Kenya is famous for all the wildlife safaris available. But did you know that you can have some great adventure safaris in Kenya. Sometimes a holiday is best when you are active and sporty. If you can see wildlife as you are flexing your muscles, you can have the best of two worlds.
The top 4 adventure safaris in Kenya in our view are:
- Balloon Safaris
- Mountain Climbing and Trekking
- White Water Rafting
- Camel and Donkey Race Safaris
Balloon Safaris in Kenya
There are no words to describe the exhilaration that you experience from a balloon safari—-you just have to experience it to know how it feels.
From your lodge or tented camp we pick you early morning for a 6.00 am balloon ride. The balloon takes you to an elevated position in the skies, a vantage point to view the wild and the beautiful landscape below. After 45 minutes to one hour in the skies, you land to a celebration with champagne followed by a hot bush breakfast.
While in Kenya, you can do your balloon safari in the Maasai Mara, the rift valley lakes or from the Amboseli national park. While in Tanzania take your balloon safari in the Serengeti.
White Water Rafting in Kenya
If you are looking for adventure water rafting is the ideal activity for you.
Tana River in the Sagana River
The Tana River is a drop pool river offering and exciting day of white water rafting. The adventure starts with a 3 km stretch of easy class II and III white water, where there is plenty of opportunity to practice the paddle skills required to run the lower part of the river. A 6 km section follows with an hour or so of relaxation to view the abundance of bird life around. Cool off with a swim in the warm water.
The final 7 km of river, back to the campsite starts with some easy class III waters where paddle commands are gone over again. It is now time for the 3 big rapids (class IV and V) with names like Captains Folly, Can of Worms,(taking its name from its four 90 degree bends in succession) and Sphincter Flexor. Subject to water levels we may be able to do some surfing in “fish eye” and then swim the next couple of smaller rapids.
Numerous smaller rapids brings one on to the last big one – Spasm, a series of drops over ¾ km with a big surprise half way through. We reach the take out point/campsite about 4 to 5 hours after setting off, where a full barbeque lunch awaits us. Plenty of beer and soft drink included
Athi River Kayaking
(Mid April to Mid July, Mid November to early January)- 3 to 4 Days Athi River – the section of the Athi River that borders Tsavo national park to the east. In many ways, this river is unique. Wonderful scenery, a multitude of wild-life, hugely varied and spectacular bird-life, coupled with the best of medium grade white water river, makes for a truly unforgettable experience.
Of the wild-life, bushbuck, giraffe, buffalo and elephant are among the most common animals seen. Crocodiles are a certainty, as are monkeys and baboons. The bird life along the river is of course spectacular
With over 450m of descent in around 22km the Mathioya River offers some of the most technical water to be found in Kenya. A narrow, low volume river with rapids up to grade V. Previous experience is recommended.
Mountain Climbing and Trekking on Kenyan Safaris
Mt. Kenya Trekking and Climbing
Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi. The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya. At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.
UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site. Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.
Other areas famous for climbing and trekking include Hell’s Gate in Naivasha, Mt. Longonot and Mt. Kilimanjaro
Camel Riding and Horseback Riding
Sure other countries may have horses but few can claim to be good in camel riding and camel safaris. Camel safaris are offered in several places in Kenya particularly Laikipia, Samburu, Marsabit and the Kenya coast .
Many of the lodges in the northern part of Kenya offer, camel riding camels to provide the guests with a little entertainment and a relaxing walk.
But perhaps the most famous is the donkey race in Lamu held each year. This is not only famous for the Lamu donkeys but Camels are having their own in the races too.