When we were looking for a destination for our third signature Tri-Adventure expedition the pressure was really on. We are the only company in the world to operate Tri-Adventure expeditions. In the previous two years we ran two amazing tri-adventure expeditions to Ladakh and Uganda, so the bar was set very high. Both were very different, Ladakh with its stunning but harsh high altitude terrain and Uganda one of the most tropical and lush countries in the world. When we started the search Malawi, Nepal and Peru were all possibilities but once we started looking at Kenya there was only going to be one winner. In Kenya we were able to pack five days of trekking, two days of biking and a half day of rafting into an 11 day itinerary including flights! What’s more all three activities were of high quality and we included two game drives free of charge. For any adrenaline junkies, there is even an option of doing a bungee jump on the last day :-).
Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is stunningly beautiful and its lower slopes are teeming with wildlife. We take the Chogoria track up the mountain which is the longest but most scenic route to the summit. At the first camp we enjoy a noisy night with hyenas barking and various other game coming to life in the thick jungle once the sun goes down. As we progress above the tree line we make some stunning camps before ascending all the way to Point Lenana (4,985m) and then descend on the other side of the mountain. Compared to climbing Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is far less travelled and we usually enjoy having the mountain to ourselves, which is always an added bonus.
The mountain biking is not technically difficult, the challenge inexperienced bikers have is getting accustomed to being in the saddle for two long days. Pre-departure training is really important to get your rear-end in good condition! The cycle is really interesting as we descend from Mount Kenya and pass through a wide variety of habitat with the opportunity to spot rhino and elephant from the saddle. For me the best part of the cycle is observing rural Kenyan life at the perfect pace only a bike provides. We get to see how people live, farm and trade in this wonderful country.
We finish off the expedition with a four hour rafting trip on the Tana River which has lots of exhilarating rapids and is Kenya’s best rafting river. You don’t need any previous rafting experience to take part, as we provide a full safety brief prior to setting off. For anyone not so keen on getting wet this section can be skipped, but we always encourage everyone to partake as it’s such good fun.
Mid way through the biking section we have two game drives in Ol Pejeta Conservancy which unlike most adventure holidays is included in your package. Ol Pejeta is home to Elephant, Rhino, Lion and all the other big game so be sure to bring your camera.
For anyone who didn’t get the required adrenaline fix from the rafting there is a 60 metre bungee tower ready and waiting on the last day to send you plunging into the Tana river!
For a two minute preview of the expedition be sure to check out this video.
We run the expedition every year in early November. We have limited availability on our November 4th to 14th, 2016 departure so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, save a space or for more information check our Kenya Tri-Adventure page. We are also hosting a free webinar about the expedition next Wednesday, March 30th at 7pm. If you would like join the webinar you need to register here.