Being an Adrenaline Junkie is a way of life. The moment you get your first adrenaline rush, you will always seek the thrill. It’s like a drug, the craving is insatiable, and only age and injury have ever slowed thrill-seekers. Luckily Kenya has a lot of activities that will give you the adrenaline kick you desire. Some of these activities are vanilla, but some are dangerous and have led to deaths. Whichever activity you choose on this list, make sure you are trained and always do them in a safe environment under professional supervision. Here are the top 10 activities for adrenaline junkies in Kenya.
1) Skydiving in Diani
It takes an insane man to jump off a plane at 12000ft. And to be honest, skydiving does take some degree of insanity. However, the adrenaline rush you get from every jump is indescribable. And I would skydive over Diani every day if I could afford it. Diani beach is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the views of the beach and ocean as you fall from the sky are breathtaking. At Skydive Diani Tandem jumps are $350, but if you are a licensed skydiver the price is $35. Skydive Diani also offers an Accelerated Free Fall Course at $2600.
2) Bungee Jumping
This is the most accessible activity for thrill-seekers as bungee jumping does not require training. If you don’t want to spend too much money on skydiving and you want to get a similar thrill of falling from the sky then this is the best option. There are a lot of bungee jumping sites in Kenya with Sagana having most of them. Rapids Camps in Sagana is one of the popular spots.
3) White water rafting in Sagana
River Tana is one of the scariest rivers for rafting, with grade 3-5 rapids and a 40 ft waterfall, this river scares even Olympic water rafters. Because of its reputation, Rapids Camp usually hosts the African Olympic Canoe Qualifiers. When not in use by national Olympic teams you get a chance to ride your raft through these terrifying waters to get your adrenaline kick. I highly suggest all adrenaline junkies try Rapids Camp out, you won’t regret it.
4) Rock Climbing
This is the activity that requires the most training on this list, even more training, and preparation than sky diving. Kenya is one of the best rock climbing places in the world with numerous rocks and high mountains to climb, most never been climbed before. If you are a beginner you can first train at the Bluesky Climbing Gym in Nairobi. From there you should get an experienced climber to train you and watch you like a hawk to ensure you don’t endanger anyone. Some popular rock-climbing spots are in Hell’s Gate with Mount Kenya offering very difficult climbs for experienced climbers.
5) Via Ferrata
Invented in Italy, Via Ferrata means “Iron Way”. It was invented as a safe way for Italian soldiers to cross The Dolomites during World War 1. In this activity, you use anchored cables, rungs, steps, bridges, and ladders to cross a mountain, usually over ridges, valleys, lakes, and precipices providing spectacular views. However, this is the most hair-raising way to cross a mountain, as a single slip will have you tumbling thousands of feet to your death. Lucky or unluckily for Kenyans we have the Highest Via Ferrata in the world at 16,355 feet, located on Mount Kenya. This Via Ferrata is also said to have the most beautiful scenery. The fact you are also likely to encounter elephants and leopards on your hike to the Via Ferrata makes it more alluring for adrenaline junkies.
Kenya has really beautiful landscapes that are just perfect for ziplining. It is, for this reason, ziplining has become very popular with longer and higher ziplines being installed every year. My favorite zip line is The Forest in Kimende. It is arguably the best Zipline and highest course in Kenya. You zip across 6 long ziplines above the Aberdare Mountain ranges. Water Falls, Rivers, and even Elephants are visible below. It takes about an hour to complete the whole cause. It’s hard to describe, you have to see it to believe it. Another Favourite is in Kireita, which is operated by FlyingFox. At 2.4Km this is the longest zip line in Kenya. You get to fly over the forest and rivers at high speed while enjoying the scenery. Rapids Camp Sagana also has ziplining.
7) Wind Surfing
Windsurfing is one of the most fun water sports and I highly recommend you try it while at the Coast. Some resorts even offer free windsurfing lessons as part of their package. If you find such an opportunity jump on it. Diani and Watamu are the best windsurfing locations in Kenya with Medina Palms Watamu being among the best resorts to stay in if you enjoy windsurfing. And if in Diani H2O Extreme is one of the best companies offering watersport services. There are also a lot of kitesurfing schools on the Coast if you don’t know how to windsurf, such as KiteMotion and H2O Extreme.
8) Water Skiing, jet skiing, and Wakeboarding
These are probably the most popular water sports among Kenyans, especially jet skiing. However, water skiing and wakeboarding are the more adrenaline-filled activities despite being less popular. Most beach resorts along the coast have these activities at a good price.
Nothing feels better than speed, but motocross goes even further. The high jumps at high speed during a race give you an adrenaline rush that is really hard to achieve with any other motorsport. If you want to participate professionally East African Motor Sports Club organizes a lot of competitions. Jamhuri Motocross Track is one of their most popular motocross tracks in Nairobi, and you should go check it out if you are interested in this sport.
10) Go-karting at GP karting
Go-karting is one of the most exciting sports. Speed gets my heart pumping and my adrenaline going especially during a race. GP Karting is one of the best places for go-karting in Nairobi and I highly recommend it.
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