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8 Day Golf, Cape Town and Garden Route

Southern Sky Adventures: 8 Day Golf, Cape Town and Garden Route

Day Route Overnight
Day 1, 2 & 3 Cape Town Erinvale
Day 4 Arniston Arniston
Day 5, 6 & 7 Garden Route Fancourt
Day 8 Departure Airline

Day 1: Cape Town

Guests are met upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport from where a day is spent exploring one the world’s most beautiful cities. Table Mountain, arguably the most famous natural landmark in Africa is first on the agenda. From Table Mountain one of the most impressive views of the world can be enjoyed, the Indian Ocean and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, the Cape Peninsula which sinks away and allows these two great oceans to meet at Cape Point. We also visit the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which had its conception when the mining magnate and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes donated the land to the people of South Africa. The garden is home to 4,000 of the 18,000 species of flora which are found in South Africa and creates a most remarkable display.

Overnight: Erinvale Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Cape Town

Tee off is after breakfast on the Erinvale course, an 18 hole championship course designed by Gary Player. It has hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1996 and is gaining a reputation as one of the Cape’s finest courses. Superb views over the Hottentots Holland as well as the Helderberg make the setting of the course a scenic delight. The first nine are situated in a valley and feature quite a few hazards but are relatively easy if compared with the second nine which mostly stretch over mountainous terrain and can be quite challenging. After some time for lunch and relaxation we visit the adjacent Vergelegen wine estate where some of South Africa’s finest can be sampled before returning to the hotel during the late afternoon.

Overnight: Erinvale

Day 3: Cape Town

ERINVALEThe Royal Cape has the distinction of being South Africa’s oldest course. A true championship course, it has played host to the South African Open no less than eleven times. It is essentially a parkland course with exceptional views of the Table Mountain Range. The well maintained fairways are narrow and tree lined and several water features also add to the degree of difficulty and enjoyment of this course.. We begin play on this marvelous course during the mid morning after which the late afternoon is spent at leisure at Erinvale.

Overnight: Erinvale

Day 4: Arniston

The tour traces the coast from Gordon’s Bay, traversing the towns of Rooi Els and Betties Bay on the way to Hermanus. En route several stops are made at vantage points from where the Southern Right Whale can potentially be spotted. These whales frequent the waters of South Africa’s coastline during the months of June to November. They travel approximately 2000 miles from the Southern Ocean to give birth in these waters. Spotting these graceful mammals regally splashing about is a most rewarding experience. Lunch is enjoyed in Hermanus with its sweeping views of Walker Bay, said to be the best place on the entire coast from which to whale watch. There will also be the option to cage dive with nature’s greatest Apex predator, the great white shark. Reaching 20 feet in length and 2 tons in weight, these waters and those of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia are home to the largest number of great whites in the world. After some time spent in Hermanus the tour continues via Gansbaai and Bredasdorp to the quaint fishing village of Arniston. The village takes its name from a tragic shipwreck which occurred in these treacherous waters in 1815. The village is situated a stone’s throw from the southern tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and the coastline surrounding it is noted for its bizarre marine erosions of which the most famous is the Waenhuiskrans, an enormous cavern eroded from the cliffs within walking distance of Arniston. After a visit to the Waenhuiskrans we retire to the overnight destination.

Overnight: Arniston

Day 5: Garden Route

Fancourt offers three originally designed Gary Player golf courses – including The Links, which Gary Player has often referred to as his greatest design feat. The Links, Montagu & Outeniqua golf courses are all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. In 2014, The Links is ranked No. 1 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA and No. 34 in the world by USA Golf Digest. The Montagu is ranked No. 6 and the Outeniqua No. 17 by Golf Digest SA.

Since opening in the early 90’s with just 27 Gary Player designed holes, Fancourt’s Outeniqua and Montagu golf courses have matured and developed into two of the finest 1 hole parkland layouts in the country. A round on either is a special experience, sculpted and finished as they are, with rare attention to detail and designed with the coastal George winds in mind.

Overnight: Fancourt

Day 6: Garden Route

The Links at Fancourt hosted a very successful Presidents Cup in 2003 and has since become one of South Africa’s most highly rated and sought after courses. A man made Links the course is difficult and it would be prudent to carry some additional balls. Gary Player has ensured an almost perfect balance between hazards, length and shot value. The course has been compared favorably with some of Scotland’s finest links courses and the morning round is sure to be the highlight of your Cape and Garden Route golf tour. The afternoon is spent at leisure.

Overnight: Fancourt

Day 7: Garden Route

After breakfast guests travel to George where they board the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. The Choo-Tjoe is the very last of the scheduled South African steam railway services and it plies between George and Knysna daily. The Choo-Tjoe starts its journey from George and puffs its way through Victoria Bay, over the Kaaiman’s River Bridge, through Wilderness and over the Goukamma Valley before descending to Knysna. Some dramatic scenery which brings to life the grandeur of the garden route enjoyed by a means of travel which remind of a gentler and more romantic age is sure to make this an unforgettable experience. Guests are met at Knysna Station from where we devote the afternoon to playing Pezula. Situated high above the Indian Ocean on one of Knysna’s famous heads. A relatively new course, utmost care has been taken in the design as to ensure a great golfing experience on a sight which could hardly be more perfect. We return to Fancourt during the late afternoon.

Overnight: Fancourt

Day 8: Departure

The morning is spent at leisure after which guests will continue on the non-golf remainder of their two-week trip through South Africa.

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