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Kenya is famous from many of its appealing natural reserves. Tourists have come into the country from far and wide for a glimpse at these extravagant sights. Over and over the same regions have been advertised and have been promoted far above others. A good example is that of Thompson Falls found in Nyahururu. Undoubtedly this waterfall has more historical and cultural appeal not to mention its size and power. However there is so much more to discover off the beaten paths. There are small wonders to behold in the heart of the country.

Case in point the Limuru Falls that flows against a milieu of thick green vegetation, one can actually secure a position above the fall and watch as it sneaks its way through the greenery before it breaks out through the cliff that is fenced by the bushes. Chania falls on the other hand isn’t as accessible as the latter but it is just as breathtaking. It is also a catchment area and provides water for a large portion of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Unfortunately such regions are facing the danger of drying up leading to nation wide shortages of water supply and electricity. Gura falls stands at 1000 feet in height across the valley from Karuru falls. They are similar to each other in that they are three tiered; meaning that they have more than one vertical leap as they flow into their deposit bowls. They seat across each other flourishing amidst the greenery of the Aberdare forest. Kenya’s longest river the Tana River flows from this forest and slithers across the nation for 708 kilometers before it finally deposits its waters into the Indian Ocean. Along the way it snakes into the Koru National Park where it ruptures into the Adamson’s falls. George Adamson in his time had been nicknamed Baba ya Simba by the locals. Directly translated this means: father of lions. This was because he had raised the lioness Elsa from when it was a cub. His legacy lives on in the waters of the waterfall. The Galana River which is the second longest river in the realm runs for 390 kilometers as a result of the combination of the Athi River and the Tsavo River. The fourteen falls feature prominently on Athi River. Its name fundamentally defines it. It constitutes fourteen consecutive falls cascading over jagged cliffs, in a manner that is savage yet romantic. In the western province of Kenya the River Nzoia has given the people of Bungoma the gift of the Webuye Falls which attracts tourists and helps to power the various industries that have been established. The river then proceeds to find its way to Lake Victoria and has attributed to the good agricultural yield of the region. Away from these regions that expect a reliable rainfall and has good vegetative cover lies Marsabit; a town in the Eastern semi arid quarters of the nation. Therein lies Mount Marsabit whose base is scorched and dry but as you go higher up the crater mountain the vegetative landscape morphs into a forest wonderland punctuated with giant tress swamps and a crater lake that is a wonder to behold. The natives have named this oasis the place of cold; it is truly a depiction of paradise.

 

Country Clubs and Hotels

 Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

The course was cut out of native trees, typical of the wetter side of Nairobi, predominately the giant diospyros of the ebony family. The views you see from here on a clear day cannot possibly be secured at any other location in Kenya.

On your way up the drive leading to the hotel, you get a view of the Aberdare Mountain ranges. Once on the course you see a lovely view of Mt Kenya. You also get a glimpse of Ol’Doinyo sabuk and The Ngong hills. 

The club’s course has an international standard with beautifully landscaped sand bunkers. The distance from the ladies’ and men’s tees is 5,580 and 7,277 yards respectively.

The clubs caddies are courteouos and very knowledgeable about the course and the game of golf. Situated 17 kilometers from Nairobi, a visit to the Golf Hotel and Country Club is a must for not only golfers, but anyone seeking luxury. Tees are well maintained to preserve their immaculate appearance.

Royal Nairobi Golf Club

The Club is Located in Nairobi's Ngong Road, with a panoramic view of the Ngong Hills as one drives up to the club's entrance.

The Golf Clubwhich was the first course in Kenya, initially (1906) measured 5 x 4 metres, but was later extended by 429 acres in 1927. Although challenging and fun to play, the front nine holes have a different look to them than the back nine. This has a lot to do with the difference in the lay of the terrain on which the two sides were constructed.

The course is very well maintained. It can be played throughout the year as a sophisticated course-wide irrigation system is available. The tees and greens are really exceptional while at the same time, the greens hold the ball very well and at the same time provide a quick putting surface.

Its flowering bushes and a huge assortment of tree species lend colour and aesthetic appeal to the course. The tees, which consist of various types of players, that is, Championship, Medal and Ladies' are the largest in Kenya.

Muthaiga Golf Club

The Club plays host to the most prestigious golfing event in the country, The Kenya Open.

The course club is situated at the Kiambu Road towards Kiambu about 200 metres further on the left. The original nine holes were laid out at Muthaiga in 1913 and the club foundation stone was laid in 1912 and the golf course become an amenity for the club members and their friends.

Muthaiga lies at the edge of Karura forest and so sports many indigenous trees. The suburb Muthaiga was actually named after the Kenya greenheart, the " muthiga" tree, known for its healing properties.

