Did you know the common rendition of the world map with North America, Europe and Asia on the top portion of the map subliminally distort your worldview? Or the compression of a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional rendering is disorienting? Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile River and there are some amazing class 5 rapids.
When I first considered the option of rafting through the source of the Nile, it sounded exciting. But it took my brain a minute to wrap around how Uganda, which is south of Egypt, could contain the source of the Nile. Wait….ahhh….okay…I get it.
Near Jinja, Uganda, you can do a 25km run with 8 rapids, three rated as class 5 and five class 4. The very last rapid you undertake is a class 5 called The Nile Special. There is something extraordinary about being at the source of things, especially the Nile, a river that has birthed civilization and fueled imaginations. Then there is something extra special when you are in it, fighting your way through a massive amount of water.
After we made it through the Nile Special, I floated down river, going towards Egypt, took it all in and let out a “F*!!!!!!!!!” in full exclamation for the wonder of it.