As director of Roving Rovers, I spend 2 or 3 months in Kenya each year. I am a member of Njoro Country Club which has a pleasant 9 hole golf course, and stay in one of their cottages. I first played golf in Kenya 40 years ago at the beautiful Kitale golf course club which has Mount Elgon as a backdrop and have since played many other lovely courses. There are many very good courses that any country would be proud of. The best is probably Muthaiga which plays host to the Kenyan Open each year and is on the European Challenge Tour.
So at Roving Rovers we want to enable golfers from the UK to experience the game in Kenya, and therefore are offering this as part of the Roving Rovers portfolio. We can put an itinerary together for you that reflect just what you want to do, whether it's pure golf or a mixture of golf and visiting other great places that Kenya has to offer, which of course include the world famous game parks, the golden sands of the coast and the majestic scenery of the Rift Valley.
We are able to recommend (depending on the season) a good selection of courses that are properly laid out, with well-grassed fairways and greens that are true, whose clubs are welcoming and friendly with good facilities. We also have one of the best tour professionals in Kenya, James Lorum, lined up to give you a lesson or two or to play some holes with you. You can either be driven throughout your stay and escorted or be independent.
One of our aims is to make this sort of holiday accessible to as wide a group of golfers as possible by keeping the costs down. Essentially we can put an intinery together that suits your pocket. Green fees range from £10 - £30 and you can hire a caddy for £5. We can arrange accommodation again to suit your pocket ... we even have our own camping equipment! ... and of course, we have our own vehicles. But one of our aims is to make this sort of holiday available to those who think it is out of their price range.
Chalets Some golf courses have their own chalets or bandas as they are known locally. You would then eat at the club which is usually at very reasonable prices. If the club does not have bandas, then self catering accommodation can be found within reach of the golf course. These are more likely to be self catering so taking a cook would be a good idea that would organise and prepare your meals. We have details of what is available and at what price.
Lodges and Hotels
If this is more up your street, we can sort this out for you. This does tend to be at the higher end of the price range.
Kenya is a great camping country ... the 'king' of camping, Robert Baden Powell the founder of the Scouts, chose it as his final home. We have all sorts of options from roof tents and walk-in two-room tents, to the more basic. If you camp we would strongly recommend taking a cook who can sort out the camp and organise food, which makes the whole thing a real pleasure.
Below is an example of an itinerary with estimated cost, but for further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi, picked up from Jomo Kenyatta Airport Nairobi and taken to accommodation
Day 2: 18 holes at Royal Nairobi golf club, a great course in near the heart of Nairobi, and Kenya's oldest course
Day 3: 18 holes at Limuru...a beautiful and challenging course on the outskirts of Nairobi www.limurucountryclub.co.ke
Day 4: Travel to Nakuru.... 18 holes at Nakuru Golf Course and stay at Kembu
Day 5: Nakuru National Park
Day 6: 9 holes at Eldoret
Day 7: 9 holes at Kericho
Day 8-12: Maasai Mara National Park or golf in Western Kenya
Day 13:18 holes at Muthaiga club www.muthaigagolfclub.com
Day 14: Depart Nairobi
A 3 week holiday could include golf at the coast and/or the lovely courses in the west of Kenya.
The cost of a two week holiday in Kenya similar to the one above, using mid-range accommodation, would be between £1000 and £1500 per person depending on whether the Maasai Mara option was taken up; this can be expensive. The cost does not include airfares.
European Challenge Tour