A world-class golfing expedition that couples green grandeur with some of the country's top accommodations and destinations.
Guests arrive at Cape Town International Airport and are collected by their African Sky guide for the 15 Day South African Golfing Splendor Tour. First stop - Table Mountain. The rotating cable car to the top offers 360 degree views of the mountain’s sheer sandstone rock face, Cape Town’s city bowl and the never-ending stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Feet back on the ground, we head to the Castle of Good Hope, established as a replenishing station by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. The castle is home to a museum offering historical insight into the life and times of South Africa’s first European settlers. Guests are dropped off at their overnight accommodation in the late afternoon after an exciting first day in the Mother City.
Today your South African golf tour heads to the oldest course in the country, the Royal Cape Golf Club. Lieutenant-General Sir Henry D’Oyley established the original nine holes on the back slopes of Table Mountain with a few rolls of Waterloo green. Today the course boasts magnificently tall trees and has played host to numerous golf championships and tournaments. The afternoon returns guests to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can explore at your leisure. Highlights of the area include sundowner cruises from Table Bay, the Two Oceans Aquarium and a wide selection of fine restaurants to choose from.
The golf tour travels to Somerset West today for a round at Erinvale Golf Course. Nestled at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains, the prestigious Erinvale has played host to the President’s Cup and the South African Open in years past. Unlike many of the other golf courses in the Cape Town area, this Gary Player-designed parklands course is blissfully South-Easter wind-free. Following a satisfying round at Erinvale, the tour makes it way to Vergelegen Wine Estate next door for an equally satisfying round of wine tasting. Vergelegen’s more than 300 years of existence has seen the farm perfect the art of wine making. The tour returns to the waterfront in the late afternoon.
Following an early breakfast, your South African golf tour heads south toward the picturesque coastal Overberg region. Arabella Golf Course is located a few minutes outside the town of Kleinmond in a spectacular wilderness area that includes the wetlands-like Bot River Lagoon. Wild fynbos form the fringes of this links-style course, which boasts numerous accolades and celebrity visitors. Lunch is enjoyed in the seaside town of Hermanus, which is known as the best location to enjoy land-based whale watching from June to November.
The morning is devoted to playing the beautiful coastal Atlantic Beach Golf Course with its picture-perfect view of Table Mountain. The links course is plagued by regular bouts of wind from the notorious South-Easter, but golfers who prove up for the challenge will find the course most rewarding. Following your round at Atlantic Beach, the tour heads into the Cape winelands region and your overnight accommodation at the highly regarded Lanzerac Estate just outside of Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. This historic winelands settlement is the focus of the day’s itinerary. Known as ‘the City of Oaks’ for its handsome oak tree-lined lanes, Stellenbosch is also home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country. After admiring Stellenbosch’s striking Cape Dutch architecture and street-side cafes, the tour heads on to the Stellenbosch wine route for tastings on a hand-picked medley of wine farms. Guests return to Lanzerac in the late afternoon after a comprehensive winelands experience.
Today guests enjoy a final sojourn in the Cape winelands. We visit one or two wine farms in the Paarl area before heading to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Guests are met at O R Tambo International Airport and transferred to their overnight accommodation at the Lombardy Boutique Hotel in Pretoria East. Tonight, guests are invited to enjoy a traditional South African BBQ with their African Sky hosts.
Following a hearty breakfast, a short drive brings guests to the Silver Lakes Golf Course on the outskirts of Pretoria’s eastern suburbs. The course is surrounded by a beautiful splash of ‘lakes’ for which the estate is named. The par three 9th hole is a particular gem, situated on a spectacular island green. The afternoon leads the golf tour east of Pretoria to the town of Cullinan, where the world's largest diamond was discovered in 1905. This great diamond weighed in at an incredible 3 106 carats in the rough. It was transformed by the Asscher Brothers in Amsterdam to the magnificent stones which grace the British Crown Jewels today. A tour of the mine provides visitors with insight regarding the process of how these precious stones are formed under great pressure and heat. The visit to Cullinan Diamond Mine is followed by a transfer back to your overnight accommodation.
After breakfast the tour heads west towards the Sun City Resort. The day begins with a game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, home to Africa’s remarkable Big Five - the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino. The 55 000-hectare wilderness park is located in a malaria-free zone in the North West province. Upon conclusion of your safari experience, the tour arrives at Sun City, where the afternoon may be spent exploring the many restaurants, casinos, or just relaxing in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palace Hotel.
A round on the Gary Player Golf Course may prove the highlight of your golf tour in South Africa. This prestigious course has been home to the yearly Nedbank Sun City Golf Challenge since 1981. The course runs over 7000 meters from the championship tees, and enjoys magnificent views of the Pilanesberg Mountains. The afternoon is enjoyed at leisure, with a wide variety of entertainment options to keep guests busy. Hike through the resort’s leagues of man-made forests, enjoy the waterpark spoils of the Valley of the Waves or head to the casino and try your hand at a game of poker.
The Lost City Golf Course may not be as well-known as the Gary Player Golf Course, but it certainly provides its own intrigues - a water hazard hosting a few dozen crocodiles, for one! The desert-style course enjoys striking views of the Palace of the Lost City and the surrounding bushveld-strewn mountains. Enjoy your leisure time exploring the resort throughout the remainder of the afternoon.
The golf tour departs Sun City and returns to O R Tambo International in Johannesburg for a charter flight to Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve - just in time for a first afternoon game drive in the pristine wilderness of the Greater Kruger National Park. Dulini is one of the most exclusive lodges in the area, offering only six ultra-luxurious suites with private plunge pools overlooking an unfenced wilderness area. Whilst on safari, you may be fortunate enough to encounter the Big Five and enjoy a sundowner in this breathtaking natural setting.
This day of your golf tour begins in the early morning hours when guests will embark on a game drive in the Sabi Sand. This is a truly spectacular time to enjoy a safari, with bird song and sunlight bursting through the bush, coaxing wildlife out into the open. Sabi Sand shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, ensuring a free-flow of wildlife between the acclaimed national park and the luxurious lodges of the reserve. A second safari is enjoyed in the late afternoon, with the sunset and early evening stars creating a similarly impressive backdrop to your game drive.
Today guests are transferred to their accommodation at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the southern Kruger National Park before departing for Leopard Creek Golf Course on the border of the park. Leopard Creek counts among the most elite and exclusive golf courses in South Africa, allowing only members and the guests of a handful of lodges to enjoy its parklands spoils. Leopard Creek forms part of Gary Player’s accomplished golf course portfolio. The rest of the afternoon is devoted to a game drive in the Kruger National Park in the company of an experienced ranger and tracker.
Following a final game drive in the world-renowned wilderness of Kruger, guests enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before being transferred to the airport for a flight to O R Tambo International where the 15 Day South African Golfing Splendor tour comes to an end.
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