Kenya is a hidden jewel in the crown of Africa. Not many people will think of Kenya as a kayaking destination, rather attention is drawn to the waves in Uganda. However, Kenya has some of the most amazing rivers to offer! From day creeking to multi-day trips where the wildlife proves you are not the top of the food chain.
The most notable river is the ‘Tana’. The longest river in Kenya. The river flows for 1000km throughout its length it has box canyons, unrun rapids and wildlife covered flat sections. The classic 8km day run near the town of Sagana has technical rapids,including a 8m clean waterfall. Around the area of Sagana a hours drive in any direction you will find around 10 different rivers from various grades to paddle note worthy rivers include the Nyamindi, Mathioya, and Maragua. Outside of these classics there are many first descents to be achieved heading towards ‘Western Kenya’ and Mount Kenya region, with the rivers feeding of the many channels off ‘Lake Victoria.’
Kenya has two rain seasons starting in April to end of May, than the November rains. ‘Savage Wilderness’ one of the main organisers of the ‘Tana River Festival’ are willing to help and support any kayakers wanting to paddle in Kenya. Choose what time of year you want to paddle come wearing a rash vest, or a short sleeve cag go and explore some rivers and end your trip on a safari seeing some amazing wild life in their natural environment.
The Tana festival draws together paddlers from across Africa as well as international paddlers, the 2019 event 10-11-12 May— also included mountain bike enduro race.Paddling In Kenya
Glen Richards – Savage Wilderness
Darren Clarkson-King – Pure Land Expeditons