Kilimanjaro Golf Club - Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate,
P.O.Box 21,
Usa River,

  • +255 (0) 682 005 128

  • Rory Elliot

  • David Jones

  • Rory Elliot

The course at Kilimanjaro Golf Club is a 2013 David Jones design that is the centrepiece of the stunning 1,000-acre Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate (known locally as Kiligolf) in northern Tanzania. All 18 holes opened on the 1st of July 2015 and Northern Irishman David Jones (Kenya Open champion in 1989) believes it’s already an inspiration:

“I am familiar with many great settings where golf courses are situated, but I can truthfully say I have rarely seen anything so magnificent as this. Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the Eastern view and Mount Meru the West. As if these great mountains weren’t enough this wonderful piece of Africa has rivers, wildlife and one of the most tranquil feelings of anywhere I’ve ever worked. It is already attracting investors from around the world who see the emergence of somewhere really special to live and play.”

Set at nearly 1,400 metres above sea level, Kiligolf is Tanzania’s first golf and wildlife resort where the views are undoubtedly jaw dropping. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain (16,000 feet) and this dormant volcanic spectacle, with the Maasai Steppe in the foreground, cannot fail to inspire visitors.

The golf course itself is impressive too, with four sets of tees that stretch the layout from a modest 5,400 metres to a testing 6,500 metres from the tips. The Kilimanjaro Golf Club is set to become an international tournament venue of some repute.

“The first nine tees off just beside the clubhouse with the very first green bordering a lake surrounded by acacias," David commented. “The second hole runs the length of one of the largest lakes on the property of which the various levels are separated by small waterfalls and cascades. The course then loops around the highest part of the site before returning to the club at the ninth, a beautiful and demanding par five, played along the stream on the left with an option to lay up for two or go for the green across the lake.

The second nine runs round the lower part of the estate, with some dramatic natural water features along the furrow, expanding into long and strategically placed lakes at the 11th, 12th and 13th. The final hole, a real risk-versus-reward par three, requires a bold approach to a wonderful island green.”

Golfers are already describing the course at the Kilimanjaro Golf Club as challenging, engaging and fun. What more could any intrepid golfer require?
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Description: The course at Kilimanjaro Golf Club is a 2013 David Jones design that is the centrepiece of the stunning 1,000-acre Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate (known locally as Kiligolf). Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Colin Braithwaite

Kiligolf has a unique location between Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Surprisingly, the course is pretty flat. The first hole is a welcoming short par four with the last 100 yards sliding right. Thus, favor left of center off the tee to ensure that you are not blocked out. The 2nd is a long straight away par four. You can see the fairway bunkers on the left side but you cannot see the water hazard right off the tee. The first par three is mid-length with the green sitting behind a water hazard. The 4th is an unimaginative par four, fairway bunkers right and left and two greenside, also right and left. The first par five leans a bit to the left. Off the tee there are three fairway bunkers right and left in the landing zone. On your second shot favor the left side, a tree creeps into the fairway about 150 yards out. The 6th fades to the right, thus an ideal tee shot is a fade. The three fairway bunkers left are in play off the tee. Trees do compress the fairway on the approach. It is the number one handicap hole and deservedly so. The 7th is the longest par three at 210 yards. The 8th is a long par four. The front ends with a par five. Favor left of center off the tee and play it as a three shotter as there is a water hazard in front of the green starting about 125 yards out.

The back starts with a par four that leans a wee bit right. Ideal line off the tee is just inside the left fairway bunker. The 11th is an S par five and is the longest hole on the course. Off the tee aim at the right fairway bunker. On your second shot aim just inside the right fairway bunker. This should set up an attack wedge to the green. The 12th is not long but tight, water and trees right and trees left. Favor left of center. The 13th is the shortest par four on the back. The fairway broadens as you approach the green, however, there is a water hazard right and front. The 14th is the shortest par five and is definitely reachable. My favorite hole because it was the only one I birdied. The 15th is the shortest par three and is also a good birdie oppty. The 16th is the longest par four. Just getting home in two means you have hit two quality golf shots. The 17th is a good golf hole. Aim just inside the right fairway bunkers off the tee. A decent drive will leave you with an attack iron approach over a water hazard. The 18th is a mid-length par three to an island green.

A pleasant surprise but conditions were a bit suspect

February 03, 2022
4 / 10
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