This Autmun took me back to sunny Uganda for two and a half months. I spent my time enjoying this fantastic country and river – the White Nile, whilst their I was working for Kayak the Nile. The last time I visited was six years ago, a few years before the completion of the Bujagali dam and we had an epic time. Coming back it was hard to look out over the new lake and let my eyes take in the stillness of where so many awesome rapids had stood for thousands of years. The remaining part of the river is still filled with unique world class rapids and waves, it was a reall joy to be back paddling here and a great classroom to coach in. So many people have had amazing, probably life changing experinces in this unique place. It creates employment oportunity for thousands of local Ugandans in one way or another though adventure tourism. But this remaining part of the river is under threat, from yet another dam. The Isimba dam is getting built in a very illeagale manner – and if it goes ahead it will finish Uganda as a whitewater destination.
Jake Holland is a true British whitewater warrior. Learning his trade on the dark, tree infested rivers of the British Isles, Jake had ticked off an impressive list of tough descents even before he began to travel further.