Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 5:18 AM Last Post By: kaz
Apr 20, 2013 7:37 AM
Apr 20, 2013 9:26 AM
Apr 21, 2013 9:32 AM
2I've not done the rafting at Jinja, but I've been several times at Vic Falls, so I'd also recommend the Zambezi.
I was in Jinja shortly after the Nile had begun rising from the new dam and certainly there was no white water at Bujagali Falls any more, although I believe the rafting companies now drive you somewhere further upstream, which may be good, I don't know. Hopefully someone who's been rafting there since the dam was built will reply.
The rafting at Vic Falls has been exciting each time, but they don't do it all year round, so your choice may depend on when you'll be there as well.
Apr 22, 2013 3:59 AM
Apr 22, 2013 2:33 PM
4I haven't rafted either river in about 6 years, so this might be a bit dated as I don't know about the dam in Jinja. Both rivers are great, IMHO. But a couple of things to note:
- Zambezi requires a hike down and up a gorge to raft the river. There isn't such a steep climb for the NIle.
- The Nile requires more paddling between rapids as they seemed to me to be spread out a bit farther than the Zambezi.
- Most Zambezi trips start at the base of the falls.....nifty location!
- We had a meal when we finished the Nile, but just a drink when we finished the Zambezi. Not that it mattered, but just noting the difference.
Apr 23, 2013 5:18 AM
5Helen is right, it's pretty steep getting in and out of the Zambezi gorge.
Part of the trail uses log ladders and it is quite a strenuous hike - your legs will certainly feel it the next day and you'll probably see a lot of tourists staggering around town, unable to cope with steps anymore.......
(my tip is to hire a bike the day after rafting, cycling uses different muscles!)
Refreshments must depend on which rafting company you use, as we got a buffet lunch last time.
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