Jinja is the gateway between Kenya and the rest of Uganda and easy to get to by road either from Kampala, Nairobi or the airport at Entebbe.
Jinja is 80 kms north-east of Kampala and is easily accessible by buses and minibus taxis (matatu), but by far the easiest way is to catch our FREE Kampala – Jinja shuttle.
Nile River Explorers Kampala - Jinja Shuttle
Departing in the morning from Kampala and returning at the end of the days rafting, it is free to anyone rafting or staying with us or participating in one of the other adventure activities featured on our website.
Please note that although our shuttle runs most days it is not guaranteed and the return shuttle to Kampala is predominately for clients rafting that day and the route taken is via Kayunga district in order to meet them at the finish point.
- Kampala Backpackers 06:30
- Red Chilli Hideaway 06:30
- Nakumatt Oasis Mall 07:00
- Bushpig Backpackers 07:15
- Fat Cat Backpackers 07:15
Bookings are essential!
To and from Kenya
Direct buses are available from Nairobi, Eldoret and Nakuru with numerous bus companies.
If you are coming from Kenya make sure you inform the bus driver that you want to get off the bus in Jinja before you put your bags in the hold. Many a traveler has suffered the frustration of finding that although they can get off the bus in Jinja, their bags have been sealed by customs and must continue to Kampala.
You will be dropped at the Gapco roundabout where a small army of boda boda’s drivers will be there to whisk you away to your final destination. The average fair to NRE Adventure Central should be no more than the equivalent of about US$1.50
Bus company offices are also here in Jinja for return or onward travel.
All buses depart Jinja from 'Gapco' roundabout.