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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. [email protected]

    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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Skin-Care Rules to Always Follow When You Travel

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With the holiday season nearly upon us, most of us are hit with a bout of wanderlust. Traveling will take us to different places, and these places likely have completely different climates from what we are used to. Nobody wants to have a skin breakout or any other type of skin problem during vacation. To prevent this problem, this article will give you Skin-care rules to always follow when you travel.

Every time you step on a plane, your skin is exposed to a whole different condition. You are plagued by stale, dry, circulated air that can do wonders to your skin (in a bad way, of course). And that is just your flight. Your actual vacation can be a nightmare for your skin. From weird hotel products to bad sunscreen, to stress from forgetting stuff at home or from family members and a host of other problems.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your skin looking great despite the challenges of travel.

  1. Drink Water…a lot of water

Staying hydrated is extremely important. Being hydrated inside and outside is one of the most important skin routine tips at all times, even when you are not on vacation.

The switch from a hot to a cold climate or from a hot to cold climate can cause skin dryness and irritation among other things. Even the air on the plane is dry and can sap all the moisture from your skin. Therefore, make sure your drink a lot of water. That would keep you hydrated inside.

For your skin, you should liberally apply moisturizers to keep your skin looking radiant and beautiful.

  1. Use Sunscreen

Next to staying hydrated, sun protection is one of the most important routine for your skin type.  While travelling, you should be extra diligent about your sunscreen.

It might sound strange, but you should apply sunscreen even while on the plane. Why? Because you are in a metal container 10,000 feet close to the sun. In fact, you are likely to get a sunburn while in a plane than on the ground. You might want to close the shades, but others might want of view. Hence take precautions and apply the sunscreen.

When you are travelling, it can be easy to forget to use sunscreen, or you might run out of sunscreen. You can go the extra mile by setting a reminder on your phone either to use sunscreen or buying a new one before the current one runs out.

  1. Use Minimal Makeup

During your vacation, leave out heavy foundations and other heavy makeup products. If you are traveling to a location with extreme weather, your makeup will wear off fairly easily. This not only leaves you looking silly, but the heavy makeup can clog the pores of your skin and result in breakouts.

If you choose to use makeup at all, use breathable makeup. Preferably it should be water-resistant and offer protection from hot climates.

  1. Take your facial cleanser and moisturizer along with you

To keep your face looking great even in extreme climates, your facial cleanser and moisturizer are very important. The daily cleanser helps to clean impurities on your face, while the moisturizer will feed your skin with the important nutrients required to keep it healthy during the duration of your trip.

  1. Use trusted products

Trying out new products is fun, but you should be very careful doing this while on vacation. The change in climate is enough stress on your skin. If you add new products to your skin, you might be increasing the stress on it. Invariably, this might lead to skin breakout and other issues.

Therefore, stick to what your skin is familiar with. When you go back home, you can try out new products. To make it easier to keep using your familiar products, you can buy travel-sized versions of your moisturizer, lotion, cleanser and other stuff.

  1. Have a medical emergency kit

This should contain smoothening calamine, aloe vera potion and other things that can be used in case of skin emergencies.

To enjoy your trip, no matter where that might be, follow these skin-care rules. Your skin will thank you for it!

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Scottsdale – Come for the Sights, Stay for the Experience

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Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the most popular destinations in the Grand Canyon State. Known for its resorts, natural trails, and association with nightlife, the city has become a must visit for anyone who wants to experience contemporary life in a former desert.

Scottsdale is very famous for its modern hospitality and geographical sights. Keeping this in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that finding a Scottsdale nightclub is on the minds of many tourists who pay the city a visit – even those who do so to explore one of its mountainous ranges.

If you are planning to head down to the Copper State anytime soon and enjoy life, then Scottsdale may prove to be a great summer destination.

To help you understand what the city would have to offer in terms of recreation, here are some of the top Scottsdale vacation and dining options that make the West’s Most Western Town, a must visit.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is perhaps the most popular destination in the city. With its unique lineup of culturally rich events, this colorful area has a vibe that defines old West meeting its modern counterpart to a T.

While Scottsdale remains famous for its modern nightlife, club scene, and luxurious resorts, Old Town Scottsdale brings about the old Western charm for tourists to experience firsthand. Old architecture, preserving museums, and cultural activities are just a few of the many things that you could experience at this destination.

With an array of fine dining restaurants that prove to be the best in the state, you could grab a bite in luxury after roaming around in the sun.

