Last updated on July 14th, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Gp Karting Nairobi.
GP Karting Nairobi, Kenya is the place I visited since this COVID 19 Pounded on us! The Gp Karting in Athi River is also opened during this period. So you have two choices to choose if you are within Nairobi.
I get a call from my travel buddies! They go like, “Its been a while since we hit the road Man, where are you?” I was in office typing and analyzing what COVID 19 has done to us, and the changes we should embrace,the blueprint of the tourism Industry, you can read the post here. So, I answered them. “Yoh where else, am in office”, Then the next statement from them was like an order from some army commander, “Drop what you are doing, actually if you can fly to CBD, we are leaving in 1 hour”, crazy friends eeh? Since I have pulled same stunt on them severally, well i obliged. It is not like we don’t plan in time, we do but again all the impromptus always turn out to be so Incredible, especially the rush kind of stretches your adrenaline as opposed to the planned trips. Funnily I never knew where we were going but I trust them, they would never pull a boring adventure. Since we are in Partial Lock Down i knew it will be within Nairobi.
Am in town in 30Minutes there was no traffic being almost mid-day no much traffic and then most of the people are working from home; we link up in CBD. “Where is it happening? Where are we going?”, I asked affirmatively to avoid the next obvious famous line, (Keep calm you will know in a few). “We are doing Gp Karting Nairobi, Langata Road” I was ecstatic, Gp Karting Nairobi or Gp Karting in Athi River, any could do and this has been in my bucket list for a while, were it not for this COVID 19, I would have done it by now, all the same, the day is today. We hit the road.
Due to traffic, we were at the scene in 30 mins. Sanitization the new normal was orderly done accompanied by Temperature check. They had stringent measures which were also ensuring and promising we were safe.
We have two Gp Karting around Nairobi, there is one in Athi River Machakos County, around 32 Kilometers or 1-hour Drive without traffic and the other one which we opted for, is located along Langata Road, near the famous Carnivore Restaurant. I find this more convenient since it is just five (5) Kilometers drive from CBD without traffic but if you are near Athi River and need a long haul, then this is the place.
How Much do they Charge?
At the reception we met, energetic, happy and composed phoebe, she welcomed us and gave us a brochure-like, to read all the rules and regulations, then after reading she gave us digitalized terms and conditions, re-read again before signing and filling out our names. We already knew how much they charged so we just paid, below are the Charges.
GP Karting Nairobi Langata (10 Mins)
5 to 8Years Kes900/usd9
9 to 12 years Kes1,000/usd10
13 to 16 Years Kes1,100/usd11
17years and over Kes1300/usd13
Gp Karting Athi River
6 – 11 Years Kes1,500/usd15 (Children do 15Minutes)
Same Age if they do 30 minutes Kes2,500/usd25
12 years and over Kes1,500/usd15 (10Minutes Drive).
Please note: Gp Karting in Athi River, Children have extra 5Minutes compared to Gp Karting in Nairobi.
Prices for the both include.
- Driving Kart
- Driving Gear
- Equipment and tools.
So, after paying and asking all the information I needed so I could share with you, we were shown changing room, by now the adrenaline started crawling already, we were to do a race, and I knew I would of course win. we are all speed freaks, I did not get the horsepower of the Kart but it is quite slow in Picking speed, you have to be patient just likein those Toyota Vits, ladies?
The Adrenaline Rush.
Today am beating the record of all the big boys from Michael Schumacher, Hamilton, Vettel, Alex Zanardi, Danica Patrick and all the other big names in Karting sports world. Now we are in our Gear Suit, helmet check, straight we head to a briefing on how to do this karting. Our instructor Bernard Mudanya was composed and passionate at what he does best, After the briefing on how to go about, those sharp corners. I knew it was time to perfect on how to spin a car. I have been terrible anyway spinning is not for everyone, So we hop in the Karts, never driven something so small ever, the last time I tried I was a kid, we would spin wheelbarrows as if they have turbos, you step on the edge of the wheelbarrow wheel then hold the top edges of the wheelbarrow, the accelerator was the left foot on the ground and the turbo was your body waist, the more flexible you are the more the speed. So am here, bets have been placed, but at the same time, I want to feel the adventure. VROO VROOM!
Bernard flags us off, I have never known my friends could drive this perfectly fast and flawless since I was kind of good at spinning, I did not slow at the sharp corners and that is why I beat them all effortlessly but were it not for the corners, I doubt I could have beaten anyone, I couldn`t do like full speed as much as I am a speed freak, the size of the Karting at full speed scared the hell out of me, so I could only do an okay speed.
Karting compared to a vehicle.
As much as the same strategy is applied, having accelerator on your right foot and the breaks on the left driving a kart is more adventurous than a car, I could drive the whole day. It gives you an incomprehensible euphoria, to say the least. If you get used, it is as addictive as tasty fast food for someone trying to shade some kilos. You will find it irresistible.
Stunt gone wrong
As we were finishing, I decided to do one more lap so I could pull a stunt and show off my capabilities. I did it well until I was about 30 meters when I stepped full throttle. So, it could pick so well like a real turbo. As I was about to step on the breaks to spin and this time turn and face the side I was coming from, the unexpected happened. Instead of hitting the break peddle I don’t know what came to my mind, I had not wronged anyone that day, I was at peace with everyone, but I guess what we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us. I stepped on the accelerator instead of the breaks before I realized I had hit my friends Kart and flying, fortunately, my friend had already left for changing. I was not only mortified but also got a foot sprain, though I did not realize at first but after stripping my gear and walking to the car, that is when a sharp pain struck!!, we did first Aid, deep heat and all, then left Gp Karting Nairobi. I will be back but this time no stunts.
Gp Karting is such an adventurous sport, it is an adrenaline powerhouse, I would do it over and over again and so is you i believe, but it is a dangerous game, I am yet to be convinced is fit for children as young as 6 years. The steering wheel is stiff for such an age, maybe they could have considered power steering for the kids and maximum speed limit, otherwise, I wouldn`t recommend for children below 10years.
You can combine Gp Karting with all the attractions in Nairobi, Giraffe centre, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi National Park among other surrounding Attractions within Nairobi. As for the Athi River Gp Karting, one can stop by on your way to or from Amboseli and Tsavo National Park as it is a Stopover on your way to and from these Destinations.