Things to do and see on River Nile in Uganda

Courtesy of Challenger tours and travel ltd

A rafting trip on the Nile River near Jinja – the East-African Adventure Capital switches in mere moments from lazy relaxation on one of the world's most iconic rivers to crashing through class five rapids. We partner with Adrift, an excellent rafting company, providing good training, equipment and refreshments.

The Rafting Trip-starting out with a safety orientation and then off down the river for the most exciting ride of your life. Lunch on an Island on the river and after the rafting trip- free drinks and transportation back to Kampala. Transportation is included if you're living in Kampala. It’s one great experience and if you miss it then you miss the reason for being in Uganda. The rafting guides are great people full of knowledge of the area and help to make the whole experience a memorable one. The video of the trip is worth purchasing if only to understand a bit better just what you survived.

A day or two White Water Rafting if you so choose on and in the ancient River Nile, we can add this to any of the safari tour packages we offer.  An overnight safari with Jinja sightseeing is most recommended to make your day even more special and the next day you can raft once again or do one of the many activities offered here along the River Nile in Jinja.

Below are some of the frequent things/questions that customers ask and we have provided answers to help have a better understanding of the entire white water rafting and bungee jump trips on the Nile River;

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. Bring 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 was constructed and finished in 2010. However, many of the best rapids on the Nile remained unaffected and rafting trips now start further downstream.

Things you should leave at home…
Valuables, jewellery, cameras and anything you don’t want to lose!

How can we book and pay?
You can book with Uganda’s best hotels, Challenger tours and travel ltd . We take US dollars, Uganda Shillings, and Visa and Master card.

What about photographs and a video?
Our professional photographer takes a series of magnificent still photos of each whitewater rafting trip. You can purchase this unique memento of your experience. $US10 for each quality ‘Sub-dye’ (6?x8?) photograph or $US50 for a magnificent set of six in beautiful photo folder.

Whitewater Rafting Rates

  • Full Day Rafting – $ 125
  • Half Day Rafting - $ 115
  • Extreme Rafting -  $145
  • 2-Day Rafting /River Surfing - $ 250

Nile High Bungee

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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 jumps
Frequency: 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 continent
Purpose-built bungee jump constructed and operated to the highest New Zealand standards
FREE vehicle shuttles from Kampala and Jinja

Nile High Bungee Prices

  • Bungee Jump  -  $ 115
  • Raft / Bungee Combo:
  • $ 195 – Full day rafting – can only be done over 2 days !
  • $ 185 – Half day rafting
  • Min age 13-years

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Nile High Bungee Details

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.

* 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 Complimentary ‘Threesome’ T-shirt

No rafting or swimming experience is required
(min age 16 years)