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Rafting the Nile with Nile River Explorers

Check out what it’s like to experience White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers and a review of Nile River Explorers.

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White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

It’s an ominous sign when you have to practice flipping the raft and getting back in before you even reach the first rapids on the Nile River. But when you decide that you want an adrenaline rush, white water rafting the Nile with Nile River Explorers, is one you have to be prepared for.

Because with only 8 sections of rapids on the 4 hour, 30 km section of the Nile River that we paddled down, we managed to flip 4 times.

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers

Rafting the Nile with Nile River Explorers

On my 75 day overland adventure through Africa with Oasis Overland, rafting the Nile River was right at the top of adventure activities I wanted to tick off.

While I was a river rafting guide on the Athabasca Rive in Jasper National Park in Canada, those rapids were only ever Class 2 and 3. I was more often a tour guide than a rafting guide.

The ones we were paddling our little rubber raft into on the Nile River were Class 3, 4 and 5.

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

After being treated to a scrumptious breakfast we clattered across the pot-holed road for half an hour to the Nile River rafting drop-off zone. Lathered in sunscreen under the hot Ugandan sun we donned our lifejackets, helmets and gripped the rough wooden paddles. Each one hand carved from the local trees.

With a short, but thorough safety briefing, we were loaded into the 4 rafts.

Our guide, Alex, was ripped like an African Terminator and has been rafting the Nile for over 5 years. We were also accompanied by 2 rescue kayaks per raft, one of which was paddled by one of the Ugandan Olympic representatives, Juma.

As we stroked our way into the first section of our rapids the tension began to build. Everyone but myself had never been rafting before and had no idea what to expect. With rapids this large, neither did I.

Spinning at the last minute Alex yelled at us to “get down”. Gripping the safety line and sitting on our haunches we dropped over the first rapid. Luckily this one decided to spit us back out unscathed.

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

It wasn’t the case with all the rapids.

One of the things that they made me do, which I have never seen before and the guides thought was hilarious, was to get us perched at the front of the raft. This meant that whoever was on front had to take the full force of impact as we dropped into the Class 4 rapids.

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

I honestly don’t know how I managed to stay in the raft.

While being flipped out can be terrifying, having the life jacket, a little common sense and experienced guides directing you, makes it fun.

Even when on the one occasion I was tossed out of the raft by the raging white water and popped up underneath the raft, which had reached it’s demise and flipped over again, I never panicked. In the gloomy dark I could breath the air created in the rafts natural air pockets before the guide, obviously using supernatural powers had clambered on top of the upside-down raft and directed me out from underneath.

White Water Rafting the Nile River with Nile River Explorers Review

The white water rafting adventure down the Nile River was definitely one of the top experiences while I was in Africa.

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The crew from Nile River Explorers were some of the best rafting guides and kayakers I have ever seen.

We never felt unsafe, even when we knew that we were pretty much guaranteed to flip. The scariest part was how relaxed we were while knowing what we were getting ourselves into. And that comes down to how professional the guides from Nile River Explorers were.

It also wasn’t all about rafting. With 4 hours in the raft you have to keep entertained.

With the traditional “pool/drop” rapids, where a large rapid “drops” into a “pool” or flat section, we were able to have plenty of rests from paddling. As well as occasional multiple water fights and swims to keep cool. The guides were always quick with the wit, and had plenty to say about the Nile River itself including pointing out various wildlife and historical sites.

All in all I highly recommend you check them out if you want to go rafting on the Nile River.

Cost: Rafting the Nile with Nile River Explorers costs $125 per person. This includes breakfast, a huge lunch and as many beers as you can down in an hour at the end. Photos are an extra $80 per boat, so it is reasonable if everyone wants to purchase them together.

When I compare the prices to choose the cheapest accommodation around the world, I’m looking  through Hotelscan.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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32 Comments

  1. Arti

    July 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Looks like you had a whale of a time! Though it looks quite scary, especially flipping out of the boat but sounds like fun too!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      So much fun Arti. Loved the flipping, although a little scary at times!

  2. Michael

    July 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    looks crazy! rafting can always be a bit dangerous so if I do choose to to rafting I always prefer countries that are more progressive insurance wise and medical wise and are more safety conscious.

  3. Alex

    July 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Wow! This sounds scary, rafting in volatile waves of this mighty river. I am glad you were accompanied with the experienced people.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Definitely wouldn’t want to try rafting the Nile without these awesome guides 😉

  4. Beth

    July 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Looks like you guys had a ton of fun! Class 5 sounds a little scary though! I’ve been rafting a few times, although it’s usually class 3 with a few 4s. If ever given the chance to raft down the Nile, I’m not sure I could pass it up!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      To be honest we even flipped on some Class 4 rapids! It all depends how you hit the rapids and if you are willing to flip 🙂 Then your guide can do it haha.

