Mad About South Africa
This South Africa golf holiday brings to life South Africa’s rich history, traditions, awe-inspiring landscapes, iconic game viewing at Kruger National Park, boutique wines and quality golf courses stretching from Sun City to Cape Town.
South Africa has a diversity in cultural tourist attractions, with many of South Africa’s attractions commemorating the past, from the ancient nomadic San culture to resistance to European conquest and apartheid rule of the 1900’s.
Golf Memories that Stay With You
Golfers have a fabulous selection of quality golf courses on tour, from the resort courses at Sun City to the breath taking views at the coastal course of Pezula to the manicured layout at Fancourt and the links style layout at Atlantic Beach. If you enjoy the challenge of a coastal course, there is a stunning selection available. If you prefer playing at altitude, where the ball flies that much further, the selection is just as exciting.
Rural South Africa Still a Remnant of the Past
You can still experience true African culture in the rural areas. There are entire communities and regions where locals still live in huts, or in basic housing, in the same the way past generations lived. Here you will find that men still pay dowries for their brides, cattle is a central status of wealth, traditional artwork flourishes, and best of all, dancing, singing, and music are an important part of life.
A Cultural Melting Pot
South Africa’s culture is a unique blend of many people descending from African, Asian, and European groups. Archbishop Desmond Tutu best described South Africa when he called it “the Rainbow Nation.” Some of the predominant groups are the Venda, Sotho, Nguni (for which the Zulus and Xhosa are the largest, most well-known sub-groups), and the Shangaan-Tsonga, the four largest ethnic groups in South Africa. Other predominant groups are the Afrikaners of Dutch descent, whites of British ancestry, and large groups with Indian roots.
Major urban areas are melting pots of culture where you will find shops and vendors selling foods and goods of all different types. On the streets you can sample samoosas and curries, racks of slowly cured biltong (like beef jerky) and barter hand-made African art, paintings, and wood-carvings.
Big Five Game Viewing: Kruger Park
The Kruger National Park boasts some 2 million hectares of bushveld vegetation and over 140 different mammal species are to be found here. You’ll drive in open safari game vehicles with an experienced nature guide. You’ll experience up-close encounters in the wild as you get close to antelope, giraffe, baboons, elephant and sometimes even lions. Astonishing to consider that South Africa has less than 1% of the world’s land surface, it has 6% of the world’s known mammal and reptile species and 10% of the world’s plant, fish, and bird species.
There are a total of six different floral kingdoms in the world, one of which is located in South Africa – the Cape Floral Kingdom. This region encompasses 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are unique to this country and grow nowhere else in the world.
The country is rich in local museums and historical battlefields from the Anglo-Zulu War and the South African (Anglo-Boer) War. Famous sites include Isandlwana in KwaZulu-Natal, Kimberley’s Magersfontein, Spioenkop and the battle of Bloodriver both in Kwazulu-Natal. The Voortrekker Monument and Pretoria city tour will give any visitor to South Africa a real crash course in the history of this country that lies on the southern tip of Africa.
Cape Winelands: Sip, Swirl and Sample Award Winning Wines
The wine making industry got a huge boost with the landing of a few hundred French Huguenots in the Cape colony at the end of the 1600’s. Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek forms a triangle between green valleys and mountains where the traditional heartland of the South African Wine industry is firmly rooted. One of our tour favourites is always a lunch at a local wine farm in the beautiful wine lands.
Garden Route: Seaside Towns and Fortified Wines
Further afield along Route 62 (the longest wine route in the world stretching to the Garden Route) you can expect a variety of fine wines, ports, sherries, brandy’s and other fortified wines as well as dried fruits and fresh produce at small towns and food stalls dotted along the way.
The Garden Route offers diversity from Ostrich show farms in Oudtshoorn to the Elephant Park near Knysna where members of the tour have an opportunity to get up close and personal to the African Elephant, feeding and touching them in the “be touched by an elephant tour experience.” Non-golfers can explore the Knysna Estuary by boat and enjoy locally cultivated oysters.
Cape Town and African Penguins
The African Penguin is endemic to South Africa and Namibia with several colonies of them thrive just outside Cape Town. Just a few 100 meters down the boardwalk you can capture on camera these waddling wonders at Boulders Beach in Simonstown or see a colony when visiting Robben Island. Just 20 minutes further down the Cape Peninsula from the Boulders Penguin beach you will find the 7 500 ha Cape Point nature reserve and the most South-Westerly point on the African continent. Look down at Diaz Point lighthouse and some of the highest cliffs on the South African coastline.
You will be impressed with the quality of the accommodation, golf courses and the many inclusions on this South Africa golf holiday. Our local guide is one of the best we have come across and your safety is assured.
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