Top Ten Experience - 14 Days

South Africa has much to offer the discerning traveller, from world class accommodation, to magical bushveld experiences, stunning sea-side escapes and glorious mountain highs.


Here is a top ten list of experiences you should be sure not to miss:

  • The romance of the bushveld and the Big Five in the Kruger National Park.
  • The natural beauty of the majestic Table Mountain and tumultuous Cape Point, or the history behind Robben Island, and the World Heritage Cultural Landscape and fine wines of the Cape Winelands.
  • The golden beaches and complimentary mix of India, Africa and the Colonial past in the lush sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Surfing at Jeffries Bay
  • Whale watching along the glittering Garden Route
  • Malaria-free bird and game watching at Addo National Park in the Eastern Cape
  • The Namaqualand wild flowers
  • Cultural African Villages
  • Wonderful art galleries and museums across the country
  • Tsitsikamma Forest tours

African Fairways invites you to experience another Top 10 – South Africa’s Best 10 Golf Courses.


Recommended Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by a friendly African Fairways representative and assisted with a transfer to your accommodation of choice in the Sandton area.

Johannesburg has a wealth of first class accommodation, from intimate and peaceful boutique hotels to the larger casino and entertainment resorts or the vibrant and cosmopolitan hotels overlooking Nelson Mandela Square. There is something for everyone in the city of Gold.

Your luxury accommodation options include Emperors Palace, The Saxon, The Michelangelo Hotel, The Sandton Sun Hotel, AtholPlace, DaVinci Hotel and Suites, The Fairway Hotel.

Accommodation at these fine hotels is on a two nights’ bed and breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra at selected venues.

Your sublime golfing holiday starts with a round of golf at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club currently ranked eighth on the SA Top 100 (Golf Digest 2011).

Day 2

Today you’ll be testing your mettle on the Gary Player designed Blair Athol Golf Course which is currently ranked sixth in South Africa.

Day 3

A private road transfer of roughly 2 hours takes you to the world famous Sun City Complex.

This internationally acclaimed family resort lies deep in the heart of a long-extinct volcano and is surrounded by the imposing Pilanesberg Mountain Range and boasts an unparalleled combination of features which draw thousands of visitors each year.

The resort has a selection of four hotels and a feast of family treats like the beach and waterslides at the Valley of Waves, a variety of sporting activities including tennis, squash and volleyball and excellent wildlife experiences in the nearby Pilanesberg Reserves. One of the major draw-cards to this world class resort is the opportunity to play on two first class championship golf courses designed by the Black Knight, Gary Player. Here you can choose from three luxurious accommodation options.

Accommodation is on a one night bed and breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra.

After settling in, enjoy a round of golf on the Gary Player Country Club Golf Course currently ranked 4th in South Africa.

Day 4

After checking out, you will be transferred to Johannesburg International Airport (up to 90 minutes depending on traffic) where you will board a scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth.

Halfway between Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay in the Eastern Cape is the picturesque sea-side town of St Francis Bay. This coastal paradise draws holiday-makers from all over the world to enjoy the glorious beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, the excellent water-sport facilities, golfing, and a leisurely lifestyle.

Your transfer to this charming coastal town will take roughly 60 minutes. Here you are truly spoiled for choice, not only in the quality but in the variety of accommodation options which include Kwandwe Private game Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve, Gorah Elephant Camp, St Francis Links Golf Lodge, The Sands at St Francis, Sandals Guest House.

Accommodation here is on a two nights’ bed and breakfast basis.

Day 5

Today you will challenge yourself on the St Francis Links course, a truly mystical destination, whether you play the course or just visit for the incredible views, it is beyond doubt, one of South Africa’s most breathtaking courses.

Day 6

Enjoy a scenic and leisurely four-hour private transfer from St Francis to George, where you will be staying at The Fancourt Resort Hotel and the Manor House for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra.

For the discerning golfer who does not compromise on the course or in his life, a visit to Fancourt with its three superior courses will exceed all expectations. Fancourt is the jewel of the Garden Route, an area known for its glittering white beaches, sheer cliffs that plunge into the Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The resort evokes a genteel tranquillity and old world charm.

The Fancourt Resort Hotel and The Manor House evokes a genteel tranquillity and old world charm that will satisfy the most discerning traveller.

Whether you are going to test your skills on one of three championship golf courses, or rejuvenate your spirit at the world-class spa, there is something for everyone at this exclusive resort.

Day 6 - 7

Test your mettle on two of the country’s Top 10 courses. Fancourt is a premier leisure and golfing destination and home to The Links (ranked No. 1) and Montagu (ranked No. 7).

George is a nature lovers’ paradise with activities such as hiking, bird watching, whale watching (in season) and horse riding. There is also a variety of more ‘extreme’ activities available for the adventurer in you, like bungee jumping from the world’s highest bridge jump, or mountain climbing or shark cage diving.

