White Water Rafting | Kayaking
The Tana River
Our premiere one day trip ideal for people with a day or two to spare when visiting Nairobi, or those basing themselves in the capital (only 100km’s along the Nyeri Rd). This will be an exciting day of thrills (and often spills) with a great mix of high action whitewater (up to grade V) interspersed with scenic calm water where birdlife abounds. Not enough? Why not leap feet first into a big surfing hole, jump a 30ft waterfall or swim ‘The Devils Toilet Bowl’ (water level dependant).
A typical day trip starts with you being picked up from a central point in Nairobi by 8am. A 1.5hr drive see’s you arriving at Savage Camp, Sagana. Here you can relax with tea/coffee and biscuits before receiving a comprehensive safety briefing. After signing a compulsory release and assumption of risk form (place link to release and assumption of risk form here), we will then drive up to the put in where you will receive some final practical training before heading down river. The trip is either 16km (high water season) or 8km (low water season) and lasts approximately 4hrs. This varies greatly due to the water levels and we often find ourselves rafting 8km one day, then 11km the next due to rain upstream. The trip takes out at Savage Camp, where you can enjoy a solar heated shower or relax in the pool before enjoying a three course barbeque lunch. Trips depart Savage Camp no later than 5pm for Nairobi to ensure you arrive back at your pick up point before dark.
Other options available on the Tana include scenic float trips from the camp downstream on completely flat water for those not wishing to experience any whitewater. This trip lasts 4hrs and takes in the abundant birdlife inhabiting the lush riverine forests along the river. To date our guides have recorded over 120 species of birds on this section. Trips are usually taken by a Kenya Professional Safari Guide.
New to our repertoire of Tana trips is the full moon run. This takes in the whitewater section only and lasts about 3hrs. Please contact us for more details and dates for full moon run. (Place link to water level and full moon chart here).
The Athi River
If you like multi-day expedition style trips then the Athi is for you! Flowing through Tsavo National Park, we raft up to 80km’s of Kenya’s second longest river with three days and three nights on the river. The river gives an awesome mixture of relaxing calm water with game viewing (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, crocodile and hippo have all been seen from our boats) and abundant birdlife interspersed with some great whitewater (up to grade IV). The trip usually goes out fully self supported with our guides providing breakfast (full cooked or cereals/fruit/toast), lunch (a selection of cold meats and cheeses with bread/salad and fruit) and dinner (three courses). If a more luxury trip is your style then vehicle support (at an extra cost) is available to bring those added necessities.
Day one: see’s you putting onto the Athi at Kibwezi, a short drive from the Mombasa road. After our comprehensive safety briefing, you will set out in the afternoon to raft the short distance to our first camp, ‘Bushwhacker’s’. Set on a secluded sandbar mid river. The first night is spent round the campfire listening to the sounds of Africa and swapping stories with the guides about the days ahead.
Day two: after breakfast and an early start you will soon reach our first major rapid followed by a few calm sections interspersed with smaller rapids down to our lunch spot. This is followed by more rapids and flat open plains where hopefully you will see some of the animals native to this area. Late afternoon see’s us arrive at our second camp ‘scorpion’ on the relatively unpopulated left bank of the river.
Day three: has some of the best rapids with the legendary ‘Vietnam’ taking you through dense undergrowth and ‘crocodile burn up’ providing an awesome hit. After another fun packed day you will arrive at our final camp, ‘Hippo’, where you will spend a final night by the fire relaxing and re living the previous day’s action.
Day four: we return to Nairobi by around lunchtime.