Kampala – Jinja, Uganda
We leave Kampala and drive a short distance to Jinja, situated on the fresh, grassy banks of the longest river in the world, the River Nile. British explorer John Hanning Speke first recognised Lake Victoria as ‘the source of the Nile’ in 1862, settling a long running debate about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From Lake Victoria, the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt, leading to the Mediterranean Sea.
Our campsite is on the banks overlooking the Nile River where we will have the opportunity to try our hands at the art of rafting. This is definitely an exhilarating day for any adventure-seeker. In the Jinja area, you will also have the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference at a local children’s school project – Softpower. This project is a locally run voluntary programme that aims at constructing and improving schools in the Jinja area. Any contribution from you, even just a few hours of painting or plastering, is always welcome and appreciated. Other activities that you can take part in during your stay in Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and for the adrenaline junkies, even bungee jumping!
The following day you are free to explore this beautiful area or participate in the many optional activities on offer. For those seeking a more relaxed day, taking time to visit the local community or spend your time relaxing. You can spend the day on the banks of the Nile learning about the community, the town of Jinja, enjoy the stunning views of the river or participate in the variety of activities on offer here.
Trip Highlights: Jinja, Source of the Nile, optional activities
Accommodation: Nile River Explorers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1.5 hours
Optional Activities: Quad Biking US$80, White-water Rafting US$140, Community School Project US$45, Nile Cruise from US$25, Nile SUP from US$20, Kayak from US$20, Fishing Trips from US$80, Mountain Biking from US$30