Jinja is the most popular town in eastern Uganda and infact the country's fourth largest. Other towns in the eastern block include, Mbale, Tororo and Iganga. Jinja town lies along the shores of Lake Victoria and River Nile, Africa's longest river, 83km east of Kampala city.
Jinja was formerly the industrial town of Uganda during the colonial days, until the expulsion of Asians by Idi Amin government in 1972. The town still holds the name as the industrial town of Uganda, as reflected in most Primary education curriculums, though in reality, it has got just the historical attractions and structures built in the colonial era by the Asians.
The town has got much to offer for visitors and it is popularly referred to as the East Africa Adventure Capital, because of the many activities and attraction this old town is endowed with. Top attractions here include;
The Owen Falls Dam. The 831m long and 31m high dam was constructed in 1954. It is the major source electricity in Uganda. Coming from Kampala, the dam forms a spectacular gateway to Jinja town. As you cross the top, look down on the raging river below (Nile).
The Source of the Nile. Jinja marks the point where Africa's longest River Nile, starts its 6,500km journey to the north via Sudan & Egypt up to the Medditerrian Sea. It is worth pay a visit if you consider how many years it took John Speke to explorer the source of Nile. The spot also boasts the Mahatma Gandhi monument, and important shrine visited by Indian communities in Uganda. Gandhi's ashes were scattered through the Nile from the same place. On the western banks of the Nile, lies the Speke monument, the point where John Hanning Speke stood to watch the Nile on 28 July 1862
Bujagali Falls. Jinja has some of the world's best white water rafting at the point called the Bujagali falls, situated 10km from the town centre. Many companies in Jinja operate rafting expeditions along these falls, like Adrift, Nalubale Rafters & River Nile Explorers. Bujagali also boast several campsites for rafters and visitors.
The town also boasts a good number of Asian communities who run most of the big businesses in the centre.
The Madhvani House on Main Street. It is one of the historical buildings with some fine colonial era architecture, dating back in 1919.
The Nile Breweries. This is Uganda's oldest brewery, built way back in 1952. The brewery is located in Njeru trading centre, a suburb of Jinja Town.
On your way to Jinja and out, you will be flanked by Sugar plantations and Tea estates. The Kakira Sugar Works is one of the largest sugar producers in East Africa.
Jinja Sailing Club. The sailing club faces the shores of Lake Victoria and it has beautiful gardens plus a restaurant.
Golfers are never far from the championship course. Jinja boasts the 9hole (18 tee) golf course established in 1920s. The golf course enjoys views of the Nile and Lake Victoria.
Category: Cities & Towns
Location: Jinja District (Area code: 043)
Distance from Capital City: 83km
Economy: Agriculture, Industries, Tourism
Nearest Airport: Kimaka Airstrip (4km from Jinja town)