Rafting on the Nile in Uganda

12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Rafting on the Nile in Uganda

© Lonely Planet Rafting down the Nile in Uganda

The Nile is exotic, historic ... and perhaps a little frightening. Forget the cruise ships in Egypt, for an adventure on the Nile you go back to the source: step into a raft in Southwest Uganda.

The Nile is with 6680 kilometers the longest river in the world, which originates in the fertile greenery of Uganda, flows past the arid desert of Sudan and then finally traverses the historical land of Egypt. Along the way, the river changes from a wild river for adventure to a slow, wide surface where river boats full of tourists slow down.

In the heart of Uganda, close to the source, is the Nile anything but calm. The narrower the river becomes, the deeper it drops, for a foamy water adventure. Perfect for white-water rafting.

© Offered by Pijper Publishing BV Rafting down the Nile in Uganda

The great thing about a rafting tour with a guide is that you don't have to touch the waters like the back of your hand know. The expert sends your raft through the wild waters, all you have to do is follow instructions and hold on tight. You don't have to be an excellent swimmer, but it is essential that you feel comfortable in water - there is a good chance that you will have to swim at some point. But that risk makes it fun!

The rapids fall into Category V - the second-highest category for the difficulty of a river. So it will certainly not be a "smooth sailing". Expect big waves, lots of rocks, fast falls and a lot of foam and wild water. But you can handle your raft, your guide and you too.

© Offered by Pijper Publishing BV Rafting down the Nile in Uganda

Rafting has been going on in Uganda since 1996, when a number of reckless New Zealanders thought that a rafting trip on the Nile would be fun. The popularity is increasing, thousands of travelers have preceded you in the wild water. Safety is very well checked, but an adventurous whitewater ride is guaranteed.

On the other side of the Nile you will find the ancient stories of Egypt.

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