There is something fascinating about The Nile. Some sources say it’s the longest river in the world (while other sources cite the Amazon River as the longest). Either way, Uganda is blessed to hold The Nile’s source in Jinja town.
The combined experience is easily one of my favorite to date. For starters, I ticked Bungee Jumping off my bucket list (something I never thought I’d ever have the courage to do), I went whitewater rafting for the very first time and I was pampered at one of Uganda’s most luxurious lodges.
Stay at Wildwaters Lodge
It’s almost hard to describe the experience with mere words. The lodge is situated on its own private island just 3km east of Kangulumira town, 30 minutes from Jinja town. Because it’s on a private island, the lodge provides safe parking on the mainland after which we took a five minute canoe ride to the island. We received welcome refreshments as soon as we stepped off the boat and were greeted with the thundering sounds of the “Hypoxia” rapids and the Kalagala falls that surround the island.
The lodges are exquisitely designed providing uncompromising views of The Nile, the rapids and the waterfalls. The staff were very friendly throughout our stay and at the restaurant, we were treated to a five course dinner each night. I fell in love with the outdoor bathtub that came with our room as it was perfect to soak in, relax and bond with nature. The mood throughout our stay was calm and serene and each night, we fell asleep to the natural sounds of the waterfalls and the rapids. It was completely and utterly blissful.
Raft The Nile
Whitewater rafting was tonnes of fun. We opted for the half day rafting and spent approximately three hours navigating rapids on The Nile. What I loved about rafting The Nile was that it was a mix of a calm, mellow float admiring the bird life and nature interjected with intense moments of maneuvering cascades of whitewater. With the help and guidance from our expert navigator, we navigated four rapids in total and midway stopped for lunch that was provided on the raft. At some point, we got off the raft and hiked round one of the more dangerous rapids before proceeding. It was an exciting group bonding activity and our group had a blend of different age groups and ethnicities.
Bungee Jump over The Nile
I still can’t believe that I actually did this. I was terrified, to say the least. What I will say is that the staff at Adrift gave me so much confidence and encouragement, I wouldn’t have done it without them. I was also thrilled to have Karen along with me (we jumped together) which helped ease my nerves. Because I’m afraid of heights, I kept my eyes closed the entire time which heightened my feeling and hearing senses. It was magical, thrilling and completely unbelievable. I recently shared on Instagram five steps on how to bungee jump if you’re a scaredy cat (like me):
- Choose a partner to jump with. I jumped with Karen – important to note: you must be of similar weight otherwise Adrift won’t let you jump together.
- Pretend you’re not going to ACTUALLY do it and just sign the registration form telling yourself you can always opt out if you choose to.
- As you climb the tower (where you are going to bungee jump) DO NOT LOOK AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR FEET – only look at the step in front of you. Do not get tempted to see how far up you are (you can look at that later).
- After you get strapped, hold onto your partner and close your eyes (this is the only way I could do it) – your sense of sight is not necessary at this point – you can feel and you can hear.
- DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES UNTIL YOU HAVE JUMPED – JUMP WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED.
- Enjoy the thrill. Scream if you must – I personally could not make a sound, my whole body was trembling, it was unbelievable.
For more information on Wildwaters lodge, check out their website here.
For more information on Adrift, check out their website here.
For Karen’s perspective and tips, check out her blog here.
Have you visited The Nile before? How did you experience it? What are your thoughts on Wildwaters Lodge and the adrenaline filled activities provided by Adrift? Do let me know in the comments below. Xx