Last week we took some time off & went to a small town called Jinja [“Ginger”] – about 2hrs drive east of Kampala. Jinja is on the banks of the White Nile River – which joins with the other Nile branches to eventually form THE Nile. The segment of river in this area is world famous for it’s white-water rafting and kayaking – a big tourist attraction in Uganda.
Upon visiting beautiful Bujagali [“Boo-jar-gar-lee”] Falls, we saw something incredible – locals going through the rapids holding onto nothing but a 20 litre (5 gallon) jerry can! It turns out that these guys are not only crazy, this is their career – tourists pay them to do it! They grew up on the river and have worked their way up to negotiating Class 5* rapids like this one (called “Overtime”).
Not to be out-done, see Simon perform his own matching daredevil feat – something he’s always wanted to do (and unlike the jerry can guys, will most likely never do again!)
*Appendix: Whitewater rapids are classified according to their degree of danger or difficulty – Class 1 to 6. Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Read here for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafting