It’s more than just a river in Uganda. It’s beautiful, huge and majestic. Also, when you get flipped in a life-raft going through a grade 5 rapid, it’s slightly terrifying. Ok. Actually terrifying. It’s a pity I don’t have any photos to show you because they’re all stuck on a CD until I get home.
On Saturday I had a spare day in Jinja while Simon was preoccupied with Grow Africa meetings. So what to do but book a white water rafting trip on the White Nile with the top rated rafting company on tripadvisor. It turned out I was on the tour with several medical students from across North America and Europe doing voluntary placements in hospitals around Uganda.
Allow me for a moment to list some of the pros and cons of white water rafting the River Nile with medical students.
- If something goes seriously wrong you’ll be in good hands.
- Not only are they really clever, but they were nice enough to chat to a farmer from Australia.
- Being told both the scientific and common name of the disease you get if you catch a parasite from swimming in the river.
- Helpful descriptions of the symptoms of said condition and what to do if I start experiencing them.
- Graphic descriptions of what happens should said condition go untreated.
- Two obstetrics students comparing horror stories from delivery rooms. (Both in Uganda and back home)