Other Things To Do In Jinja

There is something for everybody in Jinja and the surrounding area, arts & crafts, nature trails, sports and more.

Source of the Nile

The actual source of the Nile, Rippon Falls was flooded after the construction of the Owen Falls Dam. John Hanning Speke was accredited with the discovery on July 28, 1862 as the first European to locate the source.

The site also contains the Ghandi Memorial, numerous curio stalls, a bar and restaurant. Boat rides are also available. At weekends there are drummers and dancers during the day.

Source of the Nile Plaque Rippon Falls 1951 Source of the Nile Cruise

Entrance Fee

  • Ush/ 10,000

Kilombera Weaving - A whole world of colour!

Kilombera is an emerging company supporting local artisan and producing a wide range of hand woven products including kikoys, bedspreads and tablemats using 100% cotton and traditional looms. 100% Ugandan crafted, Kilombera products make a lovely souvenir of your trip and are lightweight and easy to travel with.
Visit the workshop overlooking the Nile and be shown the numerous steps involved in producing these fine articles of cloth. Situated half way between Jinja and Bujagali, Kilombera is easy to find and well worth a visit.

Kilombera Kikoys Kilomera weaving Kilombera Hammocks



  • 09.00 – 17.00 Mon - Fri
  • 09.00 – 13.00 Sat
  • 0793 439619

Mabira Forest Reserve

Situated 20kms from Jinja, this beautiful forest is home to over 300 species of birds as well as numerous and some endangered species of butterfly, monkeys, plants and trees. There are plenty of walking trails and guides are available at the Information Centre.

If you would prefer a more active tour of Mabira Forest check out our Mountain Biking tours in our Other Activities section.

Arched Tree Mabira Forest Regal Sunbird Mountain biking in Mabira Forest

Entrance Fee

  • Ush/ 6,000

Bujagali Falls

Danger Bujagali FallsIn October 2011 Bujagali Falls was flooded as a result of the construction of the new Bujagali Hydroelectric Dam. Over the years Bujagali Falls had become well known for its Bujagali Swimmers, locals who would brave the falls holding onto just a jerry can for a few 1000 shillings, today however it is part of a large fast flowing 'lake'. The site itself is still considered as sacred by locals who believe that the spirits remain. 

Entrance Fee

  • Ush/ 3,000

George's Book Exchange

George's Book Exchange' A good book & a nice cup of tea' solves everything, that's George's motto! And just to ensure there is always one available George has, at his own expense imported thousands of books into Jinja over the last few years.

Georges Book Exchange is available at Explorers River Camp. All money raised from the book exchange is generously donated to Soft Power Education.

Exchange Fee

  • Ush/ 1,000

Jinja Golf Club

Overlooking the Source of the Nile, Jinja Golf club offers not only a nine hole course but also swimming, squash and tennis. Not only are equipment and caddies available for hire but our resident super sportsman, Junior is willing to challenge anyone, at any sport.


  • Non members are more than welcome for a nominal fee.


Jinja Nile Resort, Brisk Hotel, Paradise Hotel and Nile Village offer swimming facilities. If you are looking to relax by the pool and enjoy a little bit of waiter service then we recommend one of these.


  • All venues charge in the range of Ush/ 5,000 – 7,000 per day.

Arts & Crafts

There are numerous curio shops along Main Street as well as a number of stalls at the Source of the Nile. Jinja is a fairly laid back town and so are the curio sellers, none of that hard sell you sometimes get, just a friendly smile.