And if you feel a bit more adventurous, then you could do that exploration while riding on a Segway instead of using your good old feet. With plenty of Segway tours being conducted each day, you will easily be able to find something that suits your schedule.

Taliesin West

As the winter home to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West boasts of an unmatched architectural design.

Now a museum, the destination doesn’t only showcase the building in all of its glory, but also offers insights into Wright’s work and his mind through detailed tours of the facility.

It is due to these reasons that Taliesin West ranks as one of the topmost destinations to visit in Scottsdale among many professional guides.

Since the building or its experience cannot be replicated elsewhere, it remains a must visit for whenever you are in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Want to visit the biggest shopping mall in Arizona? You would find it to be located in the heart of Scottsdale.

With around 2 million square feet of shopping space, the Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the biggest malls in the whole country. Made up of high end, luxury retail locations, it is literally the one stop shop for upscale items that you may not find elsewhere in the city. With that, the mall holds plenty of fine dining locations as well. What more could you want from a shopping destination, really?

Due to its modern inventory and access to high fashion, the Scottsdale Fashion Square could be a must visit before you hit the popular nightclub scene of the city. Whether you are finding some club wear or just want to spruce up your existing outfit with some Loboutins, this mall would provide you with plenty of choices and fun to boot.

Scottsdale Has Something for Everyone

Depending upon your personal preference, Scottsdale has plenty to offer.  Whether you want to indulge in the city’s party scene or just explore its natural history, you would find that the destination has something for everyone.

So the next time that you are about to visit the Wild West, don’t forget to put Scottsdale at the top of your list. You won’t be disappointed with what you get to work with.

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5 Fun Adventure Activities in Vietnam

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A stunning country with glorious scenery and an amazing culture, Vietnam offers many attractions for the modern tourist. It would be easy to spend a holiday in Vietnam just sightseeing and immersing yourself in the culture – which thanks to a heavy French influence, is different to its South Eastern Asian neighbours – but why pass up on some of the fun adventure activities in Vietnam?

Sandboarding

Also called sand surfing, sandboarding is an extreme sport, exactly like snowboarding, but on sand dunes instead of snow. Regularly named among the best sandboarding destinations in the world, are the Mue Ne Dunes. A series of red dunes around the resort town of the same name, sandboarding has not yet hit the professional heights here but is more of a fun cultural experience. Women in cone hats rent out boards to everyone from kids to saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Mue Nie is also home to the magical Fairy Stream. This small shallow river winds through moon-like rock formations and is fun to walk through. You can watch the fish as you walk up to two kms in the water or you might try your hand at fishing. You’ll need some basic tackle including rod and reels. Check out these great options for beginners.

Take on Mount Fansipan

Nicknamed “the Roof of Indochina”, Fanispan at 3,143 metres is the highest mountain in the region. Located in Sapa, a town in the Lao Cai province in Northern Vietnam, the mountain can be conquered via two main climbing routes, one categorised as 2D1N, the other a longer 3D2N route. Both climbs require a guide. For those who prefer an easier way to the summit, the Fanispan cable car takes just 15 minutes to achieve what climbers do in 2-3 days, travelling on cables high above primitive forests.

Ride a Motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

One of the enduring images of Vietnam is the streets of Ho Chi Minh crowded with motorbikes, but motorbikes are also popular outside the cities and Vietnam has become known for some amazing motorbike routes. One of the favourite journeys is from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. There are various routes to cover the distance of more than 2,000 kms, all taking you through gorgeous scenery and fascinating towns and villages.

Marble Mountain Rappelling Tour with Temple and Cave Exploration

You might think that abseiling down a vertical rock face is for experienced adrenalin junkies but not so on a rappelling tour in the Marble Mountains in Vietnam. Located just north of the popular resort city of Hoi An, the Marble Mountains are known locally as the “Five Elements Mountains”. Tours start in the city and once in the mountains, all equipment and instruction is provided to complete at least two rappels (depending on the tour company you choose). Besides the rappelling, the tours have spectacular views of the coast and include trekking through the mountains, visiting caves and temples

Canyoning

Canyoning is a thrilling adrenaline rush of an adventure sport wherein you jump into a fast-flowing mountain stream and allow yourself to be carried at high speed downstream. The most popular place for canyoning in Vietnam is Dalat. Dalat is in the Central Highlands and is a lovely resort town near a lake becoming renown as a destination for honeymoons as well as the adventure sports of cliff jumping, waterfall rappelling, natural water slides, and hiking, as well as canyoning. Various companies offer canyoning tours in Dalat all at similar prices for similar itineraries, so just choose which appeals most.

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