5 highlights of Kallam’s trip to South Africa

Kallam Craigs, a sales consultant at golf holidays specialists Chaka Travel, has always enjoyed travelling to experience new countries and cultures, especially where he can get a game of golf in too. Naturally, when he visited South Africa for a golfing holiday for the first time, we were very eager to hear his take on this amazing destination, and he has very kindly provided us with some of his favourite parts of the trip. Read on for Kallam’s top 5 highlights of his trip to South Africa and start feeling inspired. As he puts it, South Africa is a place of, “unlimited possibilities, so many different cultures, climates, geographical environments and experiences, it’s like 8 countries all rolled up into one amazing destination and I can’t wait to get back out and explore it further.”

Kallam, Chaka Travel sales consultant on his golfing holiday in South Africa

  1. The views from the course at Hermanus Golf Club

One of the best things about playing golf in stunning destinations is enjoying the beautiful scenery as you make your way around the course. The spectacular backdrop of the Overberg Mountain Range from the Hermanus Golf Club course left the players gawking on every tee box. It’s a sight so breath-taking no photos could do it justice. Definitely an element of this trip I’ll always remember.

Hermanus Golf Club, one of Chaka Travel's favourite South African courses

  1. Pinnacle Point

One of my trip highlights was the transfer to Pinnacle Point and the start of the Garden Route (the famous stretch of south-western coast of South Africa). It was amazing to look out across the Indian Ocean knowing there was nothing between us and Antarctica but miles and miles of ocean, it felt as if we were looking at the very end of the earth as the ocean and sky became one on the far horizon. The golf facilities at Pinnacle Point are fantastic and we were shown everything on our site inspection, which was carried out on golf buggies due to the sheer scale of the operation. To put it simply Pinnacle Point is without a doubt the most aesthetically stunning golf course and area in general I have ever seen. Every single hole has the feel of a signature hole and warrants a photograph, the best way to describe the course is dramatic. It’s a fantasy land that you didn’t think was possible on a golf course.

Kallam playing golf at the stunning Pinnacle Point, SA

  1. Gondwana Game Reserve

This was one stop on the trip I was extremely excited about – our night on Safari at Gondwana Game Reserve, and definitely something I was able to cross off my bucket list. We adventured out on our evening game drive hosted by our extremely knowledgeable and friendly ranger. Along the way we were amazingly luckily to witness 4 of the big 5; herds of buffalo cantering across the Savannah, an enormous lone elephant roaming through the trees, heavily armoured and intimidating black rhinoceros and last but certainly not least a huge male African lion tucking into his fresh morning catch of wildebeest. Another experience that I will remember vividly for the rest of my life.

Kallam's safari experience in Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

  1. Two nights in the legendary Fancourt Golf Estate

Fancourt is a golfing Mecca, a bubble that caters, provides and promotes golf at an exceptional level. The practice facilities are outstanding in quantity and quality, so no excuses for not getting out there and practicing your putting before and after dinner! It was amazing to see the facilities they have; 148 different activities available through Fancourt, 3 championship golf courses, an abundance of golf practice facilities, a top class spa and superb dining options. It really is the kind of place that you could spend 2 weeks and still wake up every morning excited with the prospect of new experiences and activities.

Fancourt Links Course, one of Chaka Travel's staff favourites

  1. Incredible views from a tiny plane

Unfortunately the final day of the trip had arrived and it was time to head home. But not without one last unique experience. My internal flight from the tiny, yet amazingly efficient George Airport to Cape Town was aboard an even tinier plane. The conditions were perfect – blue skies, hardly a breath of wind, and something pilots refer to as visibility unlimited. Just breath-taking.

Feeling inspired by Kallam’s trip highlights? Book your own South African golfing holiday with us, and you too can have the trip of a lifetime. Contact us today.

Chaka Travel’s guide to the best destinations for combining golf and culture

If you love nothing more on holiday than to immerse yourself in the authentic local customs, food and history then you need a holiday that offers a decent amount of culture, as well as some fantastic golf opportunities of course. If you have no idea where to start planning this type of holiday, let us help with our guide to the best destinations for combining golf and culture.

