Gary Player designed golf courses, Pilanesburg & Kruger Park, Blyde River Canyon
11 Day/10 Night Safari
For the golf enthusiast, South Africa is a wonderful destination - and that's an understatement. The country boasts an ideal climate for spending time out on the fairways under the bright African sun, and golfers here are blessed for choice. Probably the most famous golf course in South Africa is the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge, that offers the biggest first prize of any tournament in the world.
However, there are many other world-class courses that have featured on both the European PGA Tour as well as the local Sunshine Tour, and a wealth of excellent courses besides. South Africa has produced a number of golfers of the highest calibre, including Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman - major winners all - and once you've experienced some of the courses we have to offer you'll begin to understand why. ?
* Connecting flights are required to safari destinations for clients’ account
Day 1: Your international flight lands you at the OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. After clearing customs, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrivals hall, where you will meet your guide, and you will transfer by road to Sun City. Rest of day at leisure to explore this beautiful resort. Overnight Sun City.
Day 2: What could be more enjoyable than playing a round of golf at an 18-hole desert style golf course surrounded by spectacular views across South Africa 's bushveld? This is what you experience at the Lost City Golf Course. The 13th hole features a water hazard full of live crocodiles, making this one of the most exciting golf courses in the world. More than 100 hectares are covered by this course, and it incorporates 28 000 square metres of water features. This afternoon at leisure. Overnight Sun City.
Day 3: One of South Africa 's most famous golf courses, the Gary Player Golf Course features 18-holes with a par of 72. This course is home to the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge. The clever design and multiple tees make it equally enjoyable for the keen novice and the skilled professional. Many of the game's superstars have graced the fairways of this course. The course is open seven days a week, and guests can make use of the golf and pro shop, putting green and health spa at the Country Club whenever they like. A stay at the Sun City Resort and a round of golf at both golf courses is certainly just the thing for any golf addict visiting South Africa. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park. Overnight Sun City.
Day 4: This morning transfer to the OR Tambo airport for your flight to Hoedspruit airport. Here you will meet your Guide and transfer to the Mafigeni Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Your first day on safari! This morning participate in an African Wildlife orientation tour at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, followed by a tranquil cruise on the Swadini dam and view one of only 5 Tufa waterfalls in the world. Overnight Mafigeni.
Day 6: This morning T-off at the Hans Merensky Golf Course in Phalaborwa. Share your golfing experience with resident Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodiles and many other permanent residents! The 18 holes Bob Grimsdell designed Par 72 Championship Golf course has been voted as the best walking course in the country. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Hans Merensky Golf Club. This afternoon we enter the Kruger National park for unsurpassed game viewing. Overnight in Kruger National Park.
Day 7: Get your binoculars and camera ready! Enjoy a full day of superb game viewing in the Park. Overnight in Kruger Park.
Day 8: The Skukuza Golf Course is a magnificent 9-hole (18-tee) course situated on the outskirts of Skukuza rest camp. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious close-to-nature golfing experience. The course is a Par 72, and is 5950m for men and 5059m for women. Since the course is not fenced in, 'uninvited' spectators are a common sight and include hippo, impala, warthog and baboons, giraffe and more. Later today, game view en route as you make your way out of the Park and head toward Malelane.
Day 9: This morning enjoy a round of golf at Leopard Creek, a Gary Player designed golf course. The 510 meter par-five 4th is one of Leopard Creek's most memorable holes. Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River, 32 meters above the level of the water, offering magnificent views up the river and into Kruger Park. Elephant are often seen walking alongside the river. Gary Player is especially proud of the par-five 18th with its island green and the par-four 9th with its peninsula green jutting out of the same body of water which, incidentally, is home to a number of hippo. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Buhala Lodge.
Day 10: Enjoy the picturesque mountain scenery as you wind your way along the Blyde River Canyon. Gold rush outposts, waterfalls, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes are just a few of the beautiful places you will experience today. Overnight Mafigeni.
Day 11: Sadly, you have completed your Golfing safari. Transfer to Hoedspruit airport and connect to your next destination.