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Whitewater Rafting in Kenya

Tana River

Departs from the Norfolk Hotel at 0800 hrs. It is an hour and a half drive to our campsite near Sagana. The clients are offered tea or coffee with biscuits when they arrive. After the refreshments the clients are given a safety briefing then they are transported up the river to the put in point. They are provided with life jackets, helmets and a paddle.
The trip will take from four to five hours depending on the water levels. Note we may put in at a different points depending again on water levels. Below is a brief description on the full rafting trip.
“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.”

What to Wear:-

Clothes you do not mind getting wet i.e. T Shirts, shorts or long sleeved shirt and trousers (especially for those who burn easily) and shoes that will not come off.

Athi River (Mid April to Mid July, Mid November to early January)

3 to 4 Days Athi River

The section of the Athi River that we run 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 and to date our guides have recorded over 120 different species.

Day 1

Pick up by SWS in Nairobi and driven down to the start of the rafting venue near Yatta Gap Bridge (4hrs). Put in at the bridge, afternoon float trip for 10km down the river (4hrs). Mainly calm water. The night is spent on a suitable sand bank along the river.

Day 2

Early start, so as to be on the river for the best of the game viewing, (early morning and evening is when the animals mainly come down to drink); full day rafting, with numerous sections of class II and III white water plus two big drops of class IV. Lunch on one of the many small islands, (30km) Arrive at camp – again a suitable sand bank, late afternoon.

Day 3

Very similar to day 2, but with some more exciting rapids and “jungle” to pass through. (25km). Optional overnight or depart to Nairobi.

Mathioya River

With over 450m of descent in around 22km the Mathoya 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.
For inexperienced rafters a two-day package is available; one day rafting on the Tana, overnight at our camp, then have a second action packed day on the Mathoya.

What to Bring:-

Clothes you do not mind getting wet i.e. T Shirts, shorts or long sleeved shirt and trousers (especially for those who burn easily) and shoes that will not come off.
All trips depart from the Norfolk Hotel at 0800 hrs. Prices are shown in Euros and are inclusive of transport, accommodation and food. Soft drinks and beers are included in the price. Group sizes on the rivers are from a min. of 3 to maximum of 60.


Kenya has a wealth of kayaking and river sport available. Paddlers in Kenya benefit from all types of river at every grade, with vast amounts of uncharted water to explore with the added advantage of year round warm water. Water levels throughout the year vary but typically peak during the long rains (Mid/late April to June) and short rains (Nov to January).

With the lowering of off-season airfares; Kenya is now a viable alternative to other mainstream kayaking destinations. Cheap food & drink, accommodation and visa’s along with other off river activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering (Mt's Kenya & Kilimanjaro) off shore sailing, diving, game safari’s and much more make Kenya a kayakers must visit destination!


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