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While jet boating on the River Nile, you can enjoy getting sprayed by a few drops of water as you fly past the rapids at breakneck speed. PHOTO/GREAT ADVENTURE SAFARIS

The Bujagali Dam submerged some of the rapids on the rafting circuit, but jet boarding stays alive every day, depending on available bookings, thanks to the bouncy River Nile and its miles-long string of rapids.

Are you a confessed adrenaline junkie? The Source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda is the place to indulge in your wild fad. From tubing on the Nile to white water rafting, to kayaking, jet boarding, and ziplining, you’ll find fantastic, exhilarating Africa Safari adventure activities.

Jinja is located in south-eastern Uganda, approximately 80 kilometres (54 miles) east of the capital, Kampala. 

The town is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, close to the source of the Nile. Jinja is frequently referred to as East Africa’s adrenaline capital due to the abundance of extreme adventure activities available.

Jinja would most likely be a fairly unremarkable town if not for its location. It is located on the east bank of the Victoria Nile, at the head of the Napoleon Gulf, on the northern edge of Lake Victoria. 

Perhaps the town is best known as the source of the Nile. 

Even as it leaves the lake, the Nile is a surprisingly large river, and it’s a little unsettling to imagine it winding its way north for 4,000 miles until it reaches the Mediterranean Sea.

Jet Boating is a must-do adventure activity on the Nile, as you race through the rapids at incredible speeds, turning and spinning. It’s enjoyable and risk-free.

A visit to Uganda would be incomplete without partaking in this adventure. You can ride with friends or family. This ride is also suitable for small children. 

At approximately 90 kilometres per hour, the boat features side-mounted propulsion jets that spin 360 degrees, providing an experience similar to driving a car on a muddy surface. 

The challenge costs $75 per person (approximately Shs202,500) and is every bit as memorable.

A three-day tour immerses you in Jinja’s total adventure. You can enjoy a jet boat ride on the Nile, an adrenaline-pumping experience along the Nile for 2-3 hours to Kalaga falls, or enjoy a more relaxing time on the water on a boat cruise that includes a guided visit to the Nile’s source.

Although the Bujagali Dam submerged some of the rapids on the rafting circuit, jet boarding experiences continue to thrive every day, depending on available bookings, thanks to the amazingly bouncy River Nile and its miles-long string of rapids.

There have been changes to the section of the River between Owen Falls and Bujagali Dams, but tourism operators are concentrating their efforts on maximizing the use of the new expanse of flat water created by the flooding of Bujagali Falls.

If you prefer extreme sports, jet boating may appeal to your wild side. Jet Boat rides frequently feel like a series of near misses and head-on collisions with small river islands. You get to fly over waterfalls, spin around, and splash, but unlike a bus ride, there are no stops along the way.

Make it a point to have some extreme jet boating fun with 360° spins, high-speed drifting, incredible beach buzzing, and other exciting manoeuvres in as little as 10 cms of water as you explore the Nile. 

Because the boats used are among the world’s most advanced jet boats, they are faster, more manoeuvrable, and feature the highest levels of safety, comfort, and performance.

Priority is given to passenger safety and the design of these vessels reflects the most recent technological advancements in the boat building industry.

You can jet boat up the River Nile rapids at breakneck speeds and enjoy the River Nile’s wild 360 degree spins without being submerged except for a few water sprays. 

It’s an unforgettable, fantastic experience for the entire family, aged 5 to 85, aboard a custom-built 12-seater jet boat. 

There is no need for prior swimming experience as you will be guided by a professional jet boat pilot. The trip package includes life jackets with high flotation, helmets, spray jackets, and light snacks and beverages. 

Additionally, a threesome package is available that includes white water rafting, bungee jumping, and jet boating.

This activity is not just for the daring – it’s also an enthralling way to take in the wondrous scenic views from a unique vantage point. Proceed, immerse yourself in the action, and create life-long memories in the process!

Within moments, the water adventure transitions from lazy relaxation to crashing through grade five rapids. Adrenalin junkies can test their mettle on the legendary rapids at any time of year, as Uganda benefits from a year-round tropical climate.

To add to the excitement, each rapid at Bujagali Falls is named in a way that keeps you anticipating more. For example Silverback, Rib Cage, Total Gunga, and Surf City.

After getting a feel of the Nile by jet boating, you may choose to have an on-land Jinja experience by touring around Jinja tow, participating in on-land activities such as quad bikinghorseback ridingzip-liningmountain biking, and birding

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Once you’ve experienced the Nile by jet boating, you can opt for an on-land Jinja experience by visiting Jinja town, taking part in on-land activities like quad biking, horseback riding, zip-lining, mountain biking, and bird watching. PHOTO/Charis Uganda Safaris

Where to stay in Jinja during your tour

There are a variety of luxury, mid-range, and budget accommodations in Jinja town, including:

  • Jinja Nile Resort
  • the Nile Porch
  • Wild Waters Lodge
  • Kingfisher Resort
  • the Haven
  • Rain Forest Lodge
  • Gately on the Nile
  • Explorers River Camp
  • 2 Friends Guest House
  • Brisk Hotel Triangle
  • Bilkon Hotel
  • Sunset Hotel International
  • Jinja Safari Hotel
  • Mansion Hotel. 

The lodges offer a variety of services and amenities, including a swimming pool, a reading desk, a conference room, free Wi-Fi, comfortable beds, a barbecue, a well-stocked bar, and a restaurant serving traditional and international food.

Last but not least, for an all-inclusive tour experience in Uganda, view our guide to White water raftingBungee JumpingVisit Mount MuhaburaGorillas in UgandaSsese Islands, Cost of Gorilla TrekkingMurchison Falls National ParkLake Mburo National Park and Semuliki National Park.