Big Game & Golf Safari South Africa Tour 3
Entabeni, Kruger, Cape Town & Knysna
Tour 3 - Trip Summary: 11 Nights / 12 Days
- Day 1 & 2 - Kingfisher Lodge, Entabeni Game Reserve
- Day 3, 4 & 5 - Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park
- Day 6, 7 & 8 - Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town
- Day 9, 10 & 11 - Kanonkop House, Knysna, Garden Route
- Day 12 - Depart for home from JHB International Airport
Safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg by international flight. Road transfer to Entabeni Game Reserve.
Entabeni Game Reserve – Kingfisher Lodge – 2 Nights / Signature Championship Course
Included: All meals, local beverages, laundry service, daily activities, green fees, 19th hole helicopter flight.
Entabeni Game Reserve
Entabeni Safari Conservancy, rightfully dubbed “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. Approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000 hectare malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. This Big 5 reserve is complemented by five different lodges, each comprising a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness, perfectly set in different immaculate locations of the reserve. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600m high cliffs. The lower escarpment is approximately three degrees warmer and comprises of “sandveld” vegetation and a series of wetlands.
Set on the banks of Lake Entabeni, this intimate, exclusive lodge entices guests outdoors onto its wooden decks. The eight deluxe bedrooms are stylishly decorated and feature fireplaces, mini-bars and private decks. The Lodge has magnificent views of the lake with the Entabeni Mountain as a backdrop. The lounge and dining area with a cosy fireplace ensures a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere.
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Championship Course
The unique “world-in-one” Signature Championship Course has each of its 18 holes designed by a different world golfing legend. It is the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African Challenge. In addition, you can take the challenge of the world famous Par 3, the Extreme 19th. It is the world’s longest and highest Par 3, providing every golfer with an unforgettable golfing experience. Accessible only by helicopter, the tee is situated atop Hanglip Mountain with a 361 metre shot to the green, located 400 breath-taking metres below the tee.
In addition, visitors can play The Tribute Course. This ten-hole Par-3 course, has each of its holes modelled on the best and most famous Par-3 holes in the world. It is designed to be played in approximately 2 hours and takes you on a journey around the best holes in the world, providing a stunning additional golf experience to the Championship 18-hole Signature Course.
The Signature Clubhouse serves as the halfway house for the Signature Course and offers breakfasts and light lunches. Facilities include a health gym, changing rooms, golf pro shop, clubhouse boma, viewing deck and splash pool.
Road transfer to Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park – Lukimbi Safari Lodge – 3 Nights / Leopard Creek Golf Course
Included: All meals, local beverages, laundry service, daily activities, green fees, private guide* & private vehicle* (*with private tour option).
The Greater Kruger
The Kruger National Park is the second oldest National Park in the world and arguably the best-known of Africa’s great wildlife sanctuaries. At 6 million acres, the Park is one of the largest in the world and has the greatest diversity of fauna and flora of any African park. A leader in environmental management, the Kruger National Park offers visitors fantastic Big Five sightings, as well as viewing of endangered game such as the African wild dog and birdwatching of over 507 bird species.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Situated in a private concession in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park, the lodge overlooks the Lwakahle River and has 14 Classic Suites and 2 Premier Suites. Twice daily game drives take place in the morning and afternoon and off-road driving for high –profile species is allowed under strictly controlled circumstances. The main area comprises a library and extensive decks and living areas with a bar and lounge that overlooks a waterhole where animals come to drink. An open-air boma is the perfect place to take in the spectacular night skies while dining out under the stars.
Leopard Creek Golf Course
This ultra exclusive golf course is hands down, South Africa’s best wildlife / safari golfing experience. Bordering the Kruger National Park and separated by nothing less than the Crocodile River, the course represents African golf at its best with indigenous bushveld bordering the immaculate fairways and greens. The emerald green surfaces and white sculpted bunkers are naturally protected from the resident wildlife through innovative architecture and landscaping.
That said, hazards at Leopards Creek certainly take on a new meaning with sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant being all too common. A dream for the safari enthusiast!
Leopard Creek is another of the Gary Player designed courses and the old master chose to go with a parklands layout measuring in at 6665m. Gary Player is especially proud of the par -five 18th with its island green and the par-four 9th with its peninsula green jutting out of the same body of water. The 505m parfive 13th is one of Leopard Creek’s most memorable holes. Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32m above the level of the water, offering magnificent views up the river.
The elegant clubhouse is sited on the bank of the Crocodile River. The lounge leads on to a covered patio – watch play on the 9th and 18th greens or enjoy a leisurely cocktail and a superb view of the animals in the Kruger National Park. A second terrace leading out from a fully equipped bar offers spectacular sunset vistas over the river. An extensive, professional kitchen serves full meals. A fully stocked Pro Shop, well-appointed changing facilities and individual lockers, spike-proof carpeting throughout and covered parking for golf carts cater for the most discerning golfer.
