Bungee jumping & white water rafting in Africa

Katie and Evan continue on their adventure in Africa with a stop at the equator, bungee jumping and white-water rafting.


The morning after our gorilla trek when the alarm went off I hit snooze a bunch of times. I was exhausted and every muscle in my body ached. It was a good ache, one that reminded me of the huge accomplishment we had made the day before when we visited with the gorilla family. On our drive that day we experienced a huge down pour of rain. Let’s just say the truck wasn’t one hundred percent waterproof and Team Kevan had the job of stuffing toilet paper in the creases of the windows at the front to prevent the truck from flooding. This went on all morning but at some point we seemed to have beaten the rain for our lunch stop at the Equator. I haven’t felt homesick yet but the rain did make me think of home since it rains most of the time on the West Coast of Canada. After eating our lunch on the truck we ran to the Equator line’s monument for a quick photo op and then hit the road again.

In Jinja we decided to upgrade to a room that over looked the Nile. We split the thirty dollars a night cost with our friend Grant and for only ten dollars each it was money well spent. Well worth it for the spectacular view we had of the mighty Nile River and all the monkeys running around outside from tree to tree.

Out of the campsite they ran a few optional excursions. We booked the full day of white water rafting, and when they found out about our worldwide adventure they hooked us up with a free tandem bungee jump over the Nile before we started our rafting trip. Scroll through our great photos below!

Taking the plunge
We made it!

It was my first bungee jump and Evan’s second time. It was a great experience, taking such a giant leap with the person I love. Perhaps he will want to take another leap of sorts in the future after we survive being together twenty-four seven for six months. Hint hint! With the bungee I wasn’t really too nervous because the man hooking us up to send us over the edge was a policeman from Canada and later that day on our rafting experience we found out our guide was also Canadian.

Rafting included an amazing lunch mid-day and a bbq at the end. Our guide was great, but he loved to tip the boat on purpose every time we went down a rapid. Having never rafted in my life I was convinced I was going to go flying into a rock and break my arm or a leg or heaven forbid smash my pretty face into one. When I arranged the travel insurance back at home I neglected to mention the possibility of any of that happening and was a little worried I wouldn’t end up being covered if something went wrong.

Later I was happy to find out that the water was deep enough to not run into any rocks and my only true worry was the possibility of snakes slithering through the water. Poor Evan, as mentioned before he isn’t an Olympian swimmer and didn’t enjoy that our guide found pleasure making us all suffer from flying out of the boat. Climbing back into the boat was hard work! I couldn’t even pull myself back and in without help. By the end of the day I really wanted to successfully make our way down a rapid without taking a swim and we did. Just once, and on our very last rapid when we flipped I ended up with a paddle to my face. Just a baby wound but it stung like crazy! All in all between the bungee and the rafting we had an amazing day! I give them both two thumbs up and recommend everyone staying in Jinja to give it a go!

-Katie Powell


4 comments on “Bungee jumping & white water rafting in Africa

  1. Absolutely daring and amazing…I would love to do this!

  2. Looks like fun their. I had try river rafting and I want to try their bungee jumping. Cool!

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