White water rafting in Uganda takes place Jinja, which is East Africa’s Adventure Capital and home to some of the world’s finest grade 5 white water rafting and other adventure activities. There are different white water rafting adventures for even first timers, family and hard core adventurers. It is a very safe guided activity.
River Nile is the world’s longest river and it has its source in Uganda. There are different rafting options from half to 3 days rafting opportunities as mentioned below.
Grade 5 Full Day Rafting – USD $140
With this package, you will have all the fun. You will get wet, get wild and you will have no idea how much fun you will experience.
This full day white water rafting adventure is considered one of the finest and should not be missed while on any safari in Uganda. You don’t want to miss to experience the Nile from its source.
There are expert photographers who will capture all rafting moments to always look up to in the years to come.
Below is a suggested itinerary for the full day white Water rafting
On the day of rafting, you will be picked up from the central of Kampala or Jinja and transferred to the rafting base for some light breakfast.
At the base, upon arrival, you will meet with your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying a tea or coffee and breakfast since rafting is a physical activity. Pineapples, yellow bananas and biscuits are also provided to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Lunch is always light.
Before you head out for rafting, you will be briefed, and fitted with your life jacket and helmets. At the river point, you will be given a detailed safety briefing before getting into the river for practical instructions.
You will be guided through the rapids including the big challenging ones by your team leader as the river meanders through. You will raft through 8 major rapids plus several lower graded runs; all for your safety and fun.
You will then stop before all grade 4 and 5 rapids to brief you about the planned route through and at this time, if you feel you would prefer to join the safety boat or where possible, walk around and then re-join the raft, it 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 will go to a Riverside Restaurant for a delicious BBQ buffet with cold beers and sodas. Once done with your meal, you will be transported by a shuttle bus back to Kampala or Jinja.
Grade 5 Extreme Rafting – USD $160
This grade is for a traveler who is interested in challenging River Nile in a two man raft. If you prefer to spend more of your time out of the raft than in it, then this is the trip for you. It is more exciting and more challenging.
It will only be you and your guide in a small inflatable raft against the mighty rapids of the White Nile. As long as you have a good sense of adventure, and the ability to hold your breath, you can go for this trip. No experience is needed.
Raft River Board – USD $160
Are you looking for the adrenaline rush? This is a perfect trip for you that is interested in an extreme adventure challenge
The raft river board combines rafting and river boarding so that you can rest the flat water sections and safely raft the few rapids that are considered unsafe for river boarding. If you’re up to it, try your hand at river surfing on a standing wave. River boarding is extreme boogie boarding and a great way to experience the Nile from an adventurous angle
Grade 3 Full Day Rafting – USD $140
This 1 day white water rafting trip is perfect for families with children as young as 8 years and people who are interested in experiencing the white water rafting without the intensity of grade 5 rapids
The grade 3 rapids are fun without being overwhelming so there’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy your surrounds and have the occasional water fight.
The photographers will be capturing your memories.
Important to note
- Duration: 25 kms 4 – 5 hours on the river
- Dress: Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt are ideal.
- Lots of suntan lotion & a cap.
- Fitness Level: 8 years Minimum weight 30 kg.
- Under 18’s – guardian conditions apply.
- Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
- No rafting experience necessary, however clients should be water confident & reasonably fit.
- Pack: Towel & a change of clothes for the end of the day.
- Any medication you require.
- Money for optional extra’s
Grade 5 Two Day Rafting – USD $250 per adult, $230 per child under 16 years
This trip is the ultimate white water rafting adventure on the Nile.
You will go for white water rafting for two days with enough time to time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, admire the abundant bird-life, watch the fisherman cast their nets from dugout canoes, wave at children collecting water and smile at the ladies doing their washing. This is wrapped up by sitting by a fire on the banks of the River Nile at night.