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The Source of the Nile

Kampala, Uganda

After a very eventful Journey we arrived in Jinga (about an hour from Kampala) on Sunday night. Ginga is the watersports capital of Uganada and sits on the Nile just at its source on Lake Victoria.

On Monday we all signed up to go white water rafting. Having never been rafting before I very much underestimated how big these grade 5 rapids were going to be. After an hour of drills we reached our first set of rapids. It was all going well until we got to a rapid from called the Silverback. We all got thrown out and sent flying down the rapids in different directions. There was a brief moment when I thought I was probably dead before being rescued by a kayaker. It took me a couple more rapids to get my confidence back but the rest of the day was incredible. I must have been thrown out 4/5 times but the rest of the just funny, no getting sucked under. Our favourite part was a 5 meter waterfall that we dropped down. Some how we all stayed in the boat.

After a few G&T's last night we got up this morning and me and Meg decided to visit one of the local community projects. It was a really inspiring project set up by an English tour leader 10 years ago. They provide free schooling for all the local children, a local clinic and wider community education to adults on efficient agriculture methods, sustainability, health and family planning and ICT. They take on lots of volunteers and get a lot of their funding from tourists who have visited and UK university societies. It was quite cool to see an effective project that has found solutions to some of the local issues.

The rest of today was spent eating Japatis and sunbathing on the Nile... its a hard life :)

permalink written by  lizziecarver on November 1, 2010 from Kampala, Uganda
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So glad you are having these experiances. The rapids are so exciting. Well done for staying alive.

permalink written by  Janice Carver on November 11, 2010

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