Exlore Luxury Golf in South Africa
Few North American travelers ventured to South Africa prior to the end of apartheid rule in 1994; but the Rainbow Nation has quickly been making up for lost time, hosting major international events such as 2010 World Cup, and, perhaps more relevant to our clients, the 2003 Presidents Cup at the prestigious Fancourt Estate.
Recommended Itineraries in South Africa
We have listed a few popular sample South African golfing itineraries below. The purpose of this page is to provide a little more information for those interested in a golf trip to South Africa, with groups of courses that make sense to include on one itinerary and the corresponding approximate starting prices. Please know that if you choose to book a trip with us, your group’s itinerary will be created from scratch so that every aspect of your trip is custom-tailored to your group’s needs.
The Garden Route, Cape Town, and Kruger
From $5,999 per golfer*
With the beauty of its gorgeous beaches and famous Table Mountain to provide a majestic backdrop, it is no wonder that Travel & Leisure ranked Cape Town as one of the 10 best cities in the world. We recommend the following itinerary that starts at Fancourt and gradually works west to Cape Town, following the Garden Route through some of the most pristine golfing landscape in South Africa. End your journey up close and personal with the big 5 at one of the Kruger area’s outstanding private game reserves.
Day 1: Arrive in George
Day 2: Play Pezula
Day 3: Play Fancourt-Montagu
Day 4: Play Pinnacle Point
Day 5: Play Fancourt-Links
Day 6: Drive to Cape Town, stopping for lunch and whale watching in Hermanus
Day 7: Tour the Stellenbosch wine region
Day 8: Play Arabella
Day 9: Explore Cape Town
Day 10: Fly to Kruger area for safari
Day 11: Play Leopard Creek
Day 12: Safari
Day 13: Depart South Africa
Johannesburg and Kruger
•Jock Safari Lodge
From $5,799 per golfer*
The northeast part of South Africa is home to the country’s largest and busiest city, Johannesburg, as well as the popular resort destination Sun City and one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries, Kruger National Park. Follow our suggested itinerary below and play five of South Africa’s best courses, visit Johannesburg’s famous Apartheid Museum, and come face to face with some of Africa’s majestic wildlife at South Africa’s premier wildlife reserve.
Day 1: Travel to Sun City
Day 2: Play Lost City
Day 3: Explore Sun City
Day 4: Play Gary Player
Day 5: Explore Johannesburg
Day 6: Play Glendower
Day 7: Play Royal Johannesburg & Kensington
Day 8: Travel Day
Day 9: Jock Safari Lodge
Day 10: Play Leopard Creek
Day 11: Jock Safari Lodge
Day 12: Depart South Africa
Safari Planning in South Africa
No vacation to South Africa would be complete without a visit to one of the country’s many world-famous wildlife preserves. The continent of Africa is full of exotic wildlife and spectacular scenery, but what makes a South African safari particularly special is that you can experience the serenity of the bush and the majesty of the animals while staying in comfort and style. South Africa’s luxury safari lodges are private paradises where opulence and nature merge into an unforgettable experience. Each lodge has only a handful of rooms in order to ensure that each guest’s needs are fully met, and amenities such as private pools for every room are the norm.
When people think of a South African safari, most of them think of Kruger National Park in the country’s northeast. While it’s true that many of South Africa’s best safari lodges are found in and around the flagship preserve, the rest of the country also offers a number of outstanding options that should not be overlooked. The Eastern Cape’s Shamwari and Kwandwe Game Reserves, as well as the Western Cape’s Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, one of the few places in the world where you can view white lions in the wild, are all fantastic upscale options for viewing the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).
One of the many pleasures of visiting a South African safari lodge is the freedom to simply do nothing at all in a luxurious, exotic setting, if you wish. Most visitors choose to indulge in a full day’s activities, however, whether it’s a game drive or guided safari walk with professional guides and trackers, a visit to a local community, or enjoying a world-class spa treatment. Here is a sample of what a daily itinerary might look like:
6:00am-7:00am – Breakfast
7:00am-10:00am – Morning game drive in open-viewing vehicle
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm – Safari walk / spa treatment
3:30pm-6:30pm – Afternoon game drive in open-viewing vehicle
7:30-10:00 – Dinner and drinks
Where to safari? Check out the adjacent map for the best safari destinations to include on your South Africa itinerary: