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Canoeing in Uganda

Canoeing in Uganda

Explore the peaceful waterways of Uganda as well as the amazing wildlife living in and along its water waves. The country has several lakes, rivers and wetlands which cover approximately 18% of the country’s total surface area. Among the most outstanding is Lake Victoria one of the largest freshwater lakes on the continent and River Nile which is the longest river in the world. All these provide a prime environment for canoeing across the Nile, Lake Victoria basin, lake bunyonyi and several other numerous water bodies across the country.

You will be able to enjoy canoeing as well as Kayaking on the water sources in the different parts of the country on your Uganda Adventure Safari

Several factors make the White Nile a world renowned whitewater destination. The river is huge, usually flowing between 1,000 and 1,600 cubic meters per second. There is enough water here to form several large rivers, and that is essentially what happens when the massive waterway splits into multiple channels over the course of a 70 kilometer run. All that water, spilling from the inland sea of Lake Victoria, is comfortably warm yet refreshing enough to provide some relief from the air, which is usually Africa-hot. Despite the sometimes oppressive heat, the locals are remarkably friendly. Packs of bright eyed children openly approach newly arrived kayakers with the familiar phrase, “Jambo mzungu,” which means “Hello white person” in English. On top of this welcoming reception, there is the whitewater.

Uganda canoe

Paddling legend Steve Fisher from South Africa is considered as a local on the Nile – in fact he owns an island on that river… 

The hydraulic features of the White Nile are the stuff of legend. With such a large volume of water, it doesn’t take much to form a respectable surf wave. Yet, not only is the water of the White Nile compressed into relatively narrow channels, it also slides over bedrock shelves, recoiling into waves and holes that are on a scale better suited for giants. The Nile Special wave is arguably the world’s best big water surf spot, and it is just one among dozens of play features here. Bring your play boat to the White Nile, because that’s the game.

canoeing in uganda

Boda Boda’s are to the White Nile, what the yellow cabs are to New York City. This is how most paddlers run shuttles to get back to the top – it developed a real economy down there… ©L Alsheimer/kayak session mag

Intimidating class V lines also exist, hiding in the lesser known far channels. This is the perfect training ground for kayaking’s elite, both in freestyle and big water river running. Before taking on the world’s biggest volume rapids (the Inga Rapids of the lower Congo), Steve Fisher and his team came to the White Nile. If big water bravery is your thing, you’ll have run most of the White Nile’s gnar within a week, sound preparation for the Murchison Falls section farther downstream, where the friendly countryside surrounding Nile Special is exchanged for frontier wilderness; armed militias on river right, aggravated hippos on river left, and hungry crocodiles in the eddies. These hazards have kept this landmark section mostly un-run, with just a dozen total descents in history.

Uganda waterbodies

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