The Source of the Nile – Spend a While on the Nile in Jinja – Uganda

Posted by on December 29, 2018

The Source of the Nile – One of Africa’s 7 Natural Wonder

Include in your Safari a Visit to The Beginning of the Nile – Spend a While on the Nile in Jinja

Lake Victoria-the Source of the Nile – The ancient and historic  River Nile, the longest  River in the World begins its 6,000-kilometer Journey south to north to the Mediterranean Sea being joined by the Blue Nile in Khartoum.

Throughout ancient history, the source of the Nile was a mystery waiting to be discovered.  It was not until John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the River on August 3rd, 1858. John Hanning Speke stood at the place where Lake Victoria flows into the River Nile – Rippon Falls in what is now Jinja – an area now covered after the building of Owen Dam there. 

He was the first European Explorer to reach the Source of the Falls. His conclusions were doubted by many only to be confirmed later by Sir Samuel Baker on one of his expeditions into Uganda.

Uganda – the Source of the Nile – the River that flows through the country, through one of National Park, Murchison Falls where it tumbles down the Western Rift Escarpment as the most powerful waterfall in the world and continuing through Lake Albert onward to Sudan and the Mediterranean Sea.

In October of 2018, a new Suspension Bridge over the Nile made getting to Jinja, the Source of Nile, the Adventure and leisure Activities easier to access for Tourists and Ugandans alike.

Spend a While on the Nile at its Source:

In Jinja where the Source of the Nile is located:

Jinja which is located on both Lake Victoria and the River Nile – is also the Keeper of the Source of the River and the gateway to both Adrenaline pumping adventures and leisure where you can relax and chill out.

Jinja is best known for adventure such as White Water Rafting, Kayaking, shooting through white water in powerful jet boats, Bungee Diving including at night, sailing, fishing for the powerful Nile Perch Fish.  On the more leisurely side visit the Origin of the Nile Park, take a motorboat cruise on the Nile, Sunset Cruise with drinks and snack.  Or simply sit at your hotel or lodge overlooking the River and read a book.

A visit to the Source of the Nile is a must for visitors to Uganda and we can include in your Safari with us, it is best to make it an overnight visit and spend a while on the Nile in Jinja and the following day do one or two of the Things that one can do and see in Jinja on the Nile. Not all adventures are adrenaline producing, some can be rather relaxing,  such as fishing, birding, a family float trip, a hike along the Nile or a village Visit, the Gentle side of Jinja

The Nile Source park is a most pleasant place and has tremendous potential, the boat ride to the exact spot where Lake Victoria and the Nile merge provides some great picture opportunities for you.

A visit to the Source of the Nile is enhanced with lunch along the River in a restaurant that overlooks the ancient River, a visit to the town of Jinja with its Colonial and Indian architecture that remains, some it restored in recent years along with a visit to Itanda Falls where you can witness the power of the Nile.

A sunset cruise from quiet to a Booze Cruise can be taken before and until after Sunset.  Sunset is around 6:40 pm and darkness sets in after 7 pm.

 The Origin of the Nile Park is a major tourist attraction and has been so for years, even India has gotten involved in promoting and upgrading the Source as an International Tourist Destination since a Stature of Mahatma Gandhi is found here, his ashes were strewn into the Nile and many Indians and non-Indians come here and take a moment out of their visit to reflect on the life of the great man.

The Source of the Nile Discovered by – John Hanning Speke:

African lived here along the River Nile, its source at Lake Victoria for centuries, but the first Westerner to reach here was the British Discoverer John Hanning Speke.

The Source of the River had long been sought by others such as the Missionary Explorer David Livingston. After John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the Nile, his former exploration partner, Richard Francis Burton publicly rejected the findings in favor of his own idea that Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania was the true source of the Nile River.

There was a public battle between the two men and people were drawn to both opposing views.  This battle was fought out in the Press.  In order to settle things on the side of Truth, the Royal Geographic Society sent John Hanning Speke back to Uganda in an attempt to settle the dispute.

In the eyes of most John Hanning Speke was celebrated as the one to discover the Nile, something that Richard Francis Burton would never accept. A public debate was called by the Royal Geographic Society, a debate that never took place since Speke suffered a fatal shot to the head





The rift between the two men, however, would never heal. Speke, now a hero of the Age of Explorers, published two books that made him look a braggart. Burton, meanwhile, refused to accept defeat. A public debate between the two men was scheduled to take place at the British Association to settle matters once and for all, but on the day before the debate, Speke suffered an accidental, fatal rifle shot to the head while hunting. The popular assumption became that Speke’s death was a well-disguised suicide, motivated by a fear of facing Burton in public.

The source of all this tumult is marked by a modest sign that reads “The Source of R. Nile – Jinja – World’s Longest River” at Ripon Falls, a series of cataracts that are partially submerged due to dams constructed upriver. A small cafe and shops, as well as boat dock with tours for hire, are loc

In the 21st Century – African Tourism is a major source of income.  Everyone wants bragging rights for one thing or another and that includes the Nile Source.

Both Burundi and Rwanda are marketing themselves as the country where the River Nile originates however that does not change the reality that Uganda is home the original source of the Nile, not a tributary, not theory, the Nile that flows out of Lake Victoria through Uganda is a result of the entire watershed basin and that is way beyond Rwanda and Burundi but includes Tanzania and Kenya.  Who knows, next Rwanda and Burundi will demand rights to Lake Victoria.

A Simple Question one should ask “Where did People end calling the Nile the River Nile?  The Answer is – at its source at Lake Victoria in Jinja. John H. Speke discovered as the first European  Explorer the source of the Nile in what is now known as Jinja in Uganda, a place where hundreds flock to each day still today, no confusion  – Uganda is Home to the source of the Nile.