Please note There has been a serious deterioration in security in South Sudan since these pages were compiled, and some of the practical information here will now be out of date. In particular, many areas are currently not safe to travel. You are advised to contact your embassy and local agents prior to travelling. 

Home to hippos and crocodiles, this mighty river is one of the world’s hotspots for white-water rafting.

The Nile is one of the world’s mightiest rivers, and it is the lifeblood of South Sudan. A wide and impressive watercourse in the south of the country, on which it is possible to raft and see crocodiles and hippos lazing around, it peters out into the world’s largest swamp, losing much of its water to evaporation. In spite of this, it remains a haven for diverse wildlife and some of the best angling in East Africa. 

White-water rafting on the Nile is a new addition to South Sudan’s tourist options, and you can enjoy a short splash at Nimule or paddle all the way to Juba. The rapids will make you buzz with adrenaline, especially when you realise just how many hippopotamuses and crocodiles are sharing the water, and in calmer stretches there are great possibilities for birdwatching and fishing.

Rafting the White Nile by Levison Wood

White-water rafting tour on the White Nile © Levison Wood

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