Fifth Chukker With The Girls
Founded in 2001, Fifth Chukker in Kaduna State is a 3,000 hectare Polo & Lifestyle Resort ‘representing the new in the old world of Nigerian Polo’.
It is synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle and Michelle recently went there. You can tell from her interview that she had fun there despite not doing a lot and this says quite a bit about Fifth Chukker. We hope you enjoy the post and catch a bit of her happy vibe from the trip.
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Michelle is a lawyer who works in the insurance industry and LOVES adventure; not necessarily travel but would seek adventure in any fun place or activity.
Give us a brief description of where you went and what the trip was about.
Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club is set within Kangimi Resorts, on the Kaduna to Jos Road, Kaduna State, It is acclaimed to be one of the biggest Resorts in West Africa, which offers a range of activities. These activities include the Polo Club, stables, basket ball court, tennis pitch, a pool side which is set around the club house and around some of the huts… etc. It is a life style resort which gratifies your typical cosmopolitan traveller as well as your classic polo enthusiast.
The trip was essentially for some fun and relaxation. It wasn’t like we had been planning it. Some of us had decided to go a week or two before the time, while some joined in one/two to three days till we departed. I guess there was a need to unwind, ease up, enjoy the serenity and (for some of us), acquaint ourselves with the stories we had heard or photographs we had seen. I think I’d be speaking our minds if I said we primarily wanted to luxuriate and laze around for just a bit. We deserved it! So we tagged it “Girls Trip“.
Was accommodation required for this trip? If yes where did you stay and what was it like?
Oh absolutely. We had called in to make inquiries. We were disposed to three likely alternatives, the single room huts (for two), the double room villa (for four-five people) and the three bed villa (for 7 – 8 people). We eventually settled for the three bed villa as we were supposed to be eight. It was heavenly! Highly spacious, remarkably clean and lived up to it’s name – Luxurious! We had a living room and a kitchen. All rooms were en suite, each had a comfortable couch and a center table (like a mini living room) to go with it. Extremely palatial! We were ecstatic!
Source – Fifth Chukker
Source – Fifth Chukker
What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Most surprising, Lol! That’s flinty, like, really tough… Well, for me, It was a rude awakening to the wonders of the North. I mean, from the space to the structure. As a matter of fact, the entire resort is quite a beauty to behold and is hands down one of the best I have ever seen. I haven’t been round the North much asides from my visit to Kajuru Castle years back, which is thanks to you folks at Unravelling Nigeria and Naija Nomads. That was one of my most memorable trips yet. My friends on this trip spoke highly of the North especially Taraba State, I was beyond impressed.
What was your best moment of the entire trip?
My best moment(s) had to be my time with the girls! Haha, they were such a delight! We kind of bonded so quickly, though most of us had already been previously acquainted. I mean I had never met Aisha or Sefina, they were so amiable.
Oh, Sefina! She would ask what each person wanted in the morning – hot chocolate, tea or coffee and make it with glee, provided us with other needs too (inside joke) lol.
There was lovely Dami, before you say Jack, she has gone to shower. I learned something there, lol!
Queenie was our constant entertainer, Omg! I laughed till I cried tears of joy.
Uju brought us food for days from mama’s kitchen and I fell in love with Aisha, instantly. She missed the train but made the trip by driving down to KD (Kaduna). I mean what else do you call an adventure? That “Ain’t nothing gon’ stop me from making this trip” behavior!
Chinenye has always been one of my favorite travel buddies and I’m glad we made it to this trip. I’d go on a trip over and over again with these ones. We played games, laughed hard, ate and drank together, gisted about literally everything and took tons of pictures.
Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track ie beyond the tourist traps?
I’m not understanding? Lmao. Okay, maybe not so much, I mean, I’d like to think not.
What are two interesting things about where you went that the average person doesn’t know?
Well, the Polo tournaments are usually quite big and interesting and from what we gathered, there was one coming up two weeks from when we were there. They give great discounts on accommodation and feeding around that time also. It’s not one to miss.
Secondly and most importantly, it’s one of the biggest Resorts in West Africa. Much bigger (in size) than Ikoyi Club and the Polo Club in Abuja, surprisingly. This was especially enlightening for me.