Part II – The White Nile
The Nile is an incredible river that flows from the heart of town out into the Ugandan jungle. The river offers paddlers a mix of big water class V, ginormous waves, and fun creek lines. You can spend an entire season there and never get bored because of vast number of channels that create a near endless combination of rapids.
Karl Moser keeping his bow dry. To check out more photos, click here
Most of my time was spent living on the tropical island paradise called “the Hairy Lemon.” This island is situated only five minutes downstream from one of the world’s greatest waves, the Nile Special. This wave is a super steep monster that is notorious for snapping paddles and paddler’s egos. In all I saw four paddles break in only a month, including my beloved AT2 which met it’s end at the hands of a violent donkey punch.
Karl Moser hucking on Kalagala. To check out more photos, click here
At the end of my trip I got the chance to run the two of the largest rapids on the river, Itunda and Kalagala. Itunda is a long rapid where you have to make a river wide ferry through some very big holes. The best part is that the rapid is inaccessible from the shore, so you have to drive in to scout it and then come back the next day to run it.
Kalagala lies in the farthest channel over from Itunda but drains into the same lake. The rapid is basically a 20 foot pour-over that plugs into a massive hole. The line is fairly straight forward, but the consequences of not going deep enough… well, sometimes it’s better not to think about the consequences.
Karl Moser goes big. To check out more photos, click here
Big thanks to Rayno from NRE rafting for showing me down the river and filming some of the bigger rapids.
For more info on the White Nile, or to plan your own trip, check out KayakTheNile.com
Up next: Part III – The Zambezi