If you followed some of my Africa overland trip adventures, you probably remember Day 4 when I surfed down the Nile river waves near Jinja (Uganda).
Now that I rethink about it, we were extremely lucky as we were one of the last groups to experience the top section of the river, starting at Bujagali Falls. Since February 28, 2011, the entire section has been closed off in preparation of the new “damn” dam!
Here are some of the best shots taken on the day:
I’m swimming, yes (third person from the left).
What’s up with your finger, Mitch? You look completely out of it! Ok, perhaps I shouldn’t be talking so much…I’m the only one looking back, true that!
At least Mick and I weren’t the first ones exposed this time…enjoy the ride Jenny!
Trust me, this is WAY cooler than Disney Land!
Don’t you worry Mick, we’ll get your “wifey” back!
What to Expect From a White Nile River Rafting Experience?
- Lots of fun.
- Lots of water.
- Wonderful guides and a safety team entirely dedicated to your enjoyment and well-being.
- Adrenalin rush guaranteed.
- Beautiful setting.
- Great bird life.
- Grade 3-5 rapids (some of the wildest in the world).
- Yummy pineapple and biscuits for lunch.
- Flips? Maybe yes, maybe no…
- Breakfast upon arrival (depending on the formula you choose), and a gargantuan Buffet BBQ with beers and sodas at the end of the day.
- A professional photographer and videographer to capture the essence of your day.
How Much Does it Cost to Do Rafting?
Depending on the option you choose and the company you deal with, rates vary from USD $115 (half day) to USD $125 for a full day of fun. In some instances, you can arrange rafting experiences of two days or more, and this is available from USD $200 +.
My experience turned out to be absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend a company called Nile River Explorers as they are just perfect and extremely professional every step of the way.
How Long Does a Typical Rafting Experience Last?
2-5 hours on the river per day is the norm. This corresponds to a downstream travel distance of approximately 10-25 km.
NB: If you plan on spending time in the area, I also encourage you to stay at the Nile River Explorers Adventure Centre in Jinja. Expect great people, a breathtaking location and mouthwatering food.
Is Rafting Safe?
White Water Rafting is an extreme sport so it is never safe 100%. However, most of the guys out there use top quality equipment and make sure you receive an extensive safety briefing and practice drills before departure.
The safety team usually consists of 1-2 oarboats (for equipment and food), and an entire team of highly athletic safety kayakers who spot swimmers before they are even aware of being in the water.
What to Bring
- Light clothing: ideally shorts and t shirts.
- Loads of sunscreen lotion as it’s a real scorcher out there.
- A towel and change of clothes once the day is over.
- Any medication you may require and a little pocket money for optional extras (such as tipping, buying photos and/or the video footage).
NB: If you’re wearing a wedding ring, a watch or any jewelry for that matter, please remove it beforehand. In our particular group we’ve had two couples who lost their wedding rings. Not the most amusing of feelings…
Minimum Age Requirement?
- 16 years old.
- Under 18s – guardians’ approval apply.