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Interesting Uganda birding safaris in Jinja source of the Nile – Uganda Safari News

Are you interested in adventurous birding safaris in Uganda? Book your next Africa safari holiday with us so we tailor for you a Uganda tour holiday and we’ll take you to the right place! Jinja is one of the adventure hot spots of Uganda. We are taking you for a birding safari tour in Uganda to the birthplace of the longest River; River Nile in Jinja- ‘The Source of the Nile‘! Areas around the Nile are great making this one of the great Uganda bird watching safari destinations along Africa’s majestic Nile, the longest river in the world!

Uganda birding safaris in Jinja source of the Nile

When you get there, your Uganda birding safari will even become more special when you know you’re going to see so much spectacular birdlife where the mighty River Nile starts its journey. It has given so much life to so many people across many countries and has helped shape the civilized world as we know it. And guess what? It also gives a huge source of life to all the bird species that call this wonderful place home!

What makes Jinja a wonderful Uganda birding watching tour destination is that the river’s water brings out a wide array of terrestrial and wetland species. You will undertake a boat cruise along the River Nile so you can get up and close to the stunning birdlife the area has!

Some of the highlights for Jinja source of the Nile is the Great Blue Turaco (one for any birder’s wish list), Purple Swamphen, Rock Pratencols, Giant Kingfisher, African Open-billed Stork, Green-backed Heron, White-spotted Flufftail, White-crested Turaco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Western Banded Snake Eagle, African Grey Parrot and many more.

Other bird species include; Hottentot Teal, Red-billed Teal, African Pygmy Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Black-billed Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, White-crested Turaco, Woolly-necked Stork, Shoebill, Crested Guineafowl, Helmeted Guineafowl,  African Black Coucal, Blue-headed Coucal, African Rail, African Crake, Purple Swamphen,White-spotted Flufftail, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Red-chested Flufftail, Grey Crowned Crane, African Finfoot, Black-bellied Bustard, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater,  Hammerkop, African Darter, Greater Painted-snipe, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Blue Quail, Harlequin Quail, Scaly Francolin, African Marsh Harrier, African Pied Hornbill, Northern Ground Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Red-headed Lovebird, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Crested Francolin, Forest Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, African Green Pigeon, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Rock Pratencols, Giant Kingfisher, African Open-billed Stork, Green-backed Heron,  African Pygmy Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher and African Grey Parrot among many more!

Other Uganda safari activities to enjoy along a Uganda birding tour

There several memorable activities in Jinja source of the Nile that a tourist on a Uganda safari can do and alongside the river Nile waters is Quad biking in Jinja source of the Nile.

Quad biking is one of the thrilling adventures conducted along the tracks and trails on the eastern bank of the Nile River connecting to the adjacent small villages and farms stretching along the downstream to Bujagali falls. The activity involves a ride using the well-maintained semi-automatic and automatic Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha quad bikes ranging from 80cc to 450cc along with well-trained and experienced guides who live in the nearby villages.

While quad-biking, you will go into the deep heart of the countryside, visiting scenic & isolated places that many tourists rarely see. During the safari, the rainier the better as a muddy ground offers a real-life experience. There is exceptional African experience for age categories. Quad routes and tracks cater for all levels of people like children, beginners, adults, experienced plus expert riders. Bring a camera, there are many beautiful sections especially the ones that make you wet. Remember the wetter the; mud is good! Quad biking safaris range from 1 hour to multi-day. All safaris start from our base at Bujagali Falls; East Africa’s adventure capital. For every type of ride, there is free training and practice ride before the actual ride where the rider has to learn all the basics before they go for the ride. It’s a matter of the riders’ choice on either to do a scenic ride on the river banks or take a challenging ride along the trails.

Boat cruise along the Nile

Take a boat cruise beyond the bird islands and between the fisherman’s boats, you will float past Gandhi’s famous monument which marks the location where his ashes were scattered, right next to the now sunken Owen Falls rapids. Learn about the Nile’s importance in the current political climate, and discover the reasons why the Nile is considered one of the greatest rivers in the world.

Kayaking along the Nile

Do you know what kayaking means? Waves crash over the front of the kayak. All around, white water sprays up into the air. The relative calm of the flat-water section (where you start) that follows this 100-meter-long rapid seems like a long way off. Every wave that hits the side of the kayak holds the potential to throw you out of the boat and into the white-water.

Warm water, sunshine, tropical islands, and the perfect introductory rapids mean that your full-day white water kayaking trip is sure to give you a memorable experience, off the tourist trail.

Tubing on the Nile river

Tubing on the Nile River is an activity on which you start with a cruise using a motorboat to the up currents with a round tube, tire-like carried along. After then you float on top of the water downstream in a group with tubes linked to each other with a string. This is amazing right! Who wouldn’t want to float down the world’s longest river along with their fans as they have fun? This is not a full day activity, therefore, you can even do it on a 1-day Jinja source of the Nile tour.

After tubing down the Nile River, you can opt to relax at the shores of the Nile river by having some barbecue or go for a walk at sunset along the shores.

Safari Uganda for a Jinja tour or Jinja day trip in the adrenaline capital of East Africa. While on your adventurous Jinja day tour, get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking and horse riding in a gorgeous natural setting with crumbling colonial architecture.


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