Flights to Jinja
After Kampala, Jinja is the second-largest city in Uganda and is also located on the shore of Lake Victoria. It’s a fairly modern city with great amenities, so you will have no trouble making use of restaurants and shops. There is also a fun open-air market where you can get fresh produce, fabrics and souvenirs. Though it’s not primarily a tourist destination, there are many great things to do around Jinja.
The local Jinja Airport (airport code: JIN) only handles limited domestic flights to Jinja, and because these flights to Jinja are limited you would be better off arranging a flight to the Entebbe International Airport (code: EBB) instead. It’s located just outside of Kampala, and about 100km away from Jinja. You can fly to Entebbe with South African Airways with no connections, or stop once in Nairobi with Kenya Airways. You will also have one transfer on a flight with Ethiopian Airlines but they have their stop in Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Jinja:
Lake Victoria offers all of the recreational activities you would associate with a large body of water. You can go swimming, boating or fishing and enjoy a little time out on the water.
The city of Kampala is short distance away from Jinja to the west, and would make an excellent day-trip after you’ve seen the other nearby sights. The Uganda National Museum is in Kampala and it has some of the finest displays of cultural and historical items in the country. You can also walk through the streets of Kampala or do some shopping at the large Owino open-air market.
Mount Elgin National Park
There is a large national park to the east of Jinja, which also crosses the border into Kenya. The volcanic mountain itself is the main point of interest in the park, and the Ugandan side (it’s right on the border) can be hiked for some amazing views. The landscape is mainly forested, but there are enough rocky areas to create some lovely waterfalls as you move farther up the mountain. As for wildlife, Mount Elgin is home to elephants, buffalo, antelope and some small tree monkeys.
Mouth of the Nile
The river that flows through Jinja is the source of the White Nile, and makes a geographic attraction in itself. There is a unique memorial plaque there that indicates where some of Ghandi’s ashes were scattered after he died. The river is also well-known as an excellent place for some white-water rafting if you prefer something a little more exciting.
When Should You Visit?:
Jinja has a hot climate and there isn’t too much change through the seasons though there are some points of the year that are more comfortable than others. Most of the year will be nearly 30C (86F) but it drops to a more reasonable 26C (79F) in June and July. Those months are also very dry, so they do make the best time to visit Jinja. Rains will peak in April and then again in October, so you should try to avoid those times. At any point of the year, it will cool off by nearly 10 degrees or more in the evenings.