Mamba Wetlands This large accessible wetland near the village of Mamba on the shores of Lake Victoria is only a short drive from Kampala or Entebbe. Mamba swamp extends across more then 100km² from a shallow marshy bay on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This large papyrus swamp is listed as an Important Bird area and provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife. The swamp is laced with navigable channels which you can explore in dugout canoes with the excellent help of a local guide. Especially exciting is the chance to see the magnificent shoebill, Mamba swamp is now possibly the most reliable place to see this rare and most sort after bird. Paper Craft This community project is situated halfway between Entebbe and Kampala. It is a locally run company who use natural materials, such as banana leaf, pineapple and elephant grass, to make various kinds of paper. This is then used to produce a wide variety of items, including photo frames, gift boxes, cards, albums, books, and many other interesting objects. During your visit you will be shown the process of paper making, with an opportunity to get your hands dirty and give it a go if you wish. You will be shown how the paper is then worked to make the various goods and again have the opportunity to make something yourself to take home. At the end of the tour, there will be a chance to purchase any of the items on sale. The money received from the sale of any goods is used to help local communities. This year Papercraft have expanded their crafts to include the making of soaps which they supply to the lodges and also jewellery which is made from recycled glass. Jinja Jinja is a city in eastern Uganda. It is the second busiest commercial center in the country, after Kampala. Jinja is approximately 90km from Kampala and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria near to the source of the Nile River. Jinja is affectionately known as the ‘Adventure Capital of East Africa’ and has some of the most exciting tourism activities in Africa. These include white water rafting on a series of rapids north of the river’s source which represents one of the world’s premier white water rafting and kayaking destinations. A 700m-long aerial runway which provide the most novel way to cross the Nile and for the very adventurous a 44m bungee jump from a platform cantilevered over the river; since Murchison Falls is 40m, this is the highest plunge along the length of the Nile apart from Egypt’s Aswan dam. Quad biking and horse back safaris through local farms and communities are also available in Jinja and are a great way to have loads of fun and see the countryside and the local way of life. On the 28th July 1862, John Hannings Speke declared that he could see the ‘old father Nile’ emerge from it’s source, the Victoria Nyanza. A monument was raised on the spot where he stood on the west bank of the Nile to mark the historical event. It is at this point that Speke believed the Nile River begins it’s journey through Uganda, Sudan and finally Egypt. There are also some craft stalls selling Ugandan arts and crafts, situated near to the Source of the Nile.