Itinerary - Raft Riverboard Combo
Whether staying in Jinja or Kampala we will provide free transport to our rafting meet point, NRE Adventure Central. Please ensure that we are aware of your pick-up point by the night before.
Riverboarding runs in conjunction with our full day grade 5 rafting trip, but you will be accompanied by your own personal guide who will show you the way.On arrival at NRE Adventure Central, 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 pineapple 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 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, your guide will lead you into the mighty challenges of some of the biggest and safest grade 5 white water rafting in the world. You will kick your way through 7 major rapids and raft one of the shallowest rapids; 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 you feel at anytime you would prefer to join the safety boat or a paddle boat where possible, this is absolutely fine. Calm stretches of water separate the rapids – perfect for getting your breath back, taking a swim or relaxing on a raft and enjoying the scenery.
At the end of the rafting day we pull over at our Riverside Restaurant, just downstream of the Hairy Lemon Island, for a delicious BBQ buffet lunch and cold beers and sodas. Once you have eaten your fill and sated your thirst with a couple of cold ones, you will be transported you to your next destination, by FREE shuttle bus to Kampala, or back to Jinja.
For those staying at Explorers River Camp at Bujugali, there is no better way to finish the day than by enjoying the unequalled views of a sunset on the Nile.