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About Tubing the Nile
Tubing the Nile is locally an adventure company in Bujagali, Jinja that undertakes to provide services of Zen Tubing, Kayaking, Boat Cruises and Bike riding. Entirely ran by the locals, by participating in our activities, you're giving back to the Community. Adventure water sports do need comprehensive safety standards and thus we go for in ensuring that our clients are safe. By agreeing to do an activity with us means we shall go an extra mile to provide a safe outing.
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Tubing the Nile is full of passionate people who work hard towards being the best adventure specialists delivering the best outdoor activities such as flat water and white water tubing,rafting,quad biking,horseback with high adventure enthusiast in jinja with well experienced team, locally owned and there is no better way to know the place than to meet the local people with experience
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phinfogg wrote a review Jun 2020
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Review of: Tubing the Nile
I should first highlight that I am a competitive endurance athlete in my early twenties. I have competed in swimming, triathlon and running. I enjoy "extreme" activities and have been skydiving, bungy jumping, surfing, whitewater rafting etc. In July 2018, my friends and I came extremely close to drowning during our day in Jinja with Tubing the Nile. Out of the five rapids we traversed, we capsized in three or four. Prior to starting, we had been advised by our guides that if we capsized, we should angle our body with our legs facing downstream and try to go with the rapid, rather than fight it (we all had life jackets and helmets too). This was all good advice, but was useless in face of how strong the rapids were. Tubing the Nile also had a couple of their staff in safety kayaks, but they also proved to be entirely ineffective. As we entered one of the rapids, the safety kayak in front of me promptly turned upside down. Soon after, I was flung from my float into the rapid. With the white water breaking on top of me, I was trapped under the surface of the water and flung tumbled in underwater revolutions - like a piece of clothing in a washing machine. I couldn't tell which direction was up or down, much less which way was upstream or downstream. The force of the white water was much stronger than the life jacket's buoyancy, causing me to remain trapped under the surface. I held my breath and did my best to swim to the surface but the white water was too strong and I couldn't even tell which way was up. Just before I ran out of breath and inhaled water, I broke to the surface. My tube, the rest of the group and the safety kayakers were now about 100 to 150 metres downstream and close to the opposite bank of the river, so I had to swim across to them before I could get back into my float. If not for my years of competing in long-distance swimming and other endurance sports, I am certain, without any exaggeration, that I would have died in Jinja that day. My other friends all fell out in other rapids, though none came as close to me as drowning. By the fourth rapid, the two girls in our group were crying. The guides later mentioned that there had been heavy rain the night before, possibly resulting in the rapids being stronger than usual. This should obviously have been mentioned before we started tubing. I have delayed posting this for quite some time, because I don't want to hurt what is a highly enterprising locally-run business. But in light of my literal near-death experience, it would be remiss of me not to warn prospective future customers, who can then make a more informed decision. I have no doubt that the other positive reviews on this page are genuine and well-deserved. The staff we interacted with were all most pleasant and the service was great - free photos and tasty food afterwards as well. They also had a first-aid kit on hand. My assessment is that this is something you can do 95% of the time and have a great experience. But there is a definite chance that it can all go terribly wrong - and I do have to fault the company for not warning us that the rapids were stronger than normal (your own safety kayak collapsed!!) until after the activity. Please properly consider the risks before doing this.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from tubingthenile, Owner at Tubing the Nile
Responded Jun 26, 2020
Hi @Phinfogg Firstly can I say thank you for your feedback, even 2 years later it's always good to hear about personal experiences on our trips, it would’ve been much easier to assess and explain had it been closer to the date you and your friends joined our trip. However I would like to acknowledge your experience and among the hundreds of happy experiences our clients have on the worlds most impressive river each year there will always be some who’s expectations are not inline with their experience and I would like to offer some feedback from our side. Tubing, like rafting is inherently an extreme sport, our guides have all grown up on this river and as you say have given you excellent advice about what happens should you find yourself flipping the tube and swimming in the river. This advise is to keep you calm and relaxed in the knowledge that the rapids will pass and you will float to the calm pools below ready to be collected by a safety kayaker. Due to the very nature of the “WHITE NILE” the rapids are of course some of the most exciting in the world and draw thousands of people each year. They are also extremely powerful and like nature intended unpredictable at times. Your helmets keep you safe from bashing into other people and the safety kayaks, you would be very unlikely to impact a rock on such a deep river. The life jackets are there to offer personal floatation, bring you to the surface and give you the ability to swim freely on your front. Safety kayakers always flip upside down, the joy of their job is to enjoy the river whilst maintaining your safety, primarily this involves getting the tubes inline at the top of