Traversed by some of Africa’s mightiest rivers, including the Blue Nile, Ethiopia has enormous potential as a white-water rafting destination, though this is not currently exploited commercially.

  • White-water rafting trips can be undertaken on the Blue Nile near Bahir Dar, lasting a few days, and on the Awash River, for one or two days.
  • Specialised expeditions have tackled other rivers, including the Tekaze, the Bashilo and the Baro.
  • Rafting can only be done at certain times of the year, after the rains, and needs to be set up well in advance. Currently no company in Ethiopia has the equipment or expertise to mount a rafting expedition, so all equipment would need to be brought in.