Information You Need About White Water Rafting
Things to do and See on Nile River In Uganda – Africa Courtesy of Alpha and Omega Tours and Travel
Africa-Uganda Nile River Tourist Activities
Adrift is proudly Uganda’s premier adventure company offering whitewater rafting, bungee/bungy jumping, jet boating and river surfing on the Victorian source of the Nile near Bujagali Falls in Jinja
The company has an unparalleled safety record that is both unrivalled and admired and we aim to keep it this way. We thank over 40,000 customers who have safely rafted the Nile with us including Prince William, Ginger Spice, Mikka Hakkanen, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman.
Leading the way, Adrift made the first-ever descent of the Nile river in Uganda in 1996 (10-years after first scouting the river) and hit world headlines before introducing commercial whitewater rafting to the country. The company has the most professional and experienced team on the continent with over 28-years of worldwide rafting and adventure experience.
We have a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes and we offer excellent value for money.
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?Rafting is done every day, year-round based on a minimum of 6 people. Many people join on their own
· What should we wear?Remember that you will probably be in the sun most of the day. Come with a T-shirt, swim suit, 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.
What about the Bujagali Dam, won’t this be the end of rafting?No. The Bujagali Dam is currently under construction and will affect the rafting from mid 2010. However, many of the best rapids on the Nile will remain unaffected and our new raftingtrips will start further downstream at that time.
– Things you should leave at home…Valuables, jewellery, cameras and anything you don’t want to lose!
– FREE ShuttleAdrift offer a free shuttle every day of our trips from Kampala to Jinja return
– Where do I meet the FREE shuttle bus in Kampala?Our buses will pick you up in Kampala from Backpackers (Natete) at 07:00, Sheraton Kampala 07:30, Nandos 07:45 and Red Chillli at 0800, and at Adonai guest house (Muyenga) We also collect from other Kampala or Jinja hotels by arrangement. Bookings are essential.
– How can we book and pay?You can book with Uganda’s best hotels, tour operators and travel agents. We accept US dollars, UK pounds, Uganda Shillings, and bank wire.
– What about photographs and a video?Our professional photographer takes a series of magnificent still images of each whitewater rafting trip. You can view these for free or purchase the whole day’s images for $US30.Our professional video kayaker films the first day of each rafting trip provided he has at least two sales of the video confirmed for $US45 each. You can purchase both of these great products for $US70.
Nile High Bungee
Leap over the source of the Nile from one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. We specialize in tandem jumps, water touches and full-moon jumpsFrequency: Jumps can be organized at most times (including in the dark)
Your jump includes:
Award-winning river crew, by far the most experienced on the continentPurpose-built bungee jump constructed and operated to the highest New Zealand standardsFREE vehicle shuttles from Kampala and Jinja
Min age 13-years
Nile High Bungee Details
It felt as if I could fly with my arms stretched widely in imitation of flight. Wind rushed through my hair and my cheeks pressed strongly against my face as I accelerated to toward the water. In that remarkable feeling of slow motion, I had plenty of time to think, I could even enjoy the view as the cliff face flashed past in a blur and the river rose up to meet me.
Puffy white clouds seemed miraculously within reach and within seconds my fingers combed through the waters of the Nile. I hadn’t imagined the whole movement to be so graceful and the splashes on my face emboldened the reality of the water touch.
I had only seconds to enjoy the proximity of the water before the latex rubber retracted and I was accelerating skywards. This part of the jump had been given no thought as I had been so focused on the initial plunge and whether this enlarged rubber band would halt my speedy descent – after all the most common use of the rubber is to hold up women’s underwear.
I had never intended to bungee jump but afterwards as the adrenalin pumped through my body and the rush took over, I struggled to contain the excitement. This had been one of the best decisions I had made in some time.
It remains one of the most bizarre and unforgettable experiences of my life; to force myself to leap from a platform at what seemed like an impossible height above the Nile. The jumpmaster in charge of the platform had kindly assured me that the most dangerous thing about bungee jumping was driving on the road between Kampala and Jinja.
As I sat nervously in the Congolese kings’ chair a soft cotton towel was wrapped around my ankles. Cam and Phil calmly explained the foot-tie system which was developed in New Zealand. They said that I would be attached by my ankles and that the webbing bound firmly around my lower legs would pull tighter as I jumped – I was fine with that.
