White water rafting on the Nile

Trip Start Apr 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 23, 2006

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Nile River Explorers

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Friday, May 26, 2006

After a pleasant night's sleep & a beautiful sunrise accompanied by breakfast, Georgina & I were collected by Nile River Explorers. We are going to white water raft at the source of the Nile for 30 kms ... it's my first time doing such a thing.

Since it was never my intention to do such a crazy thing, I had nothing to wear other than my rain gear. Yes girls, I did it anyway! :-)

What an amazing experience! & no photos to show you :(

The guide, Davey - from Scotland - was fantastic. The safety crew worked well to rescue me twice of the 3 times when the raft flipped over. I am proud to say that by the 3rd flip, I was still holding on to the rope (ie stayed with the raft) ... quite different from the 1st "practice" flip where I swallowed water & thought "I can't do this!"

We went through 10 rapids which are graded from 1 - 6 where 1 is a ripple in the water and 6 is the 'oh my gosh ... what the hell have I gotten into'! 2 of them were 5s, 3 were 4s & the rest were ripples in comparison. We actually portaged past a #6 & rejoined the rapid at a point where it is downgraded to a #5. Of course, this last one, my nerves got the better of me (along with the name of the rapid - the Bad Placed)and I rode that one in the safety raft which takes you along the edges of it - for the most part.

Secured only one "war wound" on my left thumb - it looked uglier than it felt. Have no idea how it happened specifically other than being thrown out of the raft (while sitting in front) & experiencing the force of the rapids pushing me forward. All I could concentrate on is staying on my back with feet toward the surface.

It was great fun but I am not sure that I'll do it on the Zambezi (in Zambia). Naturally, the next day, my body was moving in protest. Most of the pain can be blamed on the paddling.

The funniest moment of the day:
Davey explains what to expect from the largest #5 rapid & he mentions that the biggest dip of the swirling water is called the G-Spot. We have to stay in the boat at all costs during this one. Well, we get through it successfully & as we are paddling through a calm stretch, one of the men (in our group) asks, "so when do we get to the G-Spot?" Need I say more ...

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