With over 450m of descent in around 22km the Mathoya River offers some of the most technical water to be found in Kenya. A narrow, low volume river with rapids up to grade V. Previous experience is recommended.For inexperienced rafters a two-day package is available; one day rafting on the Tana, overnight at our camp, then have a second action packed day on the Mathoya.
Arrive Nairobi, transfer to hotel and after settling into hotel dinner and overnight.
Depart Nairobi mid-morning for Sagana river camp. Afternoon Class IV / V rafting trip on the Tana River (water level dependent) “The Tana River is a drop pool river offering an exciting day of white water rafting. The adventure starts with a 3 km of easy class II and III white water, where plenty of opportunity to gain the practise of paddle skills required running the lower part of the river. A 6 km section follows with an hour or so of relaxation to view the abundance of bird life around. Cool off with a swim in the warm water.
The final 7 km of river, back to the campsite starts with some easy class III waters where paddle commands are gone over again. It is now the 3 big rapids (class IV and V) with names like Captains Folly, Can of Worms because of its four 90 degree bends in succession, and Sphincter Flexor.
Subject to water levels we may be able to “surf” in “fish eye” and then swim the next couple of minor rapids. Numerous smaller rapids brings one on to the last big one – Spasm, a series of drops over ¾ km section with a big surprise half way through. We reach the take out point/campsite about 4 hours after setting off, where a full barbeque awaits us with plenty of beer and soft drink. Night spent at the camp in two man dome tents.
Depart the camp at our own leisure after a fully cooked English breakfast. A 30km drive from the camp brings us to the dam from where we start the rafting on the Mathioya River. Easy, but continuous rapids for 3 km warm up for the start of the more difficult and technical section that soon follows. 5 km to a 200m portage around a serious class VI section, then 3km of easier water down to the take out. Transfer back to Sagana, with the option of a second run down the main 7 km white water section of the Tana back to Savage Camp. Drive to Nairobi.