One of Kenya's best kept secret is it's numerous gold courses and the good weather which is ideal for golf all year round making Kenya one of the world’s top golfing destinations. There are more than 37 golf courses, most of which were made during the British Colonial Era. Some of these golf courses include Muthaiga Golf Club, Windsor Golf & Country Club, Karen Golf and Country Club, Vipingo Ridge, Nyali Golf Club and Great Rift Valley Golf Resort.
For travellers seeking a diverse range of golf courses, combined with suitable golfing safaris and world class standards and service, Kenya is the perfect choice. Kenya’s courses offer international golfing standards and some of the world’s finest design and landscaping.
An 18 hole championship golf course laid around the sprawling 5 star luxury golf resort. Windsor Golf & Country Club is one of the best golf courses in Kenya and is said to be the best in Africa for a host of golfing events. The course has a sprinkling of water hazards and bunkers to make it a challenging, yet enjoyable golf course. The lush fairways are lined by forests where you might even spot the Sykes monkey apart from the dozens of exotic African bird species. Windsor Golf Resort is 25kms from Nairobi City Centre.
Muthaiga Golf Club, proudly called the Home of Golf by its elite membership, is in many ways the ultimate embodiment of Kenya’s unique marriage of ancient golf tradition and a modern 18-Hole Championship Golf Course. The course is very well maintained and a pleasure to play. Muthaiga Golf Club has undergone a complete reconstruction of its course by course architect Peter Matkovich, who also designed the Arabella Golf Club in South Africa. Winding through the lush woodlands of Karura Forest, Muthaiga Golf Club offers a great ambiance with numerous lakes and ponds.
This resort course is on a hill set against a backdrop of Lake Naivasha and the extinct volcano, Mount Longonot. The course is par 71, it has water features on 5 holes, and the greens are Bermuda type with speeds around 8. The fairways are lush, planted to kikuyu grass. The course, designed by Swede Thomas Fjastadt, snakes through the natural Lake Naivasha vegetation such as exotic Acacia trees, and also contains water hazards. The lodge also offers other activities such as bird walks, mountain biking and horse riding. The lodge is 140km from Nairobi [ approximately 1.5 hours drive from Nairobi].
Now one of the leading golf courses in Kenya and East Africa, the Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge is built on gentle rolling hills close to the sunny white beaches of the Indian Ocean, north of Mombasa. This 18 hole course, designed by David Jones, board member of the European Golf Tour and former Kenya Open champion, is also endorsed by Ian Woosnam. Fairways and greens are well watered by an advanced irrigation system, with fine Bermuda grass and maintained to excellent playing conditions throughout the year. Vipingo Ridge is 40 kms from Mombasa Town [ approximately 30mins by road].
Families, Individual travelers or even corporate groups may have their own preferences for experiences they wish to enjoy during their trip to Kenya. Below are some of the actvities that you can include on your itinerary when on your golfing safari, that will make it even more experiental.
Included in virtually all safari packages, some may want to book specialized night game drives or full day photographer drives.
A thrilling and romantic once in a lifetime experience, Balloon Safaris which take place at dawn are costly yet just so worth the price.
Experience a traditional Maasai manyatta village and get a glimpse into the unique way of life of this proud and famous nomadic tribe of East Africa. Maasai Village visits are common in Masai Mara and Amboseli.
Well, walking Safari is an adventurous activity where visitors embarks on a slow paced, guided walks with the purpose of exploring different wildlife species in their natural habitat. In Masai Mara nature walks can be done in the main Mara reserve though longer treks and walking safaris only happen in conservancies outside the main reserve. Nature hikes are commonly done in areas such as Mount Longonot, Ngong Hills and Hell's Gate National park.
Experience the charm of a romantic, close-to-nature experience, Horseback Safaris are only provided by limited operators in the larger Mara eco system. Apart from Masai Mara, some of the other prime wilderness areas in Kenya that are perfect for exploration of horseback safaris include Laikipia Plateau, Lake Naivasha, Mount Kenya and Chyulu Hills.