Thailand

For a culturally diverse holiday, Thailand has more to offer the curious traveller than beach parties and backpacker accommodation. This country boasts some of the most spectacular beaches, ornate temples and ancient ruins to explore when you decide to take a break from golfing at a few very prestigious golf courses. We would recommend a holiday that lets you explore multiple resorts to get the full Thailand experience – our Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin golf holiday could be just what you’re looking for. Revel in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, before unwinding and relaxing completely at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa and of course the golfing is spectacular too. We offer guests 5 rounds of golf at different courses so you can get the full experience, complete with stunning mountain and ocean views. Find out more about our Thailand holidays here, and you can also read about our first hand experience holidaying in Thailand and how we did our homework on the incredible golf scene.

Turkey

The Turkish culture is diverse and vibrant, and something you can’t help but immerse yourself in if you visit this beautiful country. If you’re a city-dweller you’ll be right at home in the animated capital of Istanbul, with plenty to entertain including soaking up the traditional arts and architecture. If a beach-vibe is more your style you won’t be disappointed – with its prime location along the Mediterranean Sea you’ll be spoiled by both weather and stunning views throughout your stay. Of course, you came on holiday to golf, so you will definitely be interested to know that the stunning Belek region has the country’s highest density of golf courses – in fact, it’s the most concentrated golfing region in Europe. Find out more about the versatile selection of resorts we offer in Turkey and start planning your trip today.

Malaysia

For a golf holiday filled with unique culture and heritage, Malaysia could be just the place for you. The capital Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, the city is a modern and cosmopolitan capital with the three dominant ethnicities – Malays, Chinese and Indians. We highly recommend an evening wandering through the Chinese market enjoying a lively mix of busy streets with great food, shopping as well as music and dance. The historic, picturesque colonial port of Melaka is 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur and it is a wonderful city to wander around and see the influence that the British, Dutch and Portuguese who controlled this vital port have left. Add other amazing regions including Malaysian Borneo with its exotic wildlife including orangutans and Langkawi Island with its stunning beaches, Malaysia is a wonderful golf holiday destination. We would love to tailor make an itinerary that allows you to enjoy this amazing golfing and cultural paradise.

The best combined golf and spa resorts with Chaka Travel

If you’re looking for a holiday that combines copious amounts of both rest and play, then you need a golf and spa joint holiday resort, as it really does combine the best of both worlds into one amazing getaway for couples. If the thought of having to spend hours researching this type of holiday fills you with dread then fear not, as we have done the hard work for you and selected our top pick of spa and golf hotels for you to choose your favourite from. Read on and be inspired!

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

You can enjoy this beautiful resort all year round, and it makes a perfect break for couples, honeymooners, families and of course, all golf enthusiasts. Choose from a luxurious hotel room or suite, or alternatively revel in your own little slice of luxury with your own private deluxe villa and heated pool. The resort’s spa – the Shisheido Pavilion –  provides beauty and relaxation services in one of the most beautiful and serene locations in the world. It’s just the thing for unwinding after a round or two of golf, and at the Constance Belle Mare Plage you have the choice of two world-class championship courses to choose from – The Legend and The Links.

Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa hotel, Morocco

This resort has so much to offer the holidaymaker in search of adventure as well and R&R, and with prices starting from just £750 per person it’s fantastic value too. The hotel is ideally situated by the medina and the famous square ‘Jamâa el Fna’, and offers a holidaymaker the very best in relaxation, food, golf and spa treatments – it even includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna and Turkish steam bath. For getting your golfing fix in, guests can enjoy playing at the Al Maaden course, a beautiful 18-hole course at the foot of the snow-topped Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, relax and unwind with a massage in the luxurious spa, so you feel ready and refreshed to enjoy dinner at the hotel’s international restaurant, which also serves delicious local cuisine too.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, UAE

If desert-style holidays are more your thing, then we can’t recommend the Al Maha resort and Spa highly enough – the hotel is set within an idyllic, exclusive desert conservation reserve, and guests can enjoy everything from safari walks to camel trekking to golf (of course!) on the immaculate 18 hole Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. For spa treatments, the hotel’s ‘Timeless’ spa offers guests the best experience possible, using a stunning infinity pool, sauna, steam room and plunge pool.

Want to find out more about a unique golf and spa retreat for you and your significant other? Look no further – our holiday experts are here to help. We can tailor an idyllic getaway for a honeymoon, an anniversary or any other special trip. Talk to us today and start feeling inspired!

Why choose your next golfing holiday with Chaka Travel?

If you’re thinking about booking your next golfing holiday, we think you’d be foolish not to book it with us. We’ll take care of your every need from the moment you talk to us to the moment you return (when of course you’ll immediately want to start planning your next trip!) Here are the top reasons why you should choose your next golfing holiday with Chaka Travel for the trip of a lifetime.

