April 30th-May 8th 2016
Kenya is a paradise for the world traveler, and now for international whitewater kayakers as well. With numerous National Parks and Wildlife Reserves, the animal viewing is unparalleled. If you want to give your legs a work out too, climbing Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya, are great add-on options. Just strolling through town, checking out the rice varieties and talking with the locals is an amazing experience in itself.
James, our local connection, has been developing the whitewater industry in his home country, and has found quite a few gems. Kenya has a wide variety of runs from high volume creeks, to steep creeks, to park and huck waterfalls. The kayaking is "wonderfully weird" with muddy water from the clay soil and unique bedrock features. The warm water (think Tena), sunny days, and abundant wildlife all combine to make Kenya one of the world's top up and coming paddling destinations.
For the Class IV/IV+kayaker, Kenya has a lot to offer. Like bedrock canyons? Want to work on your waterfall running technique? Bring it on--Kenya won't disappoint. We will run a combination of bigger volume creeks that will surprise you with their pushiness and steep creeks with impressive horizon lines. We will seek out big boofs, steep slides, and waterfalls. One waterfall right near our camp--The Mission--is super friendly and forgiving and offers a perfect venue for practicing your hucking techniques. If the group is up for it, we can even do a couple of exploratory runs farther afield from our base. That is part of the beauty of Kenya, there is still so much to be explored.
We will also spend two nights in Ol Pejeta National Park where we will hope to see the "Big 5"--African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and the White/Black Rhinoceros. It's Africa, you have to go on Safari!