South Africa is known for many things: wine, safaris....not to mention golf. Micato Safaris recognizes this and is debuting a 12-day golf safari.
The 12-day itinerary looks like this:
Days 1-3 Arrive in Cape Town and stay at the Cellars-Hohenort, where amenities include a spa, salon, and gym access. Here, guests can refresh their chipping and putting skills on a green designed by South African golf legend Gary Player.
Steenberg Golf Club is the guest's introduction to South African golf. Sculpted into the base of the Constantiaberg Mountains, Steenberg sits on the oldest estate winery in the Cape Peninsula, and golfers will encounter both mountain views and lush wetlands. Steenberg’s signature 7th hole is reminiscent of the legendary island green of 17 at TPC Sawgrass.
While in Cape Town, travellers will visit the Franschhoek valley, South Africa’s home to more than 40 vineyards and a 300-year tradition of winemaking. A tour of Cape Peninsula takes guests to Cape Point for a view of the union of two oceans, historic Simon’s Town with its Victorian architecture, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and Kalk Bay.
Days 4-6 The three championship courses of Fancourt are the next stop, where guests will play either Montagu or Outeniqua. Gary Player designed Fancourt’s two parkland courses, as well as the Scottish-style third course, The Links.
A day tour of the port of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay introduces travellers to the estuary port, where they will also enjoy a morning at the Pezula Championship Golf Course, reminiscent of Pebble Beach.
Days 7-9 The centerpiece of this golf and safari adventure lies in Northern South Africa at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort. At the Hanglip Lodge, guests will stay in one of 10 suites, each with an open-air plan that leads to a private sun deck overlooking the wetlands and plains of the lower Entabeni Safari Conservancy.
The Legend Signature Course provides one of golf’s great experiences, as each hole’s design was contributed by 18 of the world's top professionals, reflecting both their personality and playing strengths. South Africans Trevor Immelman and Retief Goosen bookend your round, with challenges from Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia in between.
Next, golfers are off to the Extreme 19, the highest and longest par-3 in the world. Not for the faint of heart, the mountaintop tee box is accessible only by helicopter at more than 1,400 feet in the air. At a distance of 1,300 feet, a tee shot will take 20 seconds to land on a green shaped like the African continent, outlined by a continuous bunker. Once completed, guests' scores will be recorded on the Legend leaderboard, where only two players have made birdie and scores as high as 20 have been recorded.
Days 10-11 Starts with Victoria Falls. Here guests will stay in the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Two days in Victoria Falls allow for ample opportunities to leisurely tour the Falls and its network of rainforest trails. Travellers also may board a helicopter for the "Flight of Angels" view of the falls from above. Guests' final 18 holes are at the Livingstone Royal Golf and Country Club, founded in 1908. A classic parkland layout conveys a true feeling of the history of African golf.
Day 12 Fly to Johannesburg and depart.