  1. First-hand knowledge and experience

The reason why we can advise you with confidence about our holiday destinations and resorts is because our staff have travelled to and spent time at many of them. We’ll advise you in everything from local customs to what the golf club expects you to wear when playing, so rest assured we can answer any question you might have before you book. We also love what we do, and our enthusiasm shows in everything, from hand-picking new hotels to playing golf ourselves on many of the famous courses at our resorts.

  1. Protection & peace of mind

We know you want to book your holiday with total peace of mind, which is why our booking process aims to take as much risk out the process as possible. We’ll never ask you to pay for your holiday online, instead we’ll send you an invoice which you can pay by cheque, bank draft or credit card over the phone. Many of our holiday and travel services are financially protected by the ATOL scheme – ask us if you have questions relating to this about specific elements of your holiday.

  1. Completely tailored holidays

If you’re planning a special birthday or anniversary trip, perhaps a honeymoon or even your wedding we can help tailor the perfect holiday for you from start to finish. We’ll take care of everything, from your itinerary to your flights. Find out more about our tailor made holidays on our website.

  1. Trusted by clients for years

A lot of our business comes from referrals from happy customers who have recommended us to friends and family, and we’re also delighted to have so many of them leave us positive reviews about their experiences with us. You can read our happy customer reviews collected by third party review site here to get a feel for who we are and how we like to treat our customers.

  1. Over 30 destinations

We offer holidays to over 30 destinations, from the exotic and far flung destinations, to spots closer to home if long haul travel isn’t your thing. This allows you the widest choice possible and we’ll happily recommend resorts and activities for each location. Take a look at our extensive destinations list to start getting inspired for your next trip.

  1. Fantastic special offers

Here’s another great reason why you should choose your next golfing holiday with Chaka Travel – our incredible deals and offers. We’re always updating our deals with great new resorts, so make sure to check it out regularly here for the best price to your favourite locations.

Have you thought about an escorted golf holiday with Chaka Travel?

For many people, choosing to join a golf tour or tournament is a step into the unknown.  Will I need a playing partner? How sociable is the tour or is it all serious play?  Will I get some down time to relax?  After all, what should you expect on an escorted golf holiday?

If you’re more inclined towards holidays with groups or even solo travel, an escorted golf tour could be just the thing you’re looking for. Whatever your hesitations were before we’ll take care of those misguided notions and would encourage you to think about an escorted golf holiday to one of our amazing destinations.

Meet like-minded people and make lifelong friends

Escorted golf holidays are suitable for everyone from solo travellers to couples, and because you’re joining a group of like-minded people with similar interests you’re very likely to make new friends and acquaintances that you’ll genuinely enjoy spending time with. At Chaka Travel we pride ourselves on our open and friendly way of doing business, and we find that this attracts clients who share our values to create groups of people who want to travel, enjoy good food and wine and play on some of the best golf courses around the world. Sound like your kind of people? We thought so.

Play stunning courses and visit exotic locations

Our escorted group holidays are to some of the most beautiful and intoxicating destinations in the world, so this could be the ideal opportunity to play some of those courses on your bucket list. For example, we offer a stunning trip to the beautiful Cape Town in South Africa where you can play 6 rounds of golf at 6 different courses throughout the duration of your stay. We’ll also organise some social tournaments amongst your group for a healthy dose of competition to keep things interesting.

Total flexibility

Many people incorrectly assume that joining an escorted golf holiday means that their days and night are planned out in advance and that it takes more of a ‘school trip’ feel than a relaxing and luxurious holiday. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. In most cases, you’ll enjoy 5 or 6 rounds of golf, leaving plenty of time to explore and do any sightseeing or relaxing you wish, making it the perfect holiday for golfers and non-golfers alike! There is total flexibility with our holidays, and if you have any doubts about what’s involved in an escorted tour just call and ask one of our experts who can answer any questions you might have.

Benefit from your own tour guide

Our guides are extremely knowledgeable about the areas you’ll be staying, and will also be on hand to offer expert tuition and advice on improving your game during your stay. This means you’ll get a highly enjoyable social and cultural experience combined, really providing the best of everything in a holiday whether you’re a golfer or not.

Contact us today for more information about our fantastic escorted golf holidays and ask us any questions or concerns that you might have that are holding you back from exploring this fantastic holiday option. We promise you won’t be disappointed with what we have to offer.