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White Water Rafting in Jinja

White water rafting along the mighty River Nile is one of the greatest adventures in Uganda; the Nile is the Longest River in the World. A giant water slide, floating platform, and River board combination is the most popular white water adventure on the Nile River considered one of the best one-day white water trips in the World, no safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile from its source.

The source of the Nile is one of the most spectacular white-water rafting destinations in the world and for many visitors to Uganda, a rafting trip is the highlight of their visit. Here you can expect long, rollicking strings of Grade IV and V rapids, with plenty of thrills and spills. Despite the intensity of some rapids, most people who venture here are first-time rafters; it’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something different.

Besides the standard big water runs, there are also less-extreme options for those who don’t want to be flung into the raging water. Family float trips are offered, which bypass the big waves and are guaranteed to garner squeals of delight from young kids.

You can take on the Big Four – monster Grade V rapids, including Itanda (The Bad Place) – but there is always a safety boat on hand if you decide the rapids are just too big for you. They each also include a host of incentives to lure you over, including meals and beers.

Levels of rafting one can join

Grade 5 Full Day Raft

Get rafting on the Nile and you will have no idea how much fun you are about to have. Join other rafters and start your rafting adventure on the Nile and explore the rapids as you swim in and out as the rescue team follows you up to make sure you enjoy your fun.

Grade 5 Extreme Raft

Get prepared to descend the Nile in a two-man raft considered one of the World’s most challenging but fun raft trips. If rafting on one of the biggest and best rivers in the world isn’t exciting enough, try our Extreme Rafting. Just you, a guide, and a two-man raft against the mighty rapids of the White Nile.  If you think you have what it takes and like swimming through white water rapids, contact Great Adventure Safaris. No experience necessary, just a good sense of adventure and the ability to hold your breath.

Grade 3 Full Day Raft

This is the ideal one-day Nile River white Water River trip for families with children as young as eight and those who want to experience white water rafting on the Nile without the intensity of grade 5 rapids.

Enjoy the nature and adventurous warm waters, safe pools to swim, islands full of bird species, and fisherman in dugouts combine with fun and white water adventure to make this the perfect family and friends day out on the Nile. The grade 3 rapids are fun without being overwhelming so there’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings and have the occasional water fight.

What to bring for you white water rafting in Jinja

  • Shorts and a t-shirt to wear on the water if you sunburn easily consider long sleeves.
  • Sun cream since you will be out in the sun for 4 – 5 hours – sunburn is our most common injury.
  • A change of clothes including a hoody or jacket for the drive home will be required.
  • Carry your personal medication if you happen to have any.
  • A water bottle: We have gone plastic bottle free you will find water available throughout the day and we have cups should you need them.
  • Money to pay on arrival, extras such as t-shirts can also be bought from the base.
  • A sense of humor helps make the day a whole load more fun.
  • Guest Requirements

Important information before traveling to Jinja for white water rafting

  • Minimum age grade 3 is 14years and grade 5 is 16years
  • Average physical health
  • Sober
  • Please inform us of any medical conditions, asthma, epilepsy, allergies, etc.
  • Contact Wilderness Explorers Africa for more information about the Nile River white water rafting and if you have any dietary requirements.

Best time for White water rafting in Jinja

 The best time to go for the white water rafting in Jinja is during the dry months of June to September or December to February when there is little or no rainfall.

Where to stay during your white water rafting in Jinja

Jinja being an adventure capital of Uganda there are many places to stay but our top picks are Lamela wild waters lodge, Haven River Lodge, and black lantern Lodge Jinja.


Activities to do in park

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