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The Adrift Team

Dennis Ntege

Dennis Ntege - Managing Director

Dennis Ntege - Managing Director

Position: Managing Director
Born: Kampala
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.

Juma Tiri

Juma Tiri - Head Guide

Juma Tiri - Head Guide

Position: Head Guide
Born: Jinja, Uganda
Favorite 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.

Cam McLeay

Cam Mcleay - Managing Director

Cam Mcleay - Managing Director

Position: Group CEO
Born: New Zealand
Favourite rapid: Total Gunga

Cam led the first-ever descent of the Victoria Nile in 1996 and co-led the incredible ‘Ascend the Nile’ expedition in 2005/6 which was the first expedition ever to trace the world’s longest river and measure it (6718 kms). He is one of the most experienced guides in the industry and has led expeditions worldwide for the past 26-years. Some of the more notable rivers are the Indus (Pakistan), Muk-su (Tadjikistan), Bio Bio (Chile), Coruh (Turkey), Zambezi (Zambia), Tshuapa (DR Congo), Omo (Ethiopia), Belaya (Russia), Karnali (Nepal), Grand Canyon of the Colorado (USA). Cam lives in Kampala with his wife Kate and their three children.

Richard Barasa

Richard Barasa - Bungee Tower

Richard Barasa - Bungee Tower / Lunch Island

Position: Bungee Tower/ Lunch Island
Born: Jinja/ Busia (On the border of Kenya)
Favorite Rapid: All of them

The oldest of three brothers who all work at Adrift, Richard was the first of his brothers to learn to kayak back in 1997. He now helps out with the bungee tower and organizing lunches for the rafting trips. Younger brothers Roberto and Steveo stay busy as guides and safety kayakers. Growing up, Richard split his time between Jinja and Busia ( a town on the border of Kenya). Busia is where his tribe the Samya are from.
In Samya tradition, babies are given a surname based on something that is occurring in their life when they are born. Richard was given the surname “Barasa”, which means Monday in Samya—the day he was born. Before joining Adrift, Richard worked as a fisherman on Lake Victoria. He claims he pulled in a Nile Perch once that weighed close to 45 kilos.

Wamboga Muzamiru

Wamboga Muzamiru -  Head Chef

Wamboga Muzamiru - Head Chef

Position: Head Chef
Born: Mbale
Favorite Rapid: Total Gunga

Wamboga comes from the mountainous area of Mbale where his family has a long history of coffee farming. Wamboga means “eldest son” in Lumasaba. This is kind of true. Wambago is the oldest son of his father’s fourth wife. Wambago’s father was a busy man with five wives and more than 30 children. Wambago is Adrift’s favorite chef and his specialty is steak. “The meat in Uganda is good and tender,” he boasts. “Wammy”, as he is more affectionately known, has two cows of his own at home, along with a pretty wife named Joanne and a baby girl, Zaina.

Tutu Kiraza

Tutu Kiraza - Raft Guide

Tutu Kiraza - Raft Guide

Postion: Raft Guide
Born: Jinja
Favorite 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.

Paul Washooka

Paul Washooka - Safety Kayaker

Paul Washooka - Safety Kayaker

Position: Safety Kayaker
Born: Dar es Saleem, Tanzania
Favorite 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.

David Owoma

David Owoma - Safety Kayaker

David Owoma - Safety Kayaker

Position: Safety Kayaker
Born: Busiyi
Favorite 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.

Benny Ahimbisibwe

Benny Ahimbisibwe - Videographer

Benny Ahimbisibwe - Videographer

Position: Videographer
Born: Kabwohe (western Uganda)
Favorite rapid: Total Gunga (G-spot) “I love to see people flying out of the rafts.”

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!”

Sadul Khadiri

Sadul Khadiri - Raft Guide

Sadul Khadiri - Raft Guide

Position: Raft Guide
Born: Mbale, Uganda
Favorite 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.

Roberto Chico

Roberto Chico - Safety Kayaker

Roberto Chico - Safety Kayaker

Position: Safety Kayaker/Guide
Born: Busia (On the border of Kenya)
Favorite 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”.

Hellen Nakajubi

Helen Nakajubi - Senior Accountant

Helen Nakajubi - Senior Accountant

Position: Senior Accountant
Born: Kampala
Favourite rapid: The Bad Place

Hellen is seldom found far from her desk during working hours. She has passed her driving permit but we won’t let her guide a raft yet. She is far better at driving her desk and looking after her son, of whom she is deservedly proud. We are delighted that she takes care of our money almost as well as she does her son. She spends her spare time with reading inspirational books.

Steveo Ouma

Steveo Ouma - Safety Kayaker

Steveo Ouma - Safety Kayaker

Position: Safety kayaker
Born: Busia (On the border of Kenya)
Favorite 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.

Vincent Wabwire

Vincent Wabwire - Grounds Keeper

Vincent Wabwire - Grounds Keeper

Position: Grounds Keeper
Born: Wakisi Village (right near lunch island)
Favorite Rapid: Big Brother

Vincent lives close by in the village of Wakisi. Before joining Adrift six years ago, he worked as a farmer. Vincent is married with three kids. He also helps take care of his younger brothers and sisters now that his parents are deceased. Vincent has been rafting twice, and he likes to kayak for fun.

Yasin Kabunga

Yasin Kabung - General Manager

Yasin Kabung - General Manager

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

Josh Melcher

Josh Melcher - Raft Guide

Josh Melcher - Raft Guide

Position: Ops Manager
Born: Canada
Favourite rapid: Overtime

Josh teamed up with Micheal and they came to Uganda together. He is a very professional and solid guide. His home territory is Ontario where the rivers are big, powerful and cold. He is enjoying the sunshine, the warm welcome in Uganda and loves the water temperature. He is the envy of many the world over going to work in a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sunglasses. He welcomes anyone into his office warmly.

Isaac Mwanja

Isaac Mwanja - Grounds Keeper

Isaac Mwanja - Grounds Keeper

Position: Grounds Keeper
Born: Bujagali Falls
Favorite Rapid:

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.

Olowo Moses

Olowo Moses - Safety Kayaker

Olowo Moses - Safety Kayaker

Position: Safety Kayaker
Born: Budondo (near Lunch Island)
Favorite 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.

Fred Ssengooba

Fred Ssengooba - Accountant

Fred Ssengooba - Accountant

Position: Accountant
Born: Kauga, Mukono District
Favourite rapid: Hasn’t been rafting yet!

Fred is the newest member of the team and accounts for the activities at the Adrift Riverbase. He is continually impressed by what he calls the ‘freestyle’ life of the travellers who stay at the Riverbase, and is equally surprised at how the stocks of Nile Special beer evaporate. He loved his first bungee jump and can’t wait to go again. He finds bungee jumping almost as exciting as balancing his books at the end of each day.

Ronnie Sendi

Ronnie Sendi - Safety Kayaker

Ronnie Sendi - Safety Kayaker

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.

Kenneth Adruga

Kenneth Adruga - Warehouse Manager

Kenneth Adruga - Warehouse Manager

Position: Warehouse Manager
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.

Carlos Nkalubo

Position:
Born:
Favourite rapid:

Carlos is one of our newest recruits.  His passion for knowledge and information technology keeps him at his desk for hours at a time.  Carlos is primarily responsible for updating our website and improving our presence on the internet.  He is a very likeable guy and is one of our rising stars.