South African Golf Safari, Kruger National Park - Surrounds

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Day 1 – Johannesburg to Manyatta Rock Camp (Malelane)

Upon landing at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met by your driver-guide before boarding the vehicle for your transfer to Mpumulanaga Province approximately 5 hours drive away.

Check in to the luxury Manyatta Rock Camp located in the Kwa Madwala Game Reserve, south of the Kruger National Park. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in Big 5 country in an open safari vehicle with expert guide. Dinner served at the Lodge.

Overnight at the 4 Star Manyatta Rock Camp, Kwa Madwala Game ReserveSawubona, and welcome to our 4000 hectare private game reserve located in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Meaning "place of the rock" in the local Swazi tongue, Kwa Madwala lies on the southern side of Kruger National Park and is home to our fabulous Manyatta Rock Camp. Here, comfort comes as standard along with elegant African touches and commanding views over the surrounding bush from our stunning hilltop location. Enjoy our exhilarating "big five" game viewing experiences and soak up the tranquility of this unique hilltop camp.

Day 2 – Golf at Leopard Creek

After breakfast transfer for a round of golf at the exclusive Leopard Creek Golf Course located 30 minutes from your lodge on the border of the famous Kruger National Park.

Course description:
Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure that the Leopard Creek golf course and living areas are naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named, crocodiles. Extensive use has been made of water features and sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and wild boar are commonplace, either on the course itself or in or next to the river running alongside several holes.

The 505 meter par-five 13th is one of Leopard Creek’s most memorable holes. Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32 meters above the level of the water, offering magnificent views up the river and into the Kruger Park. 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. After a memorable round at leopard Creek, you return to the Lodge for Dinner.

Overnight at the 4 Star+ Manyatta Rock Camp

Day 3 – Travel to Hazyview

After breakfast travel approximately 2.5 hours to the beautiful area of Hazyview and check in to the Umbhaba Boutique Hotel where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. Spend a relaxing afternoon in beautiful surrounds before enjoying a hearty meal at the lodge Restaurant.

Overnight the 4 Star Umbhaba Lodge

This luxurious four star lodge is picture-perfect for leisure breakaways. Lodge facilities include an a la carte restaurant, the safari-style Burn Out Bar and a quiet lounge. A crystal-clear rock pool amid sprawling lawns is a glorious invitation in the heat of a Lowveld day The 30 Africa-inspired suites are tastefully decorated and temperature-controlled for your comfort. Rooms are surrounded by water features and lush subtropical gardens. The spacious family suites have a king size bed and two three quarter beds, providing a wonderful opportunity for families who enjoy traveling together. Private patios and balconies present a welcome opportunity for relaxing with a sundowner, while embracing the abundance of bird and animal life after a day of game viewing.

Day 4 – Golf inside The Kruger National Park

Early rise today and we enter the nearby Kruger National Park, a packed breakfast will be enjoyed on the vehicle. An enjoyable game drive in an open safari vehicle through this amazing park will take you to the unique Skukuza Country Club where you will play 9 holes of golf amidst the untamed African bushveld.

Course description:

This golf course is unique in all aspects. It is the only golf course situated in the Kruger National Park. This par 72 18-hole course was designed to be enjoyed by all level of golfers. The length of the course is 5950 meters (6450 yards) for men and 5059 meters (5480 yards) for women.

The Skukuza golf course has a variety of bird species and boasts a spectacular view of Lake Panic. Because the course is not fenced in, a wayward shot in to the rough may result in a chance meeting with the inhabitants of the Park. After golf head back through the park to your lodge. Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at the 4 Star Umbhaba Lodge

Day 5 – Golf at White River Country Club

After breakfast and it’s off to enjoy another fantastic local championship course, the White River Country Club.

Course description: White River Country Club is set amongst picturesque plantations on the banks of the White River. White River Golf Course, White River, Mpumalanga / The White River golf course offers a great challenge to the amateur and professional golfer. The old 9-hole golf course at White River has been completely revamped into a new and exciting 18-hole layout. Gary Player and Reg Taylor played a part in the design and the course is invariably enjoyed by golfers of all levels. Two of the par-fives, namely number 7 and number 11 are comparable to the Augusta National in their beauty, challenge and abundance of water. The White River Country Club meanders gently through a valley. Forests and river frontages are part of the delightful vistas to be experienced here. The course follows the natural undulations of the valley and regularly criss-crosses the White River which provides memorable challenges, both alongside fairways and fronting some of the greens. The 18 hole, 6061 metre par 71 golf course provides you with ample opportunity to test your skills. With the White River flowing through the parkland golf course, interesting water features come into play at 9 holes. After golf return to Umbhaba. Dinner at the Lodge.

