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Bujagali Falls, Uganda



Bujagali Falls:
Located some 8kms out of Jinja this is a spectacular scenic spot with 1 km of raging rapids, forested islands in the Nile and an abundance of bird life. Bujagali has become East Africa's adventure centre enticing visitors with river rafting, kayaking, bungy jumping and quad biking activities. There is no shortage of accommodation options to suit all budgets and food for all culinary desires.

Sunset on the Nile from Explorers Camp
Sunset on the Nile from Explorers Camp

Getting there:
If coming from Kampala or Kenya alight your transport at the Shell Filling Station / Chinese restaurant roundabout on the approach to Jinja where you will see sign-posting for the Bujagali Falls. The distance from this junction is approximately 8 kms. A Boda Boda motor bike taxi rank is located here on the roundabout for those travelling by public means.

Nile High Camp: Located next to Jinja Nile Resort and in the same complex as the Bungy Jump platform. Bar and restaurant with great view of the Bungy and Nile River.

Rates 2007
Camping US$2-, tent hire US$2-, linen and blankets also available for hire.
Fully furnished dorms at US$5- per night.
Meals ordered on site.

Explorers River Camp: Great views over the Nile and the rapids at Bujagali. Big thatched bar area with meals and snacks available. Tents for hire and several thatched bandas. Remember if you raft with NRE you can stay here 2 nights for free in the dorm or camping or alternatively get US$7- discount off a banda.

Rates 2010
Camping US$5- p/p
Dormitory US$7- per night
Tent hire US$7- per night
Twin Banda US$25-
Triple Banda US$30-

Nile River Explorers have developed a new restaurant and en suite tented camp at their Bujagali Falls campsite.

The Nile Porch: Tel. 0782 321541, email relax@nileporch.com. Each ensuite tent is under thatch with its own private porch and spectacular views over the approaches to Bujagali falls. Tents face west so evenings are a pleasure to sit on your private terrace and watch the sun set over the Nile. A private swimming pool adjacent the Black Lantern restaurant compliments the final touches to this venue. Customised hand woven duvet covers, robust pole furniture, walk in mosquito nets, open views of the Nile from the (hot) showers and (flush) toilets make this camp a totally unique experience.

Rates 2010 per night on a B&B basis:
Single US$75-
Double US$95-
Triple US$120-
Family Unit - US$120- (sleeps 2 adults and 3 children)
Family Unit - US$160- (sleeps 5 adults)
Children under 12 years old (0-11years) sharing with adults US$20- per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Children under 2 years old are free.

The Black Lantern Restaurant Bujagali's only a-la-carte restaurant has spectacular views over the Nile and approaches to Bujagali falls.

Spekes Camp: Tel. 041 220906 or Cell 0752 720906
Next to the NRE camp set down at river level actually on the Bujagali falls. 2 free nights camping or US$4- off the price of a double banda when you raft with Equator rafting. Bar and restaurant, kayak school and sunset cruises.

Camping US$2- p/p (special offer stay 3 nights and pay for 2)
Dorm bandas US$5- p/p
Double Bandas US$15-

Eden Rocks Resorts: Tel. 0772 501222. Located between NRE and Spekes Camp. Unique self contained bandas and camping site. A-la-carte restaurant and open bar.

Banda US$25- including breakfast
Banda bed only US$18-
Dormitory US$6-
Camping US$3-
Tent hire US$6-

River Rafting:
Rafting operations on the Nile are run by Nile River Explorers, Adrift Rafting, Equator Rafts and Nalubale Rafting.

The Full day rafting for Adrift, NRE and Nalubale Raftings costs US$125- and half day fee to US$115- (January 2008). Equator Rafts will no doubt revise their rates accordingly

Rafting the Victoria Nile at Bujagali
Rafting the Victoria Nile at Bujagali

All the trips include a BBQ at some stage during the day and grade 5 rapids. Half day rafting options are also available and family friendly grade 3 runs. All the companies include transfers from Kampala to Bujagali Falls and back at days end, a light breakfast on arrival, BBQ and free drinks. Equator includes 2 free nights camping at Spekes Camp Bujagali. NRE offer a two nights free accommodation at their Explorers Bujagali Campsite or Explorers Backpackers in Jinja. NRE's videographer 'Against the Current Productions' produces a video/dvd of the days events which is available for US$35-/US$45-. Adrift have developed their own campsite close to the Nile High Bungy adjacent Jinja Nile Resort. NRE run the longest day trip putting in the river below the Owen Falls dam and taking out with at the Bad Place (all the companies finish their full day trip here).

