You will be picked up in Nairobi and met by your trip leader who will explain everything about the expedition while on the 4-hour route down to the starting point near “Yatta Gap Bridge”. On arrival you will have a small lunch while loading all the gear in the rafts getting ready to start an easy float 4 hours down stream, covering a distance of 10km to the first night camp.
You will start your day early since this is when the animals come down to drink at the river. You will pack up the camp after breakfast, load the rafts and start your journey navigating 30km down the river. You will go through numerous sections of class 2 and 3 rapids and two big drops of class 4. Lunch will be spent on a small island in the middle of the river and you will camp on another sandy beach under the stars.
Once again you will start early to view the game drinking from the river and then it is back to navigating your way through rapids and jungle with some more exciting rapids. After 25km you will arrive at your final destination where you will pack up and head back to Nairobi.
Total Distance covered on the river – about 82 km. but is dependent on time available and prevailing water level and conditions
Depart Nairobi in the morning for a journey south through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Picnic lunch at Narok. Arrive Mara for late afternoon game viewing enroute. Early evening game drive is taken. Dinner and overnight at campsite.
Full day in the park in search of the Big Five. Meals and overnight at campsite. (Optional visit the Masai Village in the afternoon or to see the animal.)
Morning game drive, After breakfast depart Mara with picnic lunch at Narok arriving Nairobi late afternoon. App 04:00Hrs
PRICE : US$ 1,095 Per person Sharing Minimum 4 PAX
Crew capacity of each boat is licensed at 8 pax + one guide, though we very seldom have more than 6 crew per boat. Helmets are used on most sections of river as well. All rafting trips carry a very comprehensive first aid medical kit with guides trained in its use. Guides all carry a, throw bags, binas and pulley.
We prefer client participation, and hence, unless requested in advance, the participants themselves paddle all boats. A guide in each boat just gives the commands and steers the boat. “Oar frame”, or “guide paddled” boats are available standard on all scenic float trips.
-A professional and experienced guide in command of each boat.
-A full river briefing before you set off, plus specific briefings before each set of major rapids.
-Comprehensive safety (3A) and first aid equipment. All guides are cpr trained.
-The opportunity to bring cameras or video in our water proof boxes, or to rent proper waterproof still cameras
-Customized food catering, including complementary beer and soft drinks
-Courtesy transport from Nairobi to and from the river.
NB:- Due to safety considerations, we use two or more boats and guides on the athi or ewaso-nyi’ro rivers, the minimum number of clients on each of these trips should be four. We do take provisional bookings for lesser numbers and are often able combine those persons with other groups, particularly if one group is flexible over dates.
Minimum age, experience and fitness:-
The lower age limit to run all the rapids is usually 14, with parental consent. We have no fixed upper limit as it’s dependent on the individual’s fitness and health.
Accommodation – Athi River Rafting
On the Athi each night’s camp is set up at a scenic point, either on the side of the river or upon a sand bank. Tents are small 2-man dome types, and airbeds and sleeping bags are provided.
First class all the way. All perishables are carried in a freezer trailer, as are soft drinks and beer. Breakfasts are in the full “English” style with cereal, bacon and eggs, toast and coffee. Lunch, because it is carried on the boats each day, is more basic, consisting of bread, salad, cheese and cold meat cuts. For dinner, our usual 5 course meals consist of a starter, soup, barbecued main meal and vegetables, followed by fruits and coffee. The guides cook it all over a wood fire, while you relax over a glass of wine or a cold “tusker” beer.
Shorts (or swimming costume) and a shirt, (long sleeves and pants for those with sensitive skins and essential on all multi day trips). A wide brimmed hat. Pair of fasten able shoes or “teva” type sandals. Sunscreen of factor 25 or more. Additionally, on multi-day trips: personal toiletries and malarial prophylactics. Optional – camera, and sun glasses (with retainer cord), gloves and socks, (anti sunburn). A light weigh nylon rain jacket worn under your life jacket is also useful in cool weather or if it does rain while you are on the river.
Please also bring spare warm clothing to change into at