearl of Africa. The Kyabazinga’s palace is located in Bugembe the new state of art structure is fast growing as a landmark in the region meant to its tourism.
Due to the fact that at Jinja, The River Nile is in its upper course the waters are quite strong, it gave way for the construction of the Owen Falls Dam in 1954. Today it is known as the Nalubaale Power Station, Nalubaale being the name in the local dialect. The dam construction fostered industrialization of the area with factories like Kakira Sugar Works, Nile Breweries and Nytil Uganda setting up, and many other sugar & tea processing industries. It is also going to host East Africa’s first automobile plant; The Kira Motors Corporation.
The sights and sounds of Jinja are breathtaking with tranquility and gush of the thrills. This part of the Nile is also symbolized by waterfalls, rapids, steep gradient and fast moving water. All this give surge to wild adventures like the grade 5 white water rafting that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Nile High Bungee Jump allows you to take the leap of faith from the cliff and reach down to touch the waters. It’s a life time experience one should have while they are on safari in Uganda. It’s also good for team building adventures too while having the adrenaline rush.
Furthermore one can also enjoy other sporting activities like mountain biking, quad biking, jet skiing, kayaking, horse riding, sunrise and sunset boat cruises. The exquisite attractions of Jinja make it one of the best honeymoon safari destinations in Uganda. Be assured you will nourish love and enjoy more romance with your partner as nature inspires you.
A Uganda tour to the source of River Nile with your preferred tour operator in Uganda is one of the short trips you can choose to do while in the pearl of Africa. It is just a day’s trip that can be done at the start or end of your safari. Dream, explore and discover the adventure hub of Africa because the Jinja is where awesomeness starts.