Overnight at the 4 Star Umbhaba Lodge

Day 6 – Panorama route to Phalaborwa

Breakfast at the lodge and then it’s off to your next destination. Travel along the spectacular Panorama Route which features such landmarks as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the awesome Blyde River Canyon. Arrive in mid afternoon in Ernie Els territory and your accommodation on the banks of the Selati River near the town of Phalaborwa. Enjoy a sundowner game driver through the beautiful Marakapula Reserve before dinner.

Overnight at the 5 Star Makubu Lodge, Marakapula Reserve Welcome to your slice of Africa at Mabuku Lodge. Set on the banks of the Selati River, Makubu lodge boasts luxurious thatched accommodation that offers comfort and privacy. Well-appointed, private rondavels (a traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof.) offer: A wood-burning fireplace and seating area, private balcony on the banks of the Selati River, full spacious en-suite bathroom, open-plan bedroom suite, all our rondavels boast: Air conditioning, minibar, tea station and Internet access in public areas.

Marakapula Reserve is close to 20 000ha and lies a step away from the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The Selati River flows through Marakapula from west to east, and its 7 huge dams give life and a special strength to this piece of Africa. Magnificent wild fig trees embrace the banks of the Selati along with thousand-year-old lead woods which, creates a picture-perfect backdrop for visitors. Marakapula is also home to more than 30 species of animals including antelopes, felines and has a rich bird-life.

Day 7 – Golf at Hans Merensky

It’s your last day of golf on tour and what better way to end off than to play on one of the Great African Courses.

Course description:

The famous Kruger National Park, one of Africa's largest game reserves, stretches along the entire length of the Estate's eastern boundary. Voted the best walking course in Africa, the 18 Hole, Par 72 Championship golf course is home to crocodile, hippo, and various other wild life including elephant, lion, giraffe, antelope and bird life. The course was designed by the legendary Bob Grimsdell, which extends over a vast area of indigenous bush, interspersed with tranquil pools and velvet greens. The Golf Clubhouse overlooks the 9th and 18th Holes and offers an incomparable view. Sitting on the patio with chilled refreshment is the perfect way to relax after an exciting day on the golf course.

After golf around late afternoon board open safari vehicle and enter the famous Kruger National Gate through the nearby Phalaborwa Gate. Enjoy sundowner drinks at a scenic spot before the game drive continues into the night. Dinner is served back at the lodge.

Overnight at the 5 Star Makubu Lodge

Day 8 – Day at Leisure & Olifants River Cruise

Today is at leisure enjoying the bush. Transfer to the nearby Olifants river, where we will board on a pontoon at around 3 o’clock, and we’ll sail all afternoon enjoying one of the best sun sets Africa can show you in between hippos and crocodiles and other game species coming to down to drink at the waters edge. Dinner is served back at the lodge.

Overnight at the 5 Star Makubu Lodge

Day 9 – Return to Johannesburg

After a leisurely breakfast, head back to Johannesburg after a memorable truly African golfing experience.

Cost for this itinerary:

GOLFERS - R 31 800.00 per person sharing
Based on min 2 persons travelling together on the same itinerary

Package prices for more people and non-golfers available on request as pricing is subject to factors such as the number of people in your tour party and the date of travel.

Price Includes:

  • 8 Nights luxury accommodation and meals at the following lodges/hotels:
    • 2 Nights at the 4* Manyatta Rock Camp (Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - Malelane) including breakfast and dinner daily
    • 3 Nights in a luxury room at the 4* Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge (White River) including breakfast daily
    • 3 Nights at the 4* Sefapane River Lodge (Phalaborwa) including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Green fees with a shared golf cart at the following 3 courses:
    • Leopard Creek - 18 Holes
    • White River Country Club - 18 Holes
    • Hans Merensky Course - 18 Holes
  • Extra activities:
    • Evening game drive at Kwa madwala Game Reserve in an open safari vehicle
    • Evening game drive safari in the Kruger National Park
    • Olifants River Safari cruise
  • Transfers in a private vehicle:
    • Johannesburg to Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - Manyatta Rock Camp
    • Manyatta Rock Camp to Leopard Creek Golf Course and return
    • Manyatta Rock Camp to Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge
    • Oliver's Restauratn and Lodge to Sefapane River Lodge
    • Sefapane River Lodge - Kruger National Park game drive and return
    • Sefapane - Hans Merensky golf course and return
    • Sefapane - Olifants River cruise and return
    • Sefapane to Johannesburg

Price Excludes:

  • All flight arrangements
  • Additional meals, drinks, tours and transfers not mentioned above
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurances

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