Bungee jumping in Jinja
A reasonable number of residents still talk about the good old days when Jinja was the most industrialized town in Uganda, something else has thrived – tourism. Jinja town was built in a strategic location close to Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile but the closure of the industries left the town quieter. International and local travelers from gorilla trekking, a long safari in Uganda’s national parks, or visiting the more noisy capital Kampala find the town very attractive for relaxation and exploring the Nile. The river Nile is arguably Uganda’s most scenic river.
The section of the river flowing through Jinja has got several beautiful rapids and forested islands that remain pristine while acting as sanctuaries to primates and over 150 species of birds. The river offers countless opportunities to have fun right from its source to the point where it leaves for other districts of Uganda and eventually to South Sudan. There are various activities one can do along the Nile in Jinja including sport fishing, whitewater rafting, golfing, Quad biking, and canoeing. Bungee jumping is just one of the recently introduced adrenaline-raising activities in Jinja. This activity is rare and only done in a few African countries like South Africa (Bloukrans Bridge), Kenya (Rapids Camp), and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). However, the experience of jumping in the world’s longest river cannot be compared to any other place on earth. In Uganda, Bungee Jumping can only be done in Jinja. It is one of the leading tourist attractions in Uganda.
Bungee jumping in the Nile River involves jumping from a platform with a bungee cord connected to two tied legs. Although experience is not required before taking part in the activity, one still needs to prepare psychologically before taking part in the activity. Bungee jumping on the Nile river in Uganda Participants are tied in two different ways – There is the ankle tie with your face looking down and the whole body tie allowing you to float like a butterfly. Before the Jump, the instructor counts 1 to 3 before shouting “Bungee” and off you go.
The activity can be done during the day or night. Night Bungee jumping has its own thrill but may reduce the quality of views and photos taken. What makes Bungee jumping special? Diving down a tower and touching the river Nile provides one of the most spectacular views imaginable. The main thrill comes from falling freely and then rebounding softly over and over before finally touching the waters. It is one of the scariest things but also the most adventurous activity one can do in their lifetime.
Bungee jumping in Jinja had been closed since 2019 but it was reopened to the public in April 2021.
Bungee jumping in Jinja starts with the registration of participants (including making payments) and signing the waiver form. While registering, participants can choose to go for the long or short jump. The long jump goes all the way down enabling one to touch the river Nile itself while the short jump stops midway.
After registration participants are called out one at a time for briefing while the others wait for their turn or cheer on from a balcony. Before jumping, the individual is dressed up in the right jumping gear. Both legs are tied with a single rope to allow the participant to fall freely letting the bungee hold him/her smoothly as they touch the Nile. First-time jumpers are strongly warned against looking down at the 44 cliff before jumping. Those afraid of heights may find the experience overwhelming but the knowledge that thousands of people have made a similar dive safely in the past should be enough consolation. Even so, closing the eyes or looking straight ahead is highly recommended for it will help one remain composed and not chicken out.
Once you are about to take the plunge, the feeling is difficult to describe. Your heart beats and your mind tells you not to take the leap but eventually, you do and it’s over in minutes. The initial fall/descent takes a few seconds as the rope bounces back and forth before finally settling down at the bottom of the river. By this time the fear is gone and you begin to realize how amazing the whole thing is. Most people want to do it again and again (if not for the cost) after this first experience. After reaching the bottom and touching the Nile, Guides at the bottom will be waiting with a boat to untie them and take them to a safe waiting place to recover and relax.
Before taking part in the activity one must sign a form removing all liability from the company if anything goes wrong. Nothing will go wrong!! Bungee jumping is a very safe sport and no accident has ever occurred since the activity was introduced more than 10 years ago. The crew has also put in place Bungee jumping in Jinja Uganda safety procedures to ensure that the activity is as fun and as safe as possible. The company follows the New Zealand/Australian standards for bungee jumping. The equipment used is comparable to the best elsewhere in the world. The jumping cords are made with high-quality latex rubber made by the best underwear makers in the world. All equipment is tested thoroughly before use and records are kept to ensure that they are within their working lifetime.
In order to ensure safety, management hires highly trained and experienced professional crews. The company also hires international consultants annually to review safety procedures and make any safety recommendations.
For more information and for arrangements for the bungee jumping experience, don’t hesitate to reach us and we do the rest for you. We can still be helpful in booking your accommodation, transporting a boat cruise on the river, and arranging for other activities as we can locally tailor your package to fit your interests and budget.