Extreme rafting down the White Nile River near Jinja, Uganda

Extreme rafting down the White Nile River near Jinja, Uganda

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Minimum age: minimum 8 y/o
  • Duration: full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Nile River Explorers, Plot 30 Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Considered one of the finest white water rafting trips in the world, you can't miss the chance of truly experiencing the Nile from its source in Uganda.

If rafting on one of the biggest and best rivers in the world isn't exciting enough for you, you absolutely have to try extreme rafting. The difference with "conventional rafting" is that it will only be you, a guide, on a small inflatable raft. You will face the mighty rapids of the White Nile.  If you think you have what it takes and like swimming through whitewater rapids, come join them and give it a try.

The Nile is considered to one of the safest and yet wildest grade 5 rafting in the world. Nile River Explorers would love to share the experience with you. The professional and highly experienced rafting guides know the stretch of the river like the back of their hand, so put your trust and them and go with the flow!

A professional photographer will capture all, the smiles and the action so that you can relive the adventure for years to come!

Offer Description

Just you, a guide, and a small inflatable raft against the mighty rapids of the White Nile.  If you think you have what it takes and like swimming through whitewater rapids, come join them and give it a try. No experience necessary, just a good sense of adventure and the ability to hold your breath!

Itinerary

Whether staying in Jinja or Kampala, you're provided free transport to the rafting meet point, NRE Adventure Central. Please arrange with the crew after booking.

On arrival at NRE Adventure Central, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying a tea or coffee. After a quick briefing, you will be fitted out with life jackets and helmets provided by Nile River Explorers before heading off 15 km. down-river to the start point.

En-route you will have time to enjoy a breakfast of “Rolex”, fruit salad and juice. “Rolex” (rolled eggs) is Uganda’s famous equivalent of a breakfast burrito, a tasty Spanish omelet wrapped in a chapatti. Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat up. Snacks of pineapple and biscuits are provided on the river to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

The rafting start point is on a flat pool just above the first major rapid, Overtime. While the crew unload the rafts and slide them down the ramp into the river you will have time to admire the spectacular view as well as use the toilets and changing room provided on site. Once down at the river’s edge, you will receive a detailed safety briefing, before launching into the river for the last bit of practical instruction as we float down the pool. Overtime kicks off with a bang, as we maneuver through the rocks and negotiate the 12ft drop.

As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, you'll guide the rafts into the mighty challenges of some of the biggest and safest grade 5 white water rafting in the world. Eight major rapids are rafted plus several lower graded runs; all selected to maximize your safety and fun.

You'll stop before all grade 4 and 5 rapids to be explained the planned route through, so if at anytime you feel you would prefer to join the safety boat or where possible, walk around and then rejoin the raft, this is absolutely fine. Calm stretches of water separate the rapids – perfect for getting your breath back, taking a swim and enjoying the scenery.

At the end of the rafting day, you'll pull over at our Riverside Restaurant, just downstream of the Hairy Lemon Island, for a delicious BBQ buffet and cold beers and sodas. Once you have eaten, you will be transported you to your next destination, to Kampala, or back to Jinja.

For those of you staying at Explorers River Camp at Bujugali, there is no better way to finish the day than by enjoying the unequaled views of a sunset on the Nile

Activity requirements

All participants must be able to swim and be in good health. Minors must have authorization from their parents.

Special terms

Your pick-up service must be arranged after booking. Please considere the following meeting times for the pick-up service:

Jinja Departure Points

- Explorers River Camp 08:30
- NRE Adventure Central 09:00
- Pick-ups from other hotels in Jinja available on request


Kampala Departure Points

- Kampala Backpackers 06:30
- Red Chilli Hideaway 06:30
- Nakumatt Oasis Mall 07:00
- Bushpig Backpackers 07:15
- Fat Cat Backpackers 07:15

Included
  • Qualified river crew
  • Packed lunch
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pick-up (To be arranged)
  • BBQ buffet with beers & sodas
Do not forget to bring
  • Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
Meeting point
Nile River Explorers, Plot 30 Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda Get directions

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