Road transfer to Skukuza Airport for a scheduled flight to Cape Town.
Cape Town - Table Bay Hotel – 3 Nights / Steenberg Golf Course
Included: Breakfasts, lunches on tour, green fees, local tours as per itinerary
Cape Town rightly takes its place among the most beautiful cities in the world. The Table Mountain massif holds centre stage in this cosmopolitan city that offers limitless opportunities for tourists to explore history, culture, nature, incredible vistas and delectable food. The Cape Grace hotel will be the base from which to explore the city, surrounds and wine country with an expert local guide on daily tours tailored to suit individual needs. Cape Town highlights include: a drive down the beautiful Atlantic seaboard and along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak, get up close to African penguins at the Boulders Beach colony, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Castle of Good Hope, or the District Six Museum, take a revolving cable-car to the top of Table Mountain, drive to the historic Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek where you can explore the local wineries and enjoy chocolate, cheese and wine tastings, or visit the seaside town of Hermanus, reputed to be one of the best land-based whale-watching venues in the world.
Table Bay Hotel
Situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the 5-star luxury Table Bay hotel is perfectly positioned against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 329 fully air-conditioned luxury hotel rooms and suites are all either mountain or sea-facing with spectacular views of Cape Town’s most treasured attractions.
Steenberg Golf Course
Set in the heart of the tranquil Constantia Winelands and surrounded by the Constantiaberg Mountain Range, it is of little wonder that Steenberg Golf Club is rated one of the most prestigious Golf Courses in South Africa. Golfers will find this 18-hole Peter Matkovich championship course not only exceptionally beautiful, but equally challenging. Five different tees provide a fabulous range of play that caters from junior to championship level and features four distinct environmental areas - Wetlands, Parklands, Fynbos and The Cape Flats. The grounds abound in wildlife and are meticulously manicured by the staff.
The club is the envy of many and has recently been voted Best Golf Resort in the World Outside of the USA by Conde Naste Traveller and 2nd Best in the World overall. Signature holes are the 7th and the 14th, whilst the 19th hole has one of the best views in the country overlooking the 18th green and dam with the Table Mountain Range as the backdrop. In addition to exceptional golfing, Steenberg also offers visitors a range of other signature experiences. Other attractions include the estate winery, the fine dining Catharina’s Restaurant, a world class Golf Academy, fully stocked Pro-Shop, Luxury Spa, 5-star Hotel and an exclusive Club House. Practice facilities include a 350m double-sided driving range, four practice greens and a practice pitching area.
Scheduled commercial flight to George Airport, followed by a road transfer to Knysna.
Knysna – Kanonkop House – 3 Nights / Pezula Championship Course & Simola Golf Course
Included: Breakfasts, green fees, local tours as per itinerary
Embracing an exquisitely beautiful lagoon and surrounded by ancient forests, Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) is probably the most famous town on the Garden Route. Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture. The town is famous for its oyster festival, arty and friendly vibe and the most magnificent views from Leisure Isle to the Knysna Heads.
Kanonkop House commands breathtaking beautiful views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs dominating the entrance to the Indian Ocean (the famous ‘Knysna Heads’), yet is tranquilly positioned in a private and peaceful indigenous forest only 5 minutes drive from the centre of town. This boutique establishment comprises only 6 en-suite bedrooms, each with their own character and individually created and named. The stunning Forest Room is set in a private indigenous forest with glimpses of the sparkling lagoon through the trees. This tranquil, large open plan room includes an extra length king size bed, a bath and separate shower, separate toilet, a reading lounge and wall mounted television area, a work nook, and a private deck. The grounds at Kanonkop House include a swimming pool, sundeck, outdoor lounge, terrace and bar.
Pezula Championship Course
Located in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route in the picturesque town of Knysna, the Pezula Golf Club is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens situated atop a massive bluff overlooking both the stunning Southern Cape coastline and the entrance to the Kynsna lagoon. This breathtakingly beautiful, award-winning 18-hole golf course was designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, and offers players a challenging and rewarding golf experience requiring a full range of shots. The Pezula Golf Club offers Clubhouse facilities that are in keeping with the overall five-star experience which includes a lounge, restaurant and bar leading onto a terrace with spectacular views, a pro-shop, short game practice area and putting green.
Simola Golf Course
A round of golf at Simola is a breathtaking experience. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is built within two natural amphitheatres with glorious views from every corner of the Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna Lagoon and the Indian Ocean beyond. The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5's and five par 3's adds a new dimension to the game. The golf clubhouse has a well-stocked pro-shop as well as spacious changing rooms and a lovely restaurant and bar area. Simola truly offers a piece of South African golfing paradise.
Road transfer to George Airport for a scheduled commercial flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
The Safari ends in Johannesburg
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