What is it about adventure sports that gets people so excited? Could it be that executing seemingly superhuman moves such as gliding through the air at death-defying speeds makes us feel invincible or could it be that as a species we cannot help but push our limits? Maybe it’s the fact that many of these activities take us way out of our comfort zones and remind us that there are forces out there much bigger and stronger than we are? Or could it boil down to a simple primal philosophy that ‘the nearer to death you are the more alive you feel’?

Adventure sports in Kenya

As one of the world’s leading travel destinations, Kenya has a lot more to offer than just spectacular Safaris riddled with sightings of the Big Five, breathtaking scenery and outstanding lodging facilities. If you know the right people who know the right places to go, there are activities that will get your heart pumping through the roof and send you back home with a sense of achievement that only conquering your own fears can accord. Here are some exciting adventure sports options in Kenya:

1. Go Skydiving off the Coast of Diani

The country’s leading Skydiving outfit is in Diani. ‘Skydive Diani’ is operated by professional skydivers who offer their visitors a bird’s eye view of the Kenyan coast from a vantage point that will not only show you it’s breathtaking beauty but will also take that breath away from you in a literal sense.

They say until you have gone skydiving and are hurtling towards the Earth at unbelievable speeds then you do not know what a real adrenaline rush feels like. Whether that is true or not depends on the alternative activities to which you compare skydiving. What is a fact is that this is one of the most exciting adventure undertaking in the country and if you have thrill issues then you should fly down to Diani, get back up in the air and voluntarily jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane with one of the experienced instructors.

2. Zipline through a forest or over a river

When it comes to flying through the air untethered to bothersome safe transportation apparatus like airplanes, the list goes a little something like this:

  • Skydiving
  • Base jumping
  • Bungee jumping
  • Ziplining

Kenya offers you every single one of these except maybe base jumping. There are several ziplining destinations in the country. The longest line in East Africa, if not Africa (the jury is still out on that) is at ‘The Forest’ in Kereita – about 45 minutes from Nairobi. This destination offers you about 2.4KM of tethered flight over the lush Kereita forest with crisp mountain air blowing in your face and the blood pumping through your veins as the speeds get more intense halfway through the line.

There are other outfits that offer zip lining in Kenya. Savage Wilderness sends you screaming over the Tana River every day of the week except when it is raining. You could also just follow ‘Zipline Kenya‘ a company that set’s up to mobile ziplines in different exciting locations throughout the year.

3. Battle the white water rapids on River Tana

Savage Wilderness is an organization that specializes in adventure tourism in the country. On the River Tana, in Sagana, you can get beginner lessons on river rafting and kayaking. If your idea of a good time is getting drenched as you battle a fast-moving river that has rapids, mini-waterfalls and some of the best scenery in the country, then head out to Sagana and jump in.

4. Climb rocks or conquer mountains

When it comes to mountains, there is only one major player in the country: Mt. Kenya (the second-highest mountain in Africa). This giant, however, is in a country where it shares the borders with a host of other demi-giants (Mt. Elgon, Mt. Longonot, Ol Donyo Sabuk, and the likes). This makes mountain climbing one of the most exciting and readily available adventure activities for anyone not afraid of a little muscle soreness.

If, however, touching the skies is not your thing but you’d still like to dust off your climbing skills then there are a host of indoor rock climbing facilities you could visit. Climb Bluesky is an outfit in Nairobi that has excellent indoor and outdoor rock climbing towers that will drop that fear of heights right off your back.

You could also join the Mountain Club of Kenya and practice your rock climbing skills on the main wall at Hell’s Gate or Elephant Rock at Tsavo National Park.

5. Bungee jump into the abyss

This is a staple for adrenaline junkies. In Sagana, at Rapid Falls, there is a structure, 60m tall, from which you can bungee jump while attached to an elastic code. The thrill is not only in the jump itself but also in the workup towards the jump, the rebounds and the sight of all your friends trying really hard not to cry for their mommies when their turn comes around.

