Nile SUP is owned and operated by the
husband and wife team of Sam and Emily Ward. A business that runs among the
tropical islands of the Nile River, our core goal is to introduce more people to the amazing sport of stand-up paddleboarding in this idyllic location.
Before we became the owners of Kayak the Nile we travelled the world to kayak, whether that was to train and compete, (Emily has
represented Great Britain 5 times in the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships while Sam was the British team coach for seven years followed by representing Uganda and placing 6th at the 2015 Freestyle Kayaking World Championships) or to explore and coach on some of the most exciting rivers in the world. While solely running Nile SUP’s sister company Love it Live it, we lived a nomadic life by the river and used kayaking as the excuse to explore and learn about the world.
Drawn by the promise of big volume whitewater at the source of the world’s longest river, a
relaxed lifestyle and the perfect ‘eternal summer’ climate, it’s unsurprising that we arrived in Uganda, and as Sam puts it “in essence we just forgot to leave”.
We believe the Nile is one of the world’s best rivers to teach on thanks to the warm water and spectacular scenery, and fabulous training features. Uganda has a firm grip on our hearts. Through our companies; Love it Live it, Kayak the Nile and more recently Nile SUP, we get the pleasure of showing people this amazing river for the first time and let them share the experiences that have kept us coming home to Jinja for the majority of the last 10 years.
Thankfully those people who find us and trust us to show them the river agree, and we are so proud of our TripAdvisor certificates of excellence (2014 through 2019). During our years at the helm of Kayak the Nile our average reviews have never dropped below a 5 star rating!
Teaching people the joys of kayaking or SUP for the first time, using our coaching experience to teach some of the best paddlers in the world, or helping experienced kayakers and SUPers from the international community cross this destination off on their bucket list, taking on Kayak the Nile was a bit of a dream come true and Nile SUP is the next natural move.
Sam & Emily