Nile High Bungee is one of the most spectacular sights you can imagine. The views from the bungee tower are sensational and when the tower is not in use for jumping a troop of Vervet monkeys stand guard against the Nile.
The views over the source of the world’s longest river lead you to dozens of heavily forested islands with flocks of long-tailed cormorants swimming in the swirling currents below and crowds of onlookers cheering from the nearby bar. Nile High is 44m above the inviting waters of the Victorian Source of the Nile and this gives jumpers the opportunity to water touch – a single splash in the river on the first bounce; and you can do it with a friend!
The tower can jump 235kgs at once so you can choose a big friend, a bicycle, chair, kayak or just about anything you can imagine. By far the most popular way to jump is using the ankle tie but there is the option of a full-body harness as well. This means you can somersault from the edge or choose any form of freestyle that will give you the best bragging rights in the photographs
Is it safe?
For over 25-years, we have been offering safe, fun and rewarding adventure experiences throughout the world and we pride ourselves on this. As you will appreciate, safety considerations are fundamental to every aspect of our operations.
We feel strongly that the key to providing the best experience is to effectively combine perceived risk with integral safety and we achieve this by making sure we have the best crew, training, equipment and procedures in place to ensure the experience is as safe and fun as possible.
The company has in place a number of checks and balances, including very thorough and comprehensive task analysis and inspection routes which ensure we are operating at or above the very high standards that have been set elsewhere in the world.
Nile High Bungee tower operates to the most exacting standards set by law in Australia/New Zealand Standard™ Code of Practise for bungee jumping. Commercial bungee jumping originated in New Zealand and advice was sought from the construction, adventure tourism and alpine industries. The standard is reviewed bi-annually and is altered or updated as new innovations or situations arise.
Every item of operational equipment gets extensively tested and then assigned an appropriate working life span; calculated as the expected length of time, or amount of use, the equipment can with stand before its performance is likely to be degraded to the point where it is only three times stronger than the expected working safety load.
The equipment in use is recorded by staff as it takes place and then compared to recommended times and instances.
Our adherence to this code is entirely voluntary. The company self-governs its policies and procedures and provides an avenue where any staff member can take safety issues to the right people and ensure that the situation is solved to the satisfaction of all concerned.
What is the cord made of?
The Nile High Bungee cords are made of pure white latex rubber which is of the highest quality and used by the best underwear manufacturers in the world. When you really need support, be it for your underwear or while dangling over the Nile, this is the best material available. During each jump the cords stretches to approximately four times it’s resting length and gently slows the jumper down at the bottom of the trajectory.
Do I have to touch the water?
It is an option to touch the source of the Nile and you can choose whether you would like to stop short of this or take the plunge. Imagine being able to say that you jumped for 44 metres for your first touch of the world’s longest river.
Wild Nile Jet
Race up the rapids at breathtaking speeds powered by 450HP of motor, then sit quietly as our expert pilot explains a little of the magic settings you have reached. An unforgettable experience for the whole family (ages 5-85 years)
The ride includes:
A professional jet boat pilot and award-winning Adrift river crew, by far the most experienced on the continent
High-flotation life jackets, spray jackets and a custom-made 12-seater jet boat imported from New Zealand.
Coffee or tea and light snacks
FREE vehicle shuttle from Kampala to Jinja (on Adrift bus only)
No swimming experience is necessary (min age 5 years)
Price:$US75 Adults, $US50 kids under 12(30 mins)
Raft, Bungee and Jet-boat
Always fancied a threesome but were too scared to ask?
Touch the source from Nile High Bungee, challenge the mountainous rapids of the White Nile in a raft then explode upstream in the Wild Nile Jet.* conditions apply*
The trip includes:
Award-winning river crew, by far the most experienced on the continent
Safety rafts and kayakers, photographer and video-kayaker
High-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, custom-made rafting equipment and New Zealand manufactured jet boat.
Famous’ lunch on our private mid-river island, complimentary beer/sodas after the trip FREE vehicle shuttle from Kampala to Jinja (on the bus only)
Complimentary ‘Threesome’ T-shirt
No rafting or swimming experience is necessary(min age 16 years)