A three week extravaganza of South Africa's most glamorous greens, finest fairways and most desired destinations.
Following your arrival at Cape Town International, the 21 Day Grand Golf Tour makes its first stop at the base of Table Mountain for a swift cable car ride to the top. Enjoy grand views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town - your host city for the first leg of your South African golf tour. Enjoy the opportunity to admire the natural beauty of the indigenous fynbos and little rock-climbing ‘dassies’. Your next stop is at the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building still standing in South Africa. The castle hosts an informative museum and offers exhilarating canon demonstrations. The day ends at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – the location of your luxurious overnight accommodation at the Cape Grace, as well as a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.
The Royal Cape Golf Club has hosted avid amateur and professional golfers on its greens for more than a hundred years, and today you will enjoy the same privilege. The course boasts spectacular mountain scenery, beautifully manicured gardens and the status of the first golf course in South Africa. Its location at the foot of Table Mountain makes for a most captivating round of golf, regularly challenged by the infamous South-Easter wind. An open afternoon offers guests the opportunity to explore the waterfront at their leisure. With its great selection of shops and attractions such as the Two Oceans Aquarium and sundowner cruises, visitors are typically spoilt for choice.
Today your South African golf tour heads toward the winelands for a visit to the Erinvale Golf Course in Somerset West. Free from the bothersome ‘Cape Doctor’ (as the South-Easter has been nicknamed), the course is undeniably handsome, framed by the Helderberg Mountains on one end and leagues of wine farms stretching toward Stellenbosch on the other. The remainder of the day is spent indulging in the spoils of the Vergelegen Wine Estate a few minutes down the road from Erinvale. Visitors will enjoy a wine tasting and an insightful cellar tour before returning to their accommodation at the waterfront.
The tour embarks shortly after breakfast in the direction of Arabella Golf Course near Kleinmond. Tracing the coast of the Cape, guests may delight in sightings of southern right whales if visiting between June and November. During this time, large pods travel north from the Southern Ocean to give birth in the waters of Walker Bay. We arrive at Arabella in the late morning, where your round of golf begins. Overlooking the Bot River Lagoon and the magnificent Kogelberg Mountains, Arabella is distinguished by its beautiful surroundings. En route back to Cape Town, the golf tour makes a brief visit to the idyllic seaside town of Hermanus for lunch.
Atlantic Beach Golf Course serves as the focus of this day of your golfing tour. Located near the West Coast seaside suburb of Melkbos, Atlantic Beach boasts some of the most breathtaking views of Table Mountain from any golf course in the vicinity of Cape Town. Rather open to the elements, remember to prepare for the challenge of the ever-present South-Easter wind, which can typically be managed with low running shots. Following your round at Atlantic Beach, the tour heads toward the historic Cape winelands town of Stellenbosch. Your overnight accommodation is on a 300-year-old working wine farm just on the edge of town.
Today you will take a brief break from your golf tour to explore one of the most charming towns in all of South Africa – Stellenbosch. Wandering along the handsome oak-lined streets, neat little water furrows, carefully preserved Cape Dutch architecture and quaint sidewalk cafes makes for a truly memorable morning. The afternoon is dedicated to enjoying the delectable drink for which the Cape winelands are known. Guests will visit two or more of the wine farms on the Stellenbosch wine route, indulge in tasting fine bouquets and learning more about the wine-making process. The tour returns to Lanzerac in the late afternoon.
Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the winelands for the magical green allure of the Garden Route. The scenic drive traverses the inland Overberg, passing through picturesque farmland and delightful countryside towns like Swellendam. The tour reaches the coastal city of Mossel Bay around lunchtime, after which guests will have the opportunity to visit the Diaz Museum, home to a life-size replica of the Diaz Caravel and a 500-year-old post office tree. The museum is named after Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz, who became the first European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa in 1488. The tour arrives at the esteemed Fancourt Golf Estate in the late afternoon.
Tee off on the prestigious Fancourt Links Golf Course this morning. Surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural verdure of the Garden Route, it certainly is one of the most beautiful courses in South Africa. Designed by South African golf legend Gary Player, playing a round on the Fancourt Links will undoubtedly prove a highlight of your golf tour. The afternoon is spent at leisure.
Today the tour travels further down the coast for a visit to Pezula Golf Course, with its breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean. Perched on the Garden Route’s cliff-capped coastline, the links-style Pezula’s awe-inspiring position has been compared to California’s Pebble Beach and Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands. Following your round at Pezula, the tour heads to the Knysna Lagoon where guests will board a ferry to the Featherbed Reserve on Knysna’s Western Head. This pristine slice of nature hosts blue duiker in its handsome indigenous forests and the endangered Knysna seahorse in its azure coastal waters. Enjoy lunch under a copse of ancient Milkwood trees before returning to your accommodation at Fancourt.
