The Nile, a north-flowing river in Africa, is among the world’s longest rivers, famed for its ancient history and the archaeological sites along its shores. . Its source starts right from Jinja Uganda, and it comprises of two major twigs, the white and blue Nile that stretches into Khartoum (Sudan) to form the core Nile that is made up of Cataract Nile along with Egyptian Nile. You may wonder how the name Nile comes about, it’s a famous Greek word simply meaning valley, and its history has been the major source as why people have been coming to Uganda. The Nile provides power to Ugandans and it’s the source of energy, the dam gives electricity to country to enable them carry out their daily activities thus contributing highly to the modernisation of the country and also Egypt at large through being able to do its farming on irrigation and the fertile soils that are close to the Nile also have been of great help to the farmers both in Uganda and Egypt, Not only that, River Nile has been a blessing to some of the wildlife like crocodiles and many more. The river begins its incredible 6,500km journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt from Jinja town in Uganda, River Nile holds the famous Owen Falls Dam which is the source of hydroelectricity for Ugandans and the neighbouring countries with one other dam under construction currently.
Activities on River Nile in Jinja
River Nile in Jinja town has many activities for tourists. Among them include;
White Water Rafting on River Nile
White water rafting on River Nile in Uganda is done all year round thanks to Uganda’s equatorial weather; River Nile is a home to some of the best white water rafting in the world. This experience will leave you astonished with the warm waters, stunning scenery and all year sunshine except for a few raindrops thus providing a unique and pleasurable experience as you raft on Nile rapids; however you can still swim and enjoy the vibrant bird and wildlife.
Jet boating is one of the most enjoyable activities on River Nile also offering an exhilarating memorable experience of the Nile, it’s a little different from the white water rafting because with jet boating you hit the rapids on this high speed boat thus the most ever adventurous moment.
Bungee jumping is one of the most exciting activities that one can experience when they come to Uganda because it allows you to kiss the Nile 40 m from the high ground. It is an outdoor extreme sport and is carried out in Jinja via the source of the Nile. Bungee jumping involves jumping off a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. However this activity has to be done alongside other activities because it’s done for a short while.
Kayaking on River Nile is a great way to experience the Nile. A kayak is a small and narrow watercraft which is in the form of a double bladed paddle and it’s during this activity that you chance to view the surrounding areas of communities, farmlands, and exotic birds feeding on the fish. Kayak the Nile with perfect weather and daring rapids thus a perfect place to tour.
Swimming in River Nile in Jinja is possible for both the local people in Jinja and also tourist because it’s safe with no record of Bilharzia and other infectious diseases. It is also free from dangerous animals like crocodiles and Hippos.
Horse riding is along the shores of River Nile in the communities and paths through farmlands. Enjoy the scenery in Uganda’s countryside on a horse with children cheering you up as you take in the pure air of Mother Nature and birds.
Squad biking is also a great way to spend your holiday vacation in Jinja along the River Nile. Ride with you fellows through the countryside as your trying to know it all and also watch every- day Ugandans go about their daily activities mostly those in their gardens as children cheer you on.
Commonly Visited Gorilla Destinations
Bwindi Impenetrable national park a large primeval forest located in the South Western part of Uganda is a home to over half the worlds 1,000 mountain gorillas.