Nile River Explorers free shuttle service (bookings mandatory but free of cost) between Kampala and their Bujagali Falls river base leaves Kampala from three locations between 07.00 hrs and 07.45 hrs, reaching Jinja by about 09.00 hrs in the morning and returns every evening from the river site at 18.00 hrs. Pick up points are at the Backpackers, the Lugogo Shopping Mall / Game Megastore and the Red Chilli Hideaway.

If you want to raft it is not usually necessary to book, you can contact Adrift in Kampala on Tel. 0772 454206, 0712 707668, 041 425 2720, Equator Rafting in Jinja on Tel. 0772 960964, 041 425 2106, NRE in Jinja on Tel. 0772 422373 and Nalubale Rafting on 0782 638938. Just about every Backpackers and travel agent in Uganda markets river rafting for these 4 operators and will book for you should you wish.

Kayaking on the River Nile:
With a significant increase in the number of kayakers visiting Bujagali in recent years the Nile has become a magnet within the fraternity drawn to have a crack at tackling what the river has on offer.

Kayak the Nile has established a support operation and Kayak School at Bujagali. KTN will inform kayakers on the action at Bujagali, secure accommodation and provide airport transfers for visitors needing their services. Great deals on introductory river trips, international flights for tose with Kayaks.

Kayak School Introductory Lesson US$115-
Kayak School subsequent lesson US$95-

Kayaking the Nile

Soft Power Education:
Soft Power was started in 1998 by a group of travel addicts. Its aims were to provide simple yet effective methods for tourists to touch base and give to communities with genuine spirit. Working in Primary schools around Jinja and even building a Children's day center for Orphans, the benefits of collaboration between tourism and community are obvious and has enabled hundreds of tourists to form sincere bonds of friendship with Uganda and its many children. A vibrant community Project supporting Ugandans in their efforts to promote education. Soft power education works with children , teachers, parents and guardians to create stimulating environments for learning. and play.

Volunteers give a day or more of their travels to visit the projects around Jinja and join in. Meeting the children and staff is rewarding in itself. Our Project leader will have designated a task for the day which could be anything from teaching a nursery rhyme to laying a floor. The work will be tailored to suit the capabilities of each volunteer. The project can give an enriching experience to the passing tourist who for once is invited to leave more than footprints. Details from Nile River Explorers Backpackers Jinja or Campsite at Bujagali, email rafting@starcom.co.ug, www.softpowereducation.com

Quad Biking:
All Terrain Adventures are the Quad-Biking specialists with their base at Bujagali Falls. For bookings Tel. 0772 377185. Half day, full day and night time ATV safaris. Driver training and learner circuit available.

Quad Biking
Quad Biking with ATA by the River Nile

Mountain Bike Tours are now on offer from Nile River Explorers in and around the Jinja area. Whether it's a physical challenge you are looking for or just want to meander through villages on the banks of the Nile this has become a very popular activity. By taking a guided tour you will see places you can't go in a vehicle and also learn about the local industries, bird life and vegetation around the area. Individual bike hire for the day is also possible, so if you have a bit of knowledge of the area and just want to cruise at your own pace, this could be for you.

Individual Bike Hire: Day Hire – US$25
Guided Trips From: - US$30

Bungy Jumping:
Nile High Bungy and Adrift (U) Ltd have recently entered into a joint venture with Jinja Nile Resort and having completed the construction of the Nile High Bungee, a 44 metre leap above the source of the Nile. The site is very spectacular and the bungy tower is a 12 metre cantilevered steel structure sitting atop a 32 metre high cliff on the river.

The site is specialising in water touches which are very, very exciting as jumpers can plunge into the swirling green waters of the river 44 metres below the platform they leapt from. The site has been constructed and conforms with the New Zealand and Australia Standards for bungy jumping and some of New Zealand's most experienced bungy consultants were involved in the establishment of the site.

