Uganda Whitewater Adventure
Arrival Day - 1st February 2024
Paddling Days - 2nd to 10th February 2024
Departure Day - flight at 00:20 on the 11th February,
Total amount of days - 12 days (including travel)
Accommodation - Dormitories and safari tent.
Ability level - Intermediate
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Fed up with cold UK winters and unpredictable water levels? Come and join us in Uganda where the water is warm, weather is good and water levels are consistent. It's the ideal location to perfect your high volume river running tactics and freestyle kayaking moves. We have teamed up with a Ben May to offer a trip to Uganda, kayaking down the White Nile. Ben has 5+ years experience working and living in Uganda, helping outdoor adventure companies in the country organise and run coaching sessions/trips as well as coaching and guiding on the river himself.
Who is this trip aimed at?
We are aiming this trip at the intermediate freestyle kayaker, who's comfortable paddling grade 3 and looking to push their paddling in high volume rivers and freestyle kayaking in a warm climate. We advise that you bring your own kayak on this trip and will give you advise on how to get it to Uganda. You can rent a kayak out in Uganda for the trip at an additional cost.
1st Feb - Arrival Day - Day 1
Land in Entebbe airport where we will pick you up in our 4x4 safari van and take the 3-4 hour drive to our lake-side base at Nile River Explorers (NRE), sleeping in dormitories (upgrades to river view tent or private rooms with ensuite bathroom available).
2nd Feb - Day 2
After breakfast at the campsite, there will be time for those who have rented boats to outfit them. Then we will load up the van and head to the river! We’ll paddle the Silverback to Kibibi section, where depending on water levels we might be able to surf the legendary Covid wave. This section will be our morning warm up run for everyone to get used to their boats.
After enjoying our packed lunch back at the car, we’ll drive down to Bubugo rapids. Once we've run one of the channels we’ll spend the afternoon surfing Super Hole Wave.
After returning to NRE Camp we’ll decide as a group whether to eat at one of the local restaurants around the village or head into town.
3rd Feb - Day 3 – Overtime, Retrospect Rapid and Super Hole
After breakfast at the campsite, we’ll load the van and head out to Overtime and Retrospect rapids, where we’ll head down the Overtime waterfall, through the huge waves of Retrospect and see what we can surf.
After this we’ll head down to Superhole and run a different channel but we’ll still stop at the main Superhole feature for some surfing and fun. We'll have lunch here before heading down to portage the top half of Itunda rapid. From there we can either run the Meat or the sneak line of Bad Place, on to the huge waves of the Other Place and then finish the day with a play in the small and friendly Itunda hole.
After returning to NRE camp we’ll decide as a group whether to eat at one of the restaurants around the village or head into town.
4th Feb - Day 4 – Full River Run of the White Nile
Today we do our first full river run from top to bottom, running (and portaging) all the rapids on the mighty White Nile. We’ll stop on the river at some point for a packed lunch. We’ll then paddle all the way down to the Isimba lake where our truck will meet us and take us back to Bujagali where we’re staying. Once again we’ll decide as a group where to eat dinner.
5th Feb - Day 5 - Safari
After Breakfast at NRE you’ll be picked up by your safari guides in their custom 4x4 safari trucks. 07:00am departure from Jinja. We'll stop at Kabalega diner for lunch then continue into the park. On our way through the park, we'll divert to take a look at the thundering top of Murchison Falls.
Top of Murchison Falls
Fully Inclusive - Bed, all meals, fees and activities
6th Feb - Day 6 - Safari
Early morning game drive in the Delta area of Murchison Falls.
In the late morning you'll hop on board the river cruise with a packed lunch, heading up the Nile to the Foot of Murchison Falls. You'll be back at your lodge with time to cool off by the pool in the late afternoon sunshine before the sun sets.
Fully Inclusive - Bed, all meals, fees and activities
7th Feb - Day 7 - Safari
One last chance to take in the majestic views from the lodge before we depart following the Lake Albert route to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Here you will do a rhino trek. After lunch we'll continue to Entebbe, arriving in the evening.
Bed and breakfast
After your safari you’ll be dropped back to Adrift for dinner and sleep.
8th Feb - Day 8 – Super Hole & Kalagala Falls
After your Rolex breakfast (omelet rolled with Japaty) we will load the van and head out to the Superhole rapids where we’ll run a different channel again and then enjoy some coaching on the Superhole wave. After lunch we’ll run down through Arrow and Kalagala Falls to finish at the vengeance wave where we can surf and attempt to catch the mysterious Phoenix wave.
We’ll then return to Adrift where we will decide on eating in the village or town.
9th Feb - Day 9 – Full run of the White Nile
After another Rolex breakfast, we’ll load the van and head out for another full river run for our last full day of paddling, running (and portaging) all the rapids on the mighty White Nile, we’ll stop on the river at some point for a packed lunch.
We’ll end the day with one of Ben’s famous BBQ’s with plenty of food for all.
We’ll spend our last night at Adrift.
10th Feb - Departure Day - Day 10
After breakfast those wanting one last park and play can head to Superhole for a few hours, whilst those that want to head into Jinja town for some last minute souvenir shopping can. After a late lunch and final packing we will drive back to Entebbe for your flight back home which will leave at 00:20.
11th Feb - Day 11
Your flight departs Entebbe airport at 00:20 and will arrive back in London Heathrow at 17:05 the same day.
Travelling to Uganda:
For our adventure you will need to arrive at Entebbe, Uganda on the 1st February 2024. The best airline to fly to Uganda with is Brussels Airlines as they allow you to fly with your kayak provided you book it in, we will help you with this process.
Below is a summary of how we recommend you make the journey:
Depart London Heathrow 1st February 2024 - Arrive in Entebbe on 1st February 2024 - We will collect you from Entebbe Airport.
For returning to the UK, we recommend booking a flight for the 00:20am 11th February 2024. Below is a summary of the route:
00:20am flight on Sunday 11th February 2024 from Entebbe Airport to arrive in London Heathrow in the morning Sunday 11th February 2024.
Accommodation and Meals:
During your time in Uganda we will be staying in dormitories or in safari tents (all accommodation is upgradable other than when on safari). You will need to share a room but dorms will be single-sex.
Meals included during the trip + Accommodation:
Day 1 - Arrival day - Dormitories NRE
Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch included - Dormitories NRE
Day 3 - Breakfast & Lunch included - Dormitories NRE
Day 4 - Breakfast & Lunch included - Dormitories NRE
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included - Safari Tent
Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included - Safari Tent
Day 7 - Breakfast & Lunch included - Dormitories Adrift
Day 8 - Breakfast & Lunch included - Dormitories Adrift
Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch & BBQ Dinner included - Dormitories Adrift
Day 10 - Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 11 - Breakfast & Lunch included.
Highly experienced and qualified coaches and guides.
Local guides/support kayakers.
Fluent speaking English guide.
Dormitories & safari tent accommodation.
3 day safari - including all accommodation and meals.
Minimum of 2 coaches/guides throughout trip.
Breakfast & lunch.
Daily private transport to and from the river.
Private transport, pick up and drop off at Kathmandu airport.
Advice prior to trip.
Photos and videos from the trip.
Price doesn’t include:
Dinners (please see accommodation and meals section above).
Kayak rental (must bring own gear and paddle).
Personal travel insurance.
External activities costs in spare time, evenings or on the rest day.
Guides/Coaches on this trip:
Joshua Telling - Rapid Skills
Ben May - Kayak Chile
(Uganda Whitewater Adventure 2024)
Pay $400 deposit now and then pay remainder 8 weeks before trip start date or earlier.