South Coast Golf & Big Five Safari

South Africa is one of the world’s premier golfing destinations, with a history in the sport both long and august. South Africa owns such illustrious names as Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Justin Rose, and of course the most famous South African golfer of all, Gary Player.

Join us on some of the many world-class courses and links situated along the beautiful South Coast of KwaZulu/Natal. This is an epic tour of some of the region’s finest courses, which of course means some of the finest facilities in the world. And in between games enjoy a Big Five safari to the oldest wildlife conservancy in South Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland National Park.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ramsgate Relaxation

Today you are met at Durban International Airport by your host and guide in a new, air-conditioned eight-seater Mercedes Vito with golf trailer, your transport for the rest of your holiday. A fantastic drive along the hilly green countryside hugging the Indian Ocean brings you to the picturesque holiday town of Ramsgate, a perfect base for your golfing itinerary. Your home is of the highest standard and includes daily house service as well as a swimming pool, canoe access to the lagoon, outdoor barbeque facilities, pool area bar, breakfast etc. Today you can relax or take a 3 min stroll to the beach or shine your clubs for tomorrow’s opening round.
Today’s inclusions:
-Airport pick-up
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 2: Golf - Margate Country Club

After breakfast head off to nearby Margate Country Club, a beautiful but relatively easy opening round to loosen up ahead of the more difficult courses which lie ahead. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering, which works a treat given the beautiful natural surroundings of your home, or restaurant with transport to and from included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 3: Golf - Wild Coast Golf Club

After breakfast a 30 minute drive gets you into Wild Coast territory and the famous championship Wild Coast Sun Golf Course, a real challenge if the wind is blowing. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 4: Golf - San Lameer Country Club

After breakfast a short drive takes you to San Lameer, an exhilarating course set on the sub-tropical coast, this is a fun course but beware the water. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 5: Big 5 Safari - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Early morning departure for our three-day safari with your tour leader and state registered senior guide Sean Ross. The tour passes through sub-tropical landscape along the warm Indian Ocean waters lined with holiday towns. Rolling hills, sugar plantations and rural settlements characterize the setting before passing through Durban, South Africa’s third largest city with approximately 3.5 million inhabitants. The journey to Hluhluwe takes about 3.5 hours. We stop for a breakfast break midway. We arrive at our 4 star Private Bush Lodge outside Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park late-morning. After relaxing at the pool and a light lunch we have the option to do a 1 hour game walk in the lodge grounds with close up views of giraffe, gnu and other antelope. Around mid-afternoon we depart on an open safari vehicle for a 3-hour game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big 5 game park, Africa’s oldest having been established in 1895.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-1-hr walking safari
-Lunch
-3-hr open vehicle safari
-dinner
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 6: Big 5 Safari - St Lucia Wetlands Boat Safari

The day stars with a pre-dawn Safari, the best time of the day to view the animals, especially the cats which are still hunting in the cool air before resting as the day starts heating up. Again we depart from our Lodge in an open safari vehicle. We return to the Lodge for a late breakfast. We depart mid-morning for St Lucia, stopping along the way at the Zamimphilo Art and Craft village where you have an opportunity to buy some local hand made Zulu art, the proceeds of which go directly to the local communities. We arrive at the Isimangaliso Wetlands, (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, for lunch. The park is South Africa’s third largest at 1,700 square kilometers and hosts an incredible five ecosystems. After lunch we relax around the pool of our river fronting 3 star Protea Elephant Lake hotel before our late afternoon boat cruise up the St Lucia river. The two hour boat trip will guarantee you fantastic views of Hippo and Crocodile as well as a wonderful selection of bird life. The day is rounded off with a dinner at a fine local restaurant where the brave can sample crocodile meat and other wild dishes.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-3-hr open vehicle safari
-Lunch
-2-hr boat safari
-dinner
-3 Star hotel

Day 7: Big 5 Safari - Shakaland Zulu Culture Village

After a relaxing breakfast at out Elephant Lake Hotel we depart for the heart of Zululand where the kings of the Zulu nation hold their seats. Our journey brings us to Shakaland, a living Zulu village where guests, under the guidance of a Zulu, can learn much there is to know about the Zulu people, South Africa’s largest tribal group with over 9 million members. Included on our 2 hour tour of the village is the role of women in society, including the making of beer, food, pottery, weaving etc, and the traditional role of the men, including spear making and fighting tactics. Closer knowledge of the traditional healers and medicine men’s practices are also on display as well as a fantastic 30 minute exhibition of energetic Zulu and related tribal dances. The tour is concluded with a fantastic lunchtime meal which includes traditional Zulu staples such as maize, samp (cracked maize), spinach, beans and a fine selection of meats, cheeses etc. We arrive at Ramsgate at 17:00.
Today’s inclusions: -breakfast
-2-hr Zulu culture tour
-traditional Zulu buffet lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 8: Golf - Southbroom Golf Club

After breakfast a short drive takes you to the pretty course of Southbroom, average difficulty but beautifully laid out along the coastline. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 9: Golf - Port Shepstone Country Club

After breakfast a 20 minute drive gets you to Port Shepstone Golf Club, and enjoyable course with its two nines, one parkland, the other links-type open wind-swept course along coastline. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 10: Golf - Selborne Golf Estate

After breakfast a 45 minute drive gets you back up coast and into the rolling hillsides of Selborne Golf Estate, a thrilling course for all golfing types. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 11: Golf - San Lameer Country Club

Today you have the chance to replay this thrilling course. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 12: Golf - Wild Coast Golf Club

Today you have the chance to replay the challenging Wild Coast Sun Golf Course. Lunch is included at the Club House. Transport to and from the course is included. Dinner is at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-green fees
-motorized golf cart
-golf club lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 13: Ramsgate Free Day

Today you are free to either relax on the beautiful sun-baked white sand beaches of Ramsgate, or join your guide on a day trip to a location of your choice including a tour of a coffee farm, lunch overlooking the stunning Oribi Gorge, arts and crafts shopping, a local child help project deep in rural territory etc. Day tour transport is included as is lunch. Dinner is again at your leisure, either self catering or restaurant, with transport to and from the restaurant included.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-day trip
-lunch
-4 Star guest lodge

Day 14: Ramsgate Free Day

After breakfast, and depending on your departure times, we get ready for your escorted return to Durban International Airport. A late departure allows you good time to relax at your lodge, digest your holiday and prepare for the exciting journey home. Thank you and Bon Voyage.
Today’s inclusions:
-breakfast
-airport transport

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