East African Playgrounds

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Three days discovering Uganda’s hidden paradise

East African Playgrounds has teamed up with Kayak the Nile, the continent’s foremost paddlesport experts, to offer their volunteers one of two unmissable three day packages to add on to the end of their trip to Uganda.

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Both options include a night on the Hairy Lemon, an idyllic jungle island regarded by many as a paradise on the Nile. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax surrounded by a large resident troop of red tail monkeys, monitor lizards and a wide range of tropical birds.

OPTION 1: HIGH ADRENALINE ADVENTURE

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do the Nile Rivers most exciting adventure activity.

Day 1: Today is spent learning to white water kayak as we travel down the calmer stretches of the Nile River. No previous experience necessary because our expert instructors will teach you all you need to know. On your first afternoon, you’ll test your new skills on rapids of up to grade 3! That’s enough to be thrilling, and a little scary, but very achievable and safe. White water kayaking on the Nile is an experience that draws in people from around the world, with many seasoned pros choosing Uganda as their winter training ground.

Day 2: You get to check out the bigger stuff when you go grade 5 tandem kayaking on day 2, with one of our skilled guides in the back seat steering you down 25kms of some of the biggest white water on the planet. Facing huge wave trains and powerful hydraulics, it’s a team effort between you and your guide to make it through all the rapids successfully. This day finishes at the Hairy Lemon island in the late afternoon.

Day 3: A chance to rest and relax with a cold beer in a hammock, or get involved in some of the island’s activities, such as Frisbee golf, trying the purpose-built bouldering wall or viewing the local area on a nature walk. In the late afternoon we transfer you back to NRE for your last night in Uganda. Tonight we celebrate all you have achieved with EAP whilst here by having a big barbecue dinner and party. All the extension groups will end up together at NRE for the last hurrah!

White water kayaking on the Nile is not to be missed; with its warm water and deep rapids of all grades, it’s the perfect environment for every ability and adventure level, from beginner to expert.

The Adrenaline Adventure Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation (2x dorm at NRE Campsite & 1 x dorm at the Hairy Lemon)
  • A full day of white water kayaking
  • A full day of tandem kayaking
  • All of your meals
  • Transport to/from Jinja & the Hairy Lemon
  • £279 per person

Limited spaces available:

OPTION 2: RELAXING ON THE NILE

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Discover the historic Niles source, explore the bustling culture rich town of Jinja, and relax in paradise with a cold drink in hand.

Day 1: A morning of rest, while the afternoon of day one will involve a calm flat water kayak cruise at the source of the world’s longest river. The Nile’s source is a significant location that was sought after for years. Watching a bright orange African sunset, you’ll be kayaking with our expert and entertaining local guide, Abraham, who’ll be on hand to answer all of your questions and top you up with more gin, a cold soda or beer. This trip is a great way to see the local area, in particular its birdlife and explore the Nile at a relaxed pace that suits you.

Day 2: Today you’ll have a leisurely start after breakfast with a 1 hour Stand Up Paddle Board trip on the beautifully scenic Lake Bujagali led by our resident guide Abraham who will entertain you with tales of local Ugandan life and point out the wildlife. After lunch we transfer you to the Hairy Lemon island to lose yourself in a tropical paradise. Watch the sunset over the Nile with a cold drink in your hand.

Day 3: Take a swim or play volleyball in the calm pools that surround the island, or read a book lying in a hammock or in one of the island’s chill out areas. If you’re looking to up the tempo slightly, there’s also Frisbee golf, football and a small bouldering wall or you can explore the bird and wildlife on a nature walk. In the late afternoon we transfer you back to NRE for your last night in Uganda. Tonight we celebrate all you have achieved with EAP whilst here by having a big barbecue dinner and party. All the extension groups will end up together at NRE for the last hurrah!

The island’s conscientious owners are establishing the Hairy Lemon as a self sustaining eco-friendly hostel; amongst other green measures, power is provided by solar panels and their tasty food is organically grown on the their own farm on the mainland.

Relaxing on the Nile Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation (2x dorm at NRE Campsite & 1 x dorm at the Hairy Lemon)
  • A Source of the Nile guided kayak cruise, with plenty of drinks (we recommend the plentiful gin & tonics)
  • A 1 hour SUP tour
  • All of your meals
  • Transport to/from Jinja & the Hairy Lemon
  • £151 per person

Limited spaces available: