Whitewater Rafting in Uganda
Famous for gorilla trekking, Uganda has become a hot destination for extreme river rafting. Here, the Nile River is favorably dam controlled, and the country is located on the equator, which keeps the water warm throughout the year. There are class 3, 4, and 5 rapids out of Jinja, considered to have some of the best rafting in the world with rapid names that match their intensity like “Hair of the Dog” and “The Bad Place.” You will fall out of the raft considering the velocity. As you can imagine, the Nile is chockfull of crocodiles in certain areas, which adds a certain thrill. But don’t worry: guides keep rafters miles away from known crocodile spots, and tour operator Adrift even arranges bodyboarding and surfing the river’s wild streams.
During fall, rafting enthusiasts head to the river for abundant deals outside high season (summer and winter). Book a 5 to 6-hour, grade-5 rafting tour ($140) with Adrift, one of the most popular white water rafting outfitters. Most guests stay at Wildwaters Lodge ($230 a night), right in the rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the Nile. adrift.ug
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