MCU Nile River Weekend

Nile River Festival – Jinja Weekend Trip

The Nile River Festival (NRF) is an epic four-day event that celebrates all that is awesome about the River Nile here in Uganda. Kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, parties, big air ramps, and live music, all with the backdrop of some of the world’s biggest whitewater. This is a spectacle for anyone and a great time for all. Check out the festival schedule or visit the Kayak The Nile website, linked here for more information about the event!

Please note that MCU is not organizing any accommodation or transport at this time – please use the WhatApp or Facebook groups to organize shared rides and see where others are staying. For more questions concerning the logistics please contact +256 700 543192 (Lindsay!).

Follow this link to sign up for the Nile River Festival Weekend together with Kayak The Nile in Bugagali, Jinja:


MCU Nile River Weekend



  • BUNGEE UGANDA PARTY – Fancy dress party to celebrate Liberation Day and the start of the Nile River Festival Celebrations.


  • MASS FLOAT – Fun for all, as Mass Float of Kayak, Paddleboard, Raft, Tube or…. Inflatable Pink Unicorn. Whatever your chosen Float, we will group together below the bungee to kick start the weekend’s activities by floating down 5km to Explorers River Camp, Bujagali.
  • BIG AIR RAMP – A trademark event for the Nile River Festival, the Big Air Ramp competition returns, for this one spectators will amass along the bank of the Nile River to cheer on the competitors as they slide down the huge Big Air Ramp and fly through the air.
  • NILE RIVER EXPLORERS PARTY – After the Big Air Ramp we will head up the stairs to the NRE bar and have a huge party with jelly wrestling, drinking and dancing !


  • KAYAK ENDURANCE RACE – Competitors line up in pairs below Bujagali Dam to race over 20km downstream, portaging Kalagala Falls and passing Adrift River Club and Overland Camp before finally crossing the finish line below Vengeance Rapid. Fastest pair wins !
  • ARROW RAPID RACES – A brand new spectator and participant friendly event, the Arrow Rapid Races will pit competitors against each other in heated races. Race classes include: Kayak, Tandem Kayak, Extreme Rafting and River Bug (Advanced Tubing).
  • ADRIFT OVERLAND CAMP PARTY – The Saturday night party is at the new Adrift Overland Camp Bar. This will be a night to remember !!


  • FREESTYLE KAYAKING EVENT – For the final event of the weekend, participants will head straight out from Adrift Overland Camp and paddle up to Bubugo Falls. Participants will take turns to strut their stuff on some of our favourite features on the Mighty River Nile, like: Real Deal Hole, Real Deal Wave, Superhole, Itanda Hole and Phoenix Wave.


Nile River Weekend

MCU Nile River Weekend

Together with Kayak the Nile we are running an MCU Nile River Weekend in Jinja. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Nile water sports for beginners and experts. Sign up here and have lots of fun on the Nile!!

Here is all you need to know about our kayaking weekends.

Activities Available:

  • White-water kayaking
  • Flat-water kayaking
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Swimming
  • Tubing

Important information:

  • MCU is not organizing any accommodation, HOWEVER, we would love to have all MCU members book a room or a camping spot at Nile River Camp so that we can all be together to organize a group dinner and bonfire
  • For all who hold or plan to purchase the 5 lessons bundle (applies usually for min. 4 MCU members), this will be possible for only 10 USD extra per person (more information on pricing in the all-you-need-to-know sheet – find the link in the sign-up sheet)
  • We highly encourage everyone who travels together to also stay together in one kayaking group (so kindly check on the level of each other).
  • Preventative measures for COVID-19 must be taken seriously. Temperature check on arrival, sanitize hands on arrival, masks must be worn (correctly!) when not in the water, hands should be sanitized or washed regularly, and social distancing is required (as much as possible). In any case someone gets tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days after the weekend, please follow the suggested SOPs by the MCU linked here


We also have an MCU kayaking Whatsapp group where we send you all the updates – approach us and let us add you!