By Brittany Froistad, Founder of Rays of Grace, a non-profit with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty through a system of education, empowerment and sustainability aiming to facilitate change and create opportunity for brighter and stronger futures.
Uganda is a wild ride waiting to happen. There’s adventure around every corner and endless opportunities to dive in deep to the culture. After working right off the Nile River for 6 years, I have found a thing or two to feed my need for adventure. Sipi Falls: A breath taking slice of heaven that can keep you busy on a day trip or revitalize you for a week long stay. I love staying at the Lacam Lodge. Their property sits on the edge of the third of three waterfalls that wind through the Mt. Elgon hills. They offer a bunkhouse option as well as private bandas. You are able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner included in your stay. The coffee is praise-worthy: It is grown and roasted in the very hills you are sleeping in. There are great hikes throughout the area that can be booked through the Lacam Lodge. You can repel the waterfalls and head into the village to roast your own coffee. You can sit quietly in the peace and glory of the rhythmic crash of the waterfall as you watch the sun set over the valley... Coffee in hand. Be sure to bring your favorite book, a journal and your camera… They’ll be put to great use! http://l.facebook.com/l/nAQFu94PcAQFU3PKZKu5py8aU1JxpRWGUe7Sr4mNteqU0Zw/www.lacamlodge.co.uk/ Rafting the Nile River: There are endless choices of great companies to raft the Nile with. I had my favorite experience with Adrift. Nestled in a quiet stretch of the river, they provide a rockin’ good time. You can choose a full day trip or a half day. From personal experience, do yourself a favor and go for the full day. They provide lunch midday as well as a cook out and cold beers at the end of an action-packed day. This is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to flip, flop, laugh, be scared to death, and not regret a single moment. Pack up some of your favorite people to go with you, you’re going to want to share this experience! http://l.facebook.com/l/bAQEjy8w2AQGOo5_MaI_Fa3HWW6RETlB6CrxJUC8834PmfA/adrift.ug/ Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Nile River Explorers: While working in Uganda full time, I found my soul longing for moments of solace. Some days that’s pretty hard to find when you stick out like a sore thumb. I found a nook of solitude at Nile River Explorers river front location. You can rent a paddle board by the hour and meander the banks of the Nile. I loved to go an hour or two before sunset and soak up the setting sun from my board. I love paddling up river, then laying down and floating my way back. This is just one of a handful of activities that N.R.E. offers. Be sure to swing off their rope swing into the river, it’s a blast! http://l.facebook.com/l/AAQFf576lAQGc-dBIc5azKn2rtxMl3MT-m0K7VMxsxKiqwQ/raftafrica.com/ Cold Beers at Adrift: Back to Adrift! It truly is a one-stop shop for all sorts of fun. I recommend cruising in just before sunset with a group of your favorite humans. Grab a couple of Nile Specials, the local beer, and settle in for views that will make your heart skip a beat as the sun tucks itself in across the river. Bring great conversation; the rest will fall into place.
Dig In, Get Dirty: If you’re looking to get your hands dirty and spread some love and grace, be sure to stop by our project in Kirugu in the Buikwe District. We sit on a little plot of land that serves as a Nursery and Primary School. With close to 300 kiddos in attendance and working alongside of hundreds of community members, we are pressing towards a sustainable village with every passing day. We love visitors and we love laughing and singing and dancing. If you’re in the market for anyone of those, be sure to stop by. http://l.facebook.com/l/LAQEjula7AQGW6uMZTybXOjJKF6utLAJlL3gMOiTEQ9_YEQ/hoffmanfamilyfoundation.co/