The parklands-style Fancourt Outeniqua is named for the majestic mountain range that trundles through the Garden Route. The name ‘Outeniqua’ is a Khoisan word that translates loosely to ‘they who bear honey’, coining the natural splendor of the region. Fancourt Outeniqua also boasts the designer stamp of Gary Player, ensuring an unforgettable round of golf. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps opting for a pampering signature treatment at the Fancourt Spa.
Today the golf tour heads to Oubaai. With this spectacular links-style course rolling across the cliffs and its gorgeous views the Gwaing River mouth and the Indian Ocean melting away into the horizon, it’s hard to imagine a more breathtaking site to enjoy a round of golf. Oubaai was designed by South African golf champion Ernie Els, combining a rewarding course with a striking environment. The afternoon sees guests returning to Fancourt to spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to George Airport for a flight to O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Guests will be met by an African Sky guide and transferred to their luxurious accommodations on a Tuscan-style estate in Pretoria East. After some time for relaxation, guests are invited to enjoy a traditional South Africa BBQ with their hosts this evening.
The morning is dedicated to enjoying a game of golf at the nearby Silver Lakes Golf Estate, which hosts an attractive parklands-style course designed by Peter Matkovich. The tour then travels to the small mining town of Cullinan, the site where the world’s largest diamond was extracted in 1905. Guests embark on a mining tour providing insight into the process of diamond mining and how diamonds are formed. We return to Pretoria in the late afternoon.
Today your South African golf tour heads north-west toward the Sun City Resort. En route to Sun City, the tour stops at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve for your first safari experience. Pilanesberg is located in a transitional zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, providing an exciting overlap of animals and vegetation. Whether you are after sightings of the Big Five or are an avid birder, Pilanesberg offers a wealth of wildlife for safari enthusiasts. We arrive at The Palace of the Lost City in the late afternoon. A luxury room in this breathtaking structure will serve as the accommodation for this leg of your golf tour.
Sun City’s Gary Player Golf Course boasts the title: ‘toughest course in the Southern Hemisphere’. Designed with championships and tournaments in mind, the parklands-style course acts as an annual host to the Nedbank Golf Challenge and routinely takes professional golfers to task. Following a stimulating round of golf, the afternoon is spent at leisure. Sun City is known for its variety, ensuring that each visitor will find appropriate entertainment. Head off a on a hike, speed down the waterslides of the Valley of the Waves, unwind with a cocktail beside the Royal Bath swimming pool or replace the outdoors with the mesmerizing chimes of the casino.
The Lost City Golf Course forms the centerpiece of today’s golf tour. The desert-style course is surrounded by the bushveld and roving hills of Pilanesberg. Another wild twist is the fact that the course is home some rather peculiar residents – a bask of Nile crocodiles! Be wary with wayward shots, as some water hazards may prove unapproachable. Enjoy the afternoon taking your pick of the resort’s most thrilling activities or leisure options.
After breakfast, guests are transferred back to O R Tambo International for a flight to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Following your arrival in the Lowveld and the exclusive Dulini Lodge, you will embark on a safari in this acclaimed wilderness area. The presence of an experienced ranger and tracker will increase your chances of encountering one more of the Big Five. Tonight, dine under the stars on exquisite gourmet fare.
The day is devoted to safari activities in this magnificent wilderness area. Sabi Sand boasts the privilege of sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, enjoying a free-flow of the awe-inspiring wildlife that inhabits this world-renowned reserve. In between the morning and afternoon game drives, guests have the option to experience the bush on foot in the company of an armed ranger and tracker. Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the environment and the habits and behavior of the various species you may encounter.
Your morning begins with an early wake-up call before heading off, once again, into the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Sabi Sand is known for its remarkable frequency of leopard sightings, and you are sure to encounter one or more of these elusive big cats throughout your stay. More than 500 bird species have been recorded in the Greater Kruger National Park, and birdwatchers will delight in the area’s feathered offerings. The day ends with another game drive, capped with a sundowner overlooking this inimitable wilderness.
Following a final game drive in the Sabi Sand and a scrumptious breakfast, your golf tour heads into the Kruger National Park itself. Guests will be checked into Lukimbi Safari Lodge before heading out through Crocodile Bridge Gate for a round of golf on the illustrious Leopard Creek Golf Course. Designed by Gary Player and developed by South African business tycoon and billionaire Johann Rupert, Leopard Creek reserves play for members and the guests of a handful of nearby lodges. The parklands-style course overlooks the Crocodile River and it is not uncommon to observe wildlife throughout your game. Guests return to Lukimbi in the afternoon for a game drive in a private concession in the Kruger National Park.
The last day of your South African golf tour begins with a final safari in the Kruger National Park. Revel in the early morning bird song, the earthy scents of the veld and the golden sunrise that bursts through the bush. Following a delectable breakfast, guests are transferred to the airport for a flight back to O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, where this unforgettable 21 Day Grand South African Golf Tour comes to an end.
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