Kenya Bowls Tour

8th - 23rd February 2025

Join World Champion Robert Paxton

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Join world champion Robert Paxton and the Kenya Bowls Federation on this unforgettable, exclusive trip of a lifetime.

Play on the greens of some of Kenya’s most prestigious and historical bowls clubs – plus receive personal pro coaching from Robert himself!

Come face to face on safari with rare and incredible wildlife on the beautiful plains of Kenya.

Relax with a cocktail and take in the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mombasa and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

This one-of-a-kind experience is not to be missed! Extremely limited spaces. Partners who do not play bowls are also welcome. Enquire for more details.

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Trip Overview

15 Days

Robert Paxton

3 Nights

Big Game Safari

4 Nights

Tropical Beach

Example Itinerary

Safari package includes full board. Accommodation in Nairobi includes breakfast, welcome lunch and farewell supper. Flights are not included. Non-playing partners are welcome! 

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Nairobi to be met by your Kogelo Tours hosts and transfer to the Nairobi Club for some rest and relaxation after your flight.

Day 2: Roll Up & Pro Coaching with Robert Paxton

After a slow and relaxed breakfast in the beautiful club gardens, we will have an informal welcome talk with your Kogelo Tours hosts. You will then have time to unpack and explore the Nairobi Club facilities before a 2 pm bowls practice and roll up.

Day 3: Wildlife Day Out & Match

Start the day by making new friends at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s famous orphanage for elephants, rhinos followed by a visit to giraffe manor! Followed by an afternoon match at the historic Muthaiga Club, renowned as the filming location for 'Out of Africa'.

Day 4: Markets & Match

Morning excursion around the city: Explore bustling markets for gift shopping, or visit our charity project in Kibera's Informal Settlement. Followed by an afternoon match against the Nairobi club.

Day 5: Rest Day and Roll Up

Relax and unwind, or head to the green for some pro coaching with Robert.

Day 6: Karen Blixen Museum & Match

Visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the Danish author, famous for her 1937 book Out of Africa, and the Oscar winning film of the same name. Followed by an afternoon bowls match with the prestigious Karen Club.

Day 7: Kenya Bowls Federation Match

Enjoy a slow morning or last minute shopping with an afternoon match against the Kenya Bowls Federation. Followed by a farewell supper with club members. Rest well before heading out on Safari tomorrow

Day 8: Safari, Tsavo East National Park

Board the train at Nairobi for a stunning train journey on Kenya’s Madaraka Express across the beautiful plains of eastern Kenya to Voi. From there, we transfer to the Voi Safari Lodge with its breathtaking panoramic views of the vast, uninterrupted savannah of Tsavo. Then off for an afternoon safari drive in Tsavo East National Park – famous for the man-eating lions that took many of the railway construction workers in 1898.

Day 9: Full Day Safari

Enjoy a full-day safari from beautiful sunrise to stunning sunset on the plains of Tsavo East and keep your fingers crossed to see lions, cheetahs, giraffes, buffalo, impala, rhinos, hippos, and so many species of exotic birds, all in their natural habitats.

Day 10: Full Day Safari

Enjoy another full-day safari and keep your fingers crossed to see the beautiful Red Elephants. Stained red as they are constantly dust-bathing in the park’s fine red volcanic soil.

Day 11: Head to Mombasa

Drive down to Mombasa to relax and take in the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 12: Beach Day & Relax

Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, put your feet up and sip on a cold beer or a cocktail by the pool with a good book!

Day 13: Fort Jesus & Match

Enjoy a slow morning at the beach, with an afternoon trip to Fort Jesus, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th Portuguese military fortification. Followed by an evening floodlit match against the Mombasa Club.

Day 14: Beach Day

Enjoy your final day relaxing at the beach or try some diving in the pristine coral reefs!

Day 15: Fly back to Nairobi

Head back Nairobi for one final night at the Nairobi club

Day 16: Final goodbyes and head home

Complete any last minute shopping before heading home with memories of a lifetime.

Meet Your Host - Tim Fox

With a rich history of over 25 years in crafting bespoke Kenyan tours, Tim stands out as not just a guide, but a connector to the heart of Kenya.

Tim, who calls President Barack Obama’s grandmother and cousin his friends, will be your personal guide throughout the entire trip, ensuring a seamless and enriched travel experience.

Beyond guiding, Tim’s impactful charity work in local Kenyan communities has earned him the rare honour of being named an elder in an African tribe.

As your host, Tim doesn’t just offer a tour; he opens the door to genuine experiences and profound cultural immersion in Kenya, a rarity that sets his tours apart from any other.

Price

£3,195 per person, based on double occupancy. £3,957 for a single traveler in a private room*. Non-bowling partners welcome. Enquire now, extremely limited spaces!

*Price includes all internal transfers, safari and beach are on a full-board basis (excluding drinks). Accommodation in Nairobi is bed and breakfast. Price excludes travel to and from Kenya. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    As a member of the Kogelo Tours Bowls Team, you will participate in five matches with the Kenya Bowls Federation, Nairobi Club, Muthaiga Club, Karen Club and Mombasa Club.

    The format for the matches will be determined closer to the date, and every bowler will play in all three matches. It is recommended that you bring your own set of bowls, but borrowed sets sill be available.

    The dress code for the matches is white shorts/trousers and the provided match polo shirt, while
    practice sessions and roll-ups have a casual dress code. Club jackets are optional, and bespoke
    match shirts and bowls stickers with the tour logo will be provided.

    Commemorative trophies will also be provided for the winning team of each match, to be kept
    on display at the respective Kenyan Bowling Clubs until the next Kogelo tour. Feel free to bring
    your own clubs pennants, shields, or badges to exchange with the hosting Kenyan Bowls Club as
    a memento of your visit.

