uganda rafting




Price: £1950
"Climb Mount Stanley in the Rwenzoris, track wild chimps and raft from the source of the White Nile. This is a far more rewarding challenge than following the crowds up Kilimanjaro."  

For thousands of years the source of the Nile remained a mystery and it wasn't until the late 1800's that the British Explorer John Hanning Speke was credited with discovering the source of the mighty river at Lake Victoria. Much of Uganda still remains a mystery to the outside world and the Nile is one of the best kept secrets. As the river thunders downsteam from the confines of Lake Victoria, each bend reveals a new vista. Giant fig trees sprout from rock islands, monitor lizards laze wearily on slabs of rock and fisherman paddle frantically between the rapids!

Early morning mist lifts across Lake Victoria to reveal wooden canoes breaking the glassy surface of this immense lake and forested islands provide a haven for flocks of white egret that swoop across this watery paradise. For as far as the eye can see, rolling green hills strech to the horizon and the towering snow capped peaks of the Ruwenzori are shrouded in eternal cloud. Uganda is a land of high mountains, a vast inland sea and mighty rivers. After a visit to the country Winston Churchill wrote "For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life - plant, bird, insect, reptile, beast - for vast scale ...." and the lakes, mountains, rivers forests and game parks are a testament to this.

  "In 1996 Adrift made an historic first descent of the White Nile in Uganda and introduced whitewater rafting to the source of the Nile. We now offer thrilling adventures for all ages and abilities."  

Leaving Kampala, you'll set off to the river driving past acres of sugarcane and roadside stalls selling avaocados, pawpaws, bananas and oranges. After a couple of hours you'll cross the Owen Falls Dam which was built several km's down from Speke's source of the Nile. The Nile flows freely below the dam and makes quick time of the trip down the river to Bujagali Falls which is the first major rapid on the river and is where you will start your rafting action! The following morning, you'll raft from Bujagli to Bwekkwaso.

Each bend in the river brings yet another thunderous roar from the cascading falls ahead. This truly is whitewater rafting at its finest. We'll lunch on our beautiful mid-river island beneath the shade of the trees. Adrift raft the mountainous class 5 rapids of the Nile - the huge waves of "Total Gunga" and "Itanda" are world class. The back to back drops of "Overtime" and "Retrospect" provide some of the most technical and sustained rafting to be found anywhere. We spend the night on another beautiful mid-river island. The campsite comes alive after dark to sound of african music and dancing. In the morning you'll raft down to Nabuganyi - the pools between the rapids are larger but don't be fooled - the crashing waves of "Mulalu" and "Potali" will take your breath away!

Many people like to stay in the lodge for a night or two before setting off on their own. Here, you will be looked after brilliantly and on the day of your departure, our team will give you a comprehensive briefing, go over your route with you and conduct a detailed vehicle hand-over making sure you are 100% happy, confident and ready to go!

Rwenzori Mountain Climbing (5109m)
The Legendary Mountains of the Moon

For centuries these mystical mountains on the border between Uganda and DR Congo have been revered as the Source of the Nile.  The ancient philosopher Ptolemy referred to them as ‘the Mountains of the Moon’ in the 2nd century and they remain little explored despite being the highest mountain range in Africa.  The lofty summits of the main mountains are often enveloped in cloud so that for months the permanent icefields of the highest peaks are hidden from view.  Over twenty peaks in the Rwenzoris exceed 4500m and as Africa’s highest mountain range, they mark the frontier between the high plains of East Africa and the dense forests to the west. 

The central circuit begins from the Nyakalengija amidst the thick forests that are home to chimpanzees and forest elephant.  As we progress steadily upwards, heavy tropical forests give way to a wide variety of flora and fauna making the climb unique.  The luxuriant vegetation that thrives on this rain-soaked massif is nothing short of phenomenal and with each gain in altitude, this remarkable growth changes.  Each night we sleep in sturdy mountain huts and marvel at the incredible scenery and the stunning array of peaks that surround us.  We cook hearty meals and enjoy the company of those who have taken the challenge with us. 

As part of the central circuit, our guided climbs give the chance to summit Margherita Peak (5109m) on Mt. Stanley which is the highest peak in the range.  The final assault on the summit will require the use of ropes and crampons on the icefields but you do not need any previous experience.  While you have the opportunity, we invite you to join in what will be a very challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding climb.  Please take this opportunity to climb one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges – the Ruwenzoris. 

2006 was the centenary of the huge Abruzzi expedition which first climbed the major peaks of the range in 1906.  Prince Luigi di Savoia, better known as the Duke of Abruzzi led a huge expedition in the central peaks region which mapped the area, made the first ascents of the peaks and took some of the most famous photographs of the mountains.  This year marks the 21st anniversary of the first Adrift ascent of the Rwenzori mountains and we welcome you to join us on the summit.


