Famous as the source of the Nile, Jinja town has a lush location and a major market centre for eastern Uganda. Yet Jina has a surprisingly laid back atmosphere with wide tree lined avenues and colonial era Indian influenced architecture.
Aside from the being the location of the Nyege Nyege festival, Jinja is also the adrenaline capital of East Africa, with excellent white-water rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Jinja town has excellent accommodation that caters for all budgets as well as lots of great places to eat. We will shortly announce recommended accommodation options where Nyege Nyege festival goers will be able to get discounts.
Jinja is the gateway between Kenya and the rest of Uganda and easy to get to by road either from Kampala, Nairobi or the airport at Entebbe.
Kampala 80 km,
Entebbe 117 km,
Nairobi 578 km,
Arusha 854 km,
Mombasa 1498 km,
Dar es Salaam 1691 km.
Matatus leave continuously from Kampala to Jinja for around UGX 5000 (USD 1.40). The road between Kampala and Jinja takes about two hours, depending on traffic. Matatus leave Kampala from the Old Taxi park in the centre of town.
Jinja is on the East African Highway which links Mombasa to Uganda, eastern DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. 30 passenger coasters are available from Kampala. Busses leaving from Kampala to Mbale, Kenya and Tanzania will drop you off in Jinja on their way to their final destinations. Buses cost about UGX 5000 (USD 1.40).
You can also get a private car with a driver for around 150’000 UGX (USD 41). For groups this is a faster and much more comfortable option.
Jinja is conveniently located on the East African Highway which links Mombassa to Uganda. Several bus companies have several buses that leave daily from Nairobi to Jinja. The journey takes about ten hours. Costs vary according to the quality of the bus company and seats chosen but are around 22 USD one way.