Wild and Wet Wednesday, usually words reserved for a street pole advert grabbing your attention while stuck in traffic to or from work . For me on this particular Wednesday , these words represented a day out on the equally tranquil and gnarly Nile . We launched just a few kilometres outside Jinja spending the day navigating 8 rapids and 21 kilometres of this spectacular river .
Our crew , The captain and navigator mad Matt with a genuine mullet , yes he had lost a bet , Henk and Family from just outside Amsterdam and the man from Toulouse who did not get my joke about Boeing , Oh and not forgetting Solo , Victoria had to sit this one out. The day starts off with instruction and a couple of drills and once that is over it is time to RAFT. You kick off on a level 5 and spend the rest of the day between 3 and level 4 rapids , with a whole lot of time upside down , inside out and being spun around . I had a blast and the great thing about the rafting is that you spend the whole day on the Nile either swimming alongside the boat , enjoying the beautiful countryside or getting machine washed , spun and dried . Our raft did seem to have a flipping disorder so we did spend most rapids sub surface.
The highlight for me was when our raft found that sweet spot in the rapid and there we surfed on the spot the raft a boil under bum for about 20 seconds before being spat out and of course flipped . A day of turmoil and tranquillity and we only used a mere 21 Km of the mighty 6400 km length of the Nile.
Henk thanks so much for the footage , the ski helmet with camera was a fantastic idea.
So the day came to an end with a rain storm to rival the rapids and we set off for home some full of chatter others full of thoughts.
Until we meet again.