With a length of 6,853km the north flowing Nile River is commonly regarded as the longest river on Earth, the two major tributaries, the White Nile (longest) and the Blue Nile meet just north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The source of this mighty river is Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda.
In addition to the bubbling source in Jinja one can take a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria, a very pleasant and scenic experience where one can view a variety of life forms on the lake during the best time of the day. Nibble on snacks and sip refreshments (pre arranged) whilst you take in the fauna and flora that frame the water’s edge. There is no shortage of birdlife in either the skies or the water. If you’re lucky enough you may also spot the resident monitor lizard on one of the islands near the Source. He or she normally lies underneath a bird-laden tree where countless droppings contribute to the camouflage outfit.
You’ll witness the fishermen skillfully casting their nets in hope of a catch before sundown. If you have a lake view on the eve of a New Moon you’ll see the waters come alive as if the stars had dropped down, a result of the fishermen’s floating lanterns. In certain areas around the lake there are fish farms and normally they are inundated with birds using the structures to rest on forever hopeful of a meal.
For the land lovers there are numerous activities and experiences you can enjoy in and around Jinja. The golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the banks of the Nile whilst those who prefer a racquet can play squash or tennis. There are many restaurants available in Jinja town itself and also at the water’s front where you can witness an exceptional African sunset as you sip on sundowners.
If you’re in Uganda and need a little ‘sauce’ in your life then this is the place to visit!