Return to the Nile

Historical Jinja

Adventurous Tour

Jinja One Day Tour

Various dates available

1 day tour. Book online now

Location

Jinja Town

Return to the Nile: Historical Jinja

Jinja town is best known as the location of the source of the river Nile, but the discovery of the source was not straight forward. Many explorers searched in vain, and even after John Hanning Speke came to the source in 1862, it was not until years after his death that Speke’s achievement was acknowledged.

The Return to the Nile tour will take you to the banks of the Nile where Speke first looked upon Rippon Falls which marked the point where the Nile joins Lake Victoria. There is a monument to Speke and to the discovery that caused great contention and eventually cost him his life.

Our next stop is Mpumedde Hill, where the King of Bunyoro died on his way home from exile. He is considered an icon resistance to imperial rule, and spent the last 24 years of his life in banishment as a result.

We head to the Jinja Railway Station next, which was built in 1912 as part of the Uganda Kenya Railway, which started in Mombasa, and eventually reached Kampala. The old station still has up to 6 trains pass through it a day.

You will then have lunch at the Jinja sailing club, followed by a Nile river cruise, where you will go to the source of the Nile itself, passing parts of Jinja town, including Kirinya prison, which is the second largest prison in Uganda. The prison was built by a colonial mercenary, who became the first ‘king’ of the Busoga kingdom.

After the cruise, we head to the Jinja War Cemetery where Ugandans who laid down their lives fighting for a foreign king during World Wars One and Two are buried. Ugandans fought in both wars as part of the colonial regiment, the King’s African Rifles.

Then we will pay a visit to Jinja town, which was a hub of commercial activity post independence, with a booming economy thanks to the presence of Asian businesses. That came to an abrupt end in 1972, when President Idi Amin gave the Asian community 90 days to leave.

The last stop on our tour is the Kyabazinga’s (King’s) Palace, which is the residence of the current King of Busoga. It is on top of a hill, with spectacular views of Jinja town, Lake Victoria and the river Nile.

Our Return to the Nile tour, our guide will tell you about the history surrounding these events, and the impact that they continue to have in the modern day.

RESIDENT RATE; $100
NON-RESIDENT $110

DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1

Kampala – Jinja town – Speke Memorial – Mpumudde Hill – Railway Station – Jinja Sailing Club – Source of the Nile – War Cemetery – Kyabazinga Palace – Kampala

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ALL DRINKS INCLUDEDYES
  • LUNCHYES
  • SITE ENTRANCE FEES YES
  • ACCOMMODATION NO
  • TRANSPORT TO/FROM KAMPALAYES

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About Changing Horizons

Changing Horizons is a tour company which specialises in travel to sites of historical interest in East Africa.

Our tours take you to places that are identified with past events and experiences, such as sites of great discovery, like the source of the Nile, or sites of great sacrifice, like the shrine of the Christian martyrs.

Contact Details

How to book and get further information

Email: bookings@changing-horizons.com

Business registration number: 197182

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