The Ultimate test of balance.
Whitewater stand up paddle boarding isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy a challenge and don’t mind making a fool of yourself in the name of fun then it certainly may be for you.
SUP in whitewater is predicable. Lots of falling off, very hard to do and completely hilarious. If you are more concerned about your appearance than having fun then stay away from white water stand up paddle boarding.
If however you are willing to try something new and have a good laugh with friends about it then this is a great trip.
Half day Whitewater SUP
- Take on the Nile’s first rapids standing up
- Extremely difficult but great fun to do as a group
- Fun trip for the weekend
Starting just below Bujagali dam, we put onto the water to spend some time learning how to control the boards and give you a full briefing of what to do if you fall off in the rapids. There are normally a few falls at this early stage but it is all good practice.
As we move down the river you’ll get a view of the crests of the first rapid, question your sanity and carry on. The biggest of the section, this rapid called ‘Jaws’ is a daunting challenge. Quick reactions and superior balance may get you past the first rolling waves, through the diagonals and maybe even over the rising and crashing waves arriving triumphant at the bottom of the rapid.
If you don’t get that far (don’t worry, most people don’t), then you’ll be treated instead to some interesting swimming. The rapid is deep with no rocks in the main flow so actually makes for some fun rather than anything dangerous. Collected together at the bottom of the rapid, and rejoined with your board, we’ll laugh at what just happened and swap stories before doing it all over again.
We cover a total of 7km enjoying this beautiful first free flowing stretch of the Nile.
Half Day Whitewater SUP
- Ultimate test of balance
- Includes instruction from our experienced river guides
- All necessary SUP and safety equipment
- Transport to the river from Bujagali
- Cold drinks at the end of the day
- Free access to the Nile river explorers Kampala – Jinja shuttle
- $95 per person (minimum 2)
“Many people can say they have kayaked down the Nile but only few can say they SUP the NIle. I recommend this to people who have some time in Jinja and want to do something a little different.
Doing the grades 1 and 2 on a stand up paddle is hard but a lot of fun. You need to be able to put your pride and ego aside because you are going to take some pretty fun falls off the board.
All in all it was a great way to spend the day on the water. Sim and Shaggy our guides made us three girls have a blast. I am pretty sure they laughed at us the whole time, but we were laughing at ourselves the whole time too.
Well worth the time and money.”
Renae N, Lethbridge, Canada