SOURCE OF RIVER NILE, JINJA

August 26, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

River Nile is the longest river in the whole world, with its source in Uganda at Africa's largest freshwater lake. The source of this long river was dubbed the "White Nile" and it starts its flow all the way from Lake Victoria - formerly Nalubaale. Located in the southern slopes of Uganda near the city of Jinja, the source of the Nile is an outstanding natural site with historical, educational and cultural importance.

What's so historical about the River Nile and when was it discovered?

It should be noted that the source of river Nile has attracted explorers and adventurers for the past 10 centuries. The ancient Egypt natives knew about the existence of the Nile and its relevance to their life and civilization, but they did not know where its source was and probably couldn't fathom it. It was only until the mid-19th century that the European explorers of all time such as John Hannington Speke and Richard Francis Burton traveled into the region to discover the mystery.

Speke, in his journeys, is given credit for discovering the source of the Nile at the large Lake Nalubaale - present day Victoria which he himself named after Queen Victoria of England by then.

What activities are done here?

Well, it's good to note that choosing to visit the source of the Nile is an exciting experience that gives possibilities for various activities and attractions. These include but are not limited to;

Boat cruise on the Nile: Tourists can take a boat ride on the river to view the beauty of the Nile and a close look at the surroundings.

Bungee jumping: River Nile is known for high adrenaline bungee jumping possibilities, allowing one to take a leap over the Nile from an extraordinary height. It further improves the experiences of tourists since it is an adrenaline pushing activity. It's also nice for health purposes

White-water rafting: River Nile offers the best white-water rafting experiences, which attracts adventure lovers from all over the world. It should be noted that this could be one of the best if not actually the best places in east and central Africa where this activity can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Bujagali falls experience: You get to enjoy the serene views and watch the river waters flow down through rocks at Bujagali falls, which is a loved spot for picnics, relaxation and getaways.

Cultural encounters: You will also interact with the indigenous Basoga and learn more about their customs and traditions. This further helps in enhancing the experiences of the visitors to the area which provides a good appeal towards the area. 

Beauty of the Nile and when to visit it?

The source of River Nile is a place of extraordinary natural beauty. The surrounding landscapes are lush and well green, with the river flowing from Lake Victoria. The beautiful greenery attracts photography enthusiasts since they like to capture such areas that also help attract more eyes onto the artworks.

The best time to visit the source of the Nile is during the hot dry seasons, which goes from June to September and also from December to February. During this time, the weather is so pleasant and rain is less, and thus favorable for outdoor activities making them more enjoyable. Though visits are not just limited to the dry seasons but can be conducted all year-round, as each season gives different experiences.

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