Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital city, bordering Lake Victoria; the largest fresh water lake in Africa. Kampala city is surrounded by over several hills; each having a history to tell about especially why it was christened its current name. Kampala is home to the Uganda Museum that explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artifacts.
Jinja, a town crumbling with colonial architecture, is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa and home to the historic source of the Nile River that pours its water in the Mediterranean Sea. Jinja town is famous for white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking and horse riding in a gorgeous natural setting.
Tour Highlights of your 3 days Kampala and Jinja city tour
Day 1: Do your Kampala city tour -visit the Royal palace in Mengo, Kasubi tombs, Namirembe cathedral, Rubaga cathedral, Bahai temple, Uganda Museum and Uganda martyrs Namugongo.
Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Jinja and stop over at Sezibwa falls and Mabira forest with en route to Jinja for a boat cruise at the source of the Nile
Day 3: Do white water rafting and do horse riding/quad biking in the afternoon and transfer back to Kampala
Day 1, Kampala city tour and transfer to Jinja
You will wake up early in the morning and kick off your day early morning breakfast at your hotel in Kampala. At around 8am, you will meet our representative; your driver guide who will take you through a briefing about your 3 days Kampala and Jinja city tour. After the briefing, you will depart for your one-day Kampala city tour visiting the Buganda cultural sites like the royal palace in Mengo. This is the main palace and official residence for the Kingdom of Buganda, of the four generations of reigning Monarchies and the members of the Royal Family since 1885, full of exciting scenes and art galleries. It is situated on Mengo hill opposite the headquarters of the Kingdom Administration at Bulange. You will then drive to Kasubi Tombs; an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom as well as a burial ground for the Kings of Buganda. After Kasubi tombs, you will visit Rubaga cathedral; the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Uganda and also the home church of Archbishop of Kampala. Drive to Namirembe cathedral on Namirembe hill, the oldest cathedral for the Anglican church in the country also taken to be the headquarters for the Anglican people in the country. After a visit to these places, you have lunch in one of the restaurants in town.
After Lunch, you will visit the Uganda Museum that displays and exhibits ethnological, natural, historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage over the years. You will then proceed to the Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo is Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to the Ugandan Martyrs who were murdered in cold blood for their Christian faith and finally go at the Bahai temple, the only temple of it Kind in Africa as well as for the Bahai faith in Africa. In the evening after your Kampala city tour, you will transfer back to your hotel for your dinner and overnight.
Day 2 of the 3 days Kampala and Jinja city tour
You are required to wake up early in the morning, take breakfast at your hotel and get ready to be picked up by your Uganda safari driver guide. At round 7am, you will be picked up by your guide from the hotel and embark on your journey to Jinja. Along the way, you will have a stopover at one of Uganda’s cultural hidden treasures of Uganda; Sezibwa falls in Mukono. The Sezibwa falls are situated at about 32km along the Kampala – Jinja highway, in Mukono District. A drive to the falls takes about 1 hour from Kampala to Kayanja town and about 1.5km off the road. The waterfalls are set in an undisturbed natural and serene attractive environment with lots of birds and a few wildlife. Sezibwa River plunges over 17-meter-high rocks into a plunge pool with a depth of over 13 meters. The falls and river are sorrounded by big fig trees, bamboo and several shrubs, a small rain forest that is home to several monkeys and a good number of birds.
From Sezibwa falls, you will proceed to Mabira forest along the Kampala-Jinja high way. From Mukono to Mabira is about 35 km driving for about 1hour. Upon arrival in the forest, you will do a nature walk in the forest. You will meet trained guides who will give you a comprehensive forest experience. The forest has over 312 species of trees, that act as food as wells as home to several birds, monkeys and other animals that habit this forest. The nature walk experience in the forest takes about 2hours and then progress for lunch in Jinja.
After lunch, embark on a journey to the source of River Nile in Jinja. You will take a boat cruise to the mighty River Nile (Longest River in Africa) to a point where starts its journey all the way to Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3 out of your 3 days Kampala and Jinja tour.
After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the starting point for white water rafting for a half day white water rafting adventure on the Nile that takes about 5 hours. After rafting, you will have your lunch in one of the restaurants and go for horse riding or quad biking for about 2 hours and after embark on your journey back to Kampala at your hotel or for your drop off at Entebbe airport for your flight.
All these bring you to the end of your 3 days Kampala Jinja tour.