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Thrilling white water rafting locations in Africa

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By Evelyn Masaba

If there is something the African continent was blessed with, its plenty of everything beautiful. Every country on this continent has something worth exploring, something that will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Across the continent, there is something for everyone, including some of the best white water rapids that any thrill seeker would want to experience at some point on their adventures.

Blue Nile Falls
Cascading down from the Tana River, one of the major tributaries of the River Nile in Ethiopia, the Blue Nile Falls give you a spectacular experience with gorgeous views of the wildlife in the area. The rapids are classified as Class V.

Mangoky River
Madagascar is beautiful, magical and full of many unexplored wonders. The rafting experience here will take you through an adventure on the bubbly Mangoky River, whose surroundings are home to many different species of lemurs, butterflies and birds, You also get a chance to see baobab trees along the Class II rapids.

Ahansel River
Up the Atlas highs through Marrakech runs the Ahansel River,which gives birth to the Cascade D’Ouzoud, a phenomenal waterfall that will cost you approximately 30 Dirhams to paddle through for a good experience near the Ouzoud.

Orange River

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No, the river is not Orange as its name suggests. It was named after the Dutch Royal House by Robert Jacob Gordon and has its origins from the Drakensberg Mountain. Orange River, or Senqu River, is the longest river in South Africa and is also ranked among the best locations for beginner or expert rafting experiences right from the Augrabies Falls. You will pay close to 4,000 rands for the full experience.

Bujagali Falls
The most popular rafting destination in East Africa, Bujagali, known to the Basoga (a tribe indigenous to the area) as Budhagali, is one of the best white water rafting locations Uganda has to offer. Right on the White Nile with Class V rapids, get ready to be excited and thrilled at the same time. The area is also best for bungee jumping and kayaking.

River Zambezi
The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa and is also home to one of the highest falls in Africa.

The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa

The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa

The river is located in Zimbabwe with Class V rapids near the Victoria Falls, making them very conducive for a thrilling paddle adventure. White water rafting near the falls is very suitable for experienced rafters and not advisable for beginners.

Rufiji River
Formed by the confluence of Luwegu and Kilombero rivers, Rufiji is found in Tanzania, an East African country with unfound beauty. Though the rapids are rated at Class III, rafting along the river is worth experiencing with the surrounding scenic beauty along its shores.

There are a number of other other locations you can choose from, including Manambloo and Breed rivers in South Africa, Tekeze and Omo in Ethiopia, among many others.

The writer is the public relations manager at Jumia Travel in Uganda. Travel.jumia.com is Africa’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world.
Jumia Travel has offices in Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Abidjan, Algiers, Douala, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Porto and Paris.
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