Rafting on the Nile

24, October 2011

  The world’s longest river-Nile River has a strong claim to being the most interesting river in the world, with a wide variety of tourist attractions, scenery, and culture along its length. The Nile River has a length of about 6,695 kilometers (4,160 miles) and its average discharge is 3.1 million liters (680,000 gallons) per second. Stretching from Lake Victoria in east central Africa-Uganda, it winds its way through Sudan continues to flow northwards into Egypt and on to the Mediterranean Sea. Owen Falls Dam, Aswan High Dam, Sennar Dam and Roseires Dam are some of the major dams that are located on River Nile. Visit some of the major towns and cities that are located on shores of river Nile including Khartoum, Cairo, Alexandria, Gondokoro, Aswan and Karnak.

The Nile River is not only known as the longest and most ancient river on the planet, but also as the best adventure capital in the region. The river presents opportunities for the most exhilarating and breath taking adventure Uganda tour activities like kayaking, white water rafting, quad biking and jet boating among others.

Whereas the Zambezi River has given Zambia and Zimbabwe adventure fame with the world’s largest/ widest water falls (Victoria Falls) and one of the popular adventure opportunities in the world, the Nile River has substantially competed for the same fame with one of the best adventure opportunities including bungee jumping and white water rafting. The Murchison falls along the Nile have been convincingly accepted as the world’s strongest / hardest waterfalls.

Rafting on the Nile started in 1996 with Adrift  company as the professional rafting company offering the services but since then it has grown to attract adventurers across the world with more than 6 registered professional companies offering the service including, Nalubale, Wild Frontiers and Nile explorers among others which offer its clients free budget accommodation and camping.
Whitewater rafting is dramatically increasing in popularity in Uganda as discerning travelers and nature lovers are strapping on life vests and helmets in order to paddle and bounce their way over turbulent rapids. More and more people are looking for the best places to try it for the first time or challenge themselves with more difficult runs.

Whitewater rafting in Uganda offers incredibly high quality river adventures as natural corridors particularly on spectacular Nile river that allow you to gain a unique perspective and access places rarely visited by outside travelers.
Falls on River Nile are classified on a grade scale to help you determine the size and technicality of the whitewater. There is a variety of grades of rapids on river Nile ranging from Grade I-VI.

Many people seek to run Grade V on Nile River, but in all honesty, Grade V and Grade III can be just as much fun. There is no need for previous experience to run most of grades on Nile River, as your guide team have run these rapids many times and will make expert judgments both on and off the river. Having faith not only in your guide, but in your team of fellow adventurers too allows you to challenge big whitewater safely.

Grade I: Enjoy moving Nile water with small waves that tug at the boat - it's a soothing way to spend the day. Each trip has some stretches of calm grade I water, creating a pleasant break between rapids.

Grade II: Proper gear and guides should be used as waves vary from small to medium with slight or no obstruction to the route downstream.

Grade III: Experienced paddling and maneuvering ability are important-medium waves but no considerable threat.

Grade IV: Tricky rapids, Elongated, turbulent water and narrow passages necessitate precise maneuvering and sends hearts racing.

Grade V: Exploration essential and safety in the form of kayak should be set up in or below the rapid characterized by big drops, steep gradients, large and irregular waves, long and violent rapids as well as many rock obstructions

Grade VI: Rapids here are considered to be dangerous encountering very strong waves and enormous rocks
Whether you’re a first-time rafter with a family or a frequent whitewater rafter, you’ll find Nile rafting trip designed for people like you. There are plenty of rafting outfitters to meet your needs, and they’ll provide you with all the gear you need as well as their expert instruction. With half-day and full-day excursions, you can choose the duration and intensity of your trip.

The adventurers looking for a thrill will enjoy this incredible journey on the white waters of the River Nile Rapids. Get ready to paddle as you face some of the most intense waves of the Nile River such as tidal bore and standing waves. An adrenaline rush and loads of fun are guaranteed during this exhilarating descent!

A captivating experience opens to all and meant to be shared with family, friends or colleagues! Professional guides will lead you on a calmer section of the Nile River Rapids tailored to initiate kids and adults to white water excursions. Since you will already be drenched, end your adventure by taking a swim in the Rapids! An ideal time to cool down and soak in the amazing scenery




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