Rivers of Uganda

Uganda is a developing country in the African Great Lakes region. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake by area and the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria receives its water from direct rainfall as well as thousands of small streams and rivers. Lake Victoria is drained solely by the Nile River near Jinja, Uganda, on the lake’s northern shore.

The Nile River is of course the longest river in the world. While non-paddlers will associate the river with the Nile Delta in Egypt, paddlers know it as one of greatest whitewater rivers in the world, with Uganda being the primary destination to enjoy running the big rapids and surfing many different waves.

A number of commercial operators, based in and around Jinja, offer a variety of trips on the Nile. Kayak the Nile is especially focused on kayakers, from teaching novices to showing experienced kayakers the different lines on the river. If you would rather sit on a big raft with a guide steering the boat, also look at Nile River Explorers and White Nile Rafting.

A more extreme section of the Nile River lies between Karuma Falls and Murchison Falls, one of the wildest sections of river anywhere on the planet! The huge white water, along with the hippos, crocs and other wildlife make it one of the most intense rafting experiences you will ever have. If you fancy a high dose of adrenaline for an extended period of time, get hold of African Rivers, owned and operated by Pete Meredith. Pete is one of the most experienced raft masters and expedition leaders in Africa, and he offers expedition style commercial river trips on this section of the Nile River.