Gura, the ‘Usain Bolt of rivers’

A boy jumps into the Gura River at the confluence with the River Gikira. PHOTO| WILLIAM RUTHI

What you need to know:

  • Gura River flows from deep in the bowels of the Aberdare ranges to the Gura Falls, a 300-metre tower reputed to be the highest falls in Kenya.
  • Shirtless and baked, they are taking part in an activity that I later learn is a form of a rite of passage: diving into the “suicide hole”.
  • The Gura Hydro Power Project generates 6 KW and has been praised for saving tea famers about Sh40 million in annual power bills.

When the seasons keep to schedule and the clouds squeeze themselves dry — mostly from late March to May — Gura River, already a presence of note at any time of the year, notches its resume.


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