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Having a blast rafting the headwaters of the Nile in Uganda

Rafting the Nile was one of the most enjoyable things we did on our tour of Kenya and Uganda; it wasn't nearly as scary or difficult as rafting the Zambezi

Rafting the Nile was one of the most enjoyable things we did on our tour of Kenya and Uganda; it wasn't nearly as scary or difficult as rafting the Zambezi

Lee and his guide taking the plunge (literally); the nearby town of Jinja has become the adventure capital of Uganda with a range of fun activities available

Lee and his guide taking the plunge (literally); the nearby town of Jinja has become the adventure capital of Uganda with a range of fun activities available

Our raft looks like it's going to flip here but we managed not to; the raft company had a photographer follow us to capture moments like this

Our raft looks like it's going to flip here but we managed not to; the raft company had a photographer follow us to capture moments like this

Lee was the only person in our group to sign up for extreme rafting; apparently we didn't quite understand how exhausting this would be for Lee

Lee was the only person in our group to sign up for extreme rafting; apparently we didn't quite understand how exhausting this would be for Lee

One good thing about our rafting trip is we couldn't see the Nile from this angle; the day was quite warm so getting wet actually was very refreshing

One good thing about our rafting trip is we couldn't see the Nile from this angle; the day was quite warm so getting wet actually was very refreshing

The source of the Nile is sometimes considered to be Lake Victoria (close to where we were), but the lake has feeder rivers of considerable size; Brazil says the Amazon is the world's longest river but the Nile usually gets this recognition

The source of the Nile is sometimes considered to be Lake Victoria (close to where we were), but the lake has feeder rivers of considerable size; Brazil says the Amazon is the world's longest river but the Nile usually gets this recognition

We managed not to flip the raft and discovered that it's much easier to flip a small raft (just ask Lee); we are near the headwaters of the 4,130 mile long Nile

We managed not to flip the raft and discovered that it's much easier to flip a small raft (just ask Lee); we are near the headwaters of the 4,130 mile long Nile

Lee's guide had them not paddle down this rapid but they ended up flipping anyway; the light raft was no match for the powerful forces of water

Lee's guide had them not paddle down this rapid but they ended up flipping anyway; the light raft was no match for the powerful forces of water

The freshly cut pineapple was delicious!; unlike the Zambezi, this stretch of the Nile has long portions with no rapids so much more paddling was required

The freshly cut pineapple was delicious!; unlike the Zambezi, this stretch of the Nile has long portions with no rapids so much more paddling was required

In 2010, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda signed a new agreement on sharing the Nile water even though this agreement raised strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan

In 2010, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda signed a new agreement on sharing the Nile water even though this agreement raised strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan

These water birds found a placid place to rest; we stayed in a nice, new dormitory at the campground here on the banks of the Nile

These water birds found a placid place to rest; we stayed in a nice, new dormitory at the campground here on the banks of the Nile

The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the $4.5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile — Africa's largest, with a reservoir about the size of London – has become a national preoccupation in both countries

The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the $4.5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile — Africa's largest, with a reservoir about the size of London – has become a national preoccupation in both countries

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