The Kenya Tri AdventureTM expedition is a jam-packed adventure challenge – we cover more than 200km, across 3 disciplines in just 7 days! The expedition consists of five days of trekking Mt Kenya (4985m), two days of scenic mountain biking through game reserves and a half day of exhilarating rafting on the Tana River. We also incorporate two wildlife safaris (one evening and one early morning drive) and a night of camping inside a game reserve!
Each day on the route offers a new challenge with something different to enjoy as you move through the picturesque Kenyan countryside. Kenya is a country of tremendous diversity; landscapes vary from glaciated mountains with snow-capped peaks, to dense forest and flat desert plains.
Along this journey you will learn about Kenyan culture by chatting with our local guides. Kenyans say that; ‘You will arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend’! Kenya is famous as a destination for being home to Africa’s “Big Five” (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo which we have plenty of opportunity to see in their natural habitat). What many people don’t realise is that Kenya also offers some of the best adventure sport in the world which you will get to sample throughout your stay.
The five-day hike takes us to the summit of Mount Kenya (4985m). Known as Kere Nyaga – Mountain of Brightness, an ancient dormant volcano and Africa’s second highest mountain. Long overshadowed by Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekkers are starting to take notice of this beautiful glacial peak. The 66km route takes us through a variety of habitat such as dense bamboo and rainforests which are rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys. At the higher elevations we may be lucky enough to spot the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant.
The two-day cycle section covers a distance of 106km through a very scenic route in the Kenyan countryside. The terrain is varied with many fun downhill sections as well as some tougher climbs. For the most part we will be riding on dirt roads with very little traffic. Between the two days of biking we camp in a game reserve and go on evening and morning wildlife safaris. The park is stocked with lion, rhino, elephant, hippo, leopard, giraffe and a whole host of other game. The highlight of this experience is going to sleep listening to some of Africa’s biggest game outside your tent!
The Tana River stretches for 1000km and is the longest river in Kenya. It is a drop pool river so makes for an exciting day of white-water rafting. Experienced guides will provide you with the paddle skills you will need to safely get through the many rapids along a 16km stretch including one called ‘Can of Worms’ due to its four 90-degree bends in quick succession. The main river is surrounded by stretches of thick forest with fig and palm trees. These forests are filled with interesting birdlife and often shelter buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile as well as a host of smaller, shyer antelope and primates.
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If you want to hear our Guide Louise talking about her Kenya-Tri Adventure talking about her trip there. This adventure included shooing elephants out of the campsite before setting up their tents! Louise also wrote a blog post about the Kenya Tri-Adventure which you can read here.