Jinja is a city in eastern Uganda. It is the second busiest commercial center in the country, after Kampala. Jinja is approximately 90km from Kampala and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria near to the source of the Nile River.
Jinja is affectionately known as the ‘Adventure Capital of East Africa’ and has some of the most exciting tourism activities in Africa. These include white water rafting on a series of rapids north of the river’s source which represents one of the world’s premier white-water rafting and kayaking destinations, tubing, float trips, cycling, Quad biking and horseback safaris through local farms and communities are also available in Jinja and are a great way to have loads of fun and see the countryside and the local way of life.
On the 28th July 1862, John Hannington Speke declared that he could see the ‘old father Nile’ emerge from its source, the Victoria Nyanza. A monument was raised on the spot where he stood on the west bank of the Nile to mark the historical event. It is at this point that Speke believed the Nile River begins its journey through Uganda, Sudan, Egypt and finally pours into the Mediterranean Sea, there also are some craft stalls selling Ugandan arts and crafts, situated near to the Source of the Nile and one on a small island on the Nile right where the plaque to mark the start of the river. The stalls offer great variety and quality all from local artisans.