7 High Adrenaline Adventures in Kenya

I have always found myself drawn to adventures that have high adrenaline activities tucked somewhere in the itinerary. In my recent travel escapades, I have noted that activities once tagged as a preserve for the daring are now a staple sought by many a traveler!

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Some take part in these activities to pursue that rush that leaves a soul feeling indomitable (albeit for a few hours), others do it to earn bragging rights among their peers, while others truly seek that spiritual angle of being one with nature while in a solo stand of defiance; more like the dance battle some animals indulge in prior to a steamy session of passion!

Whatever your reason to seek out these high adrenaline activities are; I hereby give you a list of the seven must do activities (in Kenya) to leave your heart with a drum-thump of a pump!

# 1 SKYDIVING

Get into a noisy cessna 206 plane with no door, hit heights of up to 12,000ft and jump out! Show me madness if this is not it! Leaping from these dizzying heights is certainly not for the faint at heart. The ‘lunatics’ at the Skydive Diani have taken this a notch higher; with oxygen systems installed in the powerful and fast bird that tears through the hot and humid Diani air at ease, you can now join them in a 22,000ft jump (highest jump ever done in Kenya) and fly through the blue reaching terminal velocity of up to 200km/h in a 55 seconds free fall of pure adrenaline! A smooth parachute landing on the Diani Beach will calm your nerves with the scenic 5,000ft gentle drop back to earth. For only Ksh.35,000/- this is an experience you certainly don’t wonna miss!

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#2 PARAGLIDING

You know you are an adrenaline junkie if soaring high like a bird soaking in the picturesque scenery below ever made it to any of your day dreams! Dream no more, head out to Kerio Valley and make this a reality! Jumping off high hillsides or cliffs and setting out into a flight high above the earth is a lifetime experience worth taking. With no age restriction, no prior training or experience required, Paraglide Kenya  can tailor-make a flight for you. For the sane nature lovers, a gentle scenic flight would be in order while for the ‘nutters’ seeking the rush, an adrenaline-filled joy ride would be the best serving. For only Ksh.8,000.00 be a bird high up in the sky for 15-20min!

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# 3. BUNGEE JUMPING

Until you have climbed up the 60 meter steel structure with the sole intention of jumping off it’s edge and down towards the torrential Tana River, then you cannot quite call yourself an adrenaline junkie! As you climb up to bungee, the wind blows against you as if in a torment to measure your determination to jump. 220 steps later, you are at the top and in the jump cage. Your view below is that of Sagana, the Tana River and the farm lands on its banks. Observing the highest standards of safety your upper body is harnessed and an elastic chord is tied around your feet. As soon as you assume the ‘Jesus position’, you are ready to bungee!  3,2, 1… and off you leap! Some say they feel their heart float, while others say they feel it in their mouths during the free fall until the bungee rope kicks in. For as little as Ksh.5,000.00 find out what you will record as your experience!

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#4. WHITE WATER RAFTING

Common sense will dictate that we avoid torrential rivers, particularly those with whirling rapids and falls. On the other hand, adventure sense will nudge us to wonder what it feels like to be engulfed in a rapid or tossed down a waterfall as one with the raging water! White water rafting is the white-knuckle adrenaline thrill waiting to serve you this very experience. River Tana provides grade 3- 5 rapids depending on the seasons. Grade 5 rapids are something close to dancing with the devil or step dancing on the edge of a strict cliff! On-board an inflated raft, armed with a sturdy plastic paddle and shielded by a slight helmet and a life jacket, be the warrior that braves the raging waters, the occasional menacing sharp rocks and live to tell the tale. Savage Wilderness will arrange your date with the rapids.

White Water Rafting

#5. JET SKIING

Water in oceanic abundance has a thrill in itself. Swimming has its limitations and may even come-off as not ‘dangerous’ enough for an ardent thrill-seeker. Now imagine riding an agile fast machine in the open ocean and accelerating from zero to speeds of about 60km/hr in just a matter of seconds! If this has started to sound tantalizing in any way, come out and declare self a daredevil! Jet skiing is your thing! Get down to Mombasa and rent out a jet ski from as little as Ksh. 2,500.00 and zoom off into the vast ocean.

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# 6.  MOTORCROSS

Be it on two wheels or four wheels, nothing beats the feeling of igniting a motorcycle engine, pushing in the clutch, hitting the gear shift into one and letting go of the clutch to set off into motion raising a trail of dust as the monster bike swings into action! Adrenaline rush is almost squarely synonymous with motorcycle riding. Various locations offer exhilarating dirt bike trails. Some trails are demarcated (http://www.chakaranch.com/), while some cockily tear through the wilderness, literally passing among herds of wilder-beasts and giraffes as they forage in the Kenyan grasslands (http://www.lukenyamotorcross.co.ke/) From as little as Ksh. 5,000.00 get onto a buggy or a quad bike and race your friends through the dusty or muddy rough terrain of the unbeaten tracks!

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#7. ZIP LINING   

On a harness attached to a cable (30ft above the ground), you will be propelled by gravity between two points across the Machakos People’s Park! You will have the option of choosing between the 200m or 300m long cable. The speeds vary depending on how you’d like to enjoy your ride. No where else in Kenya will you find a zipline this long, this high and integrated into a truly spectacular park setting. With the buzz of activity below you and depending on how good or evil you are, you just might feel like Santa flying over chimneys on Christmas eve or like a witch flying her broom in the night! Ha ha!

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~MASH~

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Motorbikes on Fours!

Motorbikes on Fours!

Motorbikes on Fours!

Not too far from the city of Nairobi, there is a place that is nothing less of the wild (full with the savannah terrain and wildlife) where I go to ride monster motorbikes on fours; Quad Bikes!

The place is set in a savannah grassland spotted with thorny shrubs and the occasional rocky hills. The road to the place is quite treacherous and a 4×4 vehicle might be a good idea. However, the place is still accessible with a small vehicle whose owner doesn’t mind a little shocks battering 😉

On arrival we were welcomed by the establishment’s owner and now friend, Mr. Wamae. Our keen intent was to ride the quad bikes out into the wild and through the motorcross track. However Mr. Wamae, persuaded us to first take a walk through the entire place so that we could know what they had to offer.

Parked quad bikes

Parked quad bikes

The establishment boasts a well lit lounge area built in wood. The lounge is accessible using a woody staircase which leads you into a space filled with comfortable sofas, a tv set and a plausible music system. There is no better place to enjoy the breeze and a slight view of the plains! The lounge area over looks the swimming pool and the green lawn below patched with tented bandas serving as more relaxing spots for the visitors. Adjacent to the pool there is a well stocked bar with a wide sitting area and a view outward to the plains. Visitors here can also order meals from the establishment’s kitchen which is ran by a very able chef (this we learned after we ordered our lunch)!The place also has several accommodation rooms whose furniture is artistically built in wood to complete the feel of being in the wild! I automatically fell in love with the place, and what it had to offer!

The lawn and pool area

The lawn and pool area

After the tour, we immediately headed out below the lounge area where the quad bikes are parked. Here we met the riding captain who in very good spirits took us through the simple rules of biking out here in the wild. He also provided protective gear to make sure that we were ready for the ride. A helmet, like while riding any other motorcycles is essential here. It is also advisable to have a padded riding jacket on as well as riding boots to ensure minimal injury in the event of a mishap or accident while riding. We geared up good, and before we mounted the beasts on fours we were requested to sign a risk consent form that absolved the establishment of any liability in the event that any of us got injured while riding. I recommend having personal insurance to cater for such incidents 🙂

Geared up and ready to ride!

Geared up and ready to ride!

We revved up the machines and out we rode into the savannah. Leading the pack was the riding captain who acted as the guide on the trail to ensure that we used a route where we would have maximum fun in terms of, the wildlife we came across and the terrain we passed through. The rougher the terrain, the better! 😉

Revving it up!

Revving it up!

On our way we came across the beautiful sight of antelopes grazing in the grassland and they dashed away in a startled hop on hearing the growling engines. We were also lucky enough to encounter towering giraffes foraging on the acacia trees that spotted the grassland. On hearing the engines, they also took to a graceful run that seemed to be in slow motion due to their long legs! What a beautiful sight! We also came across a heard of elands grazing, and these huge animals were not afraid of the sound of engines. They stood their ground, raised their heads as if to ask, ‘do you have to interrupt our feeding time?’ and watched us as we rode past them. Herds of wilderbeasts and zebras could also be seen grazing out in the plains!

The trail

The trail

Gracefully running giraffes

Gracefully running giraffes

Wilderbeasts crossing the road

Wilderbeasts crossing the road

An Eland

An Eland

The quad bikes raised dust as we sped through the tough terrain leading to the motorcross track through the grassland. The uneven ground helped me enjoy the capabilities of the four-wheeled motorcycle as it bumped, twisted and skidded. My hands strongly gripped the handle bars and played with the clutch and brakes to make sure that the monster was in my control! There is no better feeling than this. I felt like a matador handling a raging bull by the horns! Note: You have the choice of a manual or an automatic quad bike.

Ride on!

Ride on!

We eventually got on to the motor cross track which was the true test of the quad bikes and what they can really do. The track had steep ascends and descends, uneven gullies, wide rumble sticks and unexpected bends! The track is essentially built to surprise the rider and the machine. This calls for good handling of the quad bike for maximum enjoyment.

In the motor cross track

In the motor cross track

Going down a steep descent

Going down a steep descent

The ride is quite tiring, but the fun sure does over-ride the fatigue! We eventually got back to the camp, enjoyed a meal and relaxed by the poolside bar listening to some good music and enjoying a drink or two as we chatted away.

After the long ride

After the long ride

I would recommend that you take some time and immerse yourself in the quad bike riding fun!

Establishment: Lukenya Motorcross

Distance:  Approx. 39km from the Nairobi city centre

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Getting to Lukenya motorcross

Getting to Lukenya motorcross

Get out there and have fun!

-MASH-