Explore the Cape's finest attractions and play its best golf courses during a comprehensive green expedition.
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Day 1-10: Private African Sky Guide & Vehicle
Guests are met and welcomed at Cape Town International Airport. From here you’ll have the opportunity of experiencing a few of Cape Town’s world-famous attractions under the direction of your experienced African Sky guide. The looming Table Mountain was first summited by António de Saldanha in 1503 when he named it ‘Taboa do Cabo’ or ‘Table of the Cape’. Send a postcard from the upper cable station post office, take a mountaintop walk along one of the established walkways or simply enjoy the fantastic panoramic views across the Cape Peninsula. During the cooler part of the day, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens under Skeleton Gorge. Established in 1913, these gardens attempt to provide a comprehensive display of the region’s indigenous flora and include an impressive Baobab Tree in the new greenhouse. The recently completed ‘Boomslang’ treetop canopy walkway in the Enchanted Forest now provides folks with the opportunity to experience life in the treetops. Following the exploration of Cape Town's highlights, guests are transferred to their overnight accommodation.
Today play is on Arabella not far from the seaside town of Hermanus – known for its excellent land-based whale-watching, Arabella is the region’s only golf resort. Course designer Peter Matkovich embraced the lagoon by having the finishing holes on each nine-run alongside its wide and gentle waters, making for spectacular golf terrain. The course features generous playing corridors with white bunker sand framing the greens. Nevertheless, it’s a challenging test for the good player, even more so when the wind blows during the summer. The course has troubled the professionals in recent years. The tougher holes come on early, at the inland 3rd, 4th, and 6th, all exacting par fours in terms of length and difficulty. The 9th and 16th are shortish par fours where you can risk all with your driver or play cautiously. The round ends with a par three, the 17th, edging the lagoon, and a long curving par following the shoreline, where a sinuous bunker in the only barrier preventing your golf ball from disappearing into the wetland. Before returning to Cape Town your tour stops in the charming seaside town of Hermanus for a late lunch.
Some time is then spent in Walker Bay visiting various vantage points from where whales may potentially be spotted. The tour makes it's way back to Cape Town after a memorable day.
A drive over the spectacular Chapman's Peak pass, cut into the 650m high Chapman's Peak, leads the tour through the town of Noordhoek to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. A botanical and scenic delight the reserve is home to several antelope species as well as a great diversity of flowering plants and birds. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the edge of Cape Point, where it is said the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean. This Cape, which has played such a central role in the tales and legends of the ocean, was and remains an important landmark located at the South Western Edge of Africa, it was said that this was where the two halves of the world, east, and west, met. The tour traces the Indian Ocean on the way back to Cape Town stopping at Boulders Beach, an attractive secluded beach, comprising a tumble of huge round rocks on a sandy shore.
On this morning a short transfer to Steenberg follows breakfast. Designed by the renowned Peter Matkovich and opened in 1996, Steenberg is not only located on the site of South Africa’s oldest farm, which produced its first wines in 1695 but is also one of the most exclusive residential estates in the country. The course is predominantly parkland in design and feel and passes through four types of terrain: wetlands, parklands, Cape Flats, and fynbos, greatly enhancing the unique golfing experience on offer. Wherever you find yourself on the course, the Constantiaberg Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to celebrated views of Cape Dutch buildings, oak avenues, vineyards, indigenous bush and mountain flora. Other pleasing features are the many elevated tee boxes set amongst the vineyards, creating great vantage points from which to take in the scenic setting. Practice facilities available include a driving range, a chipping area with bunkers and large putting green. The course’s 19th hole is a luxurious but jolly one, with an outside patio overlooking the green of the final hole, a par five guarded on the right by a water hazard. Matkovich set up the course to allow for blistery Cape winds, making it playable in varying conditions. Steenberg’s signature is the consistency, attractiveness, and balance of all 18 of its holes. Following the round of golf, guests are transferred to their overnight accommodation where the late afternoon is spent at leisure.
