FAQ's - Kayak School

White Water Kayaking - From US$95

White Water Kayaking - From US$95

Not only is the Nile Africa’s No 1 white water rafting river, it is also the same for white water kayaking and you too can experience some of the world’s best white water from a whole new perspective when you hop out of a raft and into a kayak.

Is learning to kayak safe ?
The Nile is safer than most other places because because of the nature of the river......warm, deep and no very few rocks.  But as with all adventure activities there is an element of risk, otherwise it would not really be an adventure, but when you learn to kayak with Kayak the Nile you’re learning with an industry leader. Our highly trained instructors, excellent safety record and well maintained kayaking equipment give you the security of knowing you are in expert hands with Kayak the Nile.
Do I need to have kayaked before?
Absolutely not! Our instructors are practiced at providing the perfect introduction to white water kayaking for those who have never sat in a boat before. No experience is needed to try out this fantastic sport.
I'm just a beginner/Intermediate kayaker, will I be okay on the River?
Its no problem at all, the river is made up of lots of different channels ranging from class 1 to class 6. This makes it in our opinion one of the most user-friendly rivers in the World for any ability of kayaker.
When is the best time of year to go kayaking?
Apart from Xmas Day and New Years Day we kayak everyday as the flow is dam controlled and not seasonal or affected by rains.
Do I need to book a lesson in advance?
Kayak School is flexible however to ensure our service to you is as efficient as we like, we would recommend that you book at least the day before particularly if you require transport or accommodation. Please be aware that on weekends, especially in high season our accommodation can fill very quickly.
Can I use the free transport from Kampala and use the shuttle back the next day?
Because of time on the water and location it is not possible to do a full day kayaking and use the shuttle back that day.  You can however use the transport any other day you wish. However, please check with us for availability, as there are occasional days when the shuttle does not run if not required for that days rafting clients. 
Will I get wet and/or cold?
You will certainly get wet but the water is always warm. You might get cold if it gets windy, in which case we recommend light weight synthetic clothing.
What happens if it is raining?
We kayak everyday rain or shine, as you are going to get wet anyway. As we are on the equator most rains in Uganda are tropical rains, intense but for only a short period of time. Should you encounter a storm on the river, the guides will find a safe haven until it has passed. 
What if I am vegetarian or have other dietary needs?
No problem, we cater for vegetarians every day, just let us know when you are booking your lesson.
What if I can't see without my glasses?
If you have disposable contact lenses then we recommend you wear them, otherwise your glasses need to be securely tied to your head and helmet, however you take them at your own risk.
Can I go if I have a medical condition?
Please let us know in the morning if you have any medical condition you think we should be aware of particularly previous injuries, and take any medicines with you for the day.
Can I go if I have a disability?
We like to help everyone experience the Nile and specialize in helping those with disabilities. If you do have a disability and would like to go tandem kayaking please contact us and we will do our best to make it possible.
What do I do with my bags and valuables to keep them safe?
Bags and valuables can be left at our office Explorers River Camp, they will be stored in a safe place. Do not take any valuables on the river!
What about crocs and hippos?
In 20 years of operation there have been no crocodile related incidents as they do not like populated areas so are rarely seen. There are no hippos on this stretch of river.