It is evident that Kenyans are more willing to go out on a limb and proof of this is the fact that there’s a growing subculture that is greatly preoccupied with high octane activities. Service providers have taken note of this growing market segment and have gone to great lengths to offer extreme adventures and gear that were previously the preserve of tourists and expatriates.
1. Bungee jumping
If you had asked an average Kenyan ten years ago to try jumping off a cliff just for kicks, you would have probably got a blank stare. But today places such as Rapids camp in Sagana have become popular spots for bungee jumping enthusiasts. Adventure tours and corporate team building sessions often include a dare to jump off a mounted rig towards the rushing river below. This is definitely an experience for the adrenaline junkies.
Circuit dirt-bike races are rapidly gaining popularity not only in Nairobi but regionally and currently the Kenya National motor-cross Championship is the flagship event in the country. The races that take place at Jamhuri Park used to have a low turnout but currently have so many races that that there are categories for every age including children who are barely into their teens. The interest in the sport has enhanced competitiveness thus enabling some Kenyan riders to bag awards at the continental level. The Lukenya Motocross is an emerging circuit that offers riders a different experience that includes quad-biking.
3. Go Karting
Among the most entertaining activities in Nairobi is a session at the G P Karting circuit. Here the whole family can get a taste of high-octane go cart racing. The purring go-carts may not be as fast or sophisticated as Formula 1 cars but cart drivers can reach quite impressive speeds, and the best part is maneuvering through the circuit with its tight bends and sudden corners. Mombasa Go-Kart circuit also offers similar activities, and more towns are expected to follow suit.
4. Kite surfing
The coastal region provides the perfect conditions for kitesurfing and holidaymakers can experience an adrenaline rush as they are propelled across the surface of the ocean at incredible speeds. Apart from hotels that offer Kitesurfing as a part of their activity schedule, businesses specializing in kitesurfing training and equipment provision continue to spring up every so often. This is proof that the demand is on the increase. Kitesurfing has influenced a variation of the sport known as land kiting that is being popularized in inland areas such as the Chalbi Desert.
5. Scuba Diving
The Kenyan coastline that stretches almost 500 kilometers is among the premier destinations along the Indian Ocean shoreline for underwater exploration. Most of the major hotels along the coast offer guided scuba diving adventures. Novices are usually taken through a crash course before getting to experience the amazing world within the depths of the ocean. Divers get to view the great coral reef as well as the vast marine life. Malindi and Kisite marine parks offer some of the best scuba diving experiences since they are government protected areas.
One of the best ways to view the beautiful landscapes in Kenya is while plummeting from an altitude of 14,000. It may sound bizarre, but this is what skydivers get to experience during their daredevil descents. In Kenya, the coastal areas offer some of the best spots for aerial adventures mainly because of the beautiful scenery and the suitable weather that guarantees divers over a minute’s worth of freefall with a soft landing on the pristine beaches. Diani Beach is a haven for skydivers and has played host to Kenya Skydive Boogie for 14 years. The event that began as a hobby for a small group of skydivers is now attended by both local and international skydivers.
7. White-water rafting
In Kenya, white water rafting began to take root in the early 90’s with outfits such as Savage Wilderness Safari being among the pioneers. At the time, a bush pilot known as Mark Savage began to gain interest in the sport after viewing videos of rafting on the Zambezi River in Zambia. Mark and a few friends decided to give it a try on the upper sections of the Athi River and from then on, white-water rafting gradually gained popularity. Today it is the Tana River that offers great rapids which have enticed more Kenyans to get involved in the adrenaline filled activity.
If you are an adrenaline junkie you are assured of several activities to get blood rushing while in Kenya.