White Nile (Warning: non surf related)

African market chaos. Gotta love it

Part of the reason I’ve been lacking in posts is I’ve been running around on several non-surf-related missions (some work, some play). Most recently I got a chance to get wild and crazy in the jungles of Uganda after a quick stop in Ethiopia. Winston Churchill called Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” for its “magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life” but for us, the main attraction was the source of the Nile River and some of the best white water rafting in the world.

The photos don't really give the perspective of how hectic some of the rapids are. People were getting tossed out, boats flipping... welcome to the "White Nile"

The landscape down there is one-of-a-kind and it was great to be cruising around in a beautiful place with friendly people (the country having happily moved on from the horrific period of Edi Amin, as shown in the film The Last King of Scotland)

ethiopian volcano

It always kills me to read about surf spots being destroyed by some invasive construction project so I could really relate to the distressed kayakers who told us about the massive dam under being built which will ruin the upper stretch of rapids forever.  If you have a chance to get down there in the next year or so, do it, as it looks like there’s no stopping the damming of the river.  And if you’re too busy or lazy to get involved to protect other threatened (surf) resources, at least throw some cash in the right direction to help those who are putting in the effort www.savethewaves.org

>>>>More photos here


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