Golf Clubs and Lion Cubs – Head on Down to South Africa for a Golf & Safari Holiday!

If you have followed any of our blogs, you will have realised by now that we are South Africa’s greatest fans.  Why, well it is such a beautiful country with so much to see and do that every trip is better than the last, and it has so much to offer the traveller that we feel it our duty to spread the word!

So much more than Nelson Mandela (although he is a legend!), wildlife, and fantastic new world wines, South Africa has stunning nature reserves, vast expanses of ever-changing coastlines, a vibrant mix of ethnic backgrounds, and weather that has a mind of its own, all of which help make a trip to the Rainbow Nation very memorable indeed.

Golfing is huge in South Africa and it costs considerably less than in Europe and the US. With over 70 golf courses between the Western Cape, Garden Route and Eastern Cape alone, there is something to suit every golfer of every level, and you will play on well-manicured courses surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

As South Africa is quite a journey for those living in Northern Europe or the United States, many choose to combine their golfing holiday with a city break in Cape Town, and a malaria free safari in the Eastern Cape.  Travelling along the infamous Garden Route, there are plenty of great golf courses to stop and play on the way, and if you are travelling with the family, there are ample sightseeing attractions to keep both children and adults entertained.

The distance between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape is approximately 750km, but it is so beautiful that many choose to take their time and stop off at popular destinations along the way such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and test their handicap at one of South Africa’s top 10 golf courses – Fancourt Country Club Estate, in George.

By the time you reach the Eastern Cape, you will be all golfed-up and ready for some animal action at one of the local game reserves.  So pack away those clubs and go in search of some Lion cubs instead – the perfect end to a perfect holiday!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Guess the round could be a little delayed if your ball pitches up to one of these babies!

    1. Thanks for visiting! True – but it would certainly make it interesting!

  2. I recognize that Golf Course with the Giraffes…in fact I live on that Golf Course…it can only be Hans Merensky, bordering the Kruger National Park… It’s beautiful and if you’re a golfer I can’t recommend it enough …

    1. Wow, lucky you! It must be a wonderful place to live, and I agree – the perfect destination for golfers! 🙂

      1. janetkleyn says:

        I’m a freelance guide for the Kruger Park and owner of a self-catring guest house on the Hans Merensky Golf Course (, please inbox me if you’re ever in need of a guide, accommodation or any other help in my part of the world. We also offer private photographic and nature safaris.

      2. Hi Janet, this is great thanks. I like the sound of your photographic safaris…! We will be in SA for 3 weeks in March, if we are in your area maybe we could pop by! 🙂

      3. janetkleyn says:

        That’s wonderful that you’ll be in South Africa in March. Let’s definitely try meet up. Where will you be? We are based in Limpopo next to the Kruger Park but will also be travelling to Cape Town in March. Perhaps you should inbox me your email address. My email is

      4. Hi Janet, yes we must meet up! We will be based in Cape Town but may well be heading up to Limpopo for a day or two, so I will inbox you in the New Year once our itinerary is confirmed 🙂

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