After our visit to Ssezibwa Falls yesterday, we headed on to Jinja. There we took a cute wooden boat (the picture is from our boat of another group) with a roof out on the Nile River to the Source of the Nile which is where it meets up with Lake Victoria.
We got out of the boat and went over to the sign where a new guide explained how John Hanning Speke, an officer in the British Army, discovered the source of the Nile in 1862. At that time, there was a large waterfall, Rippon Falls, where the Nile met Lake Victoria but when the hydroelectric dam was built in 1954 at Owens Falls to provide electricity to all of Uganda, the waterfall was lost. But if you look carefully it is easy to see where the Nile meets Lake Victoria and causes ripples in the water as the spring below the river flows to the top and causes turbulence.
After the boat ride we had a delicious lunch at the Sunset Hotel Restaurant in Jinja. I got adventurous and tried the whole Nile Tilapia deep fried- it was quite yummy!
The final stop was Bujagali Falls. This was a beautiful site overlooking the Nile river. Up until a year or two ago we would have been looking at Waterfalls and rapids, but these were erased when the Bujagali hydroelectric Dam was created to provide more electricity to Uganda. It is sad that the falls are gone and this has significantly adversely impacted tourism and especially rafting, but the electricity was desperately needed. The whole scenario is a difficult one.
On the way to and from Bujagali Falls, we stopped the 4-wheel drive vehicle a few times so the students could interact with the local children and give them some soccer balls that they bought at a store in Kampala. I think this was one of the highlights of the day for them- it is pretty evident from the pictures below.