If you are not all about death-defying feats but would still like to feel a rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins, then you could try:

  • Go Karting in Lang’ata
  • Feeding the crocodiles at Mamba Village
  • Scuba diving in Mombasa
  • Diving off the highest platform at the Kasarani Swimming Pool
  • Walking across the bridge at Rolf’s Place
  • Playing a round of paintball in Rongai

All these activities are not only exciting, but they also are wholesome and give you an everlasting sense of achievement. Plus, they are kind of fun and will uplift your ‘street cred’ among any friends who chicken out!

Ardent golfers say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Thankfully, Kenya is mostly about excellent weather and even better Golf Courses. Seems as though the match between these two was made in Safari heaven.

Where to go on a Kenyan golfing safari as a local and a tourist

Here is a list of where to go on a Kenyan Golfing Safari.

1. Royal Golf Club, Nairobi

This list would be remised if it didn’t start with the oldest golf course in the country. The Royal Golf Club on Ngong Road has seen more years than Kenya has enjoyed independence. Founded in 1906 as a 9-Hole golf course and clubhouse with panoramic views of the evergreen Ngong Hills. The Royal Golf Club was expanded to 429 acres and 18-Holes of pure lush in 1927.

Apart from the Royal Golf Club, you can take the time to experience the other challenging courses the city has on offer. Think about:

  • The Windsor Golf and Country Club: 200 acres of breathtakingly landscaped sand bunkers and 5 579 yards for the ladies par and a 6 407 yard par for the gentlemen.
  • Karen Gold and Country Club: Lauded as the only natural green golf course in the country.
  • Kenya Railways Golf Club: 9-Holes, 18 tees, and 10 greens.
  • Muthaiga Golf Club: This is pedigree redefined. As one of the oldest golf courses in the country, you simply must try out this 18-Hole course at the edge of Karura forest.

2. Great Rift Valley Golf Club

Regarded in some circles as the ‘Leading Golf Resort’ in the country. The Great Rift Valley Golf Club is undoubtedly stunning. The fact that it is located in Naivasha, one of Kenya’s top Safari and party destinations for locals, makes it that much more attractive to golfers.

The club comes with 18-Holes of technically challenging layout, breathtaking views of the Rift Valley and it is a really mighty stone throw away from Lake Naivasha where you can cool off after your first round. The lodge itself offers accommodation fit for Kings and the drive down will give you a small taste of why Kenya is a travel photographer’s paradise.

3. Nyali Golf & Country Club

If you are not entirely opposed to some spectators of the wildlife variety while putting then you might want to head down to Nyali Golf & Country Club. As the only 18-hole course on the North Coast of Kenya, golfers at the Nyali Golf & Country Club are occasionally joined by unique visitors from the wild. The ‘vervet monkey’, which is prominently featured on the clubs logo, tends to stroll in to see just how well players can handle the rough. With 160 acres of wind-chocked fairways and greens, playing in this course is a little bit more challenging than enjoying the beautiful coastal weather and nightlife that comes with it.

4. Mount Kenya Safari Club (Fairmont)

If you are going to go on a Golfing Safari of Kenya, you want to head out towards Mt. Kenya. It is the second-highest mountain in Africa; it is the icon after which the country is named and it is surrounded by Nanyuki. Here is why that last part is important: Nanyuki is part of wildlife conservancy; part tourist attraction and an all-around beautiful place to be (you’ll understand when you get there).

Teeing off at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s golf course is the perfect excuse to visit this breathtaking region. As the only course divided into two by the Equator in all of Africa. This 9-Hole piece of green, sandbanks and ponds is not only well-manicured. But it is also unique in that it gives you sweeping views of Mt. Kenya. Did we mention that it is the only golf course bisected by the Equator in Africa?!

5. Nyanza Club

Finally, why not drive across the country and head out to the West for a round of golf? This 9-Hole golf course will have you playing this beautiful game in the scorching heat.

