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Here is a detailed description of the places that we will be visiting, including the full itinerary.

TOUR DETAILS

 

DAY 1   

On arrival at Johannesburg International airport, Africa’s biggest airport, our Directors will meet your tour party.

After boarding our luxury air corned coach all that separates you from Africa’s greatest resort facility is a 2.5 hour ride due west into The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City 

The word 5 star takes on a new meaning when entering the Lost City. Your arrival will be met in the inimitable Africa tradition of happy faces, open hearts and cocktails to relax you after your long journey.

Exploring the places is an experience in itself and with the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure, you can save your energy for an evening in the casino with an afternoon nap or spend some time soaking up the African sun on the beach at the Valley of the Waves.

 After a gourmet dinner the evening is yours to enjoy. The entertainment options are endless at Sun City, so have fun but remember that the 7200-yard Garry Player Country Club awaits you in the morning. 

SUN CITY GOLF

Sun City's two golf courses attract the world's finest players. The Gary Player Country Club has been home for many years to the annual Million Dollar Golf Challenge, and it is complemented by the desert-style, Lost City golf course that offers magnificent views and unique challenges, including live crocodiles as a permanent hazard at hole 13.

 

THE COURSE

The course of the Gary Player Country Club has been designed with a number of different tees on every hole. "From the tips", as the Americans say, it measures in excess of 7000 meters, and if plated in that configuration would prove too difficult even for the world’s best golfers. The greens are shaped like leaves of a clover and feature both severe slopes and gentler undulations. Each green offers several pin-placements ideal for championship play: these plateau-like areas are often difficult to find with an approach shot, but once found provide a very fair putting test since they are basically flat.

DAY 2    THE PALACE AT SUN CITY

A sunrise over the Pilansberg mountain range is a truly African experience, if you miss the first one, don’t panic we will get you up early another day. An awesome breakfast buffet will get you ready for your first day on the golf course. With a late tee time, everybody should be enjoying the sweet bush air and be ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

Global Golf Safari can pre-arrange a competition for the group or the tour can decide on it’s own. What ever the case may be, everyone will be impressed with a golf course which host the richest golf event, The Nedbank Challenge. This course has also been rated in the top three in South Africa for the past 16 years.

Sundowners on the Palace grounds will end your first full day in Africa and warm you up for another evening of entertainment.

 DAY 3     THE PALACE    

Your breakfast in the fantastic dinner hall of the Palace will give you the energy to tackle the challenges of your second day in Africa.

If the golf on day 1 did not excite you, then day 2 promise to wake you up. Be on the lookout when walking the fairways of the Lost City, for one of Africa’s most feared predators, the Nile crocodile, lurks in wait of the poorly hit shot. Remember that if you left you’re A-game on the plane, the qualified teaching pro from Global Golf Safari will gladly help you find it.

We started earlier this morning to allow time for us to move camp to Bakubung Lodge and an afternoon /sunset drive into South African’s 3rd largest game park, The Pilansberg National Park. Home of the “Big 5” and multitudes of other species, your first experience in the African bush in an open vehicle is a memory you will cherish forever.

Returning to the lodge for a 5-course dinner.

 CASINO'S

 SOUTH AFRICA'S BIG FIVE

                          

 

DAY 4     THE BUSH

Day 4 dawns with an air of expectancy. A full day of game drives and a dinner prepared and served in the middle of the African Bush awaits you. Eating a traditional “bush meal’ under the stars surrounded by the sounds of wild animals of the night, followed with a short night drive will open up a world of sounds and emotions you never thought existed.

DAY 5     BUSH PLANE FANCOURT

It will be with a heavy heart that you leave this northern territory of South Africa. One more adventure in the bush remains before heading back to Johannesburg International for our flight to George.

Lush forests, towering mountains and bountiful seas earned this part of our beautiful country the title of The Garden Route. A 15-minute trip will transport you to Africa’s best golf estate, Fancourt, home of Ernie Els. 54 holes of championship golf course including The Links, venue of the Presidents Cup for 2002, await our intrepid group of adventures.

The remainder of the day is left for you te settle in to the new surrounds. The practice facilities, tennis courts or the pool are all there for your pleasure. Once again 5 star hospitality comes with the package, so enjoy.

DAY 6     FANCOURT KNYSNA        

A short drive into the nearby seaside village of Knysna will be a deserved experience. The new Sparrebosche development is perched atop the cliffs of the famous Knysna Heads, which guard the mouth of the lagoon. With amazing views over the Indian Ocean and a challenging layout, the morning’s golf will be a memorable.

