When my sister and her husband lived in Uganda, I decided to pay them a visit. The traffic, pot holed roads and crazy driving is something a mzungu will take a while to get used to but the people are friendly and the fruit is fantastic. I accompanied my sister to the grocery store and when she asked the shop attendant for some passion, I nearly died of embarrassment. I found out that passion is what we call passion fruit in SA and you get short fingers or long fingers (bananas), peanuts, king pineapples, avo etc.
My sister who is 10 years older than me insisted that I go white water rafting which she has done nearly 10 times before. This Grade 5 rafting starts at Bujagali Falls in Jinga which is at the mouth of the Nile. I remember the girl who sat behind me on our boat asking me if I was scared and I said “No, not at all”. Famous last words, it was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life. At one stage I was deep under the water and I felt like I needed to breath NOW, as I surfaced a large wave washing machined me under again and I actually thought that I was going to drown.
But the worst moment was still to come, our raft got stuck on a rock with a sheer drop of about 5 meters below us. The girl in front of me started to cry and miraculously our guide managed to tip the boat off the rock, I have a photo and DVD as evidence…