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Chini ya Maji is your Break from Adulting

You know how sometimes you just want to hide under the duvet all weekend and talk to no one or do anything? We have all wanted to do that at some point in our lives. Adulting tends to force people under the covers. The urgent to cower and run is all too strong. Let’s Drift offers a similar experience that would be a lot more fun. It is a day under the cover of the woods simply playing under water paying no attention to Twitter trending topics or Instagram flexes. At Chini ya Maji, it is not hiding. It is not cowering. It is an away weekend in nature.

Key Attractions

  • Let’s Drift holds the Chini ya Maji events in picturesque destinations with nothing but the sound of water as it roars down the hill and fresh air. You can sit and watch the water flow by along with all your worries and annoyances or you can dive in and burry your head until you need a new gulp of air before you duck right back in. You will be treated to the best Kenya has to offer.
  • Swimming in the wild is a lot different from swimming in a pool. In a pool, you might get that moment of peace when your head is under water but as soon as you come up for air you are right back in the middle of city chaos. However, swimming in the wild is more than just swimming. It is about breathing and feeling the sun on your face. The only sounds will be squeals of wonder, rustling of the leaves, water as it falls enthusiastically and your own heart finding peace. 

Challenge Level

The Chini ya Maji experience includes very beginner friendly trails. This is not the weekend where you test your physical mettle. This is the weekend where you chill and relax. It will only be a short walk to admit you into the enchanting wild. No one will blame you for smiling to yourself for no reason. 


The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Gatundu. The journey to the starting point is about one and a half hours long costing approximately 500 shillings by public transport. 

 The trail is not self-drive friendly but who wants to drive on a chill weekend anyway.

What do you need for the trail?

  • 3Ltrs water (bring a reusable bottle or a hydration pack)
  • Snacks: fruit salad, energy drink, warm beverage, biscuits, sandwich, trail mix (nuts), etc.
  • Personal items (ID, pocket money, hand sanitizer, facemask, phone, and camera, Lighter, Pocket Knife, and First-aid Kit)
  • Trekking pole
  • Headlamp
  • Change of clothes and shoes in case you get wet or muddy.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection

Here’s a list of resources for hiking gear you can check out.

Hiking Gear Vendors – Lets Drift 

Can you bring your kids with you?

Yes, absolutely. Your children would love the Chini ya Maji experience. It is everything kids love, being wet and being outside. 

Now that you know about how Chini ya Maji is your Break from Adulting we hope to book you on the next one!

Similar trails

If you are a fan of events held on interesting hiking trails in Kenya, Book now, be notified when tickets become available. Similar experiences to Chini ya Maji are: 

The Photowalk and Catch the Train