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Cape Town and Garden Route Golf Holidays

Below is a detailed example of just one of our Cape Town holiday and golf tours from the City of Cape Town to the Garden and Wine Routes.  Described by a recent BBC television program as one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit before you die - Coastal Golf and Safari aims to bring the tourist a dream holiday with personal attention at attractive holiday rates.  With the recent Presidents Cup 2003 being hosted at Fancourt, this region is set to grow in demand - enjoy some of the best golf courses and scenery in South Africa, and indeed the world.

Day One:
You are picked up from Cape Town International Airport and taken by air conditioned vehicle to your beach accommodation at Cape Town’s Blouberg Beach, where you meet your hosts and owners of the guesthouse. You are given time to freshen up, unpack your luggage and have a cup of coffee on your balcony on the beach. A walk on the beach over looking the world famous Table Mountain gives you a taste of what is to come. You’ll enjoy the sunset which is poised above Robben Island before embarking on a short drive up the West Coast. You are driven via Melkbos Strand to the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate where you are treated to a Cape style barbeque and refreshments. The evening serves as a welcoming party and introduces you to the lifestyle of local South Africans.

Day Two:
After spotting dolphins in the surf from your beach cottage, you embark on the first day in the mother city. All must be appropriately dressed for the trip up the mountain, the boat ride to Robben Island and the walk through the prison.

You are driven along the N1 highway into Cape Town city center to the top of Signal Hill where ere you can view Sea Point, Cape Town CBD, V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. This is a special photo opportunity for a different view of the city and Table Mountain. After a 5 minute drive, you will venture up the mountain in a 360 degree, rotating cable car. The ride to the top of Table Mountain is quick and exciting. At the top you will experience the tranquility and see the beauty talked about by all who have been before you. A cup of coffee always goes down well on the mountain, enjoying the views and the little rock rabbits indigenous to the mountain. You are lowered back to ground level and taken to the V&A Waterfront for a boat ride to Robben Island.

Here the step on guide will guide us through the prison where Mr. Nelson Mandela spent most of his life. This is really an eye opener. It serves as a reminder of where South Africa has been and how positive we are as a nation. After this 2 hour history tour, you will return to the waterfront for a light meal at one of the many restaurants available. After lunch you can spend some free time at the waterfront walking around and looking at the shops, markets and soaking up the distinctive Cape Town atmosphere. When you are ready we shall return to the Beach cottage for a cup of coffee, de-brief and briefing on activities for the next day.

Day Three:
Today we are going to do the grand peninsula drive. We follow a winding road along the Clifton, Camps Bay and Sea Point area which you viewed from Signal Hill and Table Mountain yesterday. We drive past Cape Town’s Beverley Hills - Llundadno and descend into Hout Bay. As the beauty of Hout Bay begins to appear in the rear view mirror, you are inspired by the views presented by Chapman’s Peak drive. This winding road set in the mountain offers a view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean and introduces you to the Cape Point Reserve. At Cape Point you can either take the stairs or the funicular to the light house at the top of the peninsula, from where you have the best view of False Bay. There is a restaurant and a kiosk from which lunch may be purchased. Do not feed the monkeys!!

After the brisk walk down from the light house, you are taken to Simon’s Town. In Simon’s Town you will visit the Jack Ass penguin colony at Boulders Beach. You will also see the statue of Just Nuisance, the famous Able Seaman Canine, and spend some time in the little town, so rich in history. We will drive through Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay on our homeward bound trip. You’ll be back before sunset.

Day Four: Golf at Rondebosch Golf Club
With the backdrop of Table Mountain, this lovely parkland course offers an excellent golfing experience - not least the stunning views of the mountain.  The club was founded in 1911 and is a PGA venue for the local Sunshine Tour.

Day Five: Golf at Clovelly Golf Club
Measuring only 5 869 metres, the Clovelly course may at first glance appear a simple test of golf - the wind can turn it into a stern test for all golfers.  One of the most popular golf courses in the Cape, Clovelly is characterised by changes in elevation and is a joy to play, as it it is kept in consistently fine condition.

Day Six: Winelands Tour
Our first stop is Dieu Donne, a boutique winery overlooking the Franschhoek valley with some of the most fabulous vistas of the Winelands. You will taste their wines whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery. (www.dieudonnevineyards.com). Our second stop is Simonsig, most well known for its award winning Kaapse Vonkel, the first Methode Champenoise wine ever produced in South Africa, and today still considered to be the finest wine of its kind in this country. (www.simonsig.co.za). Our third stop is Delheim. This is one of our personal favorites. You will taste their wines in the Downstairs Cellar and then relax for lunch in the garden, overlooking Table Mountain. (www.delheim.com). After lunching at the restaurant at Delheim, we all embark on the Delheim Cellar Tour. Our fourth and final stop is Spier. Here we will walk around the beautiful garden area and view the Cheetahs. Are you brave enough to be photographed in the Cheetahs Cage? (www.spier.co.za).

