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8-Day Golf and Safari

Southern Sky Adventures: 8-Day Golf and Safari

Day Route Overnight
Day 1, 2 & 3 Pretoria Lombary
Day 4 & 5 Mpumalanga Sabi River Sun
Day 6 & 7 Greater Kruger National Park Malelane Intercontinental
Day 8 Departure Airline

Day 1: Pretoria

SILVER LAKESGuests are met upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport from where they are transferred to their hotel. After some time for freshening up tee off is at the Silver Lakes Country Club situated a stone’s throw from the hotel. Bushveld scenery and a challenging course are the main features of this 18-hole championship golf course. Boasting the innovative design of two of South Africa’s top golf course designers, namely Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes, it is sure to be a rewarding experience. As the name implies, a twenty acre lake is surrounded many smaller lakes and water features attracting a variety of waterfowl and other indigenous bird life which provide a backdrop of natural beauty. The late afternoon brings guests back to their hotel.

Overnight: Lombary

Day 2: Pretoria

Breakfast is followed by a short drive to the Royal Johannesburg Golf Club where tee off is on the East Course. The East Course is a championship layout that has been host to the South African Open Championship no less than seven times. If played from the championship tees it measures 7,531 yards with a more reasonable 6,382 yards when played from the club tees. The course has the unique distinction of boasting the longest back to back par four holes in the world in the 10th and 11th. The 11th is also the signature hole of the course which is telescoped by huge poplar trees. Five tees allow for a varied angle of attack and length which could be varied from a monstrous 457 yards to a milder 382 yards. Guests return to the hotel during the late afternoon.

Overnight: Lombary

Day 3: Pretoria

PECANWOODIt’s off to an early start as the tour makes its way to the course which will be played on the day. The Pecanwood Course is set spectacularly on the shores of the Hartebeespoort dam with sweeping views of the Magaliesberg Mountains. It was opened in 1998 by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus , who was also responsible for the design of the course. It is the first course in South Africa where the greens have been planted with Crenshaw bent grass. The extremely resilient nature of this grass ensures that the greens can always be cut low and kept fast. The signature hole is the 187 yard par three which plays across a corner of the dam to a peninsula tee. The impressive layout and natural setting of the course is sure to make for 18 rewarding holes whatever your standard of golf.

Overnight: Lombary

Day 4: Mpumalanga

BLYDE RIVER CANYONAfter breakfast the tour travels east through the coal rich Highveld and the rolling hills of Mpumalanga to the Mpumalanga Panoramic Route. Here visits are made to the Blyde River Gorge dominated by the triplet peaks of the Three Rondavels and Gods Window, a cleft in the edge of the escarpment from where magnificent views of the Lowveld can be enjoyed. God’s Window is situated in a patch of indigenous forest where many flowering and aromatic plants flourish. A visit is also made to the historical mining village of Pilgrims Rest. It is one of the most perfect examples in the world, of a mining town born during the excitement of an alluvial gold rush. Gold was discovered here in 1873 and the town was declared a national monument in 1986.Guests will have a tour of the world’s largest gold digging area before traveling on to the overnight destination.

Overnight: Sabi River Sun

Day 5: Mpumalanga

SABI RIVER SUNTee off is at the Sabi River Sun Course after breakfast. The course is again the result of the Matkovich and Hays design teams efforts. The Sabi River, one of South Africa’s important water courses, comes into play as the player is challenged by various water hazards in this inspiring valley. During the afternoon we visit some of the areas highlights.

Overnight: Sabi River Sun

Day 6: Greater Kruger National Park

LIONAfter breakfast the tour makes its way to the Malelane Intercontinental hotel situated on the banks of the Crocodile river which forms the Southern Boundary of the Kruger National park. After some time for lunch and freshening up we embark on a game drive in Kruger Park. The area is a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast with close to one hundred and fifty different mammals species ranging from the Brant’s climbing Mouse weighing no more than a few grams to the mighty African Elephant which can weigh up to fifteen thousand pounds. The identified bird species in the area number more than five hundred and the area is blessed with an abundance of flora. The unique insight and knowledge of the guide is sure to add to the enjoyment and understanding of the habits and behavior of the different species.

Overnight: Malelane Intercontinental

Day 7: Greater Kruger National Park

Tee off at South Africa’s most prestigious course which was designed around the concept of creating an Augusta National in Africa. Situated on the Southern Border of the Kruger National Park and with the Crocodile River forming the divide you are sure to be thrilled by the natural setting. Some golfers rate the experience better than both the Gary Player Course at Sun City as well as the Montague at Fancourt. A game drive conducted during the late afternoon could offer the opportunity of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah, readying themselves for the hunt. Both the leopard and lion are nocturnal and would mostly become active during the late afternoon.

Overnight: Malelane Intercontinental

Day 8: Departure

A last morning game drive in Kruger is followed by breakfast. Guests will continue on the non-golf remainder of their two-week trip through South Africa.

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