After scouting the Nile in 1986 and again in 1995, Adrift made the first ever descent of the Victoria Nile in 1996 and introduced commercial rafting to Uganda. Rafting has since become the most popular tourist activity in the country. Contrary to popular myth surrounding the Nile, the river is clean, warm and spectacular in Uganda. Unlike the better-known Nile in Egypt, river traffic at the source is restricted to dugout canoes, monitor lizards, rafts and shy river otters.
Adrift is the most popular and respected adventure tour operator in the country. From the Adrift river base at Nile High Camp on the banks of the Nile our professional international crew offer a wide range of adventure options to suit all tastes. These include whitewater rafting, family rafting, bungee jumping, river boarding, surfing, community conservation projects, team-building and mountain climbing.
For 25-years Adrift guides have been leading river descents on every planet except the frozen one and our safety record is envied and unequalled. Safety is paramount in each one of the activities we offer and to date over 30,000 people have chosen to raft safely with Adrift.
Position: Director of Sales & Special Projects Uganda | Born: Kampala | Favourite Rapid: The Bad Place | Favourite Rapid: The Bad Place
Dennis is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Adrift and wears his smile on his sleeve like many Ugandans. He is full of enthusiasm, is wonderful company and is committed to ensuring that anyone who joins a raft trip with Adrift will have some of the most memorable days of their lives. When not at work, he can often be found belting a tennis ball around the courts at Lugogo or supporting Manchester United at some popular bar.
Position: Head Guide | Born: Jinja, Uganda | Favourite Rapid: Big Brother
Juma is the “big daddy” of all the rafting guides. He grew up swimming and fishing along the banks of the Nile until he went to work for Adrift in 1997. He started as a porter, and he has since worked his way up to head guide. Every morning, you can hear Juma’s voice rounding up the boys (and girls) for work. Most of Juma’s family members are farmers, and his father used to work at the Nile Brewery. Two of Juma’s brothers also work for Adrift. Moses is a still photographer, and Ronny is a safety kayaker. Juma’s biggest claim to fame is that he has hit the famous G-spot wave on Total Gunga rapid more than any other guide. “Close to 200 times,” he claims.
Position: Senior River Guide | Born: Jinja | Favourite Rapid: Big Brother
Tutu was one of the very first locals to ever work for Adrift, and he grew up just across the river. He started as a porter back in 1997 before moving his way up to safety kayaker and then paddle guide. Tutu actually means “brush” in Luganda. It was the first word our Tutu could “shout” as a toddler, and it ultimately ended up sticking as his nickname. You’ll be hard pressed to ever find Tutu in a bad mood, unless you mess with his bike.
Position: Photo / Video Editor | Born: Dar es Saleem, Tanzania | Favourite Rapid: Bubugo Falls
Paul was born in Dar es Saleem, Tanzania when his father was in the army. Luckily, he grew up closer to the Nile River here in Jinja. Before making the Ugandan Kayak Team, Paul guided local fishing canoes. He credits fellow Adrift guide and Ugandan team member, Geoffrey Kabira, for pushing his kayaking to where it is today. Paul is one of a handful of kayakers to ever run the Dead Dutchman rapid, a class VI rapid on the Nile most of us hope to avoid. At the Nile Freestyle Festival in Dec. of 2006, Paul finished 4th out of 150 competitors.
Position: Safety Kayaker | Born: Busiyi | Favourite Rapid: Big Brother
David might just be every girl’s dream. How many guys can kayak through Class V rapids and then set up a picnic lunch (fit for Queens) on an island in the middle of the Nile? David can. Currently training to be a safety kayaker while he works at Lunch Island, David lives nearby in the village of Busiyi. When he is not working for Adrift, he helps to look after his younger brothers and sisters.