A variety of trees and flowering bushes not only come into play on almost every hole, but also make this course one of the prettiest to play. By 1926 the course was later extended to eighteen holes to accommodate the growing membership.

The Golf Clubs Cadre of proficient caddies is at your disposal. Most of these men are sufficiently low-handicapped players themselves that their advice is well heeded on questionable distances and shots.

It is still noted for it's very fine greens which gives the club a beautiful layout and one that has may challenges in store for both the regular and the visiting golfers.

Mount Kenya Safari Club

It is composed entirely of par three holes and measuring 2295 yards for eighteen. The course sits virtually in the shadows of Mount Kenya and therefore offers some of the most spectacular location that could be found on any golf course.  

The course is well-maintained and has a covering of indigenous grass both on the fairways as well as on the greens. Several holes have water bunkers, or small ponds at greenside which are used for drainage purpose as the course is built on the side of a hill.

A blend of flowering trees, bushes and plants on the course, all offering the golfer plenty of opportunities to smell the flowers is very gratifying. Also abundantly evident are the birds inhabiting this tract of land.

Flocks of water birds fly about the course and alight at the ponds to feed. Peacocks also make their way about the ground of the club and all of its facilities.

Karen Country Club

The Country Club was initialised in 1933 by the Karen Estates Company Ltd. It is situated at one of the suburbs in Nairobi about 16 kilometres from the City and is famous for its beautiful course and lawn terrace. 

There are grevillea robusta trees planted in lines along the fairways, which were planted on Karen’s day. Its good irrigation system enable the maintenance of the fairways and the flowering bushes and trees which in turn give the course the look of a lovingly cared for course. 

 With an initial nine-hole and pins layout, the country club has become Kenya's top eighteen-hole major championship courses. 

 In 1968, Karen Country Club held its first open championship and a second one in 1969 with an enrollment of over 1,700 members, of which a greater percentage are golfers.

 Leisure Lodge Golf Course

 

 The Club is located on the South Coast of Mombasa and is an undiscovered golfers paradise. Set amongst established coconut palms and lush vegetation, the golf course finds itself around numerous indigenous trees.

It is a 6084 metre championship golf course which plays host to top events. Widely regarded as the most beautiful golf course in East Africa, it incorporates the longest par 5 hole 9 and one of the most beautiful yet challenging par 3's in hole 15.

Hole 15 is the signature hole of the Club encapsulating all that this golf course has come to represent. Teeing from behind a man made lake with bunkers surrounding the green, an accurate shot is required. This beautiful hole is also house to a large number of migratory birds and local wildlife.

Nandi Bears Club

The Club was formed in 1928. Though the main games were tennis and rugby, and were already in existence, the course was actually constructed in 1951 under the direction of Mr. Duncan Scroggie and lies 1,890 meters above sea level. 

 The longest hole is the first, with a par of five and 530 yards for men and 455 yards for women. The clubs members comprise of the local tea farmers.

 Nyali Golf & Country Club

 The Club is the only eighteen-hole golf course on the north Coast. With approx. 160 acres of land set aside for its construction in 1956, the first nine holes were completed, with the second nine completed in 1980. 

 This particular course is said to be challenging as the winds influence playing conditions. The club also prides in its restaurant notably the II Duetto which specializes in Italian cuisine.

 Game Lodges

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

 Overlooking beautiful Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in Kenya is in the heart of Pink Flamingo country.

Guests on a Lake Nakuru safari in Kenya will find peaceful views coloured pink by thousands of birds along the lake edge and 67 lovely en-suite rooms and suites including an enchanting honeymoon retreat at this Kenya lodge accommodation.

This is a haven for guests and families to relax around the pool, in the games room, while enjoyable times can also be experienced by simply bird watching. The area has many water birds amongst more than 450 other species.

The peaceful game drives around the lake are a delight. Apart from the masses of Pink Flamingos, guests can see White Rhino and the rare Black Rhino, Big Cats, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Baboon, Waterbuck, Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Impala and Warthog.

 At this game lodge in Kenya, the rooms are airy and spacious; guests can get a good nights rest or enjoy an afternoon siesta before spending time in the sauna or pool and even arrange a beauty treatment and massage.

There is a range of therapeutic massages to choose from for blissful rejuvenation including Swedish massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

 It is situated in the 239 km2 Shaba National Reserve and was gazetted as a conservation area in 1976. This Reserve is part of a conglomeration of reserves in the Eastern Province, descending from Mount Kenya At the entrance to the vast scrub desert that reaches beyond Lake Turkana, are situated Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and the third contiguous National Reserve, Shaba.

It is formerly home of the great conservationists Joy and George Adamson. The lodge has a number of unique species exclusively.

