Wildwaters Lodge in the White Nile, Uganda

Pool at Wildwaters Lodge in Uganda - photo by Rob McFarland

Pool at Wildwaters Lodge in Uganda – photo by Rob McFarland

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Apr 24, 2018

On paper, a private boat transfer sounds like a delightful way to start a holiday on an exclusive island resort. And if the property was in, say, the Maldives or the Seychelles, I’m sure it would be. However, when it’s on an island surrounded by three class six rapids in the middle of Uganda’s raging White Nile, the trip takes on a rather more intrepid feel.

Adding to my concern is that the boat in question is actually a wooden canoe whose engine is a young staff member with a paddle. After carefully loading my luggage into the front, he instructs me to sit in the middle “for balance” and then launches us into the ferocious current.

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Rafting the White Nile, Uganda

White water rafting on the White Nile in Uganda - photo by Rob McFarland

White water rafting on the White Nile in Uganda – photo by Rob McFarland

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Oct 20, 2017

“We have three options for Itanda Falls,” our guide Wilson says. “Easy, 50-50 or 100 per cent.”

The six of us confer. Choosing 100 per cent means we’ll enter Bad Place, a hole formed by an enormous standing wave, which all but guarantees we’ll flip. I make an impassioned plea for 50-50 but the consensus is clear. “Hundred per cent,” Peter from Belgium says. “After all, you only live once.” Staying alive is the overriding theme of the safety briefing that started today’s adventure.

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