Attached to the bungy tower is a technical 'climbing wall'. A session costs Ushs5,000-.

To get to Nile High Bungy take the road for 2 kms toward Bujagali Falls from the Chinese restaurant roundabout (with Shell and Caltex service stations). Follow the signs for Nile High Bungy, Jinja Nile Resort or Adrift - the route is well signposted. Jumps can be booked through, The Adventure Centre, Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya (in the Uganda Wildlife Authority compound), next to the Buganda Museum, Kampala tel: 041 252720 or 0712 707668 or 0772 454206 or Jinja Nile Resort tel: 043 122190. First jump at US$55-, 2 jumps at US$75- and the 3rd jump free of charge within 24hrs. There are also the exciting 'Nile High Combo' packages which combine bungy jumping and rafting all in one day.

Nile Horseback Safaris: Tel.+256 (0)774 101196, info@nilehorsebacksafaris.com. Popular rides along the Victoria White Nile and through local villages. Located on the west bank of the Nile immediately across from the Bujagali falls and accessed on the Kayunga road opposite the Nile Breweries before crossing the Owen Falls Dam when coming from Kampala. The site is sign posted off the main road for those travelling with their vehicles 4 kms from the junction and 1 km along a dirt track.

2 hour rides US$40-
3 hour rides US$50-
Each additional hour US$10-
Instruction - 4 hour sesssion US$80-.

Nile Upstream Accommodation and Camps:
The Haven: Tel.+256 0702 905959 or 0782 905959 , email: thehavenuganda@yahoo.com. The location of The Haven justifies a visit in its own right. Situated on the west bank of the Nile some 15 kms upstream from the Own Falls Dam The Haven has wonderful views over a series of rapids that straddle the Nile. Currently there are only two non self-contained bandas. A further two self-contained bandas are to be constructed before the end of 2006. The Haven has a large well maintained campsite with views over Nile. The site is ideal for those with their own equipment and for those without you may like to consider The Havens own answer to a 'Lazy Camping' by reserving one of their large 3m x 3m dome tents complete with camp beds, bedding and towels.

To get to The Haven when travelling from Kampala turn immediately left at Nile Breweries before crossing the dam wall and drive for 15 Kms towards Kayunga. The site is sign posted off the main road and located about 2 kms along a track that continues towards the river. For those travelling by public means transport is available form the Nile Breweries junction. You will find yourself walking from KM 15 where you alight the taxi to The Haven. If you cantact The Haven 24 hours before your arrival pickups can be arranged from Jinja.

There are 4 x luxury bungalows, 1 x honeymoon bungalow, 1 x family bungalow and 2 x mid-range bandas available at the Haven, please find listed below the various options and price.

The main building doubles as a communal lounge, bar and restaurant and is the jewel in the crown of The Haven. The restaurant terrace eating area is delightful. The sound of water cascading over the huge rapid below is errily sothing and and a wonderfull place to watch the sunset.

Accommodation rates 2010
Self camping US$12- per person
Camping US$40- full board arrangement.
Luxury Bungalow (en-suite) full board = US$95pppn (Twin or Double) or US$125 single occupancy
Honeymoon Bungalow (en-suite) full board = US$115pppn
Family bungalow (en-suite) full board = US$95pppn & US$30pppn child
Mid-range banda (not en-suite) full board = US$65pppn (Twin or Double) or US$85 single occupancy

Breakfast US$6- to US$10-
Lunch US$10-
3 course evening meal US$15-

The Hairy Lemon: Tel or SMS 0772 828338. For those on 2 day raft trips The Hairy Lemon is your overnight camp located on a small island in the Nile. Getting to The Hairy Lemon by public means is for intrepid travelers only. At the junction of Nile Breweries on the Kampala to Kenya highway by the Owen Falls dam take a mini bus taxi to Kayunga trading centre (33 kms). From Kayunga source a boda-boda to Nazingo trading centre (7 kms) and ask for directions to The Hairy Lemon (all the locals know the place). From here it about 1 km to the Nile. Bang on the wheel rim and the boat man will come to collect you.

Self camping and 3 big meals per day Ushs20,000-pp.
Tented camp, two beds and bedding 3 big meals Ushs40,000-pp.

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