Getting Here

Jinja is the gateway between Kenya and the rest of Uganda and easy to get to by road either from Kampala, Nairobi or the airport at Entebbe. 

Getting here from Kampala

Jinja is 80 kms north-east of Kampala and is easily accessible by buses and minibus taxis (matatu), but by far the easiest way is to catch our FREE Kampala – Jinja shuttle.

Nile River Explorers Kampala - Jinja Shuttle

Departing in the morning from Kampala and returning at the end of the days rafting, it is free to anyone rafting or staying with us or participating in one of the other adventure activities featured on our website.
Please note that although our shuttle runs most days it is not guaranteed and the return shuttle to Kampala is predominately for clients rafting that day and the route taken is via Kayunga district in order to meet them at the finish point.

Departure Points

Departure Times

  • Kampala Backpackers
  • Red Chilli Hideaway
  • Nakumatt Oasis Mall
  • Bushpig Backpackers
  • Fat Cat Backpackers
Bookings are essential!
  • 06:30
  • 06:30
  • 07:00
  • 07:15
  • 07:15


Getting to / from Kenya

Direct buses are available from Nairobi, Eldoret and Nakuru with numerous bus companies.
If you are coming from Kenya make sure you inform the bus driver that you want to get off the bus in Jinja before you put your bags in the hold. Many a traveler has suffered the frustration of finding that although they can get off the bus in Jinja, their bags have been sealed by customs and must continue to Kampala.
You will be dropped at the Gapco roundabout where a small army of boda boda’s drivers will be there to whisk you away to your final destination. The average fair to NRE Adventure Central should be no more than the equivalent of about US$1.50
 Bus company offices are also here in Jinja for return or onward travel.

All buses depart Jinja from 'Gapco' roundabout

Airport Transfers from Entebbe

If you would like a private transfer from Entebbe airport, don’t hesitate to ask and we will arrange it for.

Cost:       US$ 55 – 65 dependent on the time of your arrival

Pineapple Express

Save money, time and hassle by taking the Entebbe-Kampala-Jinja Express.  Door-to-door service, no bus parks and no stopping along the way.

The Pineapple Express leaves Jinja/Bujagali at 7.30am and travels via Nakumatt Oasis Mall (free shuttle to Red Chilli) and Fat Cat Backpackers in Kampala to Entebbe, arriving around midday. In the afternoon they up from Entebbe Airport and selected Entebbe guesthouses and backpackers and whisk you and your luggage to your accommodation of choice in Jinja or at Bujagali, or to one of the two Kampala drop-off points.

Their vehicles are insured, well maintained and driven by trained drivers. Vehicles seat a maximum of 9 people and offer comfortable seats, each with a safety belt. The specially adapted rooftop dry-storage system safely carries your luggage and kayaks free of charge.

Departure Points / Tines

Arrival Points / Times

  • Jinja / Bujagali 07:30

  • Nakumatt Oasis Mall/ Fat Cat Backpackers, Kampala 10:05
  • Entebbe 14:30

  • Nakumatt Oasis Mall/ Fat Cat Backpackers, Kampala 16:35
Bookings are essential!
  • Nakumatt Oasis Mall/ Fat Cat Backpackers, Kampala 10:00
  • Entebbe 12:00

  • Nakumatt Oasis Mall/ Fat Cat Backpackers, Kampala 16:30
  • Jinja 19:00


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