Rafting Uganda's White Nile

Outside Editors' Choice

Jul 22, 2010
Outside Magazine
Silverback rapid on the Nile

Silverback rapid on the Nile (Photograph by David O'Hare)   

Bujagali Falls, near where the Nile drains Lake Victoria, is the most accessible extreme whitewater in Africa—which is to say it's the best whitewater in the world. The White Nile beats the Zambezi's six-month season (it's open year-round) and the Colorado's dam-controlled volume (the average flow is seven times bigger). Float it on a two-day trip, during which you'll take on freight-car-size holes and nine Class V rapids. Nile River Explorers, the area's veteran rafting company, offers a two-day, 34-mile trip from the put-in below Lake Victoria to the take-out at Hairy Lemon Island. It's split up with a night in safari-style tents at a riverside camp. Book now: Next year, Uganda hopes to finish building a 90-foot dam below Bujagali, which would swamp some of the biggest rapids. $250, including a night for two in a safari tent; raftafrica.com
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