Kakira Nile Polo Club
Polo is a relatively young sport in Uganda. Introduced to the country in 2007, the sport has been very well received, sparking enthusiasm and a drive to continue efforts to promote it. Polo is currently only played at the Kakira Nile Polo Club, about 80km east of Kampala. The club was set up by two brothers, Maanan and Hrishi Madhvani, who drew from the enthusiasm their father Nitin had when they grew up in Nairobi watching him play polo.
Both Maanan and Hrishi decided to buy some more horses and school them for polo, while setting up a half-size polo ground. This slowly grew as time went on over the last three years. Now the club has over 20 horses and has a beautiful 3/4 size boarded pitch. There are over 15 regular club members, and tournaments are also held during the year with Kenyan players regularly coming to play.
The club boasts a new club house, changing room with hot showers, a few wooden horses for swing analysis, as well as a riding arena for schooling and exercising. As the club is situated within Kakira Sugar Works, a sugarcane plantation, regular out-rides through the sugar cane are also available on request.
The Kakira Nile Polo Club is governed by the Uganda Polo Association (UPA). For more information on the UPA and polo events in Uganda, please visit http://www.polo.ug
How To Get There
80km East of Kampala, the Kakira Nile Polo Club can be reached easily by car from the capital city of Kampala -we can arrange airport pick-ups or transport for you. Please specify this in the contact us form. Alternatively, you can travel:By Road
- Head towards Jinja on the main road out of Kampala.
- After you cross the dam, take the second exit at the roundabout (there should be an Igar and a Total petrol station on the right just before the roundabout). The road should then immediately turn into a dual carriageway.
- Continue straight on the dual carriageway until you reach a second roundabout with a clock tower in the middle. At this roundabout take the second exit and continue along the dual cariageway.
- You should reach a third roundabout with a giant bag of Kakira Sugar on it. At this roundabout take the third exit and continue down the dual carriageway.
- Continue going straight along the dual carriageway for about 8km in the direction of the Kenya border.
- When the dual carriageway turns into a single-lane road turn left into Kakira. Carry on up the main tree-lined avenue. You should reach a security gate. Please sign in and request for the polo club.
- Other easy option to reach Kakira, near Jinja is to fly. Choose whether to fly from Entebbe of Kajjansi.
- It takes 20 mins by air from Kajjansi (an airstrip near Kampala), or Entebbe. Please specify that you require flights in the Contact Us form for us to send you more information.
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