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.

Golf Holiday Travel Essentials

It’s never too early to start planning your next golf holiday in the sun, and any seasoned golfer will know that packing for a long haul golf holiday isn’t something you can leave to the last minute. To help you get prepared, while you consider the perfect resorts and courses on our website of course, here are a few golf holiday travel essentials we think you’ll want to contemplate too.

Excellent luggage

Travelling with a suitcase and a carry on can be enough of a burden, so when you’re adding golf clubs to the mix you really want to ensure that you’re making life easy for yourself while protecting your equipment during transit. When looking for a golf travel bag it really is best to buy what you can afford – as more expensive bags will be more durable and have more room. When choosing a new golf travel bag, try to get one with wheels for ease of transport and making your clubs easier to manage when getting through an airport (ideally pivoting caster wheels as these offer excellent manoeuvrability). Also check the bag dimensions carefully for the roomiest one, and of course check that the zippers run the full length of the bag for easy loading and unloading.

New shoes

We’re all guilty of a couple of new clothing purchases before a holiday, but when it comes to a golfing holiday in the sun there are also practical reasons to invest in new golf shoes. If you’re used to playing in less than accommodating conditions, you will really feel the benefit of a pair of golf shoes designed for warmer climates which are light and allow your feet to breathe. Design advancements have meant that golf shoes are now extremely flexible, offering comfort, support and style. Here’s a great article to read on the top 10 golf shoes for men for some inspiration and to help you pick your perfect pair.

Extra essentials

Of course you wouldn’t go on a golfing holiday without packing the essentials – golf balls, tees, coins or markers, but when on holiday, especially somewhere exotic, don’t forget that you’ll need to make room in your bag for those extras that you can sometimes overlook at home. These include sunscreen, insect repellent, antihistamines and after sun lotion. Better to be prepared, so that you can enjoy every day of your golf holiday.

Technology aids

If you’re new to golf and you’re planning to spend time on your holiday brushing up on your skills and improving your game, you might decide to pack a handheld golf GPS device to help you judge distance to the green and to hazards on a new course you are unfamiliar with. If you do pack one of these devices, remember to download the courses you are playing and also take any chargers and adapter plugs you might need. An important point to remember is that not all courses allow the use of these devices, so always best to check before you travel.

Avoid a fuss at the airport

Long haul travel can be frustrating at the best of times, so make the airport experience that little bit easier by being prepared. Golf travel bags will be considered as oversized items, so don’t leave checking in for your flights to the last minute as you will need extra time to do this. Make sure your golf bag is easily identifiable at luggage reclaim by having a marker or identifier attached to it, whether it’s a keyring or a piece of coloured ribbon tied through the zipper.

If you have any other questions about packing for your golfing holiday or want to know more about our long haul golfing holiday destinations, just give us a call on 028 9023 2112. Our travel experts have done all of this several times before and have learnt a few tips and tricks over the years to make golf holiday travel as painless as possible.

Play golf in Mauritius for less than you might think

Mauritius is a golfer’s heaven, and luckily for you Chaka Travel are the world’s leading Mauritius golf holiday specialists, so when you book with us you know you’re in safe hands. Mauritius has everything you could want in a holiday – exquisite resorts, luxury spas, challenging golf courses and of course fantastic weather year round for golfing in any season. If you’ve been thinking about heading away this year, you might be surprised to learn that you can play golf in Mauritius for less than you might think, as many of our luxurious hotels offer free green fees on excellent courses. Find out more about our customers’ favourite Mauritius hotels here…

1. Constance Belle Mare Plage – Our customers choose this hotel time and time again for their Mauritius golfing holiday because they love the relaxed and informal atmosphere here, in addition to the free green fees for not one, but two golf courses – The Links and The Legend – both 18 hole, international standard courses. Find out more about these courses, and what else the hotel has to offer, on our website.

2. Constance Le Prince Maurice – You can also enjoy free daily golf at The Links and The Legend courses when you stay at the finest hotel in Mauritius, Constance Le Prince Maurice. This resort is the ultimate in luxury Mauritius golfing holidays with its sensational beachfront and over-water bungalows, sunken marble baths, plus the resort’s floating restaurant is in its own private lagoon. This hotel offers the ultimate in luxury for any holidaymaker.

3. Heritage Awali Resort – This hotel offers the perfect combination of golf and spa, and with it being perfectly situated along the stunning south coast for breath taking unspoilt scenery, you can also soak up some beautiful tropical sunsets. With unlimited green fees included, the course provides residents with access via golf cart through a private pathway. You can also enjoy the added luxury of having your golf clubs are carefully polished and safely stored in individual lockers at the resort, ready for another day on the greens and there’s expert tuition from a resident Golf Pro available too.

4. Anahita The Resort – Golf at this resort for free for 10 nights from only £1,850 pp, and enjoy the 2 superb championship courses; Anahita Golf & Ile aux Cerfs Golf. When you feel like taking a break from golf, you can enjoy the gourmet restaurants, wellness centre, tennis courts and diving centre, all of which you’ll find on site.

5. Shangri-La Le Touessrok – This hotel has recently undergone a revamp, and with its renovation and re-brand it is now an iconic landmark for the Mauritius golf scene. Guests here can enjoy free golf on the unique and unusual island course of Ile aux cerfs. Prices start from just £1,775 pp for 12 nights in paradise.

Let us take the stress out of arranging your Mauritius golfing holiday – our travel experts have visited the resorts, played the courses, enjoyed the fine dining and of course tried the ice cold drinks and will know exactly which resort is the perfect one for you. Get in touch with us today by calling us on 028 9023 2112 to get started.

My Rovos Rail Golf Safari Adventure in South Africa

My wife Marcella and I have recently become empty nesters and we knew that this would mean being able to travel away together a lot more. What we hadn’t anticipated was that our first holiday without our daughters would be one that would be hard to beat! Our good friend Scott Edkins from Ascot Tours arranged a private hire of Rovos Rail for a golf safari in South Africa and having had my eye on this amazing luxury train and golfing adventure for a few years we decided to join Scott’s inaugural Rovos trip.

Marcella enjoying some bubble aboard the train


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Chaka Pro Nico Els has a great win in the latest PGA South event!

Hats off to Nico Els, with a great win in the latest PGA South Region event. 

It’s great to see our South African PGA professional Nico Els top the leader board at the recent PGA South Region Pro-Am played at Cuddington Golf Club in Banstead. Nico secured his win 3 shots ahead of his nearest competitor with an impressive -6 score.

 “It’s great to get my third win of the season. My plan for 2016 was to try keep my game consistent (so far, so good). I’m doing what I love at the minute, playing well in tournaments and hosting golf events at the world’s most amazing courses” – Nico Els

Nico has been working with Chaka Travel for the last 4 years and offers our clients one-to-one tuition during our escorted tours and he hosts Mixed Pairs tournaments that allow you to combine your own private holiday with the enjoyment of friendly, competition golf and the company of like-minded golfers.

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