71 – And gingerly to Jinja we go
Fri 5th Feb, Adrift camp, Jinja area, Uganda
Woke up, checked out the “coaster” buses at the Old Taxi Park for those going to Jinja, walked around and got some cash from the ATM (VISA only) before picking up my bags. The trip was 1.5 hours (4000 USH) but included a half hour just to get out of the taxi park. Otherwise, it was pretty uneventful.
At Jinja town, i got some lunch before taking a boda-boda (4000 USH) down to Adrift’s white water rafting base. It was a campsite, with safari tents, some dorms, and proper huts, together with a bar. The thing that drew my attention though was the bungee jump, as well as the Nile below, which can be viewed from the bar.
This place is crowded with foreigners. New Zealand run, you have the overland truck groups, the student volunteers, the church group, those working in Kenya or Uganda, and a smattering of independent travelers.
All dorm rooms were full though, so i was stranded, since my bodaboda left. I inquired about accomodation at the other white water rafting place, but rather than lose a potential customer to the competition, the sorted out something else for me. There were some tents coming in for some other group from Kampala overnighting in Jinja, so they had them bring in an extra tent for me. One of the co owners was a nice bloke who set this up for me and threw in 2 nights of free accomodation in the camping grounds (normally USD 5 per night, while dorms were USD 10)