The focus of the morning is playing Pearl Valley . A signature Jack Nicklaus design, his extensive use of bunkering and water make this a premier championship course that has already hosted two South African Opens. This was Nicklaus’s second South African design, and the routing and shaping reflect his creative abilities. The bunkers present constant challengers hole after hole, their sandy presence forcing golfers to take brave routes that can be disastrous. Back tees can stretch the course to 6,801 meters (22,312 feet), making it a natural SA Open venue. Ernie Els scored 64 in the final round of the 2008 Open, but before that, he had shot 77 three times, evidence of how difficult the course can be. The nearby village of Franschhoek – ‘French Corner’ - owes its existence to a small group of French Huguenots who were settled here in the latter half of the 17th century and began working the Drakenstein Valley. Many of the settlers named their new farms after the areas in France from which they originated. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabriere, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms - most of which still retain their original buildings to this day. If time allows we’ll pay a visit to the village before and one or two of the fine wine farms in the region before check-in at the overnight accommodation.
The day is dedicated to exploring the irresistibly charming streets of Stellenbosch and enjoying wine tastings at a selection of nearby estates. Stellenbosch is the second oldest settlement in South Africa and boasts beautiful examples of well-preserved Cape Dutch architecture. Rife with gourmet eateries, art galleries, boutiques, and historic finds, visitors may find it difficult to depart. The afternoon is devoted to sampling wines at farms that form part of the Stellenbosch wine route . Guests return to their overnight accommodations in the late afternoon.
From the Winelands town of Franschhoek, we make our way to the town of Robertson, named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Church minister, Dr. William Robertson. In this once far-flung valley, agriculture and wagon building were the district's original industries. Later ostrich farming was the primary source of income but that collapsed shortly after World War I. Farmers then switched to wine and fruit production. In subsequent years several successful racehorse studs were also founded. The wine industry in Robertson grew from less than twenty-five to more than fifty registered cellars. A number have received the highest awards, both locally and internationally. Notable cellars include Graham Beck, Springfield, Bon Cap, Majors Hill, and Excelsior Estate. We’ll make a stop at one of these fine estates. Later we'll make our way to Montagu, then Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp, before reaching South Africa's ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn. Once there'll we'll cross the Outeniqua Mountains and travel to George. The nearby blue waters of the Indian Ocean are but a stone's throw away. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today is dedicated to playing the prestigious Fancourt Links . The fairways and tees blend in cool-season grasses such as Kentucky Blue, Rye and Fescue while the greens are a dominant Bent. This Links-style course, the only one of its kind in the country, blends the surreal organic bloom of the environment with a rewarding play structure.
Designed by the celebrated golfer and architect Gary Player, the Fancourt Links Golf Course is one of South Africa’s most remarkable golf design and construction accomplishments. Course owner Hasso Plattner has stated that he wants to provide golfers with the most natural golf experience available, which is essential “what golf is all about”. Player’s design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland and then, armed with inspiration from the best that those countries had to offer, embarked on the ambitious task of recreating some of their finest holes to make a genuine links test on what was once an airfield. Fancourt Links hosted the President’s Cup in 2003 and remains esteemed among amateur and professional golfers alike. The afternoon is spent at leisure enjoying the natural spoils of the Fancourt Estate.
After breakfast, the tour travels further down the coast and plays the Pezula Golf Course , with its breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean. Perched on the Garden Route’s cliff-capped coastline, the links-style Pezula’s awe-inspiring position has been compared to California’s Pebble Beach and Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands. Following your round at Pezula, the tour heads to the Knysna Quays, where we cross the Knysna Lagoon by ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Featherbed is a unique 150 ha private reserve which encompasses the entire western head of Knysna, offering sweeping views across the lagoon and the ocean as well as the treacherous passage between the two, which claimed many a ship during Knysna’s days as an exporter of timber. The reserve is one of South Africa’s heritage sites and is home to two of the Garden Route’s natural icons; the Knysna Loerie and the blue duiker. Your visit includes an open cart trip up the headland onto the reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. A specialist guide will provide information on the area’s history, fauna, and flora. After driving through the reserve to the top of the head, guests can take the optional 2.2 kilometers guided walk, passing through Milkwood forests onto the steep sandstone cliffs, into ancient Khoi Khoi sea caves and along a scenic coastal path fringed with aromatic fynbos.
During the morning guest play Fancourt Montagu . Originally developed by renowned South African golfer Gary Player, the Fancourt Montagu Golf Course recently underwent a handsome face-lift by Scottish golf course architect David McLay Kidd. The 1st and 9th holes were completely remodeled, providing an updated and enhanced the experience of this first-rate course. In 2017, the course was ranked 6th in the country by Golf Digest SA. Montagu is considered one of the best-conditioned courses in the country. Your round of golf is followed by a transfer to George Airport for. a flight to Cape Town after a memorable golf tour in South Africa's Western Cape Province.
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