  5. Kristy of Family Visa

    July 29, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    That’s very scary but I find it you enjoy the whole water adventure base on the pictures you’ve posted here!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Was definitely a highlight of my time in Africa Kristy.

  6. Jenn

    July 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Wow! You’re pretty brave! I’d like to think that I’m quite the adventurer, but I’m not sure I could tackle class 5 rapids on a raging river. The pictures look totally worth it for this rare opportunity too!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      So glad they had a photographer in a separate kayak follow us down. So many good shots and a couple of videos too 🙂

  7. Salika Jay

    July 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Sounds exciting. I can’t imagine sitting in front of the raft and facing white water in full force.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      It is VERY full on Salika. But so much fun and definitely the best seat in the raft 😉

  8. Debra

    July 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    This looks like so much fun. I have never been whitewater rafting before but this makes me think that I need to.

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    What an awesome day. I’m a very strong swimmer but flipping out in a rapid would still terrify me. Great stuff.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 3, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Even if you are a strong swimmer you can’t fight the water here. But with a life jacket and the experience of the guides, you have nothing to worry about!

  10. Michael-Try The World

    August 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Wow looks like an incredible experience. Whitewater rafting is one of my outdoor activities. I’ve never personally been on any class 5 rapids though. That looks crazy!! You definitely hit some giant waves!!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 3, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      Pretty daunting when you are right at the front with a wall of water and nowhere else to go!

  11. Benjamin@asap

    August 9, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Sounds really crazy Cole! Rafting itself is such an excellent sport… and doing it on the Nile is something like ultimate fun. And of course, it wouldn’t have been that much smooth without those experienced professionals.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Can’t recommend it enough! Was such a fun day out.

  12. Marian

    August 12, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    That’s what you called real adventure. Never tried rafting before, because I don’t have the guts. 🙂 Can’t imagine my self in that situation specially when the boat flip that’s too scary to me :)..

    • Cole Burmester

      August 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      It is very safe with all their safety kayaks around. You come to love it and want more flipping by the end haha.

  13. flipnomad

    August 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Wow! Looks like an awesome adventure.

  14. Tim H

    October 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I honestly think that flipping is the best thing. Really, when you go through all the trouble of putting on the gear wouldn’t you be a little disappointed if you stayed in the raft the whole time?

  15. Ross

    October 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Well put. I did the same tour and we had the same experience. i did manage to hold on a few times in the boat when pleny (including the guide) came out but twice the whole shebang went belly up and I spent a long time in the water. Of all the white water rafting I have done Jinja was the best.

  16. Travelyn

    January 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Wonderful adventure. The photo’s tell it all. Looks a bit scary but lots of fun.

  17. Ross

    January 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Looks and sounds awesome. I did the same trip and also had a great time and we did the person on the front too but she wasnt hanging on! One person for some strange reason was afraid of water and started off with us. After rapid 1 she left to the safety boat. Not sure what she had in mind!

  18. Drew | The Hungry Partier

    May 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    This actually looks insane!! I hope to cross this off my bucket list soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jonny Duncan

    August 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Awesome! I white water rafted the Zambezi river below Victoria Falls and got addicted to the adrenaline you get doing it. Will put this on my bucket list of places to go rafting.

  20. Bali Attractions

    August 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    What a fascinating spot

  21. Courtney Blacher

    June 14, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Is it scary as it seems? And it looks like so much fun. But too scary for me.

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Taking a long vacation is all one can long for after experiencing a tough time at work or at home. That small break can you do your body, mind, and soul sound, especially when one is on the verge of a mental breakdown. You ought to plan yourself accordingly more so concerning your travel arrangements. It will enable you to have an adventurous time right from the time you leave your front door. Here are essential air travel tips that you must know about when planning for your trip.

Book your flights smartly 

Booking any flight that appears on your schedule won’t do you any right; instead, it might cost you lots of cash. You ought to be flexible as you check out Sydney to Hong Kong flight time. You ought to check out various air travel websites as well as apps to find the ideal flight for your travel destination.

Pack smartly

If you are planning on flying, you must limit the amount of luggage that you’ll carry. It would be best if you packed a few everyday items that you use.

Pack only clothes that you might need. To pack all these, you ought to have the nitty-gritty details concerning your trip.

Check out the location, activities you’ll engage in, type of trip as well as stay duration. It will act as a basic guideline for all items that you might require.

Make your luggage easy to identify

The last thing you would want to deal with during your pleasant trip is worrying about your luggage, more so when they get loaded randomly on the plane. It would be best you made your luggage easy to identify.

You can tie a small noticeable ribbon or a put a sticker, which will make it different from other bags. You can also choose to write your home address as well as a phone number. That way, in case of anything your sideways, you can quickly get a call.

Come with some form of entertainment

It never hurts to come along with some leisurely activity. It will come in handy more so when the flight lacks an inflight entertainment system.

