"Jinja, not tangawizi." Jinja by muguruki

Jinja Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 144 photos

Former second city of Uganda, former industrial heart land of UG and these days possibly site of the former source of the Nile as Rwanda now has a claim that the mighty river spews forth from headwaters of the Rukarara River. So Jinja has seen better days.

Mind you the first time I visited the town in 2000 it looked even sadder at least now there are a gaggle of shops selling tourist tat as well as the offices of tour companies along Main Street. And there are more than the couple of bars I remember from 10 years ago when a dozen people in New Rendezvous would be a big night out. Most of the other watering holes at that time would be a tailor’s shop that would plonk a few stools outside their shop and sell the odd bottle of Bell.

There are now a good few bars at the Nile end of the long Main Street but saying that non that I would rush back to

The industries in Jinja sprung up after a ready supply of electricity appeared in the form of the Owen Falls Dam in 195? The Dam also serves as a road bridge and this also has seen better days. There are now plans for a new road bridge a local told me that it is planned to be built between the existing dam/bridge and the railway bridge. We’ll see if the bridge does get built in the next couple of years

A lot of the buildings in Jinja town centre are Indian built homes and shops that housed the large East African Asian population before being booted out of the country in 1972 by Idi Amin after "god told him to expel the Asians in a dream".

The mostly low rise town centre is now dwarfed over by a really ugly concrete telecoms tower. Urgh!

  • Last visit to Jinja: Feb 2013
  • Intro Updated Apr 26, 2013
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“The highly coloured unreality of foreignness.”

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