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For those looking for adventure, the thrills and spills of white-water rafting on Tana River (Sagana) offers class II to V rafting, only an hour’s drive from Nairobi.
The Tana River (also known as the Sagana River ) is the biggest in Kenya, with intense rapids that make it an ultimate location for intrepid white water enthusiasts. It can be done as a day trip or an overnight-er, depending how much time you have to spare and how many times you want to tackle the rapids.
Depart Nairobi at 08.00hrs, for the 1½ drive to the rafting campsite near Sagana on the banks of River Tana, Kenya’s longest river. After refreshments, you will be given a safety briefing then transported up the river to the designated put in point (subject to water levels). You will be provided with life jackets, helmets and a paddle as you take the plunge on the four to five hours trip, depending on the water levels. At the end of the expedition, you reach the take out point/campsite where a full barbeque lunch awaits. Plenty of beer and soft drink are included. Thereafter return drive to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon.
The Tana River is a drop pool river offering and exciting day of white water rafting. The Tana River Rafting 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.
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.
Please Note:- We can offer two trips a day every day from our river side Camp, the first at 9am and the second at 2pm. Please note that we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 60 people per trip.