The town of Jinja
is famed for being the source of the Nile, the point at which the great river exits Lake Victoria and commences its 6500km journey to the Mediterranean.
There is certainly a poignancy in standing on the very spot where Speke first identified the Ripon Falls as the long sought after source, even if the falls themselves were submerged by the creation of the Owen Dam in 1953.
The town itself remains pleasant enough, if increasingly busy, with garden suburbs to the west and south containing some reasonable accommodation options such as Gately on the Nile
, Surjio's Guest House
and 2 Friends Guest House
Most of our guests come to Jinja in order to raft on the Victoria Nile, so generally tend to stay at riverside lodges to the north. The standout option is the upmarket Wildwaters Lodge
, followed by the mid-range The Haven River Lodge
Travellers intending to go white-water rafting should be aware that there may be a chance of contracting bilharzia
Further west Mabira Rainforest Lodge
functions primarily as a retreat for birdwatchers and expats.