My impression of the Nile used to be a gentle, meandering river, aall that changed on February 14th, when I had the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on what many consider to be the longest river in the world. – Gale Horton Gay, one of the hosted visitors during the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) 2017.
Gale continues to narrate the genesis of this experience stating how the journey for adventure started in Jinja, a small riverside Ugandan town that proudly boasts itself as the true “Source of the Nile.”
“The north-flowing Nile spans 4,258 miles and has two sources—the While Nile and the Blue Nile—as it also courses through Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and, of course, Uganda.” – Gale
My colleagues were outfitted with helmets, life vests and paddles and divided into two groups of about eight people each. Once we got into our raft on the White Nile, our guide Sadat Kawawa took us through a 30-minute orientation on how to paddle forward and backward, how to maneuver left and right, had us fall out of the raft so we could understand how to get back in and outlined a number of scenarios about his commands, safety and maneuvering. Kayakers to rescue those who would fall in, a photographer and videographer as well as a safety boat with medical supplies came along as well.
Source: Gale Horton Gay, The Champion