Rafting on the Waters of Nile River

Since ancient times the River Nile has fascinated mankind. For Centuries this mighty river has been revered by man as a source of life, prosperity and great wonder. Now there is one more reason to respect its power…Welcome to one of the world’s wildest rides – a Grade 5 River Nile White Water Rafting Adventure.

Uganda is a wonderful place to experience Africa — and rafting is just a piece of it. You can trek deep into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and stand eye to eye with a 500-pound critically endangered mountain gorilla. You can scale mountain peaks in the Rwenzoris (also known as the Mountains of the Moon) and see wild elephants at Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can bungee jump, jet boat and kayak. And when you’re done and ready to relax, you can head to the capital, Kampala, to feast on Indian food at boutique hotels and watch enormous marabou storks fly lazy circles in the air, like feathered B-52s, right in the center of town.


White Water Rafting in Photos


Jinja (Source of The Nile Town) is famously known for being where Africa’s great river, the Nile, begins – and it is definitely one of Uganda’s loveliest towns to spend time in. Peaceful and low-key compared to the chaos of the country’s capital, Kampala, there are some decent coffee shops and eateries which cater to international tastes. There’s also good array of local craft and art shops for souvenir shopping.

Jinja’s biggest draw though is the fact that it is an adventure-lovers paradise, with several rafting and adventure companies offering an array of activities from quad-biking through to horse-riding to kayaking. Mainly people come for the Nile rafting though, and yes, there is a chance of spotting Nile crocodiles along the way.

Whitewater Rafting Tips

Choose a reputable company to book with (of course), and be aware that you do get what you pay for. There are a couple of big operators in Jinja who have been safely taking adventurers rafting for many years. Do your research before you go such as through guide books, and ask many questions.

Wear comfortable clothes that dry off easily or don’t feel too heavy when wet. If you’re female, rafting shorts and t-shirts are probably better than a bikini, because modest dress is preferable in Uganda. And also – you’ll be exposed to the mid-day sun without cover, and your sun-cream will have many opportunities to wash off, so you don’t want to burn.

Bring sun-cream and also spare contact lenses if you wear them. They will be stored in a special dry bag for you. Don’t worry about a hat because you’ll wear a helmet, but you won’t be able to bring anything else like cameras. If you have any medication you need, also bring that.

Take a spare bag with a change of clothes and a towel that can go in the rafting truck which will be picking you up at the end point, so that you can get nice and dry when your adventure is over.

Take a spare bag with a change of clothes and a towel that can go in the rafting truck which will be picking you up at the end point, so that you can get nice and dry when your adventure is over.

When To Go

The ideal time to go rafting is in January and February or June through September, Uganda’s dry season, when the sun is strong and the skies are clear. But since Jinja is essentially right on the equator, it’s balmy year round, typically 80s during the day, 70s at night. Adrift runs the river throughout the year, with May through August the busiest season, because of summer vacations.

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