Here is the deal, this county has so much more to offer than just game drives and white sandy beaches. Once you know where to go for a golfing safari in Kenya; you will quickly learn that there are so many other golf courses that you should try out; every single one of the more beautiful and challenging than the last. Whether you are looking to Tee Off in the sun or you would prefer a little bit of a chill along your fairways, Kenya has you covered. Try out any one of the courses mentioned here. We guarantee that you will like it.

Stop us when this starts sounding familiar: you have worked all year round saving for that wonderful Kenyan vacation that you so deserve. You are going to the Maasai Mara…you tell your friends. You are going to go at the end of June so you can catch the Great Wildebeest Migration. It is, after all, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

Maybe after that, you will even head down to Lamu! You hear there is a Fort down there that you simply must see…and the islands…oh the islands are just heavenly. You simply cannot wait.

So you work, you plan and you book everything in advance. Now all you have to do is pass the time as you dream about that white sandy beach underneath that gorgeous Kenyan sun. You picture yourself lying on a hammock while being served glasses of colourful drinks with little umbrellas in them. Then it occurs to you, what if:

  • Your flight on the day gets cancelled?
  • You lose your luggage at the airport? It won’t be the first time you and your suitcases end up on different continents!
  • You fall ill when on Safari?
  • You need to be airlifted out?
  • Your Visa gets cancelled?
  • You lose your travel documents or heaven’s forbid…your precious phone?

These are all things that could, unfortunately, go wrong when you travel. They have happened in the past and they could always happen again. What is one to do? You wonder!

Get travel insurance!

Although to many, Travel Insurance might sound like yet another unnecessary expense, to those who have ever had the misfortune of losing their luggage or falling sick in a foreign country will tell you that it can be a real money saver…if not a life saver.

At Travelstart, we have one of the most comprehensive travel insurance policies known to man! However, before we even think about telling you about it or asking you to look at what we offer, you need to know why we offer it at all in the first place! We are travel experts with extensive experience in both local and international travel. Meaning…we know how good things can be and we also know how wrong they can go!

Reasons why you definitely should get travel insurance

Travel insurance…well, good travel insurance, is akin to having a highly trustworthy and resourceful friend looking after your interests wherever you go. You know, that friend who will always come to your rescue every time you call? Yeah…that one!

Here are some excellent reasons why you should always get travel insurance when out gallivanting with the best of them:

You will be covered should you get injured or sick on your trip

Have you been thinking of trekking through Peru and going up the ancient and breathtaking Inca city of Machu Picchu? What about taking a balloon ride over bits of the Sahara? Maybe take a boat ride out to Central Island on Lake Turkana in Kenya? All these things sound and are exciting but they are also fraught with potential danger. You could:

  • Get injured
  • Get sick from the water
  • Get heat stroke
  • Drink too much beer/whisky or vodka

In short, instead of having a beautiful day out exploring this wonderful world, you wake up with a splitting headache or a severe stomach pain and suddenly you have to get emergency medical care. What do you do then?

With the right kind of travel insurance, you will have all the emergency medical care you need at your disposal and in your language! You won’t have to pay for it through your nose either!

You will have emergency medical evacuation

This is one of the most important aspects or options to have on your travel insurance especially if you are the daredevil kind who insists on living on the wild side. Should you get stranded up Mt. Kenya with altitude sickness, you will need immediate airlifting to a medical facility. If you do not have emergency medical evacuation this kind of assistance will almost be impossible to come by or would cost way too much to be a viable option.

What if your travel agent files for bankruptcy?

We do not like to think about, maybe because it doesn’t happen all that often but travel agents could very well high tail it with your money. Think about it: one of the best ways to get the best rates on your safaris is to book and pay your packages well in advance. Say you pay for a 6 day, 7 nights Amboseli tour package in January that is to be redeemed in October. What if your travel agent goes bankrupt within those ten months? How will you get your money back?

If you have a cover that ensures against trip financial defaults, then you do not have to worry. You will get your money back…maybe not in time for the trip but at least you will get it back!

