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Tanzania viewing GAME


The golf may be incidental to the Big Five and blue seas, but a few courses are worth a shot, says Richard Holmes


THE VIBE Like much of East Africa, Tanzania is what


you make of it. There are luxury lodges to live out far-fetched fantasies; some of the best game viewing in the world in the Serengeti, and private tropical islands offshore for a post-safari escape where you can kick your shoes off and even swim with dolphins. Whether you wander through the atmospheric alleys of Stone Town in Zanzibar or the vibrant streets of the capital, Dar es Salaam, there is plenty of opportunity to mix with locals.


THE CROWD Tanzania isn’t one of Africa’s cheapest


corners, so the region atracts a mix of Europeans and Americans — mostly with time on their hands and deep pockets to delve in. Mid-market travel is possible but takes a bit of planning to separate the memorable wheat from the tourist chaff.


THE HOTELS How many zeroes can you handle? The likes


of Mnemba and Thanda offer world-class


private island experiences, while Singita sets the bar high at its luxury Grumeti safari camps. Local hotels may not be quite as slick, but service is warm and welcoming.


THE GOLF The top course lies in the shadow of Mount


Kilimanjaro, near Arusha. The Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate hosted the 2016 Tanzania Open and is a demanding track with dramatic views from many of its 18 holes. Laid out by David Jones, it’s kept in excellent condition with greens built to USGA specifications. A new clubhouse and pro-shop opened in late 2016. Tanzania’s only other championship layouts are in Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Golf Course dates back to 1926 and is set close to the city, offering a challenging par-72 layout stretching to 7,530-metres. Lugalo Golf Club offers a more relaxed round, with a par-71 layout rounded off with nine holes by golf architect Howard Swan. A handful of nine-hole courses are scatered across the country, including the tourist-friendly island of Zanzibar.


ESSENTIALS The Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate


WHEN TO GO: The dry season stretches from June to October. GREEN FEES: £23-£75. FLIGHT TIME: 12h (no direct flights). VISA REQUIREMENTS: UK citizens require a visa to enter Tanzania. £40/£70 for single/ double entry. Single- entry visas on arrival. HEALTH: Malaria is prevalent through much of Tanzania, particularly the coastal regions. Visitors arriving from areas affected by yellow fever require an international certificate of vaccination. GETTING AROUND: Visitors should arrange scheduled transfers through a hotel or reputable local tour operator. Self-drive is not recommended due to the poor quality of the roads. CONTACT: tanzaniatouristboard. com; tgu.or.tz


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IMAGE: THE KILIMANJARO GOLF & WILDLIFE ESTATE / 2016 ANDREW MARINKOVICH


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