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

Hat’s 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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“A great success”… Chaka Travel Charity Golf Day 2016 in aid of Sport Changes Life.

Tim, Gareth Maguire (Sport Changes Life, CEO), Gerard, David & Jen officially starting the event.

Friday July 1st, saw our inaugural Chaka Travel Charity Golf Day in aid of Sport Changes Life and what a great event it was! Prestigious parkland golf course Belvoir Park played host as we welcomed 70 golfers to play. Chaka Travel Managing Director Mark Marais is a co-founder of this great charity and creating a golf event to benefit the foundation is something that he’s thrilled to finally get off the ground!

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Sport Changes Life aims to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and personal development. We wish to change the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people through the medium of sport by building self-belief, achieving success and shaping a person’s future.
Learn more about the foundation here.

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WATCH: Our Client Glen makes Par at the Extreme 19th (Legend Golf & Safari, South Africa)

Our Chaka Travel client Glen Telford make a fantastic par on the Extreme 19th at Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa.

Watch the full journey here from the helicopter transfer, amazing tee shot and final putt (He was unlucky not to make birdie!).

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Back to paradise – Stuart makes a Mauritius return! #Mauritius365

What a trip, I was delighted to get back on the paradise Island. Many thanks to Rhys from the Mauritius Tourism & Promotion Authority, Air Mauritius and all of our hotel partners for making this a very memorable trip…

Night Golf at Heritage!

It was lovely to arrive back on the island again after so long and on the 45 min drive to the Heritage Le Telfair I could really see the difference in the island compared to the last visit. We arrived in at the hotel and got some time to freshen up before inspecting the two hotels before lunch, it was great that the hotel had arranged a spa treatment to help us loosen up after the long flight and to prepare for the golf ahead.

Our first golf experience was night golf at Heritage Golf Club (host of the 2015 AfrAsia Mauritius Bank Open). A new experience for me was the night golf on Awali’s par 3 course, and I have to say this was a great experience as you can’t see a thing apart from glow sticks and bright illuminated golf balls, if you are staying at the resort it is a must!

We enjoyed dinner at the Chateau overlooking the golf course and the two Heritage properties – Awali and Le Telfair.

Stuart with the group in Mauritius

Heritage & Le Paradis Golf

We had an early start today (6.30am) but the prospect of playing the Heritage Golf Club one of the finest and testing on the island certainly woke us up a bit! The course was in a cracking condition and the fairways felt like carpets and greens running very true it again was a great pleasure to play. After playing this amazing course for the fifth time, I’ve decided to change my favourite hole from the 9th to the 18th. It has an elevated tee box overlooking the resorts with an inviting large fairway for the drive and if you are lucky enough to hit the fairway you have the choice to try for the green in two, it is just a great finishing par 5. We had a beer to relax and count the scores (which in all honesty needed to drastically improve to give an acceptable performance in the Pro-Am).

We took the 20 min drive to Le Paradis and had a light lunch before it was again back on the range again to hit a few balls before teeing off.

Paradis is a totally different design of course compared to Heritage. It’s more open and can be friendlier to the higher handicapped golfer. We only played 9 holes but have to say the favourite hole on the golf course is the 16thh. I would say this has to be the most picturesque hotel on the island as you play around the Indian Ocean to a green that seems to fall into the sea which is just stunning. Thankfully the scores were a lot better on this 9 with my partner Ross and I winning a scramble match 4 & 3. It was time for a quick shower and change then off for a fantastic dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Stuart Teeing off in Mauritius

Tamarina Golf & Zip Lining

We had an extra hour in bed this morning and after breakfast we made the 25 minute scenic drive to the Tamarina Resort & Golf Club for our 9am tee time.

Having played the course on my previous visit I wasn’t very impressed with the layout and condition of the course so didn’t really think it would have changed, but I was wrong! We played the back 9 and I have to say that I ate my words a little as it was a totally different experience with well-manicured fairways and very true running greens. Also on the plus side my golf was starting to take shape for the big day at the Pro-Am. The best hole on this course is easy, the 12th.  It has to be most stunning par 3 that you will play on the island, off the back tees it is 220 yards downhill with the Tamarina mountains in the distance and black river running to the left side of the green makes it a fantastic golf hole.

