On 28th February, 2011, Bujagali Falls and Silverback rapids were closed to rafting as the next phase of contruction on the new hydropower dam begins across Silverback. The three rafting companies will now launch their boats on the west side of the Nile at new sites near The Haven lodge and land further downstream than before, close to the Hairy Lemon Island camp.
Nile River Camp
This new facility is located at Bujagali Falls next to the Nile Porch lodge. It’s more family oriented than the nearby Explorers Camp where parents with kids can be put off by the lively cocktail of post-rafting high and alcohol.
The latest thing on the river at Bujagali is tubing in the river below the Explorers Camp; you paddle a baby raft with your hands down some medium grade rapids. It’s basically one-person rafting with the important difference that you flip more often. I think I hold a record in this respect. Management refutes my insistence that my tube was filled with the wrong type of air. US$30 gets you an undersized raft thing to fall out off for 90 minute and escorting kayakers to make wisecracks and help you back into the things. The general consensus seems to be that it’s great fun.