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6 Places in Kenya to Spend Your Weekend Actively

by Justyna Sniezek

Skydive Formation Diani Beach

Weekend getaways improve our frame of mind. We feel better, happier and more rested after a day or two in a different environment. What also serves us well is sport and movement. Those two aspects taken together can load our batteries for the upcoming week and relieve stress. Africa’s leading hotel-booking website – jovago.com – prepared a list of 6 places in Kenya where you can spend the upcoming weekend actively.

1. Climbing up the Mount Longonot

One of the most unique Kenyan mountains and a fantastic place for those who fancy a little bit of physical effort and are in good shape. Just 75 km north-west of Nairobi, the spectacular views from the Mount Longonot are every adventurous traveler’s dream. Remember to be responsible and prepare yourself properly. Take trekking shoes, a jacket and something to cover your head with you. Small healthy snacks and a bottle of water not to get dehydrated will be necessary too as the whole trek takes some time.

Crater Floor Picnic site

Crater Floor Picnic site: file photo

2. White water rafting in Sagana River

White water rafting in Kenya happens mostly in Sagana and Tana Rivers during the rainy, or as some call it, “low” season (April-May, November-December). If you are not afraid of water, don’t hesitate and get on that adventure as it is an experience you will never forget. During white water rafting, a solid inflatable boat (raft) is used to traverse a river with passengers on board.

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White Water Rafting Sagana – image by Savage Wilderness

3. Cycling or horse riding at the Hell’s Gate National Park

Because of its close proximity to Nairobi, Hell’s Gate National Park is extremely popular among visitors from the capital. It offers wide variety of activities, from hiking, to horse riding and cycling. What makes the park special are its majestic cliffs.

Hell's gate National Park - The Gorge

Hell’s gate National Park – The Gorge

4. Paragliding at Kerio Valley

Have you ever thought of flying like a bird? Now you have a chance to find that out while doing paragliding in the Kerio Valley. The feeling of wind in your hair and the fact of being higher than anyone else around can make one feel special.

Kerio Valley Paragliding - Image: extremespots.com

Kerio Valley Paragliding – Image: extremespots.com

5. Go-karting in Mombasa

For speed lovers, go-karting will be the perfect entertainment. If you are competitive you will also enjoy the possibility of competing with other people. Mombasa is one of the places offering go-karts and while exploring Mombasa, you might also find time to relax and pay a visit to one of the most beautiful African beaches –the Diani beach.

Go-Karting Mombasa - Image hangout.co.ke

Go-Karting Mombasa – Image hangout.co.ke

6. Diving in Diani

White sand, turquoise water and lots of sun. This is how Diani beach appears to many and this is quite accurate. Diani beach is definitely worth visiting. While at the spot, you can easily rent an aqualung and set off on an adventure that will uncover all the underwater secrets for you. No worries, if you are a beginner, you can book a dive with an instructor and even make your PADI certificate.

Skydive Formation Diani Beach

Skydive Formation Diani Beach

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