Rafting down the White Nile River near Jinja, Uganda

Rafting down the White Nile River near Jinja, Uganda

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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Duration: from 1 half day to 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

The Nile, the world's second longest river, has been part of history since ancient times. Now, you get to be part of history while rafting down grade 5 white waters what has been called the cradle of civilization as it flows through Uganda.

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. You will become on of the few lucky people to retrace the path of the pioneers who first navigated the Nile. One thing is sure, you'll be challenged, splashed, but at the end the Nile will have you screaming for more.

With a commitment to safety, quality, Nile River Explorers ams to provide their clients with an all inclusive, half day or full day rafting experience in the Nile as it flows through Jinja. They take special care in every detail so your day with them live up to the expectation set by a company with 20 years experience!

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

Offers

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Half day excursion

This trip is only recommended for people short of time. Why? Because if you have the time, they invariably have trouble getting you off the raft. Seriously, 90% of the clients who choose for a half-day trip end up staying for the full day. Some have even risked missing their planes they are having so much fun!

That being said, if you are short of time then you must at least experience the first 17km of the Nile.

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 last rapid on the half day, which is Itanda Falls and the “Bad Place”, the transport will be waiting to return you to either Explorers River Camp at Bujagali or NRE Adventure Central in Jinja where we will help you arrange further transport to your next destination.

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

Do not forget to bring
  • Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:1 half day
Minimum Age:minimum 8 y/o
Meeting point:
Nile River Explorers, Plot 30 Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda
Included:
  • Qualified river crew
  • Packed lunch
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pick-up (To be arranged)
2
Full day excursion

Considered one of the finest one-day white water rafting trips in the world, no safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile from its source. You too can conquer this wild and untamed river with the pioneers of rafting on the Nile.

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

Do not forget to bring
  • Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:full day
Minimum Age:minimum 8 y/o
Meeting point:
Nile River Explorers, Plot 30 Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda
Included:
  • Qualified river crew
  • Packed lunch
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pick-up (To be arranged)
  • BBQ buffet with beers & sodas

Meeting point

Nile River Explorers, Plot 30 Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda Get directions
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