Kenyans are keen sports fans, and the capital is the home to a great range of sporting venues and events.
Kenya Open Golf Held annually at Karen Golf and Country Club, this is Kenya's major international golfing tournament, attracting many local and international competitors. The Tournament is always a great sporting and social event. For the traveling Golfer teeing off in one of Kenya’s many world class golf courses makes for a perfect break from a safari.
Safari Sevens Rugby One of the World's Major Rugby events, the Safari Sevens are held each year at the Kenya Rugby Union Football Club (KRFU) on Ngong Road in Nairobi. The Sevens is a major international Rugby competition with a wide range of teams coming to play in one of the most popular Rugby Sevens in the world. The Sevens are also a major event on the Nairobi Social calendar and there are plenty of lively social events in town for the duration of the matches.
Athletics Kenya is well known for Athletics and there is an active athletic calendar throughout the country. Nairobi events are commonly held at the Moi International Sports centre at Kasarani. This 60,000 seat arena was the venue of the1987 All Africa Games. Local athletic events are a good opportunity to see the best of Kenya's current and future world beaters.
Cricket Kenya has a thriving Cricket Culture. While this is largely due to the large Asian population in Nairobi, the game is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country. The Kenyan National team has competed internationally and in 1996 defeated the West Indies in the World Cup. Cricket games can be seen in Nairobi at the Gymkhana Club on Forest Road, which is the centre for the cricketers and cricket fans of Kenya.
Football (Soccer) Most Kenyans are serious football fans. Teams are passionately supported, and games always attract plenty of fervent and vocal followers. The National Team is the Harrambee Stars. Other popular clubs include Oserian Fastac, Gor Mahia FC, Leopards FC and Mathere United. To attend a game, check local media for details.
Polo Introduced by the British, Polo is still very popular in Nairobi. The Nairobi Polo club is located off Ngong Road, and has regular matches, often hosting international competitors from Britain, Southern Africa, Europe and India.
Racing Kenya has a well developed equestrian culture. In Nairobi, racing is considered both a popular sporting and social event in equal measure. Races are held at the Ngong Road Racecourse. The Nairobi race calendar consists of at least 40 Sunday race meetings(August and September excluded), and special Public Holiday races. Good local, and occasionally imported, stock always compete in full 8 race cards, and this attractive course makes for an enjoyable and lively way to pass a Sunday.
There are full stipendiary stewards, qualified handicaps and bookmaking and tote facilities. The Racecourse has excellent facilities and a popular restaurant.
Golf Nairobi has several world Class golf courses that host international tournaments such as the Kenya Open which is part of the European Challenge Tour. The tournament is held at Karen Golf and Country Club located in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi.
For details on Kenya's golf courses, select Golf Courses from the main menu on the left.