Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city and the centre of government and commerce. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers visitors a choice of world-class accommodation, fine restaurants, exciting retail opportunities, and a huge range of cultural activities and wilderness excursions. The five golf courses featured are between 30 and 90 minutes’ drive from the city centre, each unique in its topography, setting and style. Nairobi’s courses epitomise the charm of golfing in Kenya: just a short hop from the modern city, you are transported to the ancient heart of the African bush, surrounded by virgin forests, hills and savannah, and enchanted by beautiful birds and rare and unique wildlife.
The golf experience
All of Nairobi’s courses enjoy wonderful natural surroundings and a tremendous variety of landscapes, from the subtropical forests of Windsor to the higher plantations and temperate woodlands of Limuru. There are no houses or residences within the perimeter of any of the golf courses. All the courses featured are of an international standard, with exciting and challenging designs, picturesque water hazards, and fairways that often play home to diverse wildlife.
Kenya is ‘Caddy Country’ for golf and, while some courses offer buggies for hire, the caddy experience is fun and the caddies are extremely knowledgeable and have a great command of English. Walking Nairobi’s courses also gives the golfer a real opportunity to experience the great African outdoors.
Next to Nairobi city centre is Nairobi National Park – a unique ecosystem and the only protected reserve in the world that adjoins a capital city. The park has a large and diverse wildlife population and guided game drives can be arranged from any hotel. There is also an elevated ‘Safari Walk’ for a bird’s-eye view of the park.
Within the city, the National Museum offers an enlightening introduction to Kenya’s rich natural and cultural heritage and there are also several superb art and craft galleries, including the Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art.
To the southwest of the city lies the suburb of Karen, named after Karen Blixen, the legendary author of Out of Africa. After playing a morning at Karen Country Club, afternoon trips can be made to Karen Blixen’s house, Giraffe Manor, and Daphne Sheldrick’s world-famous elephant orphanage.
For something different, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, and trips to archaeological sites are all within a few hours’ drive of the city.
Finding somewhere to stay in Nairobi is never a problem. All the major international hotel groups have outlets in the city, or golfers may choose to stay at a golf resort or one of the many delightful boutique hotels in Nairobi’s leafy suburbs.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located just outside the city centre and is a major international gateway on all major airline routes. Wilson Airport serves as a domestic hub for flights to the coast and national parks.
Moderate, subtropical climate: warm days, cool nights.