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Golf Holidays

Fairmont offers the perfect safari-golf product
September 2019 1951

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya has launched its new Fairmont Golf Safari Package ideal for bleisure travellers. Presenting a three stop destination circuit with unrivalled luxury and adventure across three iconic properties; The Norfolk in Nairobi, Mount Kenya Safari Club near the base of Mount Kenya, and Mara Safari Club within the plains of the Masai Mara, golf lovers can discover heritage championship courses in the city, a green which bisects the equator and experience the thrills of spotting wildlife on safari.

No newcomer to the sport, Kenya has a long association with golf, which took off due to Australian Peter Thomson who launched the Kenya Open Golf Championship in 1967. Still taking place today the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attained European Tour status and hosting the tournament rotates between Karen Country Club and Muthaiga Golf Club.

Often overlooked as a golfing destination, East Africa offers a treasure trove of world-class golf courses. Guillaume Durand, group director sales & marketing comments: “Kenya offers international golfing standards with courses featuring outstanding design and landscaping. In addition, the weather is ideal for golf all year-round making Kenya one of the world’s top golfing destinations. Our new package combines the best of both worlds; play and safari adventure. Perfect for both amateur and professional golfers this new package celebrates Kenya’s golfing legacy, cosmopolitan lifestyle and nature taking travellers from the capital, to the tranquil surroundings of Mount Kenya concluding in the Masai Mara one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world.”
The golf and safari experience kicks off with a two-night stay at the celebrated Fairmont The Norfolk - a landmark hotel with alluring old-world charm set around tranquil tropical gardens providing a welcome oasis from the downtown bustle.

Day one includes excursions to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust famed for its elephant orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, home to the endangered Rothschild species. Afternoon play is on the 18-hole championship course at Karen Country Club – established in 1937 – which played host to the 2019 Magical Kenya Open.

Day two allows for play on the 18-hole championship course at Muthaiga Golf Club, home of the Kenya Golf Union. Lunch is taken on club grounds in the Members Pavilion.

The second stop on the circuit includes a two-night stay at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, the exclusive retreat that not only straddles the equator, but is also nestled in the foothills of Africa’s second highest peak (Mount Kenya) and is dedicated to conservation projects and wildlife conservancy. The property offers a manicured 9-hole course, the only golf course in the region known to bisect the equator.

The three-stop journey concludes with a two-night stay at the tented camp resort Fairmont Mara Safari Club. In a prime spot in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the resort offers the perfect base for guided safari game drives (sunrise and afternoon) within its conservancy to spot the big five amongst other wildlife.

The Fairmont Golf Safari Package starts from $8,000 and includes private transfers, scheduled flights between properties, seven nights accommodation, meals, game drives, park entrance fees, guide and transport. Check terms and exclusions before booking.

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