*Thumps chest Tarzan style* “Bring on the adventure!!!!!” ….but wait, what are the chances of me dying here? Adventure sports is not for the faint hearted, which makes me probably the least suitable candidate for it! But hey, we had a Travel show to film, so i figured why not step out of my comfort zone?!
Luckily we live in a country that provides both unique and thrilling experiences when it comes to adventure sports. And we found a few great options that exist within the most beautiful natural settings, at the Savage Wilderness Camp.
Sagana is a small town 100 kilometres north of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. It’s name comes from Kenya’s longest river, Tana River. Pass the Embu/Nyeri junction towards Nyeri, and then branch off onto a dirt road to the camp
Now imagine how pleased i was (NOT!!!) when i found out i had to tackle 2 activities in one day! Besides white water rafting, i was also going to experience my first ever bungee jump! (I threw up a little in my mouth) Sagana also offers outdoor activities, team building and zip lining across the river all under the close supervision of very professional staff.
White water rafting is a challenging activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river. This is usually done in white water and different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite (though that’s debatable) the raft passengers. Rafting in Kenya has been popular for over 20 years and has some of the best rafting on the continent.
You don’t have to be in perfect shape nor do you need swimming skills for this. Just be mentally prepared for the various rapids and differing strengths and please pay attention when the instructor gives you tips on how to handle them.
I have to admit, i ABSOLUTELY LOVED white water rafting! It was such a rush!
We fell out a few times, were bounced around a lot and i must have swallowed 2 gallons of water when i took on the ‘Devils Toilet’. I think i must have i banged my head against a rock, as i was the first to volunteer to hurtle down into the dreaded Devils toilet bowl. You get swallowed and swished around in the water…kinda like being flushed around in a toilet bowl “Gulp gulp gulp”
If you want to go totally nuts, (and i seemed to be surrounded by a lot of that) how about jumping off the waterfall along the route into the cool waters of the Tana River below
Available too is Kayaking a challenging recreational activity using a plastic boat to navigate a river or other bodies of water. A physically challenging but thrilling experience!!!
Bungee jumping is for the daring and has become more popular in Kenya too. The weight limit is between 40kg to 110 kgs, and you will be jumping off a custom built steel tower 200 meters above. With the view of the Tana river below.
Feeling a sense of euphoria and confidence after surviving the rafting, i exclaimed in glee “Next we bungee jump!!!” And then i looked around and everyone else had taken off! Buggers!!!!
At the same venue, Bungeewalla Limited run a great bungee jump experience, off the tower right above the Tana River. First of all you’ll be weighed in to make sure you’re within the approved weight limit. And if you think a couple of tequilas will help take the edge off, forget it! You’re not allowed to attempt this whilst tipsy or otherwise (DARN IT)
To be quite honest, the hardest part of the bungee jump for me was climbing up the 178 steps to the top of the tower. By the time i huffed and puffed my way up, i probably fell out the steel cage due to exhaustion more than anything 🙂
I can’t really put into words what that fall felt like. There’s just nothing to quite describe it! Though if you were there to witness it, the words that I used the most were “Holy sh*t! aaarghhh!! Bleep Bleep AAAAAAArghhhhhhh BLEEPING BLEEP”
All in all, a once in a lifetime experience and i would highly recommend both activities to anyway thrill-seeking, fun-loving or mad as a hatter human being!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
WHITE WATER RAFTING http://www.savagewilderness.org
BUNGEE JUMPING Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : +254 712 3094 / +254 733 613 132 / +254 734 819 361