Golf Holidays South Africa - Example Itinerary
The below is a current example of a personalised golf holiday vacation in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a sample itinerary, which proves to be popular, giving
the tourist the best of golf, game viewing and seaside, beach and marine activities.
You are picked up from Durban airport and taken by an air conditioned vehicle to the first stop: The South Coast region of Kwazulu-Natal. Drinks and refreshments are served on the
scenic two-hour trip, which runs alongside the Indian Ocean and the many rivers of the area. On arrival, one can freshen up with a swim in the pool or a shower. Of course, the ocean is also warm and close by. Take a
short beach walk or sit alongside the pool bar while a barbeque is prepared for you in the evening. The traditional South African "braai" or barbeque consists of the finest grade meat being prepared on the hot
coals while enjoying your beverages and the company. Later on, those that may want to venture out can be taken to the Sun International, Wild Coast Casino and resort where the entertainment never stops.
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Breakfast is served when you wake after your first night on tour. The sound of the ocean will be your only alarm clock. Our first course is only 10 minutes away, so itís no rush. The
first golf course is the Robert Trent Jones Jr designed Wild Coast Country Club. Few golf venues are as beautiful, as elevated tees, plunging zig-zagging fairways and the six short holes make this course an unforgettable
experience. Lunch on the veranda overlooking the lagoon and 18th hole will only be interrupted by the clang of the bell, which signifies a golf ball being struck into the lagoon. The afternoon can be spent on the
nearby beach or exploring one of the many seaside towns. That night dinner is enjoyed at one of the many top restaurants.
After breakfast itís another short trip of 15 minutes to the prestigious San Lameer resort where the San Lameer Country Club awaits. The golf course winds through pristine coastal flora. It
can safely be said that a round of golf at the San Lameer course will remain a pleasing experience. Again, after the golf, you may wish to sample some more of the many golden beaches or relax and talk about your golf on the two
courses, which feature among the top in South Africa. You may wish to sample some of the seafood in one of the many seafood restaurants.
Now we start to swing North, driving along the Ocean and stopping over at a local village to view local life and the beautifully created arts and crafts. Further along, we stop off at a
crocodile farm for an unique encounter with the large mammals, as well as a closer look at the birds of prey. A light lunch can be had before we head to the holiday town of Amanzimtoti, where the beach and lagoon are a
popular stop. In the late afternoon another unique experience is enjoyed - A boat trip in a seven-and-a-half metre semi-rigid rubber duck, skippered by a long-standing member of the Sharks Board. We cruise through the
waves till in the open and we can observe the shark nets and learn how they operate before we venture off looking for the dolphins, which populate the coast. That evening, another barbeque is enjoyed, with barbequed fish
and meat being on the menu.
After our breakfast, we now head further North, towards the game parks. Once again, refreshments and drinks are onboard the air-conditioned vehicle. The drive is another scenic journey
along the ocean and the many sugar cane fields. Our destination is the World Heritage site of the St.Lucia Wetland Park where the region is breathtaking in beauty and international significance. It is one of the only
areas in the world that encompasses five ecosystems. We take a boat sight-seeing trip along the estuary where hippo, crocodile and a wide variety of bird life is abundant. Later, we journey to the Umfolozi Game Park,
which is the largest in the province. We take a ride and observe elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and many other bushveld species. That night we lodge at the game park and enjoy a meal cooked by one of the chefs
who prepares your meal to taste.
Awake early and with a game ranger we can enjoy a trail through a part of the reserve where expert knowledge on the game is gained from the experienced ranger. We arrive back at camp,
freshen up and have a hearty breakfast before taking a final drive to one of the hides in the park where we can observe the game at the waterhole. Then itís back along the coast towards Umhlanga where the beach
activities include micro-light flights for the adventurous or else the beautiful grass banks on the beach are the perfect place to sip a cool refreshment. That evening, dinner is had in one of the top Durban restaurants.
Today we play the Tom Weiskopf designed Zimbali golf course. Running through the unspoilt sub-tropical coastal forest the course offers unique scenery and an interesting challenge. It is
definitely another course that will remain in your memory long after playing. The Country Club is also superb and may take some time to remove yourself from the veranda overlooking the course and forest type vegetation.
However the North Coast does offer a wide range of tourist activities and a visit to the Sharks Board is always an interesting trip.
After breakfast itís a round of golf at the Durban Country Club. The Country Club has hosted more SA Opens than any other club in South Africa and regularly features in the top 100
courses in the World. The par 5 third hole has been rated as one of the best par fives in the world. After the golf, we can take in a tour of the city Ė from the harbour to the markets and then on to the ultra modern
shopping malls of the Berea. For the sporting types, you may want to pop into the home of the Sharks where Super 12 rugby games are hosted or visit the Kingsmead cricket stadium. The evening entertainment never stops in
Durban and the choice is varied, and will suit all tastes.
We depart Durban early as we head off to the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands for a country breakfast. The Midlands offer the wide-open spaces, country hospitality and Midlands Meander of Arts and
crafts. Restaurants and country pubs are dotted along the trail. The historic towns are scattered along the route and it is difficult to resist stopping off for a pint in the charming pubs where the locals are as
hospitable and sociable as anywhere in the world.
Golf again, this time we shoot down the coast again to what was once a dairy farm. Selborne Park is exclusive and is an ideal venue to sign off the tour. Water features, the bird life,
the deer add to the scenery of an incredible course. After the golf you may want to do some last minute shopping, or else you may want to simply spend the time relaxing in the sun. Whatever it is, it is available. In the
evening though it is the prizegiving and the farewell barbeque. Another evening of fun, sampling the best of South African food and beverages. Seafood, fillet or whatever your taste demands, it is being done on the hot
After getting ready itís off to the airport for the flight home. Your experiences and memories of golf in South Africa will remain forever as not only has the golf been something
extraordinary but the sight and sounds of Africa will not only remind you of your holiday but draw you back in the not too distant future.
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