Uganda is the source of the River Nile which is the world’s longest river. River Nile starts its 4000-mile journey to the Mediterranean sea through Sudan, and Egypt from Jinja and this area is called the Source of the River Nile.
Jinja is a pile-up of many other tourist activities. For any traveler interested in a weekend getaway from the bustle of the city. These include all year round white water rafting, Kayaking, Jet boating. Others include bungee jumping to kiss the Nile, Quad biking, horse riding by the shores of the Nile and many more.
The River Nile starts its journey to Egypt from Lake Victoria in Jinja town located in eastern Uganda. When you drive out to the source of the Nile, your first encounter is the beautiful gardens in the neighborhood, also the rainforest – Mabira forest along the way.
Next is the several craft shops with mostly African pieces sourced from all over the country. You can then visit and photograph several monuments which have a historical attachment to the Nile. For example, Mahatma Gandhi requested that some of his ashes be sprinkled in the Nile after cremation along many other rivers in the world.
Once on the shores of the River Nile, you will take an electrically powered traditional boat to where the river waters ‘start’ separating from the lake waters, the spot is clearly marked with a signpost.
Over the years because of several dam constructions downstream along the Nile, the water levels have increased upstream making it sometimes impossible to step on the slab by the signpost for photos.
However, you are still able to take them while in the boat with the sign in the background. In the dry seasons when the rains are scanty, it is sometimes possible to step on the slab for personal photos.
There is amazing scenery all along the Nile as it curves through Uganda with sections through communities where you have sightings of fishermen, gardens along the Nile and homes with energetic beautiful children often excited to see boats on the water. Other sections simply have hotels and factories especially those near the source of the Nile.
Another big section of the river Nile is through the protected area of the Murchison falls national park and Karuma falls which is inaccessible by boat or walking because of the huge rocks and falls. Inside the Murchison falls national park, there are great boat trips offered both by the park on Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls.
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