Look forward to lunch at South Africa’s premier oyster farm, which offers a variety of fresh seafood served over-looking the Knysna Lagoon Nature Reserve. We finish off the day with a sundowner cruise on the Knysna ferry to the edge of the lagoon and between the imposing Heads.

DAY 7     FANCOURT   

Are you ready for Parkland golf at its best? Golf Digest as the finest manicured course in Africa considers the Montague course. Montague, Durban Country Club and Sun City have been swapping places in the top 3 rankings for years and today are your chance to experience another Garry Player masterpiece.

With a late start the golf, the afternoon is yours. 9-holes anyone?

DAY 8     FANCOURT TOURING

Ostriches thousands of them! We have arrived in Oudtshoorn , a small town over the mountain pass from George for a day trip to the semi-desert central region of The Karoo

This is your chance to experience African style rodeo on the world’s largest bird. Once the Winston Cup is won we trek a little further into the desert and on to the Kango Caves. The amazing displays of sub-terainian structures housed in huge concert hall sized caves, are guaranteed to hold you spellbound for hours.

Heading back to the Fancourt Hotel for some R&R will be high on everybody’s agenda, for tomorrow is the day we slay the Dragon.

 DAY 9     FANCOURT THE LINKS CALEDON

After opening to rave venues in mid-2000 and staging a coup to claim the Presidents Cup for 2002. The Links at Fan court is destined to be one of the world’s greatest courses. Designed by Garry Player and modeled on a true Scottish links, you will experience golf as our forefathers intended. No expense has been spared in creating this magical environment, which not only tests your golf but also stimulates your senses.

There is time for shower and lunch before heading 3 hours down the national highway to the Casino resort at CALEDON. One last change to change your arm on the slot machines or the poker table before tomorrows golf and move to Cape Town.

 DAY 10     CALEDON ARABELLA CAPE TOWN

Thirty minutes from Caledon lies Arabella.  Set along side the World Heritage site of the Hermanus lagoon, Arabella offers a setting that is arguably the prettiest for golf in Africa.  The 18th hole is reminiscent of 18 at Pebble Beach, a long par 5 running parallel to the lagoon which can both reward and punish the aggressive player.

The Hermanus bay area is the breeding ground of Southern Right Whale, which travels from Antarctica’s frigid waters during the winter months to mate and calve.  Between July and October the whales make up ‘The Big Six’ of animal viewing in Africa and put on a real show for visitors.

From Hermanus we travel 11/2 hours to the Mother City – CAPE TOWN.

 DAY 11     CAPE TOWN THE WINELANDS

A fine meal and a good rest in the fantastic Villa Via Hotel, overlooking the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean has hopefully refreshed the tour after the riggers of the previous 2 days.

With Table Mountain keeping a close watch on the activities below, the tour is in adventure mode once more.

After another amazing breakfast we board our luxury coach for a day in the fairest Cape. The winelands are home to some off the world’s finest vintages and lie amongst the Cape Fold mountain range.  We will visit historical sites and places of interest whilst we meander through vineyards and cellars, eating a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Nederberg Estate.

For those who are not beat at the end of the day, an IMAX cinema is located a few minutes from the hotel in the Victoria and Alfred shopping complex for some mind numbing entertainment.

 DAY 12     CAPE TOWN ROYAL CAPE TABLE MOUNTAIN

Our last day of golf is played at South Africa’s second oldest golf course, Royal Cape. Immaculate fairways and challenging greens will keep you on your toes for the morning’s round.

A cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain to watch the sun set is one of the truly romantic activities this world has to offer.  The worries of the world will feel distant as you look over the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and reflect on all the experiences of the pre-ceding 12 days.

 DAY 13     CAPE TOWN ROBBEN ISLAND

If ever there was an experience to jolt you into the reality of South Africa’s dark past, the trip of Robben Island will do it.  The informative ferry ride across Table Bay to the old political prisoners complex will take a few minutes.

Once there, a guided tour will show the working conditions of former inmates sentenced to hard labor for revolting against the racist laws of the day.  Robben Island was also home to Nelson Mandela for most of his 27-year imprisonment.  His cell and that of the other famous men such as Oliver Thambo and Walter Sisulu are included in the tour.

Returning to the docks in the V&A Waterfront shopping complex, your afternoon is free to spend shopping for last minute gifts or anything else that tickles your fancy.

 

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