After we packed up our clubs it was a short drive to Casela National Park for lunch then zip lining which was a fantastic experience and definitely one I would recommend if you are on the west side of the island. I wouldn’t recommend it to the faint hearted with a walk over a rope bridge suspended 300 ft over terrain and then zip lining across the same canyon 4 times. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much but look forward to returning. We headed back to the Tamarina Hotel for a couple of hours relaxation before dinner and aimed for an early night before the big event tomorrow.

Stuart with the group in Mauritius

Enjoying a spectacular course with my four-ball.

Stuart Teeing off in Mauritius

Teeing off on the 13th at Tamarina.

Pro-Am competition at Anahita

 

This was going to be the closest that we will ever get to being a professional golfer and the butterflies and nerves showed over breakfast, or maybe it was just lack of sleep and that the early night didn’t happen as planned! We had a 1 ½ hr drive across the island to Anahita, It was again nice on this drive to see the development of the island.

On arrival, we checked into the bag drop area before being shown to our Jaguar cars to take us to the players’ lounge where we received goodie bag and instructions of the format for the day. It was a quick change before we headed to the range. This was a surreal experience as whilst warming up I had George Coetzee (last year’s winner) and Haotong Li who had just won the china open in the next 2 spaces, I had to make sure I was on my ‘A-game’. Our Pro today was Ruan De Smit and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer person to accompany us as he gave us some tips on our game over the 18 holes.

I have to say this was one of the best days on a golf course from start to finish I have ever experienced, we ended up 5th in the team event and I won the longest drive for the amateurs which was a great way to end the day.

After the presentation event, I made the short drive to one of our firm favourites on the island: Constance Le Prince Maurice for my overnight stay.

Stuart Teeing off in Mauritius

My approach on the 18th during the AfrAsia Mauritius Bank Open at Anahita

Links golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

During the morning I had some time to myself before meeting up with the group so took the time to go and visit some old friends at the Belle Mare Plage before getting to see the new mock up room which is very exciting for the future.

After this, we were back on the range again warming up before heading out to play the Links course. Links is a more golfer friendly course than the Legend at Belle Mare Plage but has some very challenging holes on both 9’s.

My favourite hole has to be the 10th - it’s another beautiful par 5 with an elevated tee box to a tight fairway before a blind shot to a green with a lake to the left-hand side of the green.

We said our goodbyes to the guys at the golf club after some great hospitality and headed to Long Beach for dinner and an overnight stay. This is a resort I would have no problem recommending!

 

Day 7 – Ile Aux Cerf’s golf course

Sadly my golf packed trip in paradise was coming to an end, but Ile Aux Cerfs golf course is a great way to finish the trip! It’s not every day you get a boat to take you to the golf clubhouse and they’ve made a few changes to the course from the last time I played, so I was looking forward to experiencing it. After the short journey, we checked in before teeing off. You could see from the 1st hole that it was slightly easier than before, but I have to say it is still a great course and a must if you visit the island.

My favourite hole has to the be the 11th : a par 5 playing alongside the Indian Ocean to an elevated green overlooking the ocean which makes this a special hole.

Squeezing as much golf into a holiday in Mauritius is great and the new Mauritius golf passport enables you to play all of the courses on the island for a reduced rate (around €80 per round) and is applicable to all of our Mauritius golf holidays!

Stuart playing at the Ile Aux Cerf

On the 11th at Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club.

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Arabian days & nights – Gerard visits Dubai!

Day 1 

After our flight from Dublin with the excellent Emirates we landed at 09:30 and it was a very welcoming 25 degrees!
We boarded our private transfer and made our way to the hotel for the next 2 nights, the outstanding Jumeriah Beach.
After breakfast and freshening up we were transferred to the JA Ocean View and the JA Oasis Beach Hotels for site inspections.
Both excellent hotels and the Oasis Beach was completely made up of Self Catering Suites, an excellent option for families and longer stays.

We then returned to the Jumeriah Beach and I was lucky enough to be staying in an Ocean View Club room on the 12th floor and the view was breathtaking as you can see from the picture below!

