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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.