Itinerary - Grade 5 Half Day Rafting
Whether staying in Jinja or Kampala, we will provide free transport to our rafting meet point, Explorers Backpackers. Please ensure that we are aware of your pick-up point by the night before.
On arrival at Explorers Backpackers, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying a tea or coffee. After a quick briefing, you will fitted out with life jackets and helmets provided by Nile River Explorers before heading off 15kms down river to the start point of the days rafting.
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 omelette wrapped in a chapatti. Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat up big. Snacks of fruit, nuts and biscuits are provided on the river to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day, but we don’t like to weigh you down with a big lunch just before the next major rapid.
Our rafting start point is on a flat pool just above our first major rapid, Overtime. While our 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 a 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, we 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.
We stop before all grade 4 and 5 rapids to explain to you 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”, our transport will be waiting to return you to either Explorers River Camp at Bujagali or Explorers Backpackers in Jinja where we will help you arrange further transport to your next destination.