How the hell did I end up white water rafting on a holiday that was meant to be strictly pool, sauna, food cycle at one of the best resorts in Uganda?
Well, I should have known better that the kind of travelling and vacationing I like to do or what makes me happy is when there are super diverse activities. So on the second day, the opportunity arose to do something I had never done before, I had to take it.
Less than 12 hours later, I am waking up at 5 am to get ready for a 3 hour ride to Jinja (source of the Nile River). I didn’t even have time to google what would be appropriate to wear. Hence my short shorts and a red polo shirt. Arriving around 8 ish, we were greeted by the most warmest calmest people ever, making me feel like what laid ahead wasn’t so much of a biggie. But it was a biggie!!!
I really don’t think it hit me what I had signed up to, until it was too late. Got my helmet fitted on and my safety jacket assigned and off we went!
Here are my top 5 reasons I would recommend water rafting:
- If you have trouble shutting down your mind, then this will do the trick. You are so focused on not missing any instruction of safety and direction coming from person whose accent you are not too familiar with, that you have no space to think about anything else
- The water in the River Nile up in Jinja is super warm and not salty
- The views that you take in after you row for your life are stunning! From the birds to the lush green trees.
- You realize how fast you can build a comradery with strangers when your on a boat.
- It is a freaking awesome experience that gets your adrenaline pumping and your totally putting your body through a total workout
Of course, all of this was thrilling and satisfying because I had to put my trust in a stranger, Naser. He trained us, guided us, brought comedy to our boat, and encouraged us to go big or go home when we had a choice of what grade of rapid we were going to do. It’s truly a skill to be able to read the waters, pass instruction clearly and immediately and ensure the safety of us. He and his organization made this experience unforgettable.
So far, this random unplanned experience, has opened a new window of opportunities. I never thought i would consider planning a holiday that wasn’t focused on culture, history or relaxing. Now I cant wait to find another physical holiday!