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“An amazing year-end in Jinja”

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The last two days of 2016 were incredibly amazing. I travelled to Jinja town with three wonderful ladies and got to share in a fun and tranquil all girls getaway.

We set off from Kampala just before 8am on Friday morning and were in Jinja by 10am. In Jinja, we spent the morning driving around the town and looking at the different accommodation options available. Content, we settled for K&K Guest House which I must say, is a true GEM for both its coziness and affordability. I’ll definitely be visiting the guest house again.

True words at the reception of K&K Guest House..jpg

True words at the reception of K&K Guest House.

Our next stop was Jinja Sailing Club. The club is absolutely stunning and the massive view of The River Nile truly welcomes you to Jinja town. We put in our lunch orders and immediately set off on a half hour long boat cruise on The Nile.

View of The Nile from Jinja Sailing Club..jpg

View of The Nile from Jinja Sailing Club.

The ride was fun, hilarious and quite informative. We got to see several bird species on the riverbank, a floating village as well as great historical sites like the monument of the great Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, in honor of his decision to have his ashes sprinkled in The River Nile. What’s more, we saw the location of the former Ripon Falls as well as the actual source of The River Nile.

Off and away..jpg

Off and away.

Fun on the boat..jpg

Fun on the boat.



This tree is covered in bird droppings....jpg

This tree is covered in bird droppings…

The floating village..jpg

The floating village.

More views....jpg

More views…

And some more....jpg

And some more…

The Mahatma Gandhi monument..jpg

The Mahatma Gandhi monument.

The former location of The Ripon Falls that were submerged in the construction of The Owen Falls Dam..jpg

The former location of The Ripon Falls that were submerged in the construction of The Owen Falls Dam.

The Nile's source..jpg

The Nile’s source.

View of Jinja Sailing Club from The Nile..jpg

View of Jinja Sailing Club from The Nile.

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Lunch at last 🙂

After the boat ride and a delicious and filling lunch, we drove over to Jinja Nile Resort for drinks and a dip in the pool. The weather was perfect for a swim and I was anxiously looking forward.

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Jinja Nile Resort.

View of The Nile from the resort..jpg

View of The Nile from the resort.

The resort has a lovely pool as well as a very charming view of The Nile. I remember thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if someone created an infinity pool to maximize the view? Currently, you cannot see The Nile while you are swimming. Bummer.

Eventually, the sun went down and I danced and posed next to the stunning deep blue lights at the entrance of the resort (thanks Lois!).


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The crew 🙂

Next, we set off to The Black Lantern restaurant to further indulge in the famous pork ribs that I had heard so much about! The pork ribs were truly delicious and definitely worth it.

The famous Black Lantern pork ribs..jpg

The famous Black Lantern pork ribs.



After a long and amazing day, we finally retired to the guest house for the night. We woke up the next morning to a delicious homely breakfast after which we hit the road back to Kampala and arrived just in time for the night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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The crew at breakfast.

How did you say goodbye to 2016? Have you been to Jinja? What do you love most about Jinja? I look forward to your comments in the reply section below. Xx.

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  • bobzwordz

    5 years ago

    Jinja has a special place in my heart. I always feel at home there. So much to do and see…and of course eat. Black Lantern is a great chillspot too. Try it out during the day. Brilliant view and ambience….and the Pork ribs legendary. I have been told by Salim the manager that only one customer has finished a full rack of ribs on his own todate. A reward stands for anyone else that manages this fit…any takers for the challenge?

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      I love Jinja. Especially because every trip is different and there is just so much to do! I’ve been to Black Lantern once during the day and I absolutely loved it. Will definitely do it again. As for the ribs rack…that is some challenge! Let me know if you take it on. Xx.

  • Lois

    5 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jinja. From the food, ambience, the people we met but most importantly my travel buddies. I will never get over those Black Lantern ribs, a day trip might have to be organized. Definitely doing Jinja again! x

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      It surely was amazing. Thanks for reading and for the great company! We WILL do it again 😉 Xx.

  • Deirdre

    5 years ago

    One of the best trips I’ve had recently! Great place, great company, will definitely do it again. Fay great capture too.

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      Thank you mum. Glad you enjoyed both the trip and the blog post! Xx.

  • Viola

    5 years ago

    The photography is eye catching. Jinja is a great place. Did they finish with the road works? Last I was there alot of road repairs were taking place.
    The beautiful river Nile. And the fish?..awesome..
    Happiest 2k17 as they are calling 2017..
    “Your life is your message to the world make sure it’s inspiring”.
    Yours does inspire mine fay*?

    • Viola

      5 years ago

      Wrong emoji at the end.. clearly am not a millennial. I meant to ☺

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      Awww. Thank you so much for this Viola. Your comment has truly warmed my heart. Thanks a lot for reading – I did not see any road repairs last weekend. Thanks again for the lovely comment. Happy 2017 to you too! Xx.

  • Winky

    5 years ago

    Interesting read, the beauty about Jinja especially of late are the visible efforts to return it to its former tourism glory. These have paid off and I think the town now offers something for everyone; be it a quiet evening or something more up beat.
    A nice read and very inviting pictures ..definitely worth re-exploring this beautiful place.

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      Thanks a lot Winky! I definitely agree that Jinja has something for everyone, and that’s what makes it so special. Thanks again for reading and I hope you visit Jinja soon 🙂 Xx.

  • yogieonthemove

    5 years ago

    Jinja is absolute favorite place in Uganda! Visited early last year and stayed at adrifts backpackers. To this day i haven’t had a pizza that can beat the one i had there. I still get hungry when i think about it. Definitely going back to jinja and now i have an idea of more places i can check out ☺️?. Xx YogieOnTheMove.

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      Jinja is everything – serenity and adventure all in one place! I miss Jinja. Gotta go back soon too and try that pizza! 😉 Xx

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