Wildwaters Lodge lies on a unique private island mid-stream within the mighty River Nile in Uganda: about 25km downstream from Jinja in eastern Uganda. Famous as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Activities on the River Nile,, include heart-pounding white-water rafting, bungee jumping and gentler horse riding or fishing. Whitewater rafters can tackle ‘wild or mild’ courses, taking class 5 rapids or more relaxed family-friendly affairs where you sit back and relax as our guides take over entertaining your kids. Kayakers can choose between an exciting full-day white water rapids tour or a gentler cruise where you drift among the tropical islands on a flatwater section of the famous White Nile.
As you enjoy the fresh waters of the Nile, keep an eye out for fellow water babies like otters or monitor lizards. Or the more than 1000 bird species that Uganda is famous for – from turacos and cuckoos to hawks and eagles.
Jinja is one of two birthplaces of the mighty River Nile, where the water spills out of Lake Victoria on its journey to the Mediterranean flowing fast from the get-go. It is estimated no more than 5% of water here will end up in Egypt. There’s a landmark commemorating the source of the world’s most famous river- the perfect place for a sunset beer.
This is one of the best times to visit the River Nile as it’s warm and dry and not a peak tourist season. The average temperature is 29°C and there’s little rain.
This is one of the best times to visit the River Nile as it’s warm and dry and not a peak tourist season. The average temperature is 30°C and there’s little rain.
March offers a mixture of dry and wet periods, less tourists than normal and an average temperature of 29°C.
One of the two wettest months of the year. April has one of the least number of visitors due to limited water-based activities. The average temperature is 26°C.
Along with April, May is one of the two wettest months of the year. With an average temperature of 25°C, May is the coldest month of the year.
June offers mostly dry periods with intermittent showers. It has an average temperature of 25°C.
July is mostly made up of dry periods with intermittent showers. July and August have the highest numbers of visitors to Jinja. July has an average temperature of 25°C.
August offers mostly dry periods with intermittent showers. July and August have the highest numbers of visitors to Jinja. August has an average temperature of 26°C.
Septembers offers a mixture of dry and wet periods, yet still has fairly good numbers of tourists coming through and an average temperature of 26°C.
October is part of the wet, rainy season with few visitors due to limited water-based activities. October has an average temperature of 26°C.
November is part of the wet, rainy season with few visitors due to limited water-based activities. November has an average temperature of 26°C.
December sees the rainy season come to an end and welcomes some of the year’s best weather. It has an average temperature of 27°C.
The Nile River system has two principal tributaries, the Blue Nile and the White Nile. The most remotely located source from the mouth of the Nile in the Mediterranean is found at the Luvironza River in Tanzania. For decades, John Hanning Speke was credited with finding the source of the Nile, which he named Lake Victoria.
The Nile River is most famous for being the longest river in the world. Flowing through 11 countries, it measures 4,132 miles (6650 km) in total. According to Wikipedia, the Amazon measures 3,997 miles (6,400 km), making it 3–4% shorter than the Nile.
There are many things to do on the River Nile, especially near the adventure hub of Jinja in Uganda. Due to there being no record of bilharzia or other infectious diseases, and no presence of dangerous animals like crocodiles and hippos, you can swim in the River Nile. There’s also jet boating, bungee jumping, kayaking and fishing on the river.