The Death Pit
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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Where I stayed
Explorers River Camp
Naturally I went for the boda boda. This was amazing. The feeling I got from that ride was pretty cool. During the course of my entire trip so far, this was the most I have ever felt like I was truly out in the world and backpacking. Driving down a red dirt/mud road in rural Uganda on the back of a locals 50cc motorcycle, with my backpack strapped on my back and my day-pack strapped to the bike
I arrived fairly quickly to the River Camp and was pretty happy to get there. This is an amazing place. It is a campsite/hostel situated at Bujagali Falls, but it is high up on the riverside and has a beautiful deck that overlooks the mighty Nile. Pretty easy to spend some days here just enjoying the lush green countryside and beautiful views over the river. But lets be honest I was here for more than the view, I was here to get out on the river Nile to do some white water rafting. I signed myself up for the Sunday and spent the rest of the day relaxing.
Sunday rolled around pretty quick and I was really excited to be up early and to get out on the river. This was a day I had been waiting for a long time. I wanted to do some seriously crazy rafting. I met some Swedish guys and a Canadian dude from Vancouver in the morning at breakfast and we decided to team up and all get together in one raft since we all wanted to do some of the crazier stuff on the river. The Swedish guys worked some magic and got us a Swedish guide to take us down the river who was happy to take us on some of the crazier rapids
The rafting was pretty awesome, there were 9 boats going on the day but only our boat and one other boat we're doing the tough rapids and taking the difficult lines through some of them. We managed to make it through all of the crazy stuff for the first half of the day, even Silverback, the biggest longest rapid of the day. So after lunch we told Anton we wanted to flip at least once on the day and he said he had just the thing for us. We started hanging out towards the back of the rafting parade and when we got to some rapids called The Death Pit we watched as the other 7 boats ahead of us took the simple way around. Anton had been preparing us for this one and said we were running it right down the middle and we were gonna hit it with the boat on an angle so we were guaranteed to flip but we tried to do it with some style and stay up and surf the wave at the bottom of the rapid for as long as we could. It didn't look like a very big rapid as we were approaching it but right as we were about to hit it we saw how steeply the water dropped and very quickly we were facing a massive wall of white water. We hit it a bit sideways like Anton said and we tried to overload the boat on one side to surf it for as long as we could but 8 guys and a 70kg life raft were no match for the power of the water and we soon flipped right into the giant undertow
I spent the next day just relaxing over the Nile again, and I walked down to Bujagali Falls and watched the rafters go by from down there. Monday night I grabbed a shuttle back into town to spend a few nights at Explorers Backpackers which is right in Jinja town.
This is also a pretty fun place and a good spot to hang out with other travelers, just minus the amazing view
My 5 nights and 6 days in Jinja have gone by very quickly and tonight I am heading back to Kampala to start a trip to Murchison Falls early tomorrow morning. I can't wait to come back to Jinja and tackle some more rapids though.
That is it for now.