Day 2 section of the Nile starts with a bang. Called as the big three or 666 there is three parallel channels, each of them being a major rapid. Starting from river left there is Kalagala falls, Hypoxia in the middle and Itanda on the river right. Kalagala is a big volume pourover with a tongue on the right. Straight forward line, but missing the line might hold some severe consequences.

Author running the Kalagala falls.

The ferry just below Hypoxia.

This is what I think of running the Hypoxia…

Hypoxia is a very large hole and running it is not every one’s flavor. People do run it thought. Itanda on the other hand is a huge big volume rapid with a several big hole, but with a line that (hopefully) avoids most of them. The trick of running the Itanda is that if you want to run it from top to bottom you can’t scout it because you have to commit to the line earlier abowe. On our trip we didn’t had that many change to run it and when there was I just wasn’t feeling for it. It’s a big rapid after all. My brother, Juho, on the other hand did a sweet descent of the rapid on our last day on the river when we decided to soak it in last time and paddle the whole run from Bujagali falls down to Hairy Lemon.

Juho in the bottom part of Itanda.

Somewhere abowe Nile Special on our last day on the river.

Especially after loosing the Ugly Sisters channel to the dam construction the best play on the river is on the day 2 section. On Hair of the Dog rapid there can either the mutts nutts on low water or the main hair of the dog wave at high water. On Kula Shaker there is a big rolling wave that is just smooth and nice to surf. Everyone knows the Nile Special, but on the same rapid there is also a low water option that is the Club Wave. Downstream of the Nile Special there is Malalu which is supposed be really nice, but needs high water. We never made it there.

Juho surfing the Nile Special.

Author surfing during the Nile Freestyle Festival 2007.

The Club Wave.

The day 2 section and the play spots are most easily accessible from the Hairy Lemon camp site. It’s an island on the Nile and very peaceful and relaxed play to stay. For different rates you can stay in your own tent, dormitory or a private banda. Three meals are always included in the rates as you cannot bring food to the island. Some people find the food a little bit too basic and repetitive, but I had no problems with it.

Our tents at the Hairy Lemon.

Bidding farewell to Hairy Lemon bar at our last night on the River in true fashion.