This South African golf tour enables visitors to play the country's finest fairways but with more moderately priced accommodations.
After arriving at O R Tambo International Airport, guests are met by an African Sky guide for their fifteen day golf tour and head west toward the Sun City Resort, stopping en route at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Here guests will enjoy a game drive in a wilderness area that is home to the Big Five and a wealth of other species. Pilanesberg is located on the site of a long-extinct volcano, forming a unique geological terrain. Following your safari activity in Pilanesberg, the tour arrives at the Sun City Resort in the late afternoon and guests are assisted with check-in at their hotel.
The morning is devoted to playing the prestigious Gary Player Golf Course, designed by the professional golfer himself. The course is one of the most challenging in South Africa and requires a most engaging effort. Host to the annual Nedbank Sun City Golf Challenge, today it will be your turn to master this course. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Sun City truly has something for everyone. For the adventure-seeker, there is the Valley of the Waves, the leagues of lush man-made forests to hike, or perhaps a return to the nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve for another game drive. For the leisure-lover, unwinding poolside, indulging in a spa treatment or even watching a live performance can prove most relaxing.
After an early breakfast, guests tee off on the Lost City Golf Course with its peppering of desert-style rocks and 28 000 square meters of water hazards. The 13th hole boasts a water feature that is home to a handful of Nile crocodiles. Following your game, the tour returns to Gauteng and arrives at your accommodation in the capital city of Pretoria in the late afternoon.
Breakfast is followed by a short drive to the Silver Lakes Golf Course in the handsome estate of the same name. Penn links and bent grass dress the immaculately-kept greens, trimmed by the course’s signature ‘lakes’. Designed by Peter Matkovich, the parklands-style course is a firm favorite among local golfers. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Opt for an excursion to one of a handful of nearby shopping malls or relax at your accommodation after your exciting round of golf.
Following an early breakfast, the tour makes its way east through the coal-rich highveld before descending toward the Lowveld of Mpumalanga - home to the Kruger National Park. We arrive at Buhala Lodge around lunchtime. After some time for relaxation, we head into the Kruger National Park via the Crocodile Bridge Gate for your first safari in this world-renowned wilderness. The southern section of the park is rich with wildlife, and sightings of the Big Five are a regular occurrence. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
The morning is devoted to playing one of the most exclusive golf courses in South Africa - Leopard Creek. Developed by Gary Player and business tycoon Johann Rupert, Leopard Creek offers a round of golf in a most spectacular setting overlooking the Crocodile River. The only exception to its ‘members only’ policy is for guests enjoying accommodation at a handful of lodges in the surrounding area. After lunch, the tour heads back into the Kruger National Park for another game drive in search of the Big Five and the almost 150 species of other mammals that inhabit the area.
Enjoy a full day dedicated to game drives in the Kruger National Park. More than five hundred bird species have been recorded in the park, ensuring that keen birders are sure to be rewarded with myriad encounters. Large herbivores such as giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest and kudu are quite regularly spotted, as well as a large contingent of medium-sized antelope. The golf tour returns to Buhala in the late afternoon for a final night of dining on the edge of the bush.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in Nelspruit for a flight to Cape Town. Guests are met upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport from where the rest of the day is spent exploring one the world's most beautiful cities. Table Mountain, arguably the most famous natural landmark in Africa, is first on the agenda. One of the most impressive views on the continent can be enjoyed from the summit of Table Mountain, which is reached via an exhilarating cable car ride. We also visit the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to 4 000 of the 18 000 species of flora which are found in South Africa. These indigenous gardens create a most remarkable natural display. Enjoy the spoils of Kirstenbosch from atop the new Boomslang Canopy Walkway which, at certain points, elevates visitors 12 meters above the forest floor. Guests arrive at their overnight accommodation in the late afternoon.
Tee off after breakfast on Erinvale Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course designed by Gary Player. Erinvale hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1996 and has gradually gained a reputation as one of the Cape’s finest courses. Superb views of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains make the setting of the course a scenic delight. The first nine are situated in a valley and feature quite a few hazards, but are relatively easy when compared to the second nine, stretched mostly over mountainous terrain that can be quite challenging. After some time for lunch and relaxation, we visit the adjacent Vergelegen Wine Estate, where some of South Africa’s finest wines may be sampled before returning to the hotel during the late afternoon.
The Royal Cape Golf Club bears the distinction of hosting South Africa’s oldest golf course. A true championship course, it has played host to the South African Open no less than eleven times. It is essentially a parklands course with exceptional views of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. The well-maintained fairways are narrow and tree-lined. Several water features also contribute to the degree of difficulty and enjoyment of this course. We begin play on this marvelous course during mid-morning, after which the late afternoon is spent at leisure at your overnight accommodation.
The tour traces the coast from Gordon's Bay, traversing the towns of Rooi Els and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus. Several stops are made at striking vantage points from where the southern right whale may potentially be spotted. These whales frequent the waters of South Africa's coastline during the months between June and November. They travel approximately 2000km from the Southern Ocean to give birth in these waters. Spotting these graceful mammals regally splashing about is a most rewarding experience. Lunch is enjoyed in Hermanus with its sweeping views of Walker Bay, said to be the best place on the entire coast from which to enjoy land-based whale watching. After some time spent in Hermanus, the tour continues via Gansbaai and Bredasdorp to the quaint fishing village of Arniston. The village takes its name from a tragic shipwreck which occurred in these treacherous waters in 1815. Guests enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful little town.
We depart early for the scenically spectacular Garden Route. The tour makes its way north, passing the town of Mossel Bay where the Portuguese seafarer Bartholomew Diaz first set foot in 1488. It is regarded as the southern entry point to the Garden Route and is situated not far from the town of George, where we base ourselves at the King George Hotel. Before settling down in George, the tour visits the Diaz Museum complex, which houses a life-size replica of the Diaz Caravel, a Shell Museum and a 500-year-old post office tree.
A late breakfast is followed by tee off on the George Golf Course, a well-established course scenically enhanced by the grandeur of the Outeniqua Mountains and the lush vegetation which characterizes the Garden Route. The setting and challenge which this course presents are sure to make the day an unforgettable one. The afternoon is spent at leisure.
After breakfast, guests head to Pezula and devote the morning to playing this handsome coastal course. Pezula is situated high above the Indian Ocean on one of Knysna’s famous Heads. A relatively new course, utmost care has been taken in the design to ensure a great golfing experience on a site which could not be more breathtaking. The round of golf is followed by some time for lunch after which the tour crosses the Knysna Lagoon by ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve . This unique 150 ha private reserve encompasses the entire Western Head of Knysna, with spectacular views across the lagoon and the ocean. The reserve is home to two of the Garden Route's icons, namely the Knysna seahorse and the blue duiker. We return to George in the late afternoon.
The morning is spent at leisure after which guests are transferred to George Airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Guests are met at O R Tambo International Airport and are transferred to any location of their choice in the city or are assisted in transferring to an international flight back to their country of origin after a memorable 15 Day South African Golf Tour.
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