Jinja in Uganda lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. And is chock-a-block with old Asian-style buildings. These reflect the days when the town had a sizeable Asian community. The town was virtually owned by Asians until Idi Amin unceremoniously kicked them out of the country. Many of them have returned. And the town is once again becoming prosperous.
Mahatma Gandhi chose Jinja as one of the spots on which his ashes were to be scattered. A statue commemorates Gandhi at a Hindu temple near town. This town is close to the Owen Falls Dam. This is the hydroelectric station that supplies Uganda with most of its electricity.
The main Kampala – Jinja road runs across the top of the dam. And the railway line crosses on a bridge close by. Before the Owen Falls Dam was built, the Source of the Nile was Ripon Falls. This is where the Nile leaves Lake Victoria on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. The falls were inundated by the waters of the dam. You can still make out where the falls used to be from the water turbulence.
Location of Jinja
About 60 km northeast of Kampala
Easily accessible by bus, taxi or train.
Top Things to Do in Jinja
- White Water Rafting
- Bungee Junping
- Jet Boating
- Horseback Riding
- Visit the Source of the Nile