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About Jinja

Jinja is situated in Uganda. Jinja backpacking tours offer excellent birdwatching, beautiful forests and hiking trails plus friendly locals and a vibrant atmosphere.

Jinja Budget Travel

Below is a list of Jinja's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Jinja Guided Village Walk, Jinja Quad Bike Safari, Softpower Community Project, White Water Rafting on the Nile

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Nearest Jinja airports include:
•Entebbe Kampala International Airport


Jinja birdlife is much like the rest of Uganda's bird life - with a huge array of birds to be found across the city and surrounding areas. Key bird watching destinations include the beautiful Bujagali Falls as well as the ancient Mabira Forest where magnificent great blue turaco, casqued hornbill and a variety of colorful sunbirds can be found in the enormous canopies and trees.


Jinja conservation is essential to rebuild the city after years of civil war and violence in the country. Key conservation issues include deforestation, habitat loss, poaching, pollution and land abuse. Some of the current conservation projects in Jinja and surrounds include chimpanzee and gorilla protection programs, protected areas of forest, nature reserves and replanting projects.


Jinja malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Jinja plant life is lush and abundant, giving the city an eternally green look all year round. Vegetation areas include belts of indigenous tropical forest, as well as woodland and dry savannas, while gardens across the city consist of lush lawns, endless palm trees and tropical plants in all colours imaginable.

Safety Tips

•Jinja is generally safe for travel, however basic precautions should be taken
•Pick pocketing, robbery and muggings have been known to occur, so be on guard
•Keep valuables out of sight and secure in a moneybag under your shirt
•Avoid travel to areas near borders of Sudan, DRC or other areas
•Avoid traveling to northern Uganda, where the Lord's Resistance Army is in occupation

Travel Books

Jinja recommended books include the following:
•Something about Jinja, Uganda by C Martin
•Uganda: The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs
•Uganda in Pictures Eric Braun
•Uganda Footprint Travel Guide by Michael Hodd and Angela Roche
•Important Bird Areas in Uganda by Achilles Byaruhanga, Pantaleon Kasoma, and Derek Pomeroy


Jinja wildlife can be found across beautiful forest habitats, including the Mabira Forest which is home to a huge number of red-tailed monkeys and large troops of colobus monkeys too. Nile Crocodiles and Hippos can be found within the rivers, and travelers can enjoy safaris with a difference through horseback tours in the area.


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