The 9th Edition of The Nile Kayaking Festival will take place on 23-26th January 2014.

The aim of the Nile River Festival is to have an awesome time, both on and off the river, and to showcase white water kayaking and its lifestyle at its best. The events are all orientated around being as cool and exciting as possible, and will be more about kayaking, the river and the people than formal competition. Planning to attend the event?! Let us know on our Facebook event page!


Thursday 23rd January

3 – 5pm Registration – all competitors must register and pay for all events on this day.

5pm Competitors meeting: Anyone competing in an event must be at the meeting

5.30 onward…

EVENT 1 Big Air Ramp
Big air kayak ramp event and beach party

8 – 9pm Continued registration

Thursday night – recommendation accommodation NRE / Bujagali

Friday 24th January

(40km Bujagali Dam to Hairy Lemon)

10am Race briefing at NRE campsite, all Extreme Endurance race competitors need to be there.

10am Truck leaving from NRE campsite to take spectators down to the hairy lemon.

10.30am Truck leaving NRE to go to Silverback with the competitors.

11.30am Race starts.

1.30pm (approximately) First competitors expected to arrive at the Hairy Lemon.

5.00pm Truck leaves Hairy Lemon, picks up some people at the NRE takeout and ships back to Bujagali / Jinja for those who don’t want to stay on the Hairy Lemon.

Friday night recommended accommodation the Hairy Lemon

Saturday 25th January

Event 3 – Nile Special Big Air Freestyle competition

(This schedule is likely to change to account for water levels and number of competitors)

A vehicle will be leaving NRE at 11:30am on Saturday to take any competitors not staying at the Hairy Lemon, and spectators, to the Nile Special wave

12.15pm Lunch at Hairy Lemon

1.30pm Competitors meeting at Nile Special. All competitors need to be at Nile Special. Event will be split into prelims and finals.

2pm – 6.30 Nile special big air freestyle event.

6.30pm Everyone ship back to NRE campsite for a party of note!

8 til late Live music and general NRE carnage!

Saturday night recommended accommodation NRE / Bujagali

Sunday 26th January

Event 4 – Hendri Coetzee Memorial Itanda Falls Extreme Race

10.30am Trucks leaving NRE to go down to Itanda.

12:00 midday all competitors should be at Itanda Falls ready for the briefing.

12.30pm Hendri Coetzee Memorial Itanda Falls Extreme Race.

5.30pm Prize giving and closing ceremony.

6pm Bonfire, fire poi and sundowners in memory of Hendri

7pm everyone heads their respective ways and start counting the days until the 2015 Nile River Festival!

Pirates code will be in place for the entire festival:
If you’re not there, you get left behind!

The schedule is subject to change, may change at short notice! Click here for more information on the event and the rules.

Image: Sam Ward dropping into the Bad Place at the 2012 Festival. Photo taken by Adam Robinson at Fly Mami Afrika