George is also the perfect base from which to explore parts of the “Garden Route” with areas like Wilderness, Mossel Bay and Knysna all within an hours’ drive.

Day 8

You will be transferred back to George Airport where you board a scheduled flight to Cape Town International Airport. From here you are assisted with a further 90 minute private road transfer to the whale capital of Hermanus.

Nestled deep in the heart of the majestic Kogelberg Mountains lies the breathtakingly beautiful Arabella Hotel and Spa. Lapping the shores of the Botrivier Lagoon, this perfect escape from city stresses allows visitors to play a round of golf on one of the top five courses in South Africa or enjoy a variety of spectacular fauna and flora including 147 bird species and the odd wild antelope. During breeding season, the bay plays host to one of the largest whale migrations in the world.

Situated within the secure Arabella Golf and Country Estate, the Arabella Hotel & Spa’s grandeur is second only to the rare beauty surrounding it. Guests will be impressed with the attentive and gracious staff who ensure a truly memorable visit to this exquisite corner of South Africa. Arabella Hotel & Spa holds numerous prestigious accolades including being named Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel, Africa’s Leading Spa Resort South Africa, and Africa’s Leading Spa Resort.

Accommodation here is on a two nights’ bed and breakfast basis.

Day 8 - 9

Today you’ll be playing a round on the fifth best course in South Africa. Consistently ranked in the top five courses in South Africa, Arabella’s Country Club’s links/parkland course was featured in Golf Digest’s USA’s Top 60 courses outside of America in 2007. Arabella is simply the ultimate destination for those with a true passion for golf to experience one of South Africa’s most spectacular Par 5’s and end their round on one of the finest finishing holes in the country.

After a round of golf, enjoy a sensual Spa treatment at Arabella’s award-winning spa - a heavenly retreat devoted to wellness. A fusion of Far Eastern and Western, traditional and modern therapies, cater to your every need, restoring your natural balance and infusing a sense of complete relaxation.

For the more energetic among you, other fun-filled activities include kayaking, fishing or an excursion to a nearby beach.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the whales!

Day 10

A scenic and breathtaking country drive of roughly 90 minutes takes you through St Lowry’s Pass and Houwhoek Pass, where you will reach heights of 420 metres above sea level and enter into the famous Cape Winelands.

The luscious Winelands, filled with quaint historical towns such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington, calls you softly to discover hidden treasures in her rolling vineyards and majestic mountain peaks.

With a variety of five-star boutique hotels hidden away in quaint towns like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington guests often have a hard time choosing where to stay. Your enticing and charming options include La Residence, Le Quartier Francais, Delaire Graff, Winelands Golf Lodges, Majeka House, River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Mont Rochelle, Babylonstoren, Franschhoek Country House & Villas, Grand Roche Hotel, D’ouwe Werf, Constantia Uitsig.

Accommodation here is on a one night bed and breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra.

Today you’ll be playing at Pearl Valley Golf Estate, the number three course in South Africa.

The rest of your day is at leisure. There is a veritable plethora of wine farms along the wine route, opt for the more renowned producers or stumble across a hidden gem at one of the smaller boutique estates.

This area is also known as the Brandy Route and is home to Van Ryn’s Distillery near Stellenbosch – their 20 year old luxury Potstill is officially nominated as the World’s Best Brandy at the international Wine & Spirit Awards for 2011.

Franschhoek Motor Museum provides the avid car lover an insight into over 100 years of motoring history.

Day 11

You will be transferred back into Cape Town to the International Airport where you board your scheduled flight to Durban Airport.

Durban is blessed with pleasant balmy weather year round and is in close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean and its beaches. All of your accommodation options enjoy beach front access and endless views of the ocean. Each one has a different personality, it’s up to you to choose from The Oysterbox, Beverly Hills, Teremok Marine.

Accommodation here is on a one night bed & breakfast basis.

Soak up the sunshine (but don’t forget your sunscreen), at the Durban Country Club, currently ranked ninth on the SA Top 100 best courses (Golf Digest 2011).

Day 12

After checking out, you will be transferred back to Durban International Airport where you board your scheduled flight back to Kruger Mpumalanga International, via Johannesburg International Airport.

You will be assisted with your private road transfer to a lodge of your choice in the Kruger National Park. As an optional extra: lodge-hop in a light aircraft to your chosen lodge.

While all of the lodges offer the ultimate in luxurious bushveld experiences, you choice will probably be influenced by those extra special offerings, like a night in a tree-house under the stars, the most luxurious of pampering spas, or the intimate up-close experiences on game drives. Your fabulous choices include Royal Malewane, Lion Sands Reserve, Singita Sabi Sand, Savanna Private Game Reserve, Cybele Forest Lodge, Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Jocks Safari Lodge.

You time at the lodges will be spent unwinding from the stresses of daily life in the phenomenally beautiful African bushveld and enjoying early morning and late afternoon game drives where, if you’re lucky, you’ll experience the Big Five.