At the end of a day full of adventures on your Kenya vacation, retreat to one of the 85 chalets at this Kenya lodging or the viewing deck - all overlooking the Uaso Nyrio River, where Crocodiles can be seen sunbathing on the bank.

The Lodge has a large free-form swimming pool that flows around the lush gardens which gives the place a beach resort feel while being in the middle of the African wilderness.

 Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge

This is close to Voi town and just 8km from the sister lodge, Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge (which is closest to the airstrip). Both lodges are located in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary which is adjacent to the Tsavo West National Park, Kenya.

Being a unique accommodation, it is situated overlooking several waterholes in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary which is next to the Tsavo West National Park. The rooms are arranged in circular pairs on stilts and connected by suspended walkways.

En-suite guest rooms at the lodge enjoy uninterrupted views of the waterholes and surrounding landscapes. Guests can gather in the evenings in the terraced lounge and bar overlooking the main waterhole for drinks at sunset. A variety of international and local drinks are served. The waterhole is floodlit at night so that every animal activity is visible.

The Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area for a wide variety of game such as Lion, Buffalo and Giraffe. Bird enthusiasts can spend many happy hours spotting up to 300 species while on a nature walk.

The Sanctuary has a number of well marked routes and guests can take an arranged game drive or set off on self-drive routes in the company of a ranger if requested. It is situated next to Tsavo West National Park, one of the oldest and largest in Kenya. Tsavo is known for its large Elephant population.

Ol Tukai Lodge

 This as a comfy destination that provides the visitor a spectacular Amboseli safari in Kenya with fabulous game viewing and startling views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

It is situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, one of East Africa’s most fascinating wildlife and nature parks.

Here, you encounter a unique chance to view the open plains and magnificent natural features of the landscape. African wildlife that can be seen in the park include Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, Gazelle, plains animals and four hundred varieties of birds.

It is a superb place for star gazers in the East African tropical nights. The buildings have covered terraces using gum pole and timber structures, with changing views and interests throughout the whole development.

The dining room opens onto a veranda in the garden where lunch is usually served as you take glimpse of Elephants and other game that venture close to the boundary. The Elephant bar has an open-air bar service and features a roof level deck with panoramic views. The pool bar serves snacks and drinks between meal times.

 Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

 Resting in the foothills of the highest freestanding mountain on earth, this Kenya game lodge in Amboseli offers traditional accommodation in a luxury setting.

 Traditional accommodation and excellent facilities await guests at this Kenya game lodge. Guests will find a warm Masaai welcome, peace and tranquillity in the heart of Amboseli National Park.

Families, executives and groups can easily be accommodated in 92 en-suite rooms at the Lodge. The rooms are colourful and decorated with unusual Masaai definition, beautiful hand crafts and a nomadic feel. Throughout the lodge, there are beautiful Masaai art works and wood carvings.

Game viewing is varied and plentiful; the great Amboseli Elephants can be seen amongst the other game such as Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Cheetah, Giraffe and Zebra to name a few.

In between game activities, guests can relax by the shady pool, walk or jog on various trails and visit with the Masaai people. Back at the lodge, the veranda is the place to be for relaxed game viewing.

The Lodge has full conference facilities and incentive travel capability. Internet access is available from each room and in the conference facilities, there is up-to-the-minute audio and visual equipment, innovative catering and extensive sporting and leisure activities to choose from.

 Mara Serena Safari Lodge

The lodge is perfectly situated for the annual migration of animals across the plains, and has excellent facilities and services for a wonderful holiday or conference tucked away on a hillside with spectacular views.

The Lodge’s seventy four en-suite rooms comprise of rounded architecture and ethnic decor of unusual design which really give guests the feeling of a Masaai village but with first class luxuries on a Masai Mara safari in Kenya.

There is a hugely special activity for those who would rather fly in a Balloon Safari over the plains, drifting along in silence and game viewing from the air. Later, when back at the lodge, guests can set off for Sundowners at a number of beautiful viewing sites.

At the Lodge, there is a sparkling sky blue pool and well stocked gift shop featuring local art and crafts. Guests can also have beauty treatments and massage for total relaxation. The lodge restaurant offers a variety of menu choices and overlooks the busy waterhole.

The Great Wildlife Migration is an awe-inspiring spectacle, thousands upon thousands of animals moving with one single purpose - survival of the fittest. This unforgettable game viewing event is not for the faint hearted, but it is testament to the cycle of life in this wilderness.

The migration occurs between July and September, returning again between October and December. The Lodge has a birds eye view of the Masai Mara, ringside seats as it were for this annual spectacle.

Travelling from Nairobi by car takes 6-7 hours due to the condition of the road, and so guests generally opt for a flight out of Nairobi directly to the private landing strip at the Lodge.

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