Itinerary - Grade 5 Two Day Rafting
Day OneWhether 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.
Stopping in the early afternoon, a delicious late lunch awaits us at The Hairy Lemon where we will spend the night. A choice of accommodation is offered, either camping in our tents with mattresses and bedding, or dorms or bungalows. Whichever you choose, this peaceful and relaxed island hideaway situated in the middle of the Nile, is the perfect place to spend the night. With its own beach, there is lots of opportunity to continue the fun with a game of water volleyball and or simply to relax in the calm pools that surround the island.
For the keen fisherman, this is the perfect place cast a line. Bring along your own rods or hire them there.
Relax with a drink while watching the wonders of nature and the dramatic colour change of the sky and the river on sunset. Enjoy a hearty BBQ dinner before drifting away to the campfire to reflect on the day’s events.
Day TwoAfter a leisurely breakfast enjoying the spectacular views of the River Nile, we raft a further 15km down the river.
This section has fewer rapids, and longer meandering pools, so the pace is quite different, and to liven it up you have the option of paddling one of our two-man inflatable canoes or riverboarding in the rapids. The scenery is quite unspoilt, and you can enjoy the odd encounter with fishermen floating along in dugouts, or with bleary-eyed men brewing waragi, the toxic local moonshine.
Ending the day at the ferry point of Busana, we then head back to our new Riverside Restaurant for a delicious BBQ buffet meal and cold beers and sodas. Once you have eaten your fill and sated your thirst with a couple of cold ones, we will then transport you to your destination, by shuttle bus to Kampala, or back to Jinja.
For those of you taking advantage of our FREE accommodation at our Explorers River Camp at Bujugali Falls, there is no better way to finish the day than by enjoying the unequalled views of a sunset on the Nile before watching the action packed video of the day’s highlights on the big screen.