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White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting | From Jinja, a lakeside town, one may go white-water rafting down the fierce rapids of Uganda’s White Nile. It’s a terrific way to begin or end your vacation and makes a smooth change from the south-western safaris to further exploration in the north.

White Water Rafting in Uganda.

At a glance.

In Jinja, a lakeside hamlet where the Nile rushes upstream from Lake Victoria, white-water rafting is an option.

It’s a well-liked activity at the beginning or finish of a safari circuit or has a “halfway point” separating the south-west and north-east of the circuit.

Although there are several lengthy, turbulent grade VI and grade V rapids, no prior knowledge of white-water rafting is necessary. Most individuals will be experiencing white-water rafting for the first time today!

Rescue kayaks and safety boats are nearby in case of emergencies, and all necessary safety procedures have been implemented. There isn’t much to worry about, even though there is some risk involved with any exercise like this.

Choosing the route.

There are “moderate” paths you can choose if you want to experience floating down the Nile while surrounded by lush woods and wildlife but don’t want to be flung around by the bigger rapids.

These courses avoid the roughest rapids while still providing a satisfying thrill.

For bigger parties and families, there is also a “family float” option available. These routes will also avoid the most challenging rapids because the larger boats are more resilient against the waves.

You have the option of taking on the intimidating Big Four, Grade V rapids that include the aptly named Itanda (“The Bad Place”), as well as easier routes.

The rapids are spread out over a 20 km stretch of river; some sections are wilder than others, but they are all surrounded by stunning scenery and the sound of birdsong, and some of the quieter sections allow for swimming.

All rafting journeys start in Jinja, the town. The town, which is close to one of the Nile’s most significant sources, Lake Victoria, is a hub for white-water rafting as well as other adventure sports including kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding, and bungee jumping.

Additionally, quieter pursuits like birding are ideal in the surrounding countryside of Jinja. You may embark on cruises on Lake Bujagali and view animals including papyrus gonoleks, white-backed night herons, and crimson-rumped waxbills.

Where to stay.

We advise staying in Bujagali or further along the river because Jinja’s hotels tend to cater more to business travelers. Jinja Nile Resort, which is a dependable, well-liked option in adjacent Bujagali but has a slightly dated aesthetic, is a decent choice.

The Wild waters Lodge, which is located downstream by the Kalangala Falls on a secluded island, is a fantastic choice. It has 8 canvas and thatch houses, a natural pool that fits in wonderfully with the river in the background, a good restaurant, and the ideal combination of original traditional style and opulent facilities. 

When to go.

The river is less impacted by seasonal rainfall when there is an upstream dam. This indicates that white-water rafting is a year-round activity in Uganda.

Many people prefer to come to Uganda in the drier months of late June to October and late December to early March, although visiting during other times of the year is still fun provided you don’t mind a little rain.

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