White Water Rafting in Uganda

Rafting the White Nile is an exhilarating and thrilling water activity that involves rafting on the Nile as you experience the grade 5 white water rafting on the rapids of the Nile River. Jinja is known as the adventure and adrenaline hub in East Africa with many fun adventures that including bungee jumping, kayaking, quad biking, horse riding and fishing.

White water rafting is high on many people’s list of things to do in Uganda with the good rapids and a stunning river with high level its superlative with very many exhilarating sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the landscape and enjoying the nature and the strong rapids that will beat you, challenge you and have you screaming for more.

The white water rafting is done in paddle‐rafts, each person joins as a member of a team and a professional guide captains the team with paddlers offered comprehensive instructions on how best to enjoy themselves on the water. On your adventure, you don’t need to worry about aspects of safety since safety kayaks accompany every raft trip on the water. When the rafts flip upside down or people are washed overboard they are nearby to provide assistance in getting people back to their boats.

The Nile is home to the powerful volume of water creating horrible rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience equivalent to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe with the Bujagali Falls downstream of the Nile’s basis, and close to Jinja vaunted the ‘adrenaline capital’ of Uganda.

Massive standing waves leap from the clear blue skies and rock walls tremble from the power of the booming rapids bringing forward the incredible adventure and excitement of the Nile water rafting from this point of Bujagali falls.


The White Nile has up to 7 times the volume of the Zambezi rendering the raft to burst through vast walls of the White Nile and drifts through warm pools in the equatorial sunshine.

The grading of the rapids rafted on this stretch of the Nile range from  Grade 1 – 5 and at each of the higher graded rapids you are given the option of whether you want to go the hard way- through the middle or the easy way- around the edge. All the rafters are provided with a helmet and high buoyancy life jacket specially designed to bring you to the surface and allow you to swim to safety through any of the rapids.

Rules and guidelines of White Water Rafting

White water rafting is done in the company of trained and experienced guides who have done this for a long time thus rendering rafting the Nile a safe adventure where clients can enjoy knowing that they are in the safest hands. Some of the guidelines of white water rafting include:

  • Always listen to your guide during the safety talk and on the water.
  • Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device; All jacket buckles must be clipped and the jacket should be fitted snug to your body.
  • Keep on the protective gear and always wear a helmet
  • Make sure you have the right outerwear for the day, wearing a wet suit can make the trip much more comfortable.
  • Hold the paddle properly; One hand should be at the base of the paddle on the shaft and the other hand should always be on the end of the shaft .

As per the White Water Rafting trip instigates, the water begins gradually at the first few kilometres giving the raft guides an opportunity to train their crews fully on all aspects of Nile rafting. The river becomes much more venturous at Bujagali Falls and one major rapid follow swiftly after another and once the rafts enter Wild waters Reserve you will encounter the rough water with the rapids becoming larger and more enormous.

The River Nile provides an enormous backdrop to very exciting ventures which include bungee jumping over the mighty River Nile, White Water Rafting, quad biking or horse riding through local villages, take a sunset tour through the source of the River Nile itself or even carrying out kayaking to your heart’s content.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to carry for the White water  Rafting excursion?

You need to carry a swimsuit, a pair of sandals sunglasses, sunscreen and shorts to wear on the river alongside a change of clothes as you will get wet along with the raft. Amenities exist for cameras to be protected from the while on the river.

Is White water Rafting Safe?

White water rafting is as safe as any other activity in Uganda as you have experienced guides around that have done this for ages, thus clients don’t require experience or earlier rafting experience. The guides train the clients on all parts of safety and organize them for a memorable experience.


White water Rafting on the Nile in Jinja is a fun activity that will raise your adrenaline and fill you with both excitement and terror as you hit the massive rocks, but all this is part of the adventure that will stay in your memories forever.