You can choose to use this time to catch up on a movie, listen to a podcast, or finish that novel that you have put off for quite some time. It’s a good time to disconnect with the hassles of life and relax.

Be mindful what you eat

It’s easy to get a stomach upset when traveling to a new destination. You ought to know what you are eating at all times.

Some food might affect your flight experiences. Therefore, you must avoid gassy foods. You might discover that carb-rich meals might assist in reducing jet lag.

Travelling can get a little bit hectic, more so when air travel is concerned. You ought to be cautious about fight times, including Sydney to Hong Kong flight time, among other necessities. It will enable you to have a pleasing as well as a fun time all through.

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What To Do If You Have A Car Accident While Traveling

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Travel is exciting. Generally speaking, this is a good thing. But, sometimes a trip can turn out to be eventful for the wrong reasons. 

The last thing you need is to have a car accident, even a small one, while you are traveling. It puts a real dampener on things and if you do not take the right action an event like that can carry on having a negative impact on your life even after you get home. With this in mind, I thought I would put together a few tips to help you to navigate what can be a tricky situation.

Call a lawyer

Regardless of where you are, it is wise to speak to a car accident attorney after an accident. In particular, if someone has been hurt or it looks like there could be a lot of damage. . 

You can never be sure where these cases will lead, so having the support of a lawyer is useful. Most car accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation. So, you can use that to ask them what to do next and ascertain if you are likely to need their services. 

It is best to start by explaining that you have had your accident while vacationing. This will enable them to advise you about whether you need to hire a lawyer close to where you live or where you had the accident. 

Notify the insurance firm

Also, ask them about what to say when speaking to the insurance firm. You will definitely need to contact them. Usually, there is a time limit for doing this, so be aware of this and make sure you comply.

But, you will need to be careful about what you say. Regardless of where you are in the world, it is not wise to admit blame.

Notify the car hire firm

If you were driving a hire car, at the time of your accident, you normally have to notify them too. Again, your lawyer will be able to advise you about what to say. 

This will ensure that you do not inadvertently end up taking the blame or agreeing to pay for something you shouldn’t. You need to speak to your car hire firm within the timescales agreed when you signed the contract.

Follow the local rules and regulations

Before you leave home, you need to have familiarized yourself with driving rules of the area you were traveling to. There are differences. For example, you have to understand how serious an accident has to be for it to be obligatory to call the police to the scene of the accident. In some parts of the world, you have to deploy warning triangles and put on high visibility vests. Not knowing and complying with these special rules can get you in a lot of trouble.

Contact your travel insurance provider too

Wherever you travel to you should always buy a good travel insurance policy that includes cover for medical emergencies. Most of the time, this is how your medical expenses will be covered. But, as you can see here if you are held responsible for the accident you will almost certainly be liable for the other party’s medical expenses. That is why it is very important to only hire a car if good car insurance is included.

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Three Reasons You Need To Try Camping

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Holidays are that point of your working year when you finally get to relax, finally get to step away from the laptop and finally get some much needed time to recover from the stresses and strains of work.

It’s the pin on the calendar that gives you something to look forward to and the point where you know all that planning and work was worthwhile.

But are that person who finds it hard to put down the laptop and step away from their phone. Perhaps, you find it hard to switch off and worry about how the business is functioning in your absence.

In this blog, we take a look at three reasons why camping is the ultimate getaway for the stressed out executive.

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Why Basic is Better

What’s the first thing you do when you check into your luxury hotel? That’s right, you ask for the wifi code and make sure your charger is plugged in. A home from home environment is great but when that home turns into an extension of your office, then you’re not going to be able to switch off and focus on where you are, even with the best will in the world.

Taking yourself out of your comfort zone and limiting your options is a bit like tough love, hard to do but ultimately a decision that everyone benefits from.

Gone is your focus on charging a phone and instead you’re thinking about when to fire up the BBQ or how many blankets you’re going to need that night.

Great for All Types of Families

Including couples, friends and those with children. Simply put camping brings people together. The campfire toasting marshmallows, the walks into the countryside and the late nights talking and playing cards together. No phones, no TV and no distractions, just you and your family remembering what it’s like, just to talk and be together.

The Great Outdoors

Watching your kids or your dog enjoying bounding around outside is great for the soul. Just taking time to enjoy the views at a campsite such as Rest Point Caravan Park in Walpole will help you to reconnect with the great outdoors and remember what’s it like to forget your responsibilities, just for a little while at least.

You might also give yourself the opportunity to try a new sport, get back on your bike or just enjoy some gentle exercise in the fresh air with the prospect of a tasty BBQ at the end of the day.

You might not feel like a natural camper but if the alternative is being cooped up in your hotel pouring over your emails, then make this an option that you add to your list. Be brave, go and buy a great tent or go to a site where you can rent them and take a chance on the great outdoors. Breathe some fresh air, admit there’s no wifi and enjoy a holiday reconnecting with the people and pets you value most.

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