Lillian takes aim at ‘active adventure getaways’

In need for an adrenaline boost? Read on to find out whatLillian’s thoughts this week are for thrill seekers and
adventure travelers! And the good thing, all these can be
explored in Kenya, although of course the rest of East Africa
too has similar attractions to offer. Check out the web pages
of your country’s tourism board where no doubt you will find
exciting options of what to do for a long weekend and for
ease of reference here are the links:
and of course Lillian’s home country agency

Coupling: Six active adventures for a superb getaway

Tell you from experience, nothing brings in the Zen on a romantic date, than a natural encounter with virgin, unadulterated nature. You can opt to catch the shadows and secrets of a setting sun, dine in the bush as you listen to the grazers galloping around and squirrels dancing in the dark, lie back and make patterns like the Southern Cross, or sail away to serenity. But nothing can put down an adrenaline laden pair up a rocky mountain, or one trying to find their way along a deserted path; it calls for a great balance between the genders. His aggressiveness; her patience, his mechanical ability; her innovative spirit.

Lillian has listed a couple of activities that can bring in balanced exploration and great adventure to any couple looking for fun and teamwork. If you are in Kenya, then these ideas will be great for the upcoming Madaraka celebration.

White Water Rafting in Sagana

Dining by open fires or under the moon is quite romantic, but nothing is more telling of your date than how they handle seemingly furious waters and raging waves throughout this duel. This, for first timers will give you a very good prognosis on how she handles stress and how he handles ‘tough decisions’. Above that, it’ll be the perfect timing to show off that lean muscle you’ve been working at. Rapids Camp also has other amenities such as bungee jumping, all made to give you and yours a kick up the skies (literally).

Scuba Diving at Mombasa Marine Park

Maybe you are tired of sunbathing, or you are suddenly getting used to the sand getting caught up between your toes. There is much more to do in Mombasa beyond the beach and the clubs. Mombasa Marine Park is ideal for exploring marine life, take it further; leap into the waters and splash your way to the reefs and the white sharks. Beyond the magic of coupling up under the seas, it’s perfect time to get your postcard shots of rare green and hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle ray and shoals of snappers on your Gopro


Paragliding over the Kerio Valley

If you enjoy extreme sports, then you’ll love Kerio Valley for paragliding for its clear blue skies and magnificent scenery. As I just pointed out, this is an extreme sport; take time to get a grasp of the trainer’s tips and advice before you both launch into the air – each of you will be accompanied by a trainer. You can spice up things by leaving messages at the point of landing or even organizing surprise celebrations for the miles just accomplished! Note, such ideas do not necessarily have to be tied to proposals and anniversaries.

Skydiving in Diani

Skydiving perhaps gives you the rare opportunity to literally jump off a plane or throw someone out! Again, an extreme sport, but one that secures you to the abilities of your instructor as you free fall through the sky to the all-beach set up. Companies such as go the extra mile to provide for videography at an extra fee. Meaning you can watch, share and re-live the emotion forever after.

Rock climbing at Diamond Plaza

If you just want a quick within-town experience, Diamond Plaza in Parklands will make you an adventurous afternoon. The indoor climbing is run by Blue sky kenya who also organize other outdoor climbing sessions and classes in favorable destinations across the country such as Hell’s Gate.

Hot air ballooning at Amboseli (or the Masai Mara)

A hot air balloon safari in Amboseli is touted as one of the best in the continent. Mostly, the safari will kick off early morning, to catch the sun’s first rays just as they emerge behind the massive, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Once in a while, the pilot is likely to go down few meters over grazing herds of elephants, or if lucky, a park of lions retracing back into their territories after a night out preying in the jungle. Similar adventures await when visiting the Masai Mara Game Reserve where multiple take off points are available from several of the best safari lodges and camps, during the high season making a spectacle in the skies above the reserve when the horizon is dotted with as many as a dozen balloons at the same time.