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White Water Rafting day trip Jinja Uganda
White Water Rafting day trip Jinja Uganda

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip from Kampala is a full-day tour to Jinja approximately one hour’s drive from Kampala. White Water Rafting is mainly done on the River Nile in Jinja.

Our White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip starts on the west bank of the Nile river above Overtime rapid and finishes near Hairy Lemon Island, about 20 kilometers downriver.

The route includes eight Grade 3–5 rapids (two are Grade 5: Overtime and The Bad Place/ Itanda Falls). While on the river, you’ll get to see a lot of different birds, and you can swim in the calm stretches of water between the rapids.

The tour includes rafting equipment, return transportation from Kampala or Jinja, buffet lunch, beers, and sodas.

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip Itinerary

0630 Hours: Whether staying in Jinja or Kampala, we will pick you up from your hotel/ residence to our rafting meet point. Please ensure that we are aware of your pick-up point by the night before. Bookings are essential through!

On arrival at our meeting point, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying tea or coffee. After a quick briefing, you will fit out with life jackets and helmets.

Head off 15 kilometers down the river to the start point of the day’s 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 omelet wrapped in a chapatti.

Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat up big. Snacks of fruit, nuts, 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.

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip rafting start point is on a flat pool just above our first major rapid, Overtime. While our crew unloads the rafts and slides 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 the 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 12 feet drop. As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, we guide the rafts into the mighty challenges of some of the biggest and safest grade 5 white water rafting in the world.

Eight major rapids are rafted plus several lower-graded runs; 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 at any time you feel you would prefer to join the safety boat or where possible, walk around and then rejoin the raft, this is absolutely fine.

Calm stretches of water separate the rapids – perfect for getting your breath back, taking a swim, and enjoying the scenery. At the end of the rafting day, we pull over at our new Riverside Restaurant, just downstream of the Hairy Lemon Island, for a delicious Barbeque 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 to your next destination, a shuttle bus to Kampala, or back to Jinja.

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip Prices

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip Rates Includes:

Breakfast & Lunch + White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip + Professional videographer & photographer + Pick-up from your hotel in Kampala or Jinja and drop-off to your hotel + High-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets and custom-made rafting equipment &  Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Children Aged 8 to 12 Years
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* Under 18’s – guardian conditions apply
* Remember that you will be in the sun most of the day
* Grade 3 – 5. Trip Duration 25 km (4 – 5 hours on the river)
* Minimum Age 16 years Under 18’s – guardian conditions apply
* The water temperature is 27°C (49°F) all year round! Pack a towel, change of clothes, and warm top
* No rafting or swimming experience necessary, however clients should be water confident and reasonably fit

 What you will need

* Money for optional extras
* Any medication you require
* Lots of suntan lotion & a cap
* Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt are ideal
* Towel & a change of clothes for the end of the day

 What you will not need

* Shoes on the raft
* Watches & jewellery
* Any other valuables
* We do not advise bringing cameras
* Eyeglasses unless absolutely necessary

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip Rates Do Not Include:

* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

White Water Rafting Jinja Day Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

Yes. We have an outstanding worldwide reputation for safety and excellence that dates back over 28 years. We aim to keep it this way.

Who can go rafting?

We have a large variety and selection of trips suitable for ages 2 – 72 years. There is an adventure for everyone.

When can we raft?

One can do every day, year-round

What should we wear?

Remember that you will probably be in the sun most of the day. Bring a T-shirt, swimsuit, board shorts and waterproof sunscreen for wear on the river (you will not need shoes or sandals). The water temperature is 27°C (49°F) all year round! For the end of the day, pack a towel, change of clothes, and warm top.

Things you should leave at home…

Valuables, jewelry, cameras, and anything you don’t want to lose!

What about photographs and a video?

Our professional photographer takes a series of magnificent still images of each whitewater rafting trip. You can purchase this unique memento of your experience at the end of the tour.

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