each rapid, to run the safest most enjoyable line and much like a water slide you take off and enjoy the ride, they then pick you up at the bottom of each rapid because it is almost impossible to do anything whilst in the rapid itself as people boats and fun is being jumbled around for the very reason you signed up to the trip. Now to your experience in the rapid. Your float, is actually your tube, the craft you navigate the river with, the intent is to allow you to calmly float between rapids and enjoy the ride without having to swim or even use any energy. Entering the rapid most of the fun comes from the very fact you might flip but I can assure you thats not a danger in itself. The water moves in different directions at different speeds, and when you fall off, of course you will feel like you are in a washing machine, the life jacket is designed to bring you to the surface and allow you to swim but unfortunately it will not do that under the biggest rapids and waves in the world so holding tight for a while is essential until the water calms and up you pop up. If you don’t get a big breath before hand this time can seem a little more extreme. Your experience is a daily occurrence on these rapids, and if it is the first time feeling such, then I can understand how you feel, but you will agree that once the pressure of the rapid lessened your buoyancy aid kept you afloat on the surface, which is exactly what happens to everyone who swims in these waters. As I mentioned above, the waters rush in all directions, and the chances are you were taken off on a flow at a different speed/direction to the rest of the group, but at this point you were in no danger whatsoever, swimming back to the tubes and rafts is also part of the day, or a safety kayaker comes along to pick you up, but again you were a little shaken but in no actual danger. The White Nile is an extremely enjoyable river and we pride ourselves on the access and experience we provide. I find your feedback extremely creative but very damaging to the incredible experience we offer our clients every single day. And to post this 2 years after your trip is also very disappointing. People have all kind of life experiences before the float along the Nile, and, you might be an “extreme athlete” swimmer, runner, bungee jumper, surfer, but this is the White Nile in Africa and nothing compares to these rapids and it is why for decades travellers have enjoyed testing themselves on the waters here to pop up and take that breath and truly feel alive, in the moment and in very little danger. To describe it - “In light of my literal near-death experience and title your review “I Almost drowned and died” Is from our side incredibly sad, what you actually had was an extreme experience that makes most people search for a positively review. I find your last sentence is a very obvious statement and this is and should always be applied to your own judgement about every extreme activity that has inherent risk, its how people perceive, challenge and respond to those risks that matter. You have more risk travelling across Africa in a Bus. It’s a real shame for us that you didn’t enjoy the experience but what you have written is beyond sad for our team who continuously strive to give both local and international clients, a safe enjoyable day on the river. Stay Well. Adam and the Tubing the Nile Team
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David M wrote a review Feb 2020
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Review of: Tubing the Nile
It was our first time tubing. Adam and his team made it a memorable experience for us. Julius was our guide and he was very helpful. First he made sure we had zero worries/fear. He made sure we were having maximum fun. They are a great team and I recommend anyone wanting to tube the Nile to do it with them.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from tubingthenile, Owner at Tubing the Nile
Responded Feb 27, 2020
Thank you Mr. David for the review and we are looking forward to host you again.
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Raf around the world wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom42 contributions10 helpful votes
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This was the first time me and my brother had been tubing and it was definitely worth it. The day we decided to go tubing I was perseverating over whether to go tubing or horse riding but I don't regret choosing tubing. You start with the hardest rapid first and the easiest last which is in the wrong order but still fun. The rapids were the most enjoyable part for all of the family; even though are family don’t all like scary things it was fun for all the family. This trip starts at level three rapids and ends drinking a beer on a flat bit of the Nile where you can get out and swim so it is a good combination and I would recommend it if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Macaronimom wrote a review Jan 2020
23 contributions1 helpful vote
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A fab morning out and what a better way to start the year with beautiful views and fun going down the White Nile River. Jumping in the water, falling off the tube and going down 2 exciting rapids and then chillaxing and letting life go by. Thanks for a great trip
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from tubingthenile, Owner at Tubing the Nile
Responded Jan 3, 2020
Thank you for reviewing us and we're looking forward to host you again.
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Ben Sheps wrote a review Nov 2019
Kampala, Uganda4 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a great time with Emmanuel, Brian and Peter They put tons of effort in throughout the day, especially towing us upstream to the island we were staying on really good fun highly recommend
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from tubingthenile, Owner at Tubing the Nile
Responded Nov 26, 2019
Dear, thank you for your review of our local community business and we're looking forward to host you again. Best regards. Adam
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