Luxury Golf Safari by Train

AFRICA

This panoramic nine-day sojourn winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and includes a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. After a game drive in the famous Kruger Park*, guests head to Zululand for game viewing at Hluhluwe – the oldest reserve in Africa. The train then travels the coast along St Lucia Wetland Park to Durban* for a city tour and through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ardmore Ceramics. Enjoy a tour of Bloemfontein then continue overnight along the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to Port Elizabeth* for Addo Elephant Park. Then it’s on to Oudtshoorn for an ostrich-farm visit followed by an impressive rail descent through the Outeniqua Mountains to George*. After visiting the natural paradise of Knysna*, the train traverses the spectacular Garden Route to the winelands for a brandy distillery visit and across the Cape Fold Mountains before this magnificent expedition ends in Cape Town.

*Golfers play Leopard Creek at Kruger, Durban Country Club, Humewood in Port Elizabeth, Fancourt in Knysna & Ernie Els Oubaai in George.

Departures available are  19 May 2016 and 3 Nov 2016
*  Non-Golfer Itinerary Available

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Stay & Play Package / 9 days 8 nights
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– 8 Nights Luxury Accommodation aboard The Rovos Train / Twin Share
– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served Daily
– All Transfers
– 1 Golf Round Per Golfer at Leopard Creek
– 1 Game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve in Zululand
– 1 Golf Round Per Golfer at Durban Country Club
– One-hour scenic drive along the Midlands Meander
– 1 City Tour of Bloemfontein
– 1 Golf Round Per Golfer at Humewood Golf Course
– 1 Golf Round Per Golfer at Fancourt Golf Estate
– 1 Golf Round Per Golfer at Ernie Els Oubaai Club
– Two-hour Tour of the KWV Brandy Distillery, Worcester
* Non-Golfer Itinerary Available

Departures available are 19 May 2016 and 3 Nov 2016


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Leopard Creek
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 elephant are commonplace, on the course or in the Kruger Park bordering the course. 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.


Durban Country Club
A course steeped in tradition and history, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and is rated in the top 11 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA. A combination of lush vegetation, sand dunes and stunning views of the Indian Ocean make this course one of the most unique, and challenging, in all the world. One of the defining characteristics of Durban Country Club are the massive undulations in the fairways, especially the 5th, 8th and 17th. The course was built on sand dunes and they are large and interesting.


Humewood Golf Course


Fancourt Golf Estate
Fancourt embodies a flawless fusion of leisure and world-class golfing. With all three of its golf courses ranked among Golf Digest’s top 20 courses in the country, it boasts a proud legacy of sporting excellence. The Links is currently No. 1 in South Africa (Golf Digest Rankings 2014/15) and was ranked 34th in the world in 2014 by Golf Digest USA. The Montagu and Outeniqua golf courses are both ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. Fancourt’s golf courses were designed by a dynamic team spearheaded by Gary Player and the estate’s owner, Dr Hasso Plattner. Recently voted among the World’s 10 Best Golf Resorts on CNNGo, Fancourt has supplemented its courses with its own Golf Academy, practice facilities and every modern convenience, allowing golfers to immerse themselves in the five-star Fancourt experience.


Ernie Els Oubaai Club
Oubaai Golf Course is proud to be the first Ernie Els Signature course in South Africa. The course is a traditional Links layout ideally situated between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains.

Rovos Rail
General make-up of the train: Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail. Cuisine Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00, tea at 16h30 and a formal dinner at 19h30. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

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Important Information
*Golf holiday packages are offered by Drummond Golf Travel and operated by Golfer Escapes Pty Ltd (ABN 36 093 86 756, Travel licence number 3104336) and are subject to the Golfer Escapes terms and conditions. All packages are subject to availability and may be withdrawn without notice. An additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Package cancellation and changes fees apply. Please check all prices, package inclusions, availability and other information with Golfer Escapes before booking. Golfer Escapes can assist with airfares.