Whilst staying at the Jumeriah Beach guests have complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Water Park located right next door.

So as I had a couple of hours to kill I decided to release the inner child in me by enjoying everything the water park had to offer!

The highlight was the high octane, adrenalin flowing Jumeirah Scream water slide! You enter a tube, whilst standing vertically, the door closes and locks, a countdown from 3 begins then the floor opens below you and you are hurtled down a slide at 55mph, not for the faint hearted!

That evening we were treated to a tour of the excellent Fairmont The Palm hotel followed by a Brazilian BBQ themed meal in Frevo restaurant where we enjoyed 18 different types of meat served straight from the skewer at your table, delicious!

That evening a few of us decided to see what Dubai’s nightlife had to offer and it did not disappoint.

Bar 360 the open top bar was right under the Burj Al Arab, great music, drinks flowing and all whilst gazing up at the nights sky, amazing!

Day 2
We began today with a site inspection of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the hotel itself is nothing short of 5 stars!

Excellent facilities for all types of travellers, families, honeymooners and golfers alike.

For that extra special stay their villas where amazing here are a couple of photographs ….

After lunch we had a little downtime so I spent an hour at the beach relaxing and enjoying the beautiful sea.

That afternoon we were collected from our hotel and our desert safari began, we had about a 1hr drive before hitting the dunes but the wait was worth it!

An amazing experience and our vehicle defied gravity with some of the dune driving…

A great experience for anyone to enjoy, we can arrange this trip for you, just ask any of our specialists.

After our exhilarating dune drive we made our way to a purpose built camp where we enjoyed local food and entertainment, the belly dancing being the highlights.

 

Day 3
After an early breakfast we made our way to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, the worlds current tallest building!

After only 40secs in the lift we were transported from the ground floor to the 124th floor with a viewing gallery!

Wow, the only way to describe the view.

The Burj Khalifa is an amazing piece of structure taking only 4 years to complete!

After returning safely to ground level we had a couple of hours to explore the Dubai Mall, for those of you who enjoy a spot of shopping this place would be a dream come true!

We then made our way to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding.

We were treated to a traditional lunch and a very informative talk from one of the Sheikhs.

I found the talk excellent, the Sheikh did not disappoint, answering every question he was asked with great knowledge and a hint of comedy.

This tour is a must for anyone visiting Dubai and wanting to learn more about their culture and history

We then made our way to the hotel for that night, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray located on the Palm.

A beautiful 5 star property with Arabian themes throughout.

Once again the hotel was excellent, service, surrounding and overall feel was top notch.

A tip from me would be to book one of the Club rooms as the benefits are excellent! It includes complimentary airport transfers and an excellent drinks package! Get in touch to ask more about these.

Day 4
After breakfast we checked out of the Zebeel Saray and boarded our coach to begin a city tour.

Our ever informative tour guide Amil furnished us with excellent facts and knowledge all whilst pointing out numerous places of note.

We ended the tour by stopping at the Spice and Gold Souks, anyone that likes bartering for a bargain then this is the place for you!

We then arrived at our last hotel, the outstanding Jumeirah Madinat located on Jumeirah Beach.

This is a truly stunning property and one which I would highly recommend to our customers.

The picture below is me waiting on our boat to take us to our villas for the stay.

After our 5 minute boat journey we arrived at our villa which can only be described as amazing!

A wonderful way to spend the last night in Dubai.

That evening I enjoyed a Mojito in the Sunset Bar before being transferred to the Burj Al Arab for our farewell dinners.

The Burj Al Arab is an amazing experience, easy to see why it’s the Number 1 hotel in the world!

We were hosted by Christina who was excellent and pictured above with me.

Day 5
After checking out we made our way to the airport for our flight home and there was still time for one last surprise, I was upgraded to Business Class for my return flight!

The Emirates Business Class was excellent, comfort, service food and drink selection all 5 star!

A wonderful way to end and amazing trip.

What struck me the most about Dubai itself was the multicultural and very welcoming atmosphere.

It’s is an amazing city and one which is still growing and developing.

There is a hotel type for everyone and I would be very happy to assist you in choosing your perfect place to stay.