1 day trip.
Our most popular trip!
Our one day whitewater trip is incredible value for money, offering you return transport from Kampala, one-night accommodation either at the tea-house or the Nile River Camp, breakfast, lunch, plenty of beers and snacks after the trip and free photos. We're almost forgetting the 3-4 hours of incredible whitewater and a 19km journey down the mighty white Nile with the best crew in the business!!
You can choose grade 3 or grade 5 (minimum ages 14yrs / 16yrs) and we will always try our best to be as flexible to your needs as possible - read more below...
Trips run everyday with minimum client number of 2 from Jinja or 4 from Kampala
ISIMBA DAM update. Dec 2018.
As of December 2018 the flooding of the Isimba dam has changed our beloved Nile River. We have lost 3 rapids at the end of our trip (Hair of the Dog, Kulu Shaker and Nile Special). We still have legitimately one of the best whitewater rafting trips in the World. We’ve adapted our trip and changed our start and finish points to make the most out of this incredible river. We now start the day with 3 new rapids, Jaws, Pyramid and Giggitty Giggitty, a great easy section of whitewater to train you up and whet your appetite before the big stuff - after Bubugo we go visit the legendary rapid ‘Superhole’ for a spot of raft surfing before continuing down to the incredible grade 5 ‘The Bad Place’ and ending the day on Vengeance. After our trip relax on our private land with a great lunch and cold beer before we take you on your way back to Kampala or Jinja!
Scheduled Kampala pick-ups:
Fat Cats Backpackers (Next to Acacia Mall) 6:00am
Bushpig backpackers (Acacia Avenue) 6:15am
Oasis Mall (Yusef Lule Rd near Golf course) 6:25am
Red Chili Backpackers (Butabika) 6:50am
Bigger groups where we are likely to fill the whole vehicle just with you we can be more flexible and offer a pick up from your exact location. Please enquire at time of booking.
Jinja and Jinja area.
Nile River Camp / Black Lantern 7:45am
Jinja town 8:00am - 8:15am
Meet at the base 8:30am
Our 1 day trip covers roughly 19km of the Nile. We start on the flat water just a couple of kilometers downstream of the Bujagali Dam where we'll run through a comprehensive safety training with you. We start the day with Jaws, Pyramid and Giggitty Giggitty, a great easy section of grade 2 whitewater to train you up and whet your appetite before the big stuff. By the time you get to your first major rapid of the day - Overtime (grade 5) you'll be feeling like a professional! Immediately after Overtime comes the choice between the grade 4+ Chop Suey and grade 4 Retrospect, (water level dependent). Then comes some flat water and a chance to relax before Bubugo (Grade 3/4) which though small to the eye often flips rafts over! After Bubugo we go visit the legendary rapid ‘Superhole’ (grade 3) for a spot of raft surfing before continuing down and having some light refreshments during a short flat before the incredible Itanda Falls! Itanda is a mandatory portage, being much too dangerous for us to commercially raft, we do however run the bottom third of the rapid known as the 'Bad Place'. Water level dependent there are 3 line choices here all depending how brave you are feeling!! Vengeance finishes up our day, a grade 4, two-tier rapid which can often offer a flip for those who dare hit the biggest waves! After loading our truck and a short 15min drive we stop at our Riverside base to enjoy a great meal and cold beers overlooking the river! All in all a great way to finish the day. From here we’ll have transport back to wherever you’re heading either Jinja or Kampala.
What to bring:
Shorts and t-shirt to wear on the water - if you sunburn easily consider long sleeves.
Suncream - 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.
Any personal medication.
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. It helps make the day a whole load more fun!
Minimum age grade 3 - 14yrs / grade 5 - 16yrs
Average physical health
Please inform us of any medical conditions, asthma, epilepsy, allergies etc.
Contact us for dietary requirements.