We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on our Kenya Tri-Adventure while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.
Bike, Hike & Raft Kenya
The Kenya Tri Adventure 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 sports 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 habitats such as dense bamboo and rain forests which are rich in wildlife including elephants, buffaloes 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 bird life and often shelter buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile as well as a host of smaller, shyer antelope and primates.
Watch our video on the Kenya-Tri Adventure expedition
Watch our quick video here on our Kenya Tri-Adventure. Our guide Louise gives a brief overview of what you can expect from this expedition. You can also read her blog here.
Kenya Tri-Adventure Expedition Costs & What’s Included
The total cost of the Kenya Tr-Adventure is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid two months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- Return International flights from Dublin to Nairobi (Economy Class) (UK flights not included)
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Local guides, cooks & support team
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in cottages and while camping
- All meals and drinking water for the duration of the itinerary
- A celebratory dinner
- All transport throughout the expedition
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment, bikes & helmets.
- National park fees
Flying from the UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to join us in Kenya.
Depart Dublin in the evening. Overnight flight.
Arrive in Kenya, 3 hrs driving.
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the Tana River camp. Relax for the afternoon followed by an expedition brief in the evening.
Chogoria (2200m) to Chogoria Gate Camp (2950m), 5 hrs trekking
Drive to Chogoria to meet our porters. Enter the forest at 2200m and trek for five hours till we reach the Chogoria Gate Camp.
Chogoria Gate Camp to Lake Ellis (3500m), 8 hrs trekking.
Today’s route sees us emerge from the rainforest to reach our campsite at Lake Ellis. Along the way, we take in a valley of amazing waterfalls and steep landscapes.
Lake Ellis to Mintos Hut (4200m), 7 hrs trekking.
Enjoy stunning views on the trek to the Mintos hut. We enjoy a relaxed afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s summit day. Overnight camp.
Summit Day! 12 hrs trekking
Trek from Mintos to Lenana (4,985m) and then down to Shiptons camp for a rest before continuing to Old Moses Camp.
Old Moses Camp to Ol Pejeta Game Reserve, 2 hrs trekking & 6 hrs biking (50km)
Trek for two hours walk to meet our bikes at the Sirimoni Gate. The cycle is mostly downhill or flat and we arrive in the afternoon. We then go on the first of our safaris! Our campsite is located inside the game reserve so we go to bed listening to some of Africa’s biggest game just outside your tent!
Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the Tana River, 6 hrs biking (56km).
After an early morning game drive, we cycle for 56km to where we meet the main road, from here we finish the last 40km by bus.
Tana River, 4 hrs rafting.
We start with some easier rapids and then finish with some exciting class IV drops. Celebration meal in the evening.
Tana River to Nairobi.
We enjoy a relaxed morning before transferring to the airport in Nairobi.
Arriving back to Dublin in the early morning. Expedition ends.
Kenya is located in East Africa and because of its location on the equator, the sun rises and sets at almost exactly the same time each day, 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.
The two official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili, although there are dozens of other languages spoken in various parts of the country.
Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.
After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism. For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favourites are tea and beer.
Kenya features many national parks and wildlife reserves, with safaris being a popular activity for visitors.
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Mount Kenya is a volcano, about 3 million years old, whose base diameter is about 120km. The last eruption was over 2 million years ago.
Best time to visit Kenya?
We visit Kenya in Autumn. Temperatures on the expedition may vary from 0 to 30 degrees during the day and -10 to 10 degrees at night. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. Usually the days are hot and the nights are cold.
What do you need for Kenya?
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you to Kenya. You can view this packing list here.
How to prepare for Kenya Tri-Adventure
We have classified Kenya Tri-Adventure as a level 4 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. Tri-Adventure expeditions are very demanding and participants need to have a good level of fitness. These events have been specifically designed to challenge people. The expedition involves four tough days of trekking followed by two long days on the bikes and then a half day of rafting. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read the expedition itinerary in full before signing up to this challenge. You can read this document here.