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Experience the Zmabezi - Zambia

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Due to the nature of adventure trips, the following itinerary has to remain flexible. The LiLi team have coached many thousands of people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds on big volume across Africa and specifically on the White Nile. This local knowledge and broad teaching base will be used to adjust the itinerary to suit the individuals and to maximise progression over the course of the trip.

Day 1: You will be collected from Entebbe Airport, and driven to the Nile River Explorers Campsite where you will be welcomed by your guide who will answer any immediate questions you have and make sure you’re settled in and well rested for the adventure to come.

Day 2:  The first day of kayaking will start with the absolute basics, covering all the essential flat water strokes. For those who have some paddling experience prior to the trip, we will look at consolidating your skills and ironing out any bad habits.

Day 3: Progression from the previous day, still mostly on flat water but looking at strokes and techniques aimed at moving water. We will also learn the beginnings of rolling (re-righting the kayak).

Day 4: Day four will be spent applying the techniques learnt the previous two days to your first full section of the Nile. From the base of the dam at Silverback down to Kibibi, gaining an understanding of some of the key concepts of moving water.

Day 5: Rest day: A chance to visit Jinja with it’s famous market and in the evening the option of going to the party at NRE bar (legendary!). There is also potential for additional adventure activities such as bungee jumping, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking, and tandem kayaking some of the biggest rapids on this section of the Nile (not included in the trip cost).

Day 6: Today it’s back to the river, with another trip to the base of the Silverback dam. This time tackling alternative channels, lines and if you’re feeling bold, the main line through Jaws. Day six is all about fine tuning your white water strokes and skills for the days to come.

Day 7:   A day off the river where we have the opportunity to do a day of volunteering with Soft Power Health – an organisation set up by kayaker and doctor Jessie Stone to educate and support the local community on health matters. Volunteering for Soft Power is optional, but the LiLi team think it will be an amazingly valuable experience and a chance to interact genuinely with some Ugandan people and bring something positive to the community you are visiting.

Day 8: We will spend lots of time on personalised coaching on rolling and look at the beginnings of moving water rolling. Whether you are simply trying to bring yourself back to upright or ironing out bad technique and working on more technical rolls, a session specifically on rolling is incredibly useful for confidence and technique. In the afternoon we will have a chance to progress on moving water techniques and the beginnings of surfing small waves.

Day 9 - 10: We will continue to work on all the skills we have learnt so far, sessions will be flexible and tailored to suit what you want to do. We will use the skills gained over the previous week to explore the easier sections of river, getting plenty of opportunity to see wildlife and enjoy the beautiful channels and flows of the White Nile.

Day 11 - 12: As your confidence and skills improve we will spend these days progressively moving onto bigger and harder sections of white water and learning techniques specific to big volume rivers such as the White Nile. We will also get a chance to surf some of the amazing waves that the river has to offer. Using your new skills to negotiate different channels and rapids that would have seemed completely unachievable before the trip.

Day 13: The final chance to test all your new found skills! Guided by your experienced LiLi coach you will tackle a full section of the mighty White Nile - friendly, big volume rapids and a chance to try your hand at surfing some of the world’s most famous waves.

Day 14: Pack up and transfer back to Entebbe Airport to fly home.

Kayaking

The White Nile is a perfect place for learning to kayak. The water is warm, the scenery tropical and beautiful, and there is always something interesting to look at on the banks of the river. The river is wide, with lots of different channels and flows. The rapids themselves vary greatly, with moving water appropriate for every ability of kayaker, from complete beginner right through to the World’s best. This means that as you progress and gain confidence and skill, there is always something challenging but achievable for you to try on the White Nile.

Each day, the LiLi guide will choose a stretch of river perfect for you, and we will kayak as much as suits each of the individuals on the trip. There will always be an experienced and qualified LiLi coach on the water with you, there to help you learn and to keep everything fun and safe.

Not sure if your kayaking ability / background is suitable for the Zambezi?

Anyone who has a basic level of physical fitness, and a desire to learn something new will enjoy this holiday.

This trip is ideal for people who have never kayaked before, kayakers who have limited experience on white water, or those who wish to develop from beginner to a competent white water kayaker. The LiLi coaches will start you from the very basics, focusing on good technique, and develop skills over the two weeks. The progression of the kayaking will be at your pace and the sessions will be tailored to suit your needs.

If you are in any doubt about whether this trip is suitable for you, drop us an email and we would be happy to advise: info@loveitliveit.co.uk

Transport & Shuttles

LiLi will contract vehicles through other tour operators.

Accommodation & Food

The accommodation will be split between two locations.
The Hairy Lemon – An island paradise 45km downstream from the Source of the Nile.
NRE Campsite – A riverside campsite that is the base for the main rafting company on the Nile and the hub of all kayaking and rafting on the Nile.

Included in the cost of the trip is camping at these sites (supplying your own tent and basic camping equipment). However, if camping is not your thing then it is possible to upgrade to a whole range of different types of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about the options: info@loveitliveit.co.uk

All meals are included whilst staying at the Hairy Lemon, and lunches for the rest of the trip are also included. Whilst at the Hairy Lemon Island, a set menu of three hearty meals are served each day, the food is always good and there is always plenty to go around. Whilst staying at the NRE Campsite we will get our meals from a range of different restaurants available in the area.

** If you have any special food requirements please let us know before the trip**

Climate

Uganda has an amazing climate. Year round it is a pleasant temperature at night, and hot during the day without the oppressive heat that is common in many equatorial countries (since it has an altitude of 1000+m). It rains year around, generally for a few hours every few days (there are periods of 'wetter season' and 'drier season' but they are vague and unpredictable). When it does rain, it doesn't mess about... intense tropical rainfall for a few hours only (normally in the afternoon). The rest of the time it is sunshine / cloudy but always between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.

The water and weather is warm year around so kayaking gear to keep you warm is not necessary. It can be useful to have a shorty dry top to keep the water out of your kayak and a long sleeve rash gaurd to protect you from the sun.

Why should I choose LiLi

The LiLi coaches are all highly experience big volume guides and paddlers. They have gained an in depth knowledge of the rapids, waves and alternative lines on the White Nile that many people will miss. This will help you get the very best out of your paddling time in Uganda.

The LiLi coaches are also specifically chosen for their passion for kayaking and coaching. This passion, combined with general good humour, helps make paddling with LiLi a fun all round experience.

Love it Live it has an awareness of the surrounding environment and culture. We believe it is important to support local communities and to preserve the places we visit. LiLi donates one percent of all income towards helping the local culture and community.

Logistics in Africa can be a headache at the best of times; we will make the arrangements, deal with the inevitable haggling and basically make every effort to make it happen in as smooth a way as is possible in Uganda.

Arriving in a new country can be intimidating, particularly in Africa. We will meet you at the airport and arrange for us to be taken directly to our accommodation.

We can also offer travel advice and pointers as to what to bring and what you will need while you are out there to further reduce the hassle of African travel and to prevent turning up with inappropriate equipment.

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