There we were, sitting on a balcony with beers in hand, enjoying each other’s company and watching a sport that we hardly knew, but really enjoyed watching. Inside, a big rugby match was on TV and dozens of people were gathered around to cheer on their favorite team. The sun was just beginning to set behind Mount Meru, turning the sky into a brilliant orange color that looked like it was right out of a postcard. It was an amazing night.
We were privileged to be able to travel to Tanzania last year and see some pretty amazing things. We have already written about many of our experiences in Africa, and we will be writing about many more in the coming weeks and months. In fact, we hope to have a travel guide for Tanzania put together sometime this summer. One of the most unique and memorable things we were able to do while in Tanzania is spend some time at the Nduruma Polo and Country Club.
Located just outside of the city of Arusha, the Nduruma Polo and Country Club is a social meeting spot for the community of Usa River, Tanzania. It is a place where you can go to meet up with friends, have a beer, and watch some fantastic polo being played. It’s a place where, even as strangers, we were made to feel very welcomed.
The polo ground is stunningly beautiful. Built in the shadow of Mount Meru, which at 15,900 feet is a stunning mountain to have as a backdrop, it frequently hosts matches between neighboring communities in Kenya. Every October, the polo club is the home of a hotly contested international tournament. I hear it is a pretty big deal.
The Country Club is a gorgeous, old building that gives you a welcoming feeling as soon as you walk in the door. Comfortable couches, a television, full service bar, and a delightful decor make it a great meeting spot for the community. In addition to polo matches, the club also offers a pool for swimming, tennis courts, a driving range, and a gym.
It is not uncommon to see antelope, Grant’s Gazelle, and other animals wonder across the polo grounds, which is a great reminder of just how fantastic a location the polo and country club enjoys. It really is an absolutely remarkable place. The setting, the sport, and the absolutely wonderful hospitality made our visit to the Nduruma Polo and Country Club an amazing experience that we will always remember.
Our Visit to the Nduruma Polo and Country Club
If you would like a better sense of what it is like to visit the Nduruma Polo and Country Club, we have put together a short video of our visit. You can see just how warm and welcoming the atmosphere is, and just how exciting the polo matches are.
Below are some of the pictures we were able to take during our visit to the Nduruma Polo and Country Club. It is such a beautiful place that great pictures practically take themselves.