Athletics Training Centres

Athletics is the main sport in this region as it has propelled many to stardom and economic independence. The reservoir of athletics talent is huge and you will never fail to see athletes training along the roads, urban and rural, especially early in the morning.
With prior arrangement, one can visit the International Olympic Committee / IAAF High Altitude Training Camp and meet, and possibly join, both local and international athletes training in the camp. Accommodation may be available on advance request; contact the camp administrator.

From Monday to Saturday, one can visit the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret or the Chepkoilel Campus (Moi University) training ground and watch Kenya's mid- and long-distance athletes do speed training from 8.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
There are many small athletics training camps in the region that have produced, and continue to produce, world-beating champions in track, road races, marathon and cross country.

Golf Clubs

Golf clubs in the region are purely members’ clubs and, generally, admit non-members only when introduced and signed-in by a member or when an individual is from a reciprocating club. However, in some cases, temporary membership or day membership can be obtained. Within the Nandi and Uasin Gishu region, there are two golf clubs: Nandi Bears Club in Nandi Hills and Eldoret Club (both with 9-hole courses).

Opened in 1928, the Nandi Bears Club gained its name from a legend from the Nandi community of a fierce animal called Kerit, an animal resembling a bear and believed to target the heads of its victims. It is further believed that the Nandi spiritual leader, Koitalel Arap Samoei, was murdered next to the club.Set high up on hills, the club offers beautiful vistas of the Nyando Plains to the south and the Tinderet Hills to the east and endless, rolling fields of tea. Due to the golf course's thick fairways and hilly terrain, it definitely turns out to be very challenging to play on.

Eldoret Club, started in 1924, is located in a serene and tranquil part of Eldoret town. The golf course measures 6649 yards. Other facilities the club provides for members include accommodation, swimming, squash, tennis, badminton, and snooker. The club aims to promote social interaction between people of different backgrounds and gradually, over time, expand the facilities its members can enjoy.

Canoeing at Lessos Dam

Created in the 1930s as a result of the cooperative efforts of five farmers who agreed to “sacrifice” part of their land, this dam is very significant in size and appears as a patch of blue on maps of even moderately-small scale. Access is from Cheptiret (approx 9 km), on the main Eldoret – Nakuru highway, or from Lessos (approx 12 km).

Coming from the Cheptiret side, pass the turn-off to Moi University on the right and, after a further 1½ km, take the dirt road on the left which leads down to the water.

Boating activities are centered on the north side of the dam where, in better boating days, the Lessos Sailing Club was located. Sad to say, sailing is no longer happening. Its re-introduction should be a challenge to the staff and students of Moi University who are members of the very active boating club. The club has rowing and sculling events at the dam on most weekends.
There are also local boatmen who have formed themselves into an association. They fish, for tilapia mostly, and will take visitors out for a boat ride for a moderate fee.

Serious boaters will be disappointed at the facilities available and would be advised to bring everything needed for a day out (including the boat).
Less serious afficianados, weather being agreeable, could hire a boat and spend a relaxing few hours out on the water catching their dinner ----this bounty to be cooked over an open fire and consumed (with drinks and assorted delicacies brought for the occasion) before heading back home.