About Us

Since owner / manager Jon Dahl's first trip here with the legendary Kingsley Holgate on the Afrika Odyssey trip in 1993 , the Uganda tourism industry has developed at a very steady rate and Nile River Explorers has led the way in adventure tourism.

Staffed with a team of highly experienced travel and activity professionals with strong affiliations across the industry, Nile River Explorers offers the largest range of river and riverbank activities to individual travelers, groups and businesses.

The White Nile offers possibly the best grade 5 white water rafting in the world, and we offer experiences on the Nile that allow every level of thrill seeker and every age group a chance to enjoy this beautiful river.

We are partnered with the finest kayak school on the continent, Kayak the Nile are strongly associated with the best of other local adventure operators.

What sets us apart?


We thought you'd never ask!

Our staff are only too happy to answer your every question with up to the minute accuracy as well as seamlessly organize your activities, whether they are offered by Nile River Explorers or by any of our adventure partners in the region.

These include rafting, kayaking, river boarding, horse riding, quad biking, mountain biking or gentle sunset cruises and extend to information on safaris, gorilla tracking and chimp trekking, to mention a few.

If we don't know the answer, we usually know someone who does.

Location  & Choice

When you travel you always have choices, we recognize that and do our up-most to offer them to you.

There are many accommodation options in Jinja Town and our staff are only to happy to make recommendations depending on your preferred style and budget. 

Explorers River Camp in Bujagali, just 7kms from town offers offers a range of accommodation as well as an extensive, tasty menu and a fully stocked bar, all at affordable prices. And if that is not enough, wait until you see the view !!
Explorers River Camp, Jinja, Uganda Watching the day rafting video


Equipment & Safety Standards

Over 20 years of operating excellence have seen us take more than 50,000 visitors safely down this river. Our self enforced operating procedures are complemented by strong management and highly experienced guides. In the absence of any national governing body, our management initiated the formation of the peer review safety body, Jinja Adventure Safety Association.

We continually bring international trainers to update our staff, and offer these trainings to other local companies as a service . All of our equipment meets and exceeds international safety standards and is checked and replaced regularly.


Learning the ropes Learning the theory Putting it all to practice


While we spend an enormous amount of time training our river crew and ensuring you will have the most up to date on river safety and equipment, it is on East African roads that you are often at risk.  With this in mind our fleet of air-conditioned 4 x 4 buses have been upgraded for maximum safety.  These include safety belts on all seats, internal roll bars and all windows have been fitted with shatterproof glass.  Our vehicles also undergo regular mechanical checks and maintenance.

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Experience Matters

At Nile River Explorers we all feel part of one big family. Our senior management and most of our guides have worked together for many years and are dedicated to ensuring that your safety, personal enjoyment and satisfaction come first. Meet the team

Seventy percent of our clients are repeat or referred to us by clients who've had such a great time they just can't wait to tell others. You will discover that our warm friendly service begins with your first contact with Nile River Explorers.

So, regardless of the fact that this river is such an outstanding natural wonder and the activities we offer are such fun, we believe it is our years of experience that will make your experience on the Nile - to the best of our ability - simply unforgettable.
Checking the helmet fits Fitting the life jacket


But don't take our word for it, read what our clients have to say!

“Awesome experience and a must do in Jinja”
Hassan was our guide and he made the experience even more enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the river. The entire staff made the whole experience an extremely enjoyable one, even for a very inexperienced rafter. They make the safety for their customers their top priority and do so in a manner that still makes it a fun adventure for everyone. I recommend this to everyone
Darren C
Trip Advisor, October 2016
“A must do day when in Uganda”
I booked the grade 5 full day rafting whilst in Uganda on business. NRE picked me up from the hotel, did another couple of quick pick ups in Kampala and then off we drive to Jinja. A real mix of participants, young and old. Very professional service, great fun guides and the rafting was superb. The scenery is beyond stunning. Breakfast on arrival, beers and BBQ after were all amazing. Well worth the money and I would highly recommend.
Trip Advisor, October 2016
“Best experience ever!”
Latif was our guide and he was ABSOLUTELY the best! He made my first white water rafting experience so much fun. He even gave us a choice of difficulty for each rapid and made sure we were constantly enjoying ourselves. I would recommend you visit as soon as possible and don't go to any other rafting agency.
I was an all day affair and we started around 7-8 am and were back at camp by 6-7. You get a full buffet-style dinner and as much beer as your stomach can handle. All the guides and employees were beyond friendly and wonderful.
One of my favorite experiences in Africa. 10/10 would visit again!
Danielle J
Trip Advisor, August 2016
We went out with Juma a couple weeks ago and had a BLAST! Was really impressed by the professional, experienced, well-equipped crew ... but most of all just had a really great time. Juma kept us laughing during the lulls and guided us expertly through the rapids. Definitely a high point of our Uganda trip!
Trip Advisor, August 2016
“Unbeatable on this planet!”
Fantastic!!! Safety comes first. The fun and the adventure on a grade 5 beats all the experiences I have had before. I am a senior in this category and the guides are brilliant,
I can recommend NRE for any activity wanted.
My humble thanks for an weekend that will always be in our minds!
Trip Advisor, August 2016