Kenya Cricket Tours
Kenya offers up sporting prowess, culture and incredible scenery in abundance.
As a destination for a sports tour it is like no other. You will meet home teams who are fiercely competitive, passionate and welcoming, and discover a spirit that is infectious – get set for life-changing experiences and memories.
The men’s national team currently plays cricket in the ICC World Cricket League in division two, which includes the Netherlands and their African counterparts Namibia and Uganda. The women’s national team are currently participating in the 2016 ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 for a chance to qualify for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the team recently won their first international cup, beating host nation the UAE to lift the UAE International Women’s Twenty20 Cup.
Highlights of a cricket tour to Kenya …
- The opportunity to play cricket in a unique environment
- Exposure to a different style of cricket
- Passionate, friendly yet highly competitive opposition
- Fantastic weather year-round making it ideal for winter tours
And as a destination, it offers …
- A truly wonderful culture
- Chance to learn about Kenya’s unique way of life
- An unrivalled range of non-sport activities, including a visit to the world famous Masai Masa national reserve
- Some of the most stunning scenery and rare and striking wildlife in the world
All Sporta tours are tailored to meet the requirements of each school and club, but to give you an idea of how a cricket tour to Kenya could look here’s a sample itinerary…
Day 1 – Arrive in the morning after an overnight flight and check in to Nairobi Club for the next three nights. Nairobi Club is a centrally located facility with all your accommodation, cricket and downtime needs on-site. After check in, have lunch before an afternoon training session. Enjoy a welcome BBQ in front of the pavilion in the evening.
Day 2 – Enjoy not having to travel today by playing Match 1 v Kenya Kongonis on the Nairobi Club pitch (40 overs).
Day 3 – Depart the club for Match 2 v Gymkhana XI at Nairobi Gymkhana’s International Ground (40 overs).
Day 4 – After an early breakfast check out and depart for a walk up to the rim of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot. The drive will take you out of Nairobi and on to the edge of the Great Rift Valley. As the road climbs to over 8,000ft above sea level, you will take in the breathtaking views of the valley itself and Mount Longonot. Longonot, situated in the base of the Rift Valley, is a perfectly formed volcano and stands over 9000ft above sea level. After the walk, proceed on to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for an afternoon game drive before checking in at either Lake Nakuru Lodge or Lion Hill Lodge for the night. Lake Nakuru plays host to one of the natural wonders of the world as approximately one million flamingo live on the lake for most of the year. This is one of the best parks in Kenya to find the elusive leopard and is also home to lion, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo and a host of other animals. It also famed for its prolific bird life.
Day 5 – Rise before dawn to witness the sunrise over the Rift Valley escarpment and enjoy a pre-breakfast game drive. After an 11am check out, you will proceed on a short journey to Elsemere Conservation Centre on the edge of Lake Naivasha for lunch. A late afternoon departure from Naivahsa will get you back to Nairobi Club for a further one night stay.
Day 6 – Check out and depart the Club for Match 3 v an NPCA side at Nairobi Jafferies Sports Club (40 overs). After the match, depart for the train station to catch the 19.00 sleeper to Mombasa.
Day 7 – The train will arrive in Mombasa mid-morning. Transfer to your luxury beachfront hotel [Baobab Lodge/Yoyager Beach Resort] which lies on the white sand, palm tree-fringed Indian Ocean. This will be your base for the next three nights. The rest of the day is free to relax on the beach. Full day free on the beach. SAT 10.00 MATCH 4 will be against a CCA at Coast Gymkhana.
Day 8 – Enjoy a full day off relaxing.
Day 9 – Depart the hotel for Match 4 v CCA at Coast Gymkhana.
Day 10 – Depart for Match 5 which will take place at the Mombasa Sports Club. This is Kenya’s oldest cricket ground and arguably the most attractive. It has an excellent grass wicket and has been used for several one day international games.
Day 11 – Check out and catch an early internal flight back to Nairobi, following which you have a free day to relax. Optional excursions in Nairobi include a number of excellent golf courses or visits to Daphne Sheldrake’s Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Manor, Karen Blixen’s Museum and various shopping centres.
Day 12 – Check out and depart for the Fig Tree Camp in the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch. You will be based here, on the banks of the Talek River, for the next two nights. Each tent can accommodate up to three people on full size single beds, has a fully fitted and tiled bathroom with shower/WC, hot and cold running water and electricity. The veranda of each tent overlooks the river and if you are lucky, hippo, elephant, zebra, and more, can be seen on the opposite bank. After lunch on arrival day your first game drive will begin at around 16.00. The Masai Mara is one of the world’s most famous game reserves and you will have the chance to see lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, hyena, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and a host of other plains game and birds in the natural splendour of the Mara’s savannah.
Day 13 – Another early start today but it will be worthwhile to watch the sun rise above the African plains! Enjoy breakfast and relax by the swimming pool. If you’re feeling really adventurous, today is an opportunity to enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the plains!
Day 14 – Depart on you final pre-breakfast game drive before returning to Nairobi. A snack lunch en route will be taken in Narok. Dinner tonight will be served at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant (vegetarian options also available!!).
Day 15 – Today is the final day of your tour. Play Match 6 at Nairobi Club v D.L. WATERS XI (40 overs). A farewell dinner at Nairobi Club and a prize giving ceremony will be the final event of your tour, before departing for the airport and your late night flight home.