Position: Videographer | Born: Kabwohe (western Uganda) | Favourite Rapid:
Benny has no shortage of role models when it comes to kayaking. Three of his uncles, Moses, Juma and Ronny also work on the Nile for Adrift. Benny is from western Uganda, and he actually learned to swim the same time he learned to kayak. He started as a safety kayaker, before moving behind the camera. If you take home a video after your day on the mighty Nile River, you will listen to Benny’s commentary for years to come. “Better hold on nice and tight,” he likes to say. “Enjoy!”
Position: Raft Guide | Born: Mbale, Uganda | Favourite Rapid: Total Gunga
Sadul grew up nearby in Bujagali Falls. He started as a porter, before working his way up to safety kayaker and then oar boat guide. He is currently training to become a paddleboat guide. Sadul is married with a one child, and in his free times he likes to grow his own vegetables.
Position: Safety Kayaker/Guide | Born: Busia (On the border of Kenya) | Favourite Rapid: Overtime
Roberto and his to brothers Richard and Steveo are three of the brightest faces on the river. When Roberto isn’t guiding rafts, you might catch a glimpse of him running “Itanda” in his kayak—a gnarly class VI rapid right before the “Bad Place”.
Position: Photographer | Born: Busia (On the border of Kenya) | Favourite Rapid: Itanda
The youngest of three brothers who all work for Adrift, Steveo keeps everyone on their toes. He started out working at Lunch Island before learning to kayak one year ago. Now, this little “bulldog” powers his way through Itanda (a huge class VI rapid right before the “Bad Place”) on a regular basis.
Position: General Manager | Born: Kampala | Favourite Rapid: Total Gunga
Yassin is integral part of the Adrift operation. His quiet nature belies his ability and he works hard to ensure that each rafting trip gets away safely from Kampala in the mornings. He used to work as a ‘turn-boy’ on our bus until one of our offshore visitors spent the best part of a long bus trip chatting to him. He took our advice to develop a close relationship with our agents literally; and with one of them he is now the proud father of a bouncing baby boy
Position: Bungee Master | Born: Bujagali Falls
A native of Bujagali Falls, Issac is one of five children. He is also the uncle of kayak superstar, Geoffrey Kabira. Isaac worked construction before joining Adrift, but now he helps keep the campus sparkling clean. Isaac is a big fan of the Nile High Bungee, and he has taken the leap of faith three times. At lunchtime, you will often find Isaac cooking up some local cuisine for the rest of the staff. His specialty is posho and chicken necks.
Position: Senior River Guide | Born: Budondo (near Lunch Island) | Favourite Rapid: Total Gunga
Olowo comes from a long-line of farmers, but he made an easy transition to safety kayaker. He started off working at Lunch Island before borrowing a kayak and learning how to roll. (That is the first step if you want to master the Nile.) Three days later, he was charging down some of the biggest rapids on the river. Look for Olowo to come to the rescue if you accidentally get thrown from your raft. Olowo has five brothers and sisters who all want to follow in his footsteps.
Position: Safety Kayaker | Born: Jinja | Favourite Rapid: All of them!
Ronnie is the youngest brother of Juma and Moses and also the quietest. Born and raised here in Jinja, Ronnie has been swimming the Nile before he could talk. He is the quiet achiever, a welcome sight for many swimmers from the rafts. You will often find him bouncing around in his kayak at the base of a rapid ever-ready to paddle over to someone going solo and reassure them and guide them back to the raft. Most people who raft the Nile have never seen a river like it and Ronnie is on hand with the rest of the safety kayakers to ensure they enjoy their experience.
Position: Deck Operator at the Bungee Tower | Born: Rhino Camp (Northern Uganda) | Favourite Rapid: Overtime
Kenneth has a wonderful sense of humour as solid a character as he looks. He is a master craftsman when it comes to repairing rafts and kayaks. For someone who spends so much time sniffing glue, he is a remarkably sane, sensible and focused family man. He and his wife Pamela have three bouncing, healthy children who are growing up on the banks of the Nile.