Lets Raft The Nile
Uganda – The Adventure capital of East Africa!
If you call Uganda the adventure capital of East Africa, everyone is bound to agree due to many extreme adventure activities that can be done in this country. Blessed with the source of River Nile in Jinja, many adventure seekers run to this new city to have a taste of what they call water sport activities. Among the many water spot activities can recommend are; white water rafting, tubing the Nile, Kayaking, boat cruise.
- White water rafting
In the colonial town of Jinja in Eastern Uganda it’s the only area where the most sought after rafting trips can take place. Rafting the river Nile is becoming a desired activity among the international and domestic travelers and no wonder Jinja is often quoted to be the ‘adventure capital of East Africa’, white water enthusiasts have been rafting here for the past 10 years. From the frightened adventure seekers who have never been on a river before to the veteran voyager, the Nile River has an experience for everyone.
The white water rafting is done in paddle‐rafts; each person joins as a member of a team and a professional guide captain the team. Paddlers are instructed comprehensively on how best to enjoy themselves on the water and on all aspects of safety including the use of safety kayaks which accompany every raft trip on the water. The highly trained safety kayakers are world class paddlers who skillfully steer their kayaks through the rapid ahead of the raft. When the rafts flip upside down or people are washed overboard assistance from them is always assured.
The trip on the water begins slowly and the first few kilometers give the raft guides an opportunity to train their crews fully on all aspects of Nile rafting. The river becomes much more adventures at Bujagali Falls and one major rapid follows swiftly after another for most of the morning. Once the rafts enter Wild waters Reserve (protects the unique flora and fauna of the mid‐stream islands of the Nile), there is more time between the rough water but the rapids become larger and more spectacular. At Itanda (The Bad Place) the Nile is too powerful for the rafts and so the rafts are taken around the top by land.
The grading of the rapids rafted on this stretch of the Nile range from 1 – 5. At each of the larger (higher graded) rapids you are given the option of whether you want to go the hard way (through the middle) or the easy way (around the edge). The choice is voted on, however, it might not always turn out the way you expected because if you (everyone in the raft) do not paddle in the right direction you may not take the route you wanted.
The family rafting trip is a wonderful river journey for the whole family. Instead of choosing the biggest and wildest rapids, these rafts instead drift swiftly between the beautiful forested islands, bounce down smaller rapids and explore the many different channels of the river.
The night is spent on the ‘Hairy Lemon’ a beautiful secluded island right on Nile. The next morning the adults have a chance to river surf at ‘Nile Special’ the infamous surf wave found near to the Hairy Lemon. The light weight boogies boards will allow provide an incredible thrill on the waves of the Nile.