Jinja, Uganda: Source of the Nile
This beautiful waterfall, as I understand it, has now been submerged by the Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Plant. This has also affected the white water rafting company "Adrift" which has a thriving tourist business at the falls area. They have had to move to the other side of the dam to start their white water adventure. The plant was built due to the power crises in Uganda, but certainly has modified a lucrative and beautiful spot near the source of the Nile and Lake Victoria.
The Hydroelectric Dam Before It began Operation
Cultural shows from the Basoga Tribe at Bujagali
The Basoga tribe is the dominant tribe in the city of Jinja. They have a cultural group with a dance troop that has regulary performed for tourists at the falls area. They rely on donations from those who enjoy their show. They also sell locally made crafts. I was able to buy one of my favorite T-shirts at a little restaurant and store located by the falls. It says Muzungu on it, a term for white man, which is used on a regular basis throughout Uganda.
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The Witch-doctors's Compound
A Forlorn Fish Eagle Captured to sell in the Market Place in Jinja, Most Likely for It's Feathers
The Basoga people traditionally believe that the Falls area is sacred and that the Spirit dwells there. The area is named after the River Spirit called "Budhagali". Many people seek out the advice and cures from the "witch-doctor" at his compound by the Falls.
A Successful Rafting Trip on the Nile
Adrift Rafting Company sponsered special field trips for the local schools that were both educational and full of adventure. These are photos of my son's 6th grade class which we took on this special field trip to Bujagali Falls.
All Terrain Adventures
One of the Instructors showing Ben how to Park his bike
Being in Uganda, it was great fun for our son to find something as exciting as being able to ride an ATV. The rental shop was opened shortly after our arrival in Uganda. The company showed the kids how to ride for about 15 minutes or so around the compound. Then they took them for about an hour or two to a local village and for a tour around the area. Ben felt really grown up to go tooling around on the quad bike. There were also options for younger children to ride with a parent.
Kingfisher Safaris Resort
This was our favorite place to spend a weekend in Uganda. Kingfisher Safari's Resort is a simple, eco-friendly resort located on Lake Victoria by the source of the Nile. It was a great place to swim in the pool, eat a simple meal, enjoy talking to the owners and bird watch. The units were not elegant, but fun and unique and we were always treated as special guests. My husband and I actually won a set of chairs for a contest they held for the one who spent the most days in a year at their resort. We only spent about 4 weekends, but apparently that was enough to win. If you travel about a mile or two you will reach the source of the Nile, founded by Speke. There is a simple monument there as well as some gardens and a boat landing.
Transporting Matoke on Lake Victoria outside Jinja Town
Matoke is the staple starch in Uganda, like bread is in the United States of America. It is similar to plantain and is cooked to have the consistency of mashed potatoes. Lake Victoria makes a perfect mode of transportation to deliver it to different villages.
There is no better way to end a trip to Jinja than stopping by the roadside near the Mabira Forest for Chick-on-a-stick served by whoever can get their fingers through your car window first. It can be quite intimidating to a newcomer but a fun way to end the day and tastes great. You just have to figure out who you are buying from, how many you are buying and who you already paid. No problem. I hope you had a great day in Jinja. Lenzy