Accommodation here is on a two nights’ full board basis including scheduled game activities.

Day 12 - 13

During your stay in the Bushveld, you will be playing at Leopard Creek Country Club, which can take between 30 minutes and two hours road transfer, depending on where you are staying.

Day 14

Board a light aircraft transfer back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and onwards to Johannesburg International Airport for your trip home.

Seasonal Pricing on Request at: Personal Enquiry

Based on 2 guests traveling together on the recommended itinerary




Highlights

  • Play the Top 10 Courses South Africa has to offer as rated by the Golfer’s Digest Magazine 2011
  • Enjoy an exhilarating two week tour of the very best accommodation and golf courses that South Africa has on offer
  • Learn more about the culture and history of Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, the Garden Route and the Fairest Cape
  • Visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek famous for their beautiful scenery, fine cuisine and art galleries. Remember to stock up your wine cellar with premium wines from more than 200 working wine farms in the region who will happily ship your purchases home for you

Courses

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club

The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club is currently ranked eighth on the SA Top 100 (Golf Digest 2011).

There are few golf clubs that can lay claim to more than a century of golfing tradition. Instrumental in forming the Transvaal Golf Union in 1908 and producing the first President of the South African Golf Union in 1910, the hallowed halls of the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club whisper softly of all the golfing legends that have crossed its threshold and putted to victory on its immaculate greens. Royal J&K has hosted 7 South African opens and many other prestigious events.

Blair Athol Golf Course

Designed by Gary Player and currently ranked sixth in South Africa, Blair Athol is a members’ only course characterised by rolling hills and ravines which slope down to the Crocodile River.

The course boasts eleven water feature holes, and is a challenging and rewarding course allowing for testing of scratch players but ensuring endless enjoyment for handicapped golfers. At 7,700 meters this course is the longest course designed in South Africa and plays as a single loop with no parallel holes running alongside making for a truly unique golfing experience.

Gary Player Country Club

Currently ranked 4th in South Africa this course is home to the prestigious annual Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge. This course was the first course in South Africa to be built to the stringent USGA specifications.

The greens are lightening fast and the Kikuyu fairways are perfectly manicured. Coupled with constant changes in elevation, imaginative bunkering and spectacular water hazards, even the most seasoned professional will be challenged. Stamina and accuracy are demanded on this tree-lined course.

St Francis Links Golf Course

This exquisite and challenging courses emerges from the natural landscape in a series of undulating fairways, rugged bunkers and luscious greens, all born from the natural movement of the land.

Invoking the spirit of centuries old courses in Scotland and Ireland, St Francis Links, currently ranked 10th in South Africa, is a must play course for the golfer who reveres the history and tradition and embraces the challenges of the glorious game.

Fancourt Estate

Fancourt is a premier leisure and golfing destination and home to The Links (ranked No. 1) and Montagu (ranked No. 7).

Each of these courses has something different to offer players of all levels and experience. The Links with its undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape is one of the most breathtaking and challenging courses in the country.

The Montagu’s Parklands stylish bunkers and undulating fast greens roll out across the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains.

Arabella Golf Club

Designed by the renowned Peter Matkovich, Arabella is simply the ultimate destination for those with a true passion for golf to experience one of South Africa’s most spectacular Par 5’s and end their round on one of the finest finishing holes in the country.

Filling the number five spot on South Africa’s Top 100 (Golf Digest 2011), Arabella has been the home of the Nelson Mandela Invitational charity golf tournament since 2003, playing host to the likes of; Jack Nicklaus, Samuel L Jackson, Ronan Keating, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark, Lee Westwood and Sam Torrance.

Pearl Valley Golf Course

There is something very special about playing a round of golf on 212 hectares of tranquil, unspoiled landscape under brilliant blue South African skies. A visit to Pearl Valley will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a precious gem hidden between the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains.

Designed by the legendary Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, there was no compromise in layout and design of this magnificent course and it holds true to its promise of an exceptional round of golf.

Durban Country Club

Soak up the sunshine (but don’t forget your sunscreen), at the Durban Country Club, currently ranked ninth on the SA Top 100 best courses (Golf Digest 2011).

Set on the edge of the Indian Ocean, built upon rolling sand dunes and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, Durban Country Club is one of the most unique and challenging in the world. The course has the best 3rd hole in the world and is rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA.

Durban Country Club is steeped in 90 years of tradition and history and is known for its massive undulating fairways.

Leopard Creek Country Club

Johann Rupert and Gary Player had a vision of a perfect golf course. They felt it should be one on which friends could come together for enjoyable 18-holes; yet also challenging and stimulating enough for the world’s top golfers.

Leopard Creek is currently rated as the No 2, Golf Course in South Africa by Golf Digest, having missing out narrowly on the top position to Fancourt’s Links course. Prior to that, the course held the top honour for six straight years. It is ranked 80th on the 2011 World Top 100 ranking list.


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