Fancy an adrenaline rush? Admire Nature’s glorious spectacle amid the calm, tranquil waters of the amazing Tana River before taking on the vibrant, spirited and extreme Class IV/V rapids.
Whitewater rafting is the ultimate group adventure. It combines time outside with teamwork, camaraderie and excitement. Nothing promotes teamwork like paddling together down a class IV rapid. Nothing enhances connections like spending a day working in unison to avoid obstacles or challenging waves. Nothing relieves stress like being outside, focusing on the river and experiencing excitement!
White water rafting has been available in Kenya for more than 20 years, on the Tana, Mathioya and Athi rivers. The Tana River (also known as the Sagana) is the biggest in Kenya, with intense class IV and V rapids that make it an ultimate location for intrepid white-water enthusiasts.
If you have not been to Tana River, then you are missing out a lifetime experience. Located in Sagana, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Nairobi on the scenic Nairobi-Nyeri highway, Tana River is a beehive of activities and an excellent opportunity to enjoy white water rafting.
Tana’s rapids range from class II to V, meaning the water is calm in some places and raging in others. Depending on the water level, you may have to get out at some points where it’s too low or too high, and put in further downstream.
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. The next 5.9km of the trip offer a relaxed setting to view the birdlife around. You can take a dip in the warm waters here if you want. The final 7km of the river present the three ultimate rapids (class IV and V) with names like Captain Folly, Can of Worms and Sphincter Flexor. Rafting through these rapids will leave the adrenaline coursing through your veins like never before!
Another excellent whitewater spot is the nearby Mathioya River. Experienced paddlers love this narrow, low-volume river with five miles of continuous class IV white water. Offering the country’s most technical whitewater, the Mathioya drops 1476 feet in 22 km and offers a non-stop thrill ride.
Rafting is only available on this river during the rainy seasons (mid-April to mid-June, or October and November). 3-4 hours of rafting accompanied by professional guides and the right equipment guarantee you a good time!
And it doesn’t end there. The bountiful Athi River combines exhilarating whitewater with stunning views of African wildlife in its natural habitat. By rafting the section of the Athi that borders Tsavo National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to view elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, baboons and hippos. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Outfitters of whitewater rafting on Tana River include Savage Wilderness Safaris (one of Kenya’s professional whitewater rafting outfitters) and Rapids Camp.
At Savage Wilderness Camp there are a multitude of adventure activities including kayaking/rock climbing/bungee jumping/mountain biking and the list goes on! They offer multi-day packages with many activities included.
The rafting adventure is available for persons with a minimum age of 18years. In case of persons under the age of 18 they must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The min age for the whole section is 14 years old.