The price includes: park entrance fees, peak fees, international guide, local guides and porters, accommodation in basic mountain huts, heating fees, rescue fees, all meals whilst on the mountains, instruction and the use of harnesses, ice axes, crampons and ropes.  Please ask for an itinerary and our detailed personal equipment list. 

Ruwenzoris -  Mountains of the Moon - Rafting - Chimps -Itinerary

Day 1:  Depart London Gatwick at and arrive at Entebbe Airport, overnight in Kampala.

Day 2:  Drive from Kampala to Ibanda (near the trail head) and stay overnight (6-hours).  Evening briefing, distribution of food loads and final preparation.

Day 3:  Drive from Ibanda to Nyakalengija road head (1900m).  Register with Uganda Wildlife Authority, listen to briefs and arrange porter loads.  Walk from the trail head up the Mubuku river system to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) 3-4 hours walk.  Look for fresh forest elephant trails, listen to the magic of the tumbling rivers and watch for monkeys and chimpanzees. 

Day 4: Descend the ridge to the Mubuku river then climb through bamboo forest toward John Matte Hut (3380m).  The trail is steep and challenging ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (6-7 hours)

Day 5:  Trek from John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m).  We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous.  Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku.  Look for the Everlasting Flower (known to remain on the plants for 40-years) and giant lobelias. 

Day 6:  Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut (4580m).  Climb steeply from Lake Bujuku to Abruzzi’s camp and then on to Elena Hut near the foot of the Mt. Stanley Plateau.
From the valley floor, scree slopes heavily populated with giant lobelias give way to polished slabs of rock and short wall climbs lead to Elena Hut (2.1/2 hours).  Sleeping space is tight.

Day 7:  Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then down to Kitandara Hut (4027m).  Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons will be required.  Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the col and to choose a route to the summit.  Descend to Kitandara Hut for a comfortable night.

Day 8:  Kitandara Hut (4027m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3450m)  Climb steeply to the Freshfied pass (4280m) then down follow open ridges to the spectacular Bujongolo rock shelter.  Enjoy dozens of waterfalls of the upper Mubuku river system en route to Guy Yeoman hut. 

Day 9: Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku river, past Kichuchu (another rock shelter) and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku river (3.1/2 hours). 

Day 10:  Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours).  Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest.  Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys.   Drive to Kiko Tea Estate for the night (2 hours).  Relax and enjoy views across the estate to the Rwenzoris.

Day 11:  Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park.   Follow guides on foot through the forest in search of the chimps.  Expect to see other primates, incredible species of bird and listen for the sounds of the chimpanzees.  When a group is found, we will spend about an hour with them.  Forest treks normally vary between 2 and 6 hours. 

Day 12:  Drive from Kibale Forest to Jinja (8 hours).  Overnight in Jinja Nile Resort on the banks of the Victoria Nile. 

Day 13:  Begin 2-day rafting trip on Victoria Nile. 

Day 14:  Enjoy river surfing and rafting on the Victoria Nile.  Drive back to Kampala for the night.  Overnight in Kampala.

Day 15:  Depart on International flight to London

Day 16:  Arrive London.

E&OE subject to local changes

  "Two days of the ultimate rafting experience in East Africa"  

The White Nile Rafting Itinerary

This two day trip is unboundedly the best way to experience the Nile. Rafting 46kms in total it is a wonderful "river journey" into the heart of Busoga country. After the first day of rafting we pull into Adrift's private island in the Nile to enjoy superb food, drinks & entertainment around the campfire.

On day two we combine some more exciting rapids with plenty of relaxation. Floating down the calmer section of river we meander our way through the lush forested islands and local plantations on the bank. We drift among the curious Busoga people who wave excitedly at us from their traditional wooden canoes.

There are plenty of opportunities to swim, relax on the raft and spot the amazing array of wildlife, including monkeys, fish eagles, monitors, otters & prolific birdlife. Included: as for the full one day.. plus a delicious 3 course dinner around the campfire, beers, sodas, rum punch, waragi (local spirit made from bananas), local music, accommodation in tents, cooked breakfast, yummy lunch, & a great time! This is our guides favourite trip.. please come join them!

Prices:  £1950 including International flights

The price includes:

All flights from London, park entrance fees, peak fees, international guide, local guides and porters, accommodation in basic mountain huts, heating fees, rescue fees, all meals whilst on the mountains, instruction and the use of harnesses, ice axes, crampons and ropes. Rafting instruction and equipment.

With thanks to Cam McCleay and Adrift Uganda.


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