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“Beautiful & peaceful gardens at the source of the Nile”

Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Jinja
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Owner description: 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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“Beautiful & peaceful gardens at the source of the Nile”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Source of the Nile Gardens - a beautiful little park overlooking the place where the White Nile flows out of Lake Victoria. It has many trees so plenty of shade, interesting information boards, and you can go down to the river to catch a boat to the island at the centre of the source. It also contains the monument to Speke who was the first white person to see the source of the White Nile.
To get there - turn left (coming over the bridge from Jinja town) off the main road at the Nile Breweries and follow the signs. There are several turnings so it's a little complicated, but you can ask directions or go with someone who knows.

Visited September 2013
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“its amazing”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

its a nice place to be, they offer boat riding along the river,there are many courier shops with nice things to buy..just alittle entrance fee and you are done..go go go

Visited June 2013
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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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“a special place that you have to go to”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

This may or may not be the source of the Nile, but regardless it is a special place with a real aura about it. Do go on a boat trip, we would recommend a long one. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

Visited August 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2013

The source of the Nile has been attributed to be Ripon Falls, off Lake Victoria. Sadly, the falls themselves have been submerged due to the dam, and the river has been extended. All that is visible on the surface of the water are a few eddies. To see these eddies, one must get into a wooden canoe-like motorised boat, to a spot marked "Source of the Nile", where you can click a few pics. The Speke monument, built on the spot where the explorer John Speke stood and saw the Ripon falls, is on the opposite bank.

Having said that, this is a beautiful spot, with many varieties of birds and other wildlife. Very scenic. We enjoyed a half hour boat ride into the river, and saw the numerous islands with their bird inhabitants. Also an island that houses the prison.

If you want to see falls, check out the Itanda falls, about an hour away from this spot (30 mins if you take the shortcut, by a mud road). These have been created by the dam.

Visited July 2013
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Greenville, North Carolina
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“Great To Do Once”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a cliche, but still great, little spot but worth a stop if you're in Jinja. It has a small little entrance fee but after that you are allowed to wander around the grounds. You can walk through all the craft shops down to the source where there are places to rest, restaurants, and boats that will take you out on the water for an additional fee. The scenery is beautiful and you can take some great pictures! Plus, how many people can say they've been to the source of the Nile River?

Visited July 2013
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