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Beer with water from the source of the Nile

2-Silos entrance

Situated along the banks of the river Nile, Nile Breweries produces quality beer from water tapped from the River Nile near the source in Jinja. Everywhere in Uganda, but also in surrounding countries Nile Beer is a well known and popular drink. Producing almost 1.000 hectolitres per year Nile Breweries is the number 1 provider of locally produced beer. The team of Travelling along Rivers got an invitation to visit the brewery. 


Plant manager Fred Balikagira proudly tells us about the history and the present situation of the company. 

Nile Breweries Limited was started in 1951 by a group of businessmen associated with the construction of Owen Falls Dam at the source of River Nile.

Leading Asian-Ugandan entrepreneur Muljibhai Madhvani & Co bought the factory in 1957.

From 1971, when dictator Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda, it remained a state enterprise until 1992 when the Ugandan government alllowed the Madhavani Group to take over business again.

Bottles of Nile Beer were first enjoyed by consumers back in 1956. Nowadays Nile Special Lager is still the company’s flagship brand. In 2001, Nile Breweries Limited was fully acquired by South African Breweries Ltd.(SAB). A year later SAB acquired Miller Brewing Company in the United States, thus forming SABMiller Plc. At this moment the concern is the second largest brewer in the world, with interests in over 60 countries and producing over 216 million hectoliter of beer on an annual base.

3-Water inlet Nile


The water in- and outlet in the Nile River at a distance of 1 km from the brewery

Every day 15.000 hectoliter water is used for the production of the beer


After arriving in the brewery the Nile water is thoroughly purified

6-New kettle5-Old kettle

As a reminder of days gone by, the copper kettles are still next to the stainless steel kettles of today

7-Control station8-Bottle line

To ensure the high quality there are several stages of control. Every hour 40.000 bottles are filled                                                                                

Nile Breweries in Jinja employs 260 people, working in shifts

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