We went with Adrift rafting the end of July 2013. Our rafting guide was Tutu. We had a diverse group of previous rafters (our family had rafted before in the Tetons and California), non-rafters, and 1 non-swimmer. The group comprised of 2 families and our driver from African Adventure Travelers, as well as the guide from Adrift. With the 2 families we had 5 adults (including our driver) and 3 teenagers. Tutu our guide was great and started out with basic instructions as well as tipping the boat over, giving us rafting buddies and overall made us feel safe with the instructions and demonstrations he made us demonstrate as well. He explained to us before each rapid the various routes: the 100% tip over , the 50% tip over and the rare tip over. For the most part if there was one who did not want to tip over he went that route. So sort of minority ruled for safety!!!! I thought that was great! We had a wonderful time, the mid day food was great, just hated seeing the leftovers thrown away!!
I can say that there were a few rafters in the other boats that were from my opinion going to be scared or scarred for life. One girl probably broke her nose and another girl who had a difficult time getting out of the rapid after falling overboard because the tipped boat was above her holding her under. She thought she was going to die, and she was practically hysterical! She accounts that she felt her guide had tipped the boat on purpose, for the thrill!
Very glad we had Tutu as our guide, he was knowledgeable, fun and showed us the kind of Ugandan we saw time after time on our travels. We feel privileged to have had him as our guide on the Nile with Adrift and very glad he did not feel the need to "thrill" us, but keep us safe instead.
We opted not to swim for the 40 or so minutes in the flat/smooth area of the Nile because of the possibility of Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia (bill-HAR-zi-a), is a disease caused by parasitic worms. We had a very nice conversation with Tutu instead.
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