Jinja

Jinja is a town lies in Eastern Uganda, on the shore of Lake Victoria. Right at the source of the Nile, is marked by a garden and a monument honoring British explorer John Hanning Speke. Owen Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam both span the Nile. Farther north on the river, Itanda Falls is known for its white-water rapids. further East of Jinja, on Lake Victoria, Samuka Island is home to birdlife, including little egrets.

Jinja town is as well-known as the Safaris destination in Uganda and East Africa at large, and it is the second largest town and commercial center in Uganda after Kampala city Mbarara, Arua. It is situated in the eastern region of Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria and it is located north of the lake adjacent to the source of River Nile. It is near the Own Falls Dam which is significant in regulating the flow of the popular White Nile which helps to generate Electricity in Uganda and East Africa at large.

It is one of the nearest towns that are close to Kampala city, one hour drive from the capital city Kampala. and it can be accessed by road transport. Jinja is not only the capital of the Busoga kingdom but it is also the largest Municipal area in the district of Jinja. It is found on an Elevation of about 1,204 meters above sea level.

The facts about Jinja town – Jinja district

During colonial rule, Jinja district was one of the most adorable places due to its strategic location, the colonial rulers came up with a plan of how to establish to the industrial town, and this was done by Ernst May who was a Germany architect as well as an urban planner. In Jinja District, the ruling Elites of then were honored thus they constructed for them houses within and outside the city center. In the process of construction, there was slum clearance, and over 1000 residences where displaced in the year 1950.

In the year 1954, the construction of the Owen Falls Dam commenced, and this submerged ripons which forced some of the Flat Rocks to disappear in the water. It is these flat rocks that name Jinja was derived with a mixture of two languages of the Baganda and Busoga who lived on either side of the River Nile. There is an amazing description of how originally the town looked like and it was published by John Hanning Speke who was the first explorer to discover the source of the Nile.

What makes Jinja as the tourist center

Historically, the municipality was the leading industrial town due to its strategic location on the trade route and the presence of the hydroelectric power dam which is along the river Nile. However, Jinja Town collapsed due to the expulsion of the Asians by late president Idi Amin Dada in the 1970s. The Asians were owners of these industries and they used to perfectly operate them, therefore when they left, Jinja city now is filled up with tourism activities which include both locals and international tourists.

  • The source of the River Nile start in jinja
  • The Speke monument is in jinja
  • Mahatma Gandhi Monument
  • The horseback riding in the district
  • White water rafting is in jinja
  • The Quade biking activity is in Jinja district
  • the Owen falls dam
  • The Kakira Sugar factory
  • the Nile breweries

In Jinja City the majority of the population that occupied is the indigenous Bantu group of people, the dominants are Basoga and the Lusoga is the main local language spoken. The Town has got a large population of inhabitants who are referred to as the working urban people.

Weather focus in Jinja town

The average temperature in the district is about 22.0 degrees Celsius and the warmest month in the year is January that an average temperature of 20.3 degrees Celsius. June is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of about 21 degrees Celsius.

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