Monday, 23 February 2009
Rafting In Uganda
After the Safari we've decided to do some water sports in Uganda. After a decent overnight drive from Nairobi to Kampala we checked a few companies and fond the Nile River Explorers. Sunday morning we've got picked up by the shuttle transfer to Jinja. This place is well known as a starting point for many outdoor activities. Shortly before Jinja we've passed the big dam that has been built to produce electricity. The place we've started from offered us a big and tasty breakfast before we had the briefing of the day's program. We picked up our equipment and then started our short trip to the Nile.
Rafting started on a slow part of the Nile. After the first instructions we've passed the first rapids grade one and two. Shortly after we've got flipped over a few times but no one got major injuries. It was great fun and very exciting to flow down the river in a little rubbe boat. Many rapids on our 30km long trip are oficially classified as greade 5. There is only one grade more in the scale so it was really a challange for the most of us. We've shared our boat with five Germans who live for a few months in Uganda to work as volunteers. At the end of the day we got a nice barbacue and chilled at the bar until late night.
Now we are still at the riverside camp and have to decide what to do next. Most probably I will head directly to Tanzania and walk up the Kilimanjaro. Edith and Walter are thinking about to see a national park in Uganda before they continue to the beach in Kenya.