Source of the Nile - Speke Monument

Source of the Nile - Speke Monument

Source of the Nile - Speke Monument
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The authentic, original Source of the Nile Site, where the British Explorer Speke first discovered the River Nile (of course the Africans knew there was a river, but anyway..). Stand where he stood, take a picture with the monument, go for boatrides across the river nile and into Lake Victoria, see monkeys, monitor lizards, pythons (and maybe even an authentic African Witchdoctor). The site also allows for camping, nature walks, parties and occasions with a truly spectacular nature setting. Ideal for Birdwatching and anyone looking for 1 day tour in the Ugandan Countryside.
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Nina Niinja M
Kampala, Uganda39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Think twice before you pay for this..
They charge you first to enter the ”recreation park” and then again for the boat trip. They charge per boat so the price per individual is depending on how many people you are sharing the payment with in your group.

The ”long trip” for 300.000sh includes the reptile centre and takes 45min in total. The centre is small, and animals not taken cared of, they have horrible living conditions, please dont support them by going.
The ”extra long trip” for 550.000sh takes a couple of hours and includes a trip to an exclusive island where you can swim in a big pool. If you want to swim, do what we did instead. After the boat trip we went to the hotel just outside the park and paid 5000sh per child so we could go for a swim in a huge pool, they also had a childrens pool.

The source sign was small and did not look like much but I am still happy we went, but make sure you do only the boattrip and dont pay more than 100.000sh for the short trip. See if others want to join the same boat so you can even split the cost with more people
Written January 18, 2020
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Daniel S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
You have to pay 30000 Shilling for seeing some shops and a monument. If you pay 1 additional 100000 to 300000 Shilling, depending on the duration, you can see some water coming up.

Avoid this place, it's just ripping of tourists
Written March 8, 2021
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Ed K
Seminole, FL19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was my second visit to Jinja. We did not go to the park; the entrance fees of $10 is very high and not worth to see touristy shops. Instead, we took a 45 minute boat for UGS 100,000 ($26 US) from Rippon Village adjacent to the Jinja Sailing Club. The boat ride was wonderful, we saw the Speke and Gandhi Monuments from the boat; no need to go onshore. We stopped at the source of Nile. It was different now compared to 2013. The area was flooded and the marker is at the adjacent shop; good photo for memories. Better, is the 2 hrs boat ride at Bujagali Falls (Entrance is UGS 10,000 per person; 2 hrs motorized Boat ride @ UGS120,000) was relaxing. Lots of birds and we got to see Owen Falls Dam. Bujagali Falls is in a completely different area than source of Nile and worhwhile.
Written September 6, 2022
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Jennipher A
Kampala, Uganda3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I had been to the source of the Nile a couple of times when i was young.
This time after Christmas, i travelled there with my children. The place has not changed much but the services have. The tour experience is more structured. Upon payment at the gate, and parking a tour guide takes you around, i must add he was fluent in English and explained each aspect.

The boat operators are organised and have their own que to follow so non crowds you. The prices for the boat rides are clearly written on a notice board which is excellent as it promotes transparency.

of course the beauty of the Nile never fades. Always nice to return
Written January 3, 2024
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paul and monica h
Crawley, UK192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The fees to get into this place are extortionate especially if they see your foreign and thats without the boat trip to actually see the Nile. You have to pay entry to the park then pay for a boat to take you to see the river source. We gave it a miss and ended up at the jinja sailing club which had amazing views and food. Unless its a-few of you to split the coast otherwise its honestly not worth it. The lady at the entrance gate is called Alice and shes the rudest person I have ever seen.
Written August 11, 2023
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Robert UG
Kampala, Uganda11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
we visited the source of the Nile courtesy of "Bunya Adventures"and it was my second time at this place. its always breathe taking going to there and so much had changed, like the recreation center,Mahatma Gandhi statue,did a boat ride unto the source of the Nile. Its actually amazing to see houses on the water and whats beautiful is to see how the river starts inside the lake Victoria.(water separation). There is also a Gift shop that has good stuff made from Uganda which would be nice for remembrance. i actually bought key holders for myself and my family.
Written January 30, 2020
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Philip G
Aspen, CO148 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Basically, this is an upwelling of water at the beginning of the White Nile. Boat trip goes around some marsh areas with some ability to see some wildlife (and inmates at a juvenile prison tending their crops). Basically, a long drive from our lodge (45 min each way) and an hour or so on the water. I would not do it again, and don't recommend.
Written February 6, 2022
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YALA-SAFARISUG
Kampala, Uganda155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is one of the most historical sites in Uganda and a must visit when one visits the source of the Nile. It comes along with a boat ride to view the source of the Nile which makes it a better experience.
Written October 5, 2020
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Hannah_1997
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
When you arrive at the entrance they ask you to pay 30.000 Ugandan shilling (or 10$) . A bit over priced but fine if you think about that they had to build facilities and that you get a guide. so we paid the $10 pp . The guide tells you about the countries the Nile crosses and lists all the countries that have been colonized by the British empire . Then you go to the monument for Gandhi. This part is also interesting. However, if you actually want to see the source of the nice you have to pay an extra 100.000 shilling for the short, 200.000 shilling for the medium and 300.000 shilling for the long trip (Boat trip) Otherwise you can’t see the source of the Nile. I think it would have been nice if they inform you about this beforehand . If I had to choose I wouldn’t go again. There are much nicer boat tours you can do on the Nile in Jinja for far less money. Lastly, we walked around for a bit and found a restaurant called “Nile Park” . From here we could see the source perfectly , while sitting in the sun drinking a beer. The women working there told us, If you tell the people at the entrance that you want to go there you might get in for free ( can’t say that for sure because we haven’t tried it !)
Written August 24, 2018
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TheLinkAgencyEA
Mbale, Uganda129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
While in Jinja, We visited this historical Monument and its really great being there. As we associate and appreciate our tourism products and promoting domestic tourism, these are some of the places we argue local to visit and promote Uganda at large.
Written August 6, 2018
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