The day started at the office of Nalubale Rafting in Jinja at 8AM. We were received with a warm welcome, coffee and tea and the infamous Ugandan Rollex. After meeting our guides and fitting out helmets and safety vests we got in a matatu (read minivan) and drove to the river Nile.
Once we arrived, our instructor Ashiraf briefed us on the day, checked out gear, stowed any valuables on the safety boat, and hit the water. Once in the water, Ashiraf explained all the commands, which at first seemed to be a lot, but after practicing on flat water proved to be very manageable. After everyone felt comfortable with the commands and their roles on the boat, the kayakers and safety boat went downriver, followed by our raft.