South Afrrica is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures.
Join us on our South African Golf and Garden Route escorted tour in January 2020 and you will have the opportunity to experience some of the greatest golf in the southern hemisphere along with many of the famous South African cultures and stops along the way
We would love to host you throughout this fantastic journey along the Garden Route of South Africa
St Andrews Golf Travel | Golf Adventures
Provisional dates - 20th to 31st January 2019
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit - MAP REFERENCE A
ACCOMMODATION - Lawhill Luxury Apartments - Three nights in a two-bedroomed superior apartment
Lawhill Luxury Apartments offers a luxurious ‘home-away-from-home’ experience to the discerning traveller. Located at the V&A Waterfront, in the heart of the city’s historic harbour, it offers privacy, yet is within walking distance from the Waterfront shopping malls, cinemas, the Aquarium and the Cape Wheel, museums and other tourist attractions, including some of Cape Town's finest nightspots and restaurants. Lawhill comprises of 28 spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and two three-bedroom Penthouses, each of which are elegantly furnished, offering world-class hospitality and services. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and open plan lounge, with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning and wireless internet access. Large private balconies and patios afford breathtaking views of the marina and the canal.
DAY 2 GOLF - Pearl Valley Golf Course
The masterplan was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course at Pearl Valley Golf Estates. Nicklaus, who was recently named ‘the most influential man in golf’ in a prominent international golf magazine, has used his wealth of knowledge and experience in the game to develop a truly stunning golf course.
Every hole is played against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains surrounding the estate and all are challenging due to the startegically set bunkers and fast greens. The prevailing winds throughout the area have also been taken into consideration with the course design; the winter being northwesterly and the summer wind from a southeasterly direction. All par 3s and par 5s play in different directions, ensuring that the same conditions are seldom experienced during a round.
DAY 3 GOLF - Erinvale Golf Course
The Gary Player designed, Erinvale Golf Course is without a doubt one of the best Golf Courses in South Africa. Surrounded by the majestic Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. It offers two very distinctly different nines. The first nine winds its way through narrow fairways flanked by exquisite properties, blending in perfectly with the landscape and environment. The second nine flows beautifully into the foot of the Helderberg’s and eventually offers the most rewarding and magnificent sweeping views over False Bay, surrounding vineyards, olive groves and Helderberg Nature Reserve
CAPE TOWN EXPERIENCES
Hop on, Hop off Red City Tour (optional extra)
The Red City Tour is our flagship tour in Cape Town. It provides the easiest and most convenient way to visit the Table Mountain Cableway and it offers a great introduction to Cape Town’s City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard. There are 11 bus stops, hop on and off as you like. The total tour duration (with no hop offs) is approximately 90 minutes. Skip the ticket queue at the Table Mountain Cableway (stop 7) and buy your Cableway ticket at one of our tour offices or on the red bus. A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all our tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of our stops. Tickets can be bought at our tour offices (stop 1 and stop 5), online at a discounted rate, or from the bus driver.
Table Mountain Cableway (optional extra)
A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.
PAARL (included in trip - Wine & Chocolate Tasting )
Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Paarl boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions and is surrounded by some spectacular nature reserves. Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690. The famous 11-kilometre-long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories in Main Street was bought by KWV. The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares. The magnificent Cathedral Cellar, with its barrel-vaulted roof and large carved red wine vats is spectacular and depicts the history of the Cape’s wine industry. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: wine tasting, scenic fynbos hikes, cycling, sampling local cuisine and much more.
The Spice Route Winery (included in trip)
Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspired Charles Back to found the Spice Route Winery in 1997. Charles had bought the farm Klein Amoskuil, and this Malmesbury based farm is now home to Spice Route's Swartland terroir styled wines. The Spice Route Winery has found its signature wine style in the warm rolling hills along the Cape West Coast. Matching traditional practices in the vineyards with modern, minimalist approaches in the cellar, they produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines. The deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vine through the long warm summers. These harsh conditions are tempered by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in overnight. In its few years since inception had a stratospheric climb into the top echelons of the South African wine industry.
Ernie Els Winery (included in trip)
Explore the wonderful and fascinating world of wine as seen and enjoyed by South African golfer Ernie Els. Through his many travels around the globe Ernie has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines and in 1999 decided to pursue his developed passion for fine wine with the creation of Ernie Els Wines. As one of South Africa's leading ambassadors and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sport, it is befitting that Ernie chose Stellenbosch to produce his wines. Since the concept of Ernie Els Wines was born he produced with the help of award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom, the maiden, 2000 vintage of Ernie Els - a 'classic' Bordeaux blend.
Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning 'French Corner' as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues - MAP REFERENCE B
ACCOMMODATION - One night at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel & Guest House (Luxury Guestroom)
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel & Guest House is a luxurious home from home in Franschhoek, the heart of the South African Wine Valley. 5 individually styled suites and 3 peacefully situated cottages provide a blissful base from which to explore the landscapes, vineyards and chef’s tables of South Africa’s Culinary Capital. There are 4 pools and 3 wood burning hot tubs, as well as plenty of shady or sunny spots populated with luxurious vintage loungers. The prime location guarantees sunshine virtually from dawn to dusk.
Encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, the Whale Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty and diversity. This rugged stretch of South African coastline snakes along the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent fynbos-blanketed mountains rising up from the interior. The spectacular scenery is made up of charming seaside villages, farms, rivers, coves and valleys, and during the right season, the region’s namesake – whales – can be seen cruising and wallowing in the coastal waters. Visitors can enjoy visiting the little villages dotting the area, bird watching, whale watching, wine tasting, paragliding, fat bike rides, river rafting, game viewing, mountain biking, and golfing. Don’t miss a visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai - MAP REFERENCE C
ACCOMMODATION - One night at the 5* Arabella Resort, Hermanus (Suite)
An exciting adventure awaits at the Arabella Hotel & Spa. Situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, close to Hermanus’ world-famous whale watching destinations, their hotel invites you to explore a distinctive combination of luxury and convenience. Offering contemporary accommodation and a wide range of five-star amenities Arabella offers exquisite on-site dining options, an award winning spa, a fully equipped fitness center, multiple swimming pools and more. In addition, their signature golf course is ranked in the top 10 in all of South Africa
DAY 5 GOLF - Arabella Golf Course
The Arabella Estate is home to one of the top ranked golf courses in South Africa, with pristine grass, tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards. Designed by Peter Matkovich, the golf course has been enjoyed by celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and professional golfers like Ernie Els and Gary Player. The fabled 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course has consistently been ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa. The 8th hole has been described as one of the most beautiful par 5s in South Africa and the 18th hole was rated one of the finest finishing holes in the country
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, you will find a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses. Set on 11 000 hectares, Gondwana Game Reserve holds the distinction of being the only Fynbos reserve in the world with free roaming Big Five game as well as endangered species like the Cape Mountain Zebra, Black Rhinoceros, and Black Harrier among many others. Its breathtaking beauty will soothe and delight you with its endless mountain views and green rolling hills blanketed in colourful fynbos. The reserve is accessibly situated 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay. It shares the areas´ idyllic climate - second most moderate in the world, and is Malaria-free, offering prime year-round game viewing - MAP REFERENCE D
ACCOMMODATION - Gondwana Game Reserve Kwena Lodge - Two nights (Full board) - Kwena Lodge Room
A modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Each open-plan suite is nestled into its spectacular natural surroundings with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths to warm you upon returning from an evening Big 5 Game Drive. The spacious Safari Lodge Accommodation facilities include a large infinity swimming pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around two open fireplaces, the new covered veranda from which to appreciate the animal life and landscape, and the outdoor African boma (a fire pit and sitting area surrounded by a windbreak fence). Upon arrival at the Safari Park, guests are treated to the finest African Cuisine at Gondwana’s Luxury Hotel, prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients: bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and relaxing sundowners in the picturesque Garden Route.
DAY 6 GOLF - Fancourt Links Golf Course
Situated within the greater precinct of the Fancourt Estate is the private and exclusive golfing phenomena known as The Links. Sculpted into what Gary Player has described as his greatest feat as a course designer, The Links is the golfing hallmark of the Fancourt estate. Featuring an undulating, windswept terrain and dune-style landscape, the course is the collaborative handiwork of golfing icon, Gary Player, course designer, Phil Jacobs and its owner, Dr Hasso Plattner.
The Links is currently ranked as the number one golf course in the country by Golf Digest South Africa, and 38th in Golf Digest US edition’s list of the world’s 100 greatest golf courses that compared 464 courses from 18 countries around the globe
DAY 7 GOLF - Oubaii Golf Course
The illustrious Oubaai Golf Course was designed by champion golfer Ernie Els and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Perched atop the breathtaking Garden Route coastline, Oubaai offers visitors a unique golfing experience, augmented by the occasional whale sighting or the honeyed call of the fish eagle. The Gwaing River mouth runs its course far below the cliff tops while the sea stretches undeterred toward the horizon. Every hole offers its own splendid views
YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
A total of 11 nights accommodation at the following selected Lodges and Hotels:
Lawhill Luxury Apartments, Cape Town (3 nights) - SC
Akademie Street Hotel & Guest House, Franschhoek (1 night) - B&B
Birkenhead House (1 night) - Full board including local beverages
Gondwana Kwena Lodge, Gondwana Game Reserve (2 nights) - FB+
Fancourt Hotel, George (2 nights) - B&B
Conrad Pezula, Knysna (2 nights) - B&B
A total of 7 rounds of golf at the following selected courses:
Pearl Valley Golf Course
Erinvale Golf Course
Arabella Golf Club
Pinnacle Point Golf Course
Fancourt Links Golf Course
Oubaii Golf Course
Simola Golf Estate
Luxury group groud transfers in a Mercedes Sprinter
Domestic flight between George and Johannesburg OR Cape Town (economy)
The Game Drives are included as detailed above. Also included are the PAARL Wine & Chocolate Tasting,
The Spice Route Winery, and Ernie Els Winery visits
All other excursions are optional extras and not included in the trip
You will be in the very safe and knowledgable hands of Graeme Dawson from St Andrews Golf Travel
during your stay along with a dedicated driver
YOUR TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
International airfares to and from South Africa
Cost of obtaining passports or visas
Meals and drinks for the duration of your trip other than those stated in the itinerary
Carts or pull carts for each round
Items of a personal nature (room service, communication charges, spa services, laundry etc)
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Gratuities for any part of your travel
Activities you may wish to add on to your trip
Domestic flights allow two bags per traveller with a maximum weight allowance of 23kg per bag for checked baggage
(including golf clubs) and 7kg per person for hand luggage. Baggage and personal effects are taken at owner’s risk
throughout the tour, and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Please consult your international air carrier
for its specific restrictions regarding weight limits and baggage allowance.
REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION
Once a booking is confirmed a 50% deposit is then due. Final payment is due 120 days prior to arrival. Cancellations must be
received by St Andrews Golf Travel in writing. All deposits are non refundable or transferrable so we strongly recommend that
take our suitable travel insurance to cover you in the event you are unable to travel
It is advisable that all participants take out comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance
for the duration of the trip. Due to the remote and wild areas that will be visited, it is vital that all participants are covered
for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. St Andrews Golf Travel will not be held responsible for participants
travelling without insurance.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
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EVENING GAME DRIVE
MORNING GAME DRIVE
GOLF - Pinnacle Point Golf Course
Overlooking the Indian Ocean near Mossel Bay, and designed by Peter Matkovich and 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, Pinnacle Point is one of the most unique and scenic golf courses in the world. This Clifftop Fynbos Golf Course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land.
EVENING GAME DRIVE
Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters - MAP REFERENCE F
ACCOMMODATION - Two nights Bed and Breakfast at the Conrad Pezula (Luxury Suite)
With its exquisite location in Knysna, Conrad Pezula is Africa’s first true luxury resort. Known for its dramatic scenery, outstanding amenities and personalised service, the hotel has breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and the resort’s championship golf course. With its gourmet cuisine, sumptuous accommodation, world-class spa, and a vast range of outdoor activities, the hotel offers guests an essentially African experience in a relaxed environment. Ultra-luxury beach accommodation is offered in the Private Castle.
DAY 8 GOLF - Simola Golf Course
The Simola Golf Estate has been sculpted into the hills above the picturesque Garden Route town of Knysna and occupies 325 hectares of breath taking landscape that overlook the enchanted forests, town, lagoon and Indian Ocean that lay out before it. The courses location has proved ideal in that the ridges and peaks of the area have provided exceptional protection from the dominant coastal winds that may throw your game off on other courses.
Well bunkered, watered and filled with wildlife roaming in from the surrounding forests, the Simola Golf Estate is an eighteen-hole championship course signed off by the Golden Bear himself and is in fact the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course along the Garden Route.
Fairways are lush, textured affairs that undulate through the run of the course whilst greens are an absolute pleasure to play on. An eclectic mix of par 3’s and 5’s has discerned this course from others and provides a fresh and welcome challenge to all levels of golfing ability
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction - MAP REFERENCE G
SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION (Not included in trip but can be added for a supplement)
Situated in the heart of Sandton's financial district, The Maslow is a specialist business hotel that has consciously been positioned as a game changer, a destination for professionals and portal for travelers to discover unique fascinations within and surrounding the diverse city. The Lacuna Bistro and Bar at The Maslow specialists in locally sourced bistro-style cuisine with a lavish breakfast, power lunch and delectable dinner - all from an inspired ala carte
Should you prefer to fly back to CAPE TOWN from George and stay an extra night, we can also provide recommendations for hotels in the city
ROAD - Throughout your time in South Africa, transportation will be provided in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter vehicle
FLIGHTS - Ecomomy airfare is included between George Airport [GRJ] and Tambo International Airport [JNB] or to Cape Town (CPT)
ACCOMMODATION - Two nights Bed and Breakfast at the 5* Fancourt Hotel (One-bedroom suite)
Fancourt, South Africa’s premier leisure and business resort is situated in the heart of The Garden Route. Ideally located just seven kilometres from both George Airport and the historic town of George, the resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the perfect backdrop.
Tailored for sophistication and the needs of modern-day travel, the luxury rooms serve as indoor sanctuaries for our esteemed patrons. Complete with a separate living area, our One-Bedroom Suites are prime locations for business or leisure, and a perfect match for even the most particular of travellers. Feel at home in any of our 115 beautifully appointed bedrooms or suites.
We take pride in our three Gary Player designed championship golf courses. Montagu and Outeniqua courses rate amongst the best courses in the world and are renowned for their year round condition. The two world class parkland courses capture the natural beauty in the Garden Route and meet the exacting expectations of champions as well as the needs of the improving golfer.