LuxVentures in Kenya: Top 5 adventure travel experiences to try

Kenya is quietly gaining a reputation amongst adventure travellers as a destination packed with adrenalin fuelled experiences that go beyond the traditional Kenya Safari for which the country became famous. 

According to Travel Gazette, “The number of tourists arriving in Kenya between January and October [2016] reached 729 682, a 16 percent increase on the previous year”.

In addition, a recent panel, which included representation from 2 globally leading Adventure Travel companies, selected Kenya as one of 9 must-visit destinations in 2017. 

There are few destinations in the world that offer Kenya’s level of rugged landscapes, wild encounters and world class adventure activities.

Ker & Downey Africa, a pioneering adventure travel company is consistently pushing the boundaries of travel to East Africa through seeking out the most adventurous experiences and including them in their LuxVenture Trips that allow visitors from around the world to find adventures best suited to their personal boundaries and preferences.

Here they countdown the Top 5 Adventure Travel Experiences available in East Africa’s hottest destination this year:

5. White Water Rafting, Tana River

Kenya’s white water rafting on Tana River has been the chosen location for 2 Kayaking Olympic Qualifiers, involving 16 countries in Africa - a clear indication of the quality of these revered white water rafting routes. With a variety of class II to class V - the whitewater of the Tana River draws amatuer and white water rafting enthusiasts alike from around the world seeking out the thrill of the rapids.

4.Wild Dog Walking Safari - Laikipia

A Kenya Safari can be an incredibly memorable and rejuvenating experience, but it can also be a gruelling and tough experience, depending on which option you prefer. For the fittest of the fit or for the traveler looking to push themselves, a multi day walking safari through the Laikipia wilderness, is the perfect choice. Famous for close encounters with its wild dogs, rhino and elephant population, this walking safari is the perfect adventure for those adventurers looking to get their heart pumping. 

3. Skydiving, Diani Beach

Tumbling out of a plane 3,600 above Diani Beach, Kenya and the Zanzibar Archipelago is definite requirement for dare devil adventurers visiting East Africa. The height of this skydive provides jumpers with the opportunity to freefall for 55 seconds, and reach a terminal velocity of 200km/h. Beyond the pure adrenalin rush the skydive provides, the views of Kenya on offer as you carve through the East African provides an incredible orientation of this country.

2. Safaricom Marathon - Lewa Conservancy

With over 1,200 runners from 20 countries, the 140 armed rangers and 3 spotter helicopters have their work cut out for them protecting the Safaricom Marathon runners through 13 miles of unfenced wild. The Lewa Conservancy is home to 26 lions, 182 giraffe and a rhino population - meaning the spotter helicopters have to continuously identify threats to the runners and shephard animals away. The danger and distance of this marathon forces down the completion rate of this marathon to 30%. 

1. Summiting Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, situated in Mount Kenya National Park is the highest mountain in Kenya, reaching 5,199 meters. Beyond the feat of climbing to a summit of that height, it is the combination of height and complexity that places the Batian summit of Mount Kenya at the top of our list. Traversing spires, cliffs, ridges and peaks requires an unparalleled level of technical climbing skill when it comes to African summits.

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