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Three days discovering the River Nile

Play Action International has teamed up with Kayak the Nile, Africa’s leading paddlesport experts, to offer their volunteers two different three-day packages to add on to the end of their trip to Uganda. You won’t want to miss this beautiful part of Uganda and be the only one who goes straight home at the end of your volunteer experience!

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do the Nile River’s most exciting adventure activities! White water kayaking on the Nile is not to be missed. With its warm water and great rapids of all grades, it’s the perfect environment for every ability and adventure level, from complete beginner to expert. Situated right at the source of the iconic Nile River this is the perfect chance to experience all this beautiful region is famous for!

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 kayaking 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, with one of our skilled guides in the back seat steering you down 25kms of some of the biggest white water on the planet. This is the only river in Africa you can do this on! 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. Spend the night with your friends enjoying the views from Nile River Explorers campsite with the famous Ugandan Nile Special beer in hand as you relive your epic days on the river together!

Day 3: Having scratched the epic world-famous rapids of the Nile off your bucket list over the last two days, today is a chance to kick back and relax on the river. After a busy volunteer program it’s time to sit back read a book, swim in the river, play a round of crazy golf and relax on our SUP Hammock. 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 the campsite for the last hurrah!

The Adrenaline Adventure Includes

  • 3 nights dormitory accommodation at Nile River Explorers Campsite
  • A full day of white water kayaking (all equipment, coaching, transport to and from river, cold drinks at the end of the day)
  • A full day of tandem kayaking (all equipment, one to one guide, safety kayakers, transport to and from river, cold drinks at end of the day
  • A 1.5 hour SUP Hammock tour
  • Crazy golf (mini golf course)
  • All of your meals, including final night BBQ
  • Transport to/from Jinja & the river each day
  • £350 per person

Limited spaces available


Treat yourself to a bit of luxury and relaxation on the banks of the Nile River. After a busy volunteer schedule you’ll feel like a bit of rest and relaxation and the beautiful Nile River region can deliver this in bucket loads! From staying at accommodation with some of the best views in Uganda to floating in a hammock on the water, you’ll enjoy the much deserved downtime and go home feeling very chilled.

Day 1: A few rounds of crazy golf on the ‘big game’ golf course, where, amongst other things you’ll get the rather unique opportunity to putt a golf ball into an elephants trunk. Optional additional drinking rules available on request! You’ll also have the chance to float on one of the calm sections of the Nile on a SUP board, in a hammock. That’s right, you did read it right, a metal frame strapped to a few stand up paddle boards provides possibly the coolest and most chilled way to enjoy a cold drink and experience an iconic Nile River sunset… floating cool box included! Dinner this evening will be a local feast prepared by a chef from Bujagali village nearby.

Day 2: This morning you’ll get to try Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Nile River and if you are up for the challenge attempt some Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. This gentle and relaxing activity feels like you’re walking on water and our expert guide will show you all the basic moves to get you enjoying your float on the Nile. At this point we will move onto the Yoga, upon the calm and relaxing waters of the River Nile, beside the forested river bank as monkeys and an array of beautiful tropical birds provide the soundtrack. After a relaxing afternoon at camp, possibly reading a book and taking in the river view from the tree house deck or taking a swim in the river, in the evening you will head next door to the wonderful Black Lantern Restaurant for a delicious 3 course dinner and enjoy a drink by the pool.

Day 3: Your final morning with us starts with a river boat cruise, you will head out and explore the river with your captain, Chibby, who will help you find all the different beautiful birds, monkeys and river otters as he takes you 5 km upstream. Here he will drop you off with your expert guide on your choice of super stable Sit-on-Top Kayak,
with a partner, or Stand Up Paddleboard. Your guide will then lead you back down this beautiful section of calm, flat water passing the channels between the islands as you go, keep those eyes open for the African Fish Eagles and River Otters. In the afternoon you will be booked in for a massage or treatment of your choice at the
Explorers River Camp Riverside Spa, what better way to end your weekend of relaxing activities before heading back out to your projects.

The Nile Retreat Includes

  • 3 nights dormitory accommodation and breakfasts at Explorers River Camp
  • Big Game’ Mini Golf.
  •  A 1.5 hour SUP Hammock tour with guide and drinks.
  • A 2 hour SUP Yoga/Taster session with an expert guide
  • Chibby cruise and flat water, scenic river trip.
  • Massage / Treatment at Explorers River Camp Riverside Spa
  • Local Ugandan Dinner
  • 3 course meal at The Black Lantern Restaurant
  • All of your meals
  • £250 per person

Covid Disruption

and Guarantee

We understand it is an uncertain world right now! We hope by summer 2023 covid disruption will be very minimal, but if covid or associated travel restrictions get in the way of your ability to do The Nile Retreat package we can either move the dates free of charge, or give a full refund.

How to Book

You need to confirm via email ( and pay by bank transfer to the following UK bank details: Name (Christopher Norman Mudie), Sort Code (23-14-70) and account number (81284902).

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Limited spaces available