    Bowlers of all skill levels are warmly invited — your enthusiasm for the game is the only requirement!

    Non-bowling partners are also encouraged to join us on the trip.

    Non-bowling partners are more than welcome to accompany us on the trip!

    For those preferring not to participate in the matches, additional daily excursions can be organised to local attractions.

    Your personal host on this tour will be Kogelo Tours founder Tim Fox. With a rich history of over 25 years in crafting bespoke Kenyan tours, Tim stands out as not just a guide, but a connector to the heart of Kenya.

    Tim, who calls President Barack Obama’s grandmother and cousin his friends, will be your personal guide throughout the entire trip, ensuring a seamless and enriched travel experience.

    Beyond guiding, Tim’s impactful charity work in local Kenyan communities has earned him the rare honour of being named an elder in an African tribe.

    As your host, Tim doesn’t just offer a tour; he opens the door to genuine experiences and profound cultural immersion in Kenya, a rarity that sets his tours apart from any other.

    While on safari or down by the coast, the lodges and resorts are of 4-5 star standards, chosen personally to give you the best possible Kenyan experience.

    Accommodation in Nairobi is provided at the Nairobi Club, a private members club established in 1901 and located in the heart of the city. Bedrooms are simple but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms, a fridge, TV and mosquito nets. The club offers an authentic Kenyan experience and has previously hosted guests such as Winston Churchill. It features several lounges, bars, and dining spaces, as well as recreational facilities such as tennis and squash courts, a pool, a fitness centre, and a bowling green. 

     

    Price covers all accommodation and transfer within Kenya. Safari and beach are on a full-board basis (excluding drinks). The accommodation in Nairobi is bed and breakfast, allowing for more flexibility to enjoy dining out in the city. 

    Travel to and from Kenya or additional excursions are not included in the price. 

    To confirm your booking and secure your spot on the trip, a 15% non refundable deposit must be paid.
    Final payment: Due 90 days before departure

    You will need a Electronic Travel Authorisation to travel to kenya, which can be acquired here:
    https://www.etakenya.go.ke/en

    We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance, and good medical
    care is available throughout Kenya. Nairobi has excellent international standard hospitals, and
    the safari lodges we stay at all have medically trained staff.

    Consult your GP to find out what vaccinations may be necessary.
    Depending on your country of origin or recent travel, you may need a yellow fever vaccination
    card. Please check the advice on the Kenya governments official website.

    Follow the advice of your GP and take appropriate precautions to avoid mosquito bites, such as covering up with clothing, using insect repellents and sleeping under a mosquito net.
    In Kenya, bottled water is easily accessible, but it's important to ensure that it's sealed before purchasing. Avoid buying open drinks, and staff will always open them in front of you. Keep in mind that a change in diet, temperature, schedule and flying may cause stomach issues, and it may take some time to adjust.

    Kogelo staff will take you to trusted places when eating out, and vegetarian and vegan options are available. Avoid street food and rinse or peel fresh fruits before eating. Alcoholic drinks are widely available.
    Bringing your bank card and using ATMs in the country is recommended. Most expenses are included in the tour price, but expect to pay around 80p for a bottle of water, £1.50 – £2 for a pint of beer, and £7 – £12 for a meal in a good quality restaurant.

    Kogelo Tours will assist you through airport immigration, and you’ll need your Electronic Travel Authorisation.

    Personal Documents: Bring your entry visa (in both digital and print form), vaccination
    certificates (possibly Yellow Fever, not applicable to the UK), and insurance
    details in easily accessible formats.

    Medication and Toiletries: Pack malaria tablets, personal medication (such as Imodium for
    stomach issues and antihistamine for allergic reactions), insect repellant, high-factor sun cream,
    and tissues and keep them in your carry-on bag.

    Clothes: Bring long, lightweight clothes to prevent sunburn and repel mosquitoes, comfortable,
    breathable shoes and a hat, trainers/walking shoes, sandals, a light rain jacket, sunglasses, and
    beach shoes for sea swimming and snorkelling. Most hotels and the Nairobi Club will do fast
    turn-around laundry at a reasonable rate.

    Accessories: Bring leads for electrical devices, a torch, binoculars for safari or bird watching, a
    camera with a good zoom, a face mask, and snorkel if going to the coast, books set in Kenya,
    local music and relevant apps on your smartphone.

    Luggage: Pack a suitable case that is easy to carry (large cases can be problematic on internal
    flights if you are going to the coast), and have enough clothes in your carry-on bag in case your
    hold luggage is delayed. Have a separate day bag within Kenya and consider a money belt for
    cash and cards.

    Kogelo will provide and handle all transportation needs, including comfortable air-conditioned mini-buses.
    Check with your phone operator for roaming and rates abroad or data packages, or disable roaming and use only wifi while in Kenya. Local SIM cards are also available if needed, but most hotels have wifi, including the Nairobi Club. We recommend using free wifi and WhatsApp.
    Poverty is a genuine issue in Kenya, and as a company, we work closely with charities and NGOs to raise awareness and provide education and empowerment to local communities. Your travel with Kogelo Tours already contributes to these efforts. While in Nairobi, you may be approached by people asking for money, including children. We advise not giving money and instead bringing small gifts such as pens and pencils.
    Kenya has over 60 languages spoken, with Swahili and English as the official languages are widely spoken. English proficiency may vary in more rural areas, but we always have someone on hand to translate from the local dialect or Swahili into English.
    Kenyans are known for their hospitable, warm and welcoming nature. In rural areas, people may seem more reserved, but they are happy to talk once they are introduced to you, especially about their culture and traditions.