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Ziplining is currently a world sensation. It’s one of the activities that will have your heart pounding in excitement as you “fly through the sky”. It’s why it was exciting to get the chance to Zipline at  the forest  not only because I was interested in the epic dose of adrenaline that comes with ziplining,  but also because the Ziplines at Kereita, are the longest in East Africa and the second longest in Africa. How epic is that?

This begs the question, if you are in Kenya and you have not gone ziplining at the forest, what are you doing with your life? This is the perfect weekend activity that should be ticked off your bucket list, whether it is on your list or not.

I went ziplining for the first time a few weeks ago and naturally I was afraid of the unknown. After signing a waiver and going through a mini training on what to expect during ziplining, we were ready to fly.

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I made the decision to go first, and once I got to the platform, my nerves got the best of me. They decided I was not going to have peace of mind. The guide, noticing how tightly I clenched on the harness and cable, told me to relax and gently pushed me off the platform.

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I briefly shut my eyes and a few seconds in to the flying, I opened my eyes and my goodness, the views were breathtaking! If there is a definition of picturesque views then Kereita is one of them.For a few seconds I forgot I was hanging in the air. All I did was feel the freshness of the crisp, clean air in my lungs.  It was so beautiful that I did not even realize I had almost come to the end of the line until I heard the instructor yell, “BRAKE!” The experience was mind blowing and I wanted to zipline again and again! In case you are wondering what happened to the nervous wreck that I was, I also have no idea.

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The postcard views and the fresh air will make you decide to move here because first of all, I am not used to such where I live and secondly  the adrenaline rush is intense. For those few minutes, I appreciated the beauty that comes with nature and I wanted to move. Of course I did not move. It’s the adrenaline but I reckon you will understand once you go ziplining.The last line was even better because I was out to have fun so all I did was relax back on the harness and enjoy the views. You can never get used to the views! I promise. The ziplines at kereita are thrilling and they weave through the stunningly green forest, and all you need to do is relax and keep your eyes open.

Moto Gari SafarisI felt safe ziplining at the forest because they have knowledgeable and funny guides that are on each side of the zipline to help with the harness. As you can see, we were always in gloves and we were given strict instructions to guide us.  Assuming, you are afraid of heights, will saying children as young as eleven years take part in this activity convince you to face your fears? Okay, maybe you will not buy that. I wouldn’t either. However, I hope my experience will convince you to go ziplining.

Would you go ziplining?

Get in touch with the Moto Gari team to enjoy ziplining on one of the longest ziplines in Africa.

 

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Most of us probably watched Lion King growing up so you can imagine how magical it was for a couple of travelers and I when we visited Hell’s gate National park, the location that inspired “Pride Rock” in the lion King.

On the drive to Hells Gate, we made two pit stops. The first stop was at the famous small church that was built by Italian prisoners of war in the 1940s.

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The next stop was at the evergreen Great Rift Valley viewpoint.  It’s hard not to see why everyone makes a stop here since Mother Nature is always at her most beautiful.

Serene Views

 

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After 1.5 hours, we arrived at Hell’s Gate National Park. We immediately started taking in how beautiful the scenery is. This park is nothing but breathtaking with lush landscaped grounds and a tranquil ambience that made me know I had made an excellent choice to visit the park that Saturday morning.

Game Viewing

As if the views were not enough, we slowly drove through the park and I noticed that the park is blessed with extraordinary red clock cliffs on each side with several kinds of wild animals grazing in peaceful paradise. After a short while, we got a chance to alight and view the animals up close.  Imagine being given the opportunity to be so close to wild animals like Zebras and Impalas? It was truly amazing to indulge in the spectacular beauty of the park while being able to get so close to the animals. No one wanted to leave because you do not simply walk away from Mother Nature.

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Gorges and Hot springs

However, we had to leave and move on to see the rock formation sites inside the gorge that is made of the devil’s bedroom and natural hot springs that erupt from the rocks.  It was quite a challenge going up to the hot springs but once we got there, we saw that it was worth it.

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An Afternoon of relaxation

After our short hike, we got a chance to have an afternoon of relaxation at the Olkaria geothermal spa.

This is one of the largest pools in Kenya and the fact that it’s a hot spa with healing properties makes it the only one of its kind in Africa.  Yes. You will not find such a pool anywhere in Africa.  These pictures do not lie, the pool is really crystal turquoise blue in color and a swim will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

A visit to Hell’s gate national park is indeed killing several birds with one stone because you engage in amazing activities all in a single day.

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Are you inspired by Moto Gari’s Hell’s Gate escapades? Get in touch with the team to enjoy the amazing game viewing, outstanding views and a beautiful swim all in a single day!