The nightmare that is losing your passport

While it might not be such a big deal if you lost your passport in a country where your home consulate has a good relationship with the local government, you simply will not believe the kind of nightmare you would go through if that wasn’t the case. Should you travel to a country with which your home nation does not have a good diplomatic relationship, losing your passport is about as bad as it can get for you.

With the ‘coverage for lost passports‘ option, you will have a much easier time having all this resolved. Your insurance company will handle the entire process and even expedite it for your convenience.

If your flight gets cancelled, delayed or you lose your luggage

Imagine having your flight cancelled on the day? What about losing your luggage? Your suitcase had everything in it including your expensive Nikon D850 DSLR camera and laptop! The headache that comes with the inconvenience first and then the thought of having to wipe out your savings just to replace everything is enough to ruin a perfectly beautiful trip.

However, with the right kind of coverage, you would be reimbursed for all these and even more as your comfort will be taken into consideration!

Yes, dealing with insurance companies can be a headache in itself but believe it when we say that you are much better off being covered and not needing it than needing it and not being covered. Whoever said ‘better safe than sorry’ must have lost his/her passport in a foreign country at some point in their life.

Kenya remains a top tourist destination in Africa and arguably the world. In the last 4 years, it has the World’s Leading Safari Destination according to the World Travel Awards. As a country, it offers a lot when it comes to adventure, animals, and history. For each region within Kenya, there is always a back story that is intriguing. And in this blog post, we shall look at some hidden gems in Kenya. Places that are often under the radar.

1. Gedi Ruins

First and foremost are the Gedi Ruins, set in an idyllic location on the Indian Ocean. One of the most culturally rich places on our list, Gedi offers both haunting beauty and eerie aura.  The puzzle surrounding this abandoned town adds to its haunting beauty that captivates and scares locals and travellers alike to this day. The ruins of Gedi today bear witness to the lives and cultures of the Africans of the 13th century. It provides an insight into ancient African civilizations’ economy, architecture, life patterns, social structure and other aspects. The Gedi Ruins are not just important for the cultural history but also a natural treasure house within their boundaries at least 50 indigenous plant species.

2. Coral Gardens, Wasini Island

In Wasini Island, about 100 km south of Mombasa, you will find Wasini Coral Gardens. The garden, with a beautiful landscape and stunning views, is surrounded by mangrove forests. It offers various activities that give you a unique experience like boat touring, watching dolphins, snorkelling and diving. Mangrove forest makes every photo heavenly.

3. Lord Egerton Castle

Would you like to hear a heartbroken love story from the 1950’s? Lord Egerton built a castle 14 kilometres from the city of Nakuru, for his to-be-wed fiancée. According to the sayings; the Lady came from Great Britain to see this expansive castle and then left after 2 hours. Since this incident, Lord Egerton developed a loathing for all women which caused to not allow woman inside till the 2000s. The castle’s splendid architecture rises imposingly from the landscape with swelling hills and rolling shrubland in the background. You can have a paid tour to see how the rich people of the time used to live!

4. Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is situated on the Nguu Tatu hills 4 km from Lafarge Bamburi Cement, where many species live. Nguuni is home to giraffes, oryxes, waterbucks, bushes and many kinds of birds. In the grassland are dispersed large palm crowned by leopard orchids. On the sunset, giraffes make their way to a picnic area. After a refreshing walk, you can experience feeding the giraffes without gates or barriers – a great experience only in Nguuni. It offers a beautiful setting to enjoy the sunset, also offers holidays and weddings, camps and barbecues.

5. Arabuko-Sokoke National Park

Do you want to get a few new friends? This is the perfect place to meet different species! On the coast of Kenya, 110 kilometres north of Mombasa, the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is a national forest reserve. The National Park Arabuko Sokoke is only a small part of the Forest Reserve of Arabuko Sokoke. 270 bird species, 261 butterfly species, 79 amphibian species, 52 mammalian species and 600 plant species exist on this place.

 

Aren’t you one of those, who always would love to discover something new at every step you take? If yes, you should visit all these 11 places. Feeding giraffes, seeing a Sitatunga antelope, hearing African history and seeing some mysterious places is just a few of these experiences.