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AFRICA


This vast continent has always been a wonderful winter polo destination and continues to grow. From Morocco to South Africa chukkas are played, probably on a daily basis. Polo visitors can also combine some good sport with a safari or relaxation under a hot African sky. Although there may not be time for such excursions as this renewed interest in the game has seen a huge upsurge in the depth of quality of ponies, fields and local players.


KURLAND ESTATE, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA When South Africa played England for the Coronation Cup in 2013 their young team – thought to be the youngest ever – impressed everyone. It’s easy to see why if you take a visit the Kurland Estate just outside Plettenberg Bay. The Kurland Estate offers four full sized fields and hosts tournaments from December through to April. These are managed by Clive Peddle


who is also CEO of the South Africa Polo Association. It’s not just about polo here though. The Estate boasts a five-star boutique hotel and spa and guests are invited to explore the estate’s extensive network of roads and tracks on quad bike, on foot or on horseback. www.kurland.co.za.


FIFTH CHUKKER, KADUNA CITY, NIGERIA This may be one of the more modern clubs on this list – it was founded in 2001 – but this Nigerian polo and country club already offers great sport in a family- orientated atmosphere. With the season running from late October to late June there is plenty of warm winter sport for Guards members. Earlier this year the team from Fifth Chukker, in association with Access Bank, gave us a little flavour of polo Nigerian style when they hosted a day at Smith’s Lawn. www.fifthchukker.com


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