Top Uganda Tourist Towns – Jinja

Top Uganda Tourist Towns – Jinja L Among the Top Uganda Tourist Towns – Jinja town is one of the main towns to encounter on a Uganda Safari Tour. Jinja District has an area of 767.7 square Kilometers of which 701.9 square kilometers is land and the rest 65.8 Square kilometer is covered by water bodies.

Jinja was a fishing village before 1906, which benefited from being located on long-distance trade routes. The name “Jinja” comes from the language of the two peoples (the Baganda and the Basoga) that lived on either side of the River Nile in the area. In both languages “Jinja” means “Rock”. It is located in Eastern Uganda and its only two hour’s drive with less traffic from Kampala.

Top Uganda Tourist Towns - Jinja

Jinja Tours

Jinja is always among the Top Uganda Safari Tourist Towns and industrial towns because of the hydro-electricity dam along the Nile. Jinja is one of the most attractive towns in Uganda with the source of River Nile at its helm. In the late 1970’s, the then current president of Uganda Idi Amin Dada expelled Asians out of Uganda and this led to the collapse of Jinja as an industrial hub.

The Ugandans who took over the industries then were not experienced to run them hence the economy was affected. The Asians returned after the overthrow of Idi Amin though the town never recovered as many industries were moved to areas near Kampala city. The current leading industrial districts include Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso and Mbarara.

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