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Paddling Kenya's Rivers

Listed under Kayaking in Rift Valley, Kenya.

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Over the past few years myself and a group of other whitewater paddlers have been exploring the un-run river of central and western Kenya. We have discovered approximately 20 runs from Class II up to Class V+. The seasons are for the most part April to June and October to December though many of the river can be run year round. In Kenya the main regoins are central Kenya (Western flanks of Mt Kenya) and the West of Kenya near Kericho. There are also hundreds of river left to explore. Some of the rivers we have paddled are the Ragarti, Tana, Mathioya, Maragua, Nyando, Irati, Yurith and Sondu. Rivers in Kenya are often characterized by volcanic dykes; basically millions of years ago moving lava cooled and set in the form of ledges, creating waterfalls varying from 1 foot tall to 80 feet tall. Not all rivers in Kenya are like this though a large percentage are. There is paddling suitable for all levels from total beginner to the most dedicated creek boater, the water is for the most part warm enough to paddle in a t-shirt, the locals are friendly, the rivers are unique in geology and character and the country is magnificent. All in all I would say Kenya is on my top 5 boating destinations from around the world

Written by  Simon Coward.

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I'm not a kayaker but how I loved my childhood days floating down the fast flowing river current, naked like a fish down the Irati river, then lying on the rocks on my back or tummy to dry out while looking out to the 60+ foot drop of the Mutaha Njuki water fall or the sheer beauty of the valley and ridges!

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