Day Seven: Golf at Spier Country Club
Spier Country Club is part of the famed Spier Wine Estate, situated in the picturesque wine-producing area of Stellenbosch. The course has an excellent mix of parkland style holes with water featuring on several holes.  As part of the Spier Estate, the beauty of the winelands is apparent throughout the golf course and the course should be experienced.

Day Eight: Township Tour and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
A tour to the townships will result in an understanding of the evolution of Cape Town, the Mother City. We will visit the most devastating example of forced removals in Cape Town (District Six) and move on to the Cape Flats where we will meet the children of the areas, enjoy refreshments at spaza (township shop), visit a shebeen (tavern), photograph the "khayas" (township houses) and visit the open-air meat market of Nyanga. This tour enriches ones thinking and creates a better understanding of South Africa and the Mother City. We will proceed to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden for lunch, followed by a leisurely stroll through this beautiful garden.

Day Nine: Hout Bay and Seal Island
We will do a scenic drive to Hout Bay where we will board the vessel "Nauticat" for a trip to Seal Island to see hundreds of seals frolicking in the water. Upon our return to shore we shall visit the World of Birds. We head back to Cape Town stopping at the African Craft Market we passed this morning. Curios can be purchased here for very reasonable prices. Remember, this is Africa, where the spirit of bartering, haggling and negotiating are rife. Test your negotiation skills at this market.

Day Ten: Oudtshoorn
We will commence the 5-hour drive to the town of Oudtshoorn. The drive takes us through the Breede River Valley and some towns which have been named as town of the year for their beauty and hospitality to guests from abroad. We will pay a visit to the Cango Caves and the Cango Wildlife Ranch where amongst the animals we will see are the alligator, crocodile, cheetah, lion, white tiger and ostrich.

Day Eleven: Up, up and Away
Before sunrise we make our way to Kleinplaas for a Hot Air Balloon ride. We will drift with the wind experiencing total peace and tranquility. The panoramic view of Oudsthoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountains, are guaranteed to stay with you forever. We’ll toast the experience with a glass of champagne and enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast at Kleinplaas. After breakfast we commence the drive to Knysna where we will check-in to Blackwater River Lodge, where you can practice your short game.

Day Twelve: Golf at Plettenberg Bay
Upgraded by Rob O’Friell, in 2000, the 18 superb, new bent-grass greens have been built to USGA specifications. Their new shapes and slopes plus the new bunkers and water features have created a challenging yet beautiful golf course. The golf course is set in a park-like, proclaimed nature reserve and is the pride of the golfers of Plettenberg Bay. A charming stop on the Garden Route and a great holiday destination for all golfers.

Day Thirteen: Be touched by an Elephant
We will visit the Knysna Elephant Park for an encounter with these gentle giants. This is an experience we guarantee you have not had where you come face to face with adult and baby elephants. You are allowed to feed the animals in this park. We will drive up to see the Knysna Heads and then have time to walk through the beautiful little town of Knysna.

Day Fourteen: Golf at Sparrebosch - Phezula
The beautiful and unique Knysna Heads is home to this golf course.  With views of the Indian Ocean some 70 metres below, the course is classified as a highland links including some holes which wind through forest and run alongside the Knysna Lagoon.  Stunning panoramic views are the feature of a spectacular golf course.  With magnificent vistas of typical Garden Route scenery, the course is definitely a "must play" for your golf holiday in Cape Town.

Day Fifteen: Outeniqua Train Ride
You depart on a superb 2-½ hour train ride through the Wilderness to George Station. After a light lunch our 4-½ hour drive back to Cape Town commences.

Day Sixteen: Free Day
Use this day to relax at one of the beaches along the Cape Coast, stroll through the Waterfront or shop at the various markets.  Just relax, take your time and be guided along some of the Cape's favourite watering holes and restaurants.  No rush here and on a long summers day, you really have got all day and evening to do as you please.

Day Seventeen: Golf at Atlantic Beach
The Atlantic Beach Golf Estate features strong classic links influences and is a course for the purist.  Magnificent rolling fairways blend into the surrounding terrain and natural vegetation. The fynbos - natural fauna of the Cape's coastal regions, plays a part in punishing the wayward shots of golfers.  This course is well worth playing for a true golfing experience.

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