“It was such a pleasure hosting Fredrik and Hannah. They were such an easy-going couple, which made my job a real pleasure! They were also our very first guests, so I was slightly nervous on day 1. We quickly got into it, and it was smooth sailing from there. During their stay, they started planning their next adventure with us, which was great to hear!”
Hannah & Fredrik
South Africa is quickly becoming high up on the list of popular places for Americans to visit. The sites, experiences and the relationship between the U.S. dollar and Rand have made it a perfect time to plan a trip.
One thing that we underestimated, however, was the excellent quality of golf in South Africa. Along with amazing tour guides and a fully loaded itinerary, our 12 days in South Africa proved to be even more than we’d hoped for. Here are a few of the things that made our trip unforgettable.
We thought Dullstroom was the perfect opener for the trip, with beautiful golf and the Whiskey Tasting was a great time!
One of our first days in South Africa proved to be our favourite- we spent a whole day seeing natural wonders along the Panorama Route, including the Graskop Gorge, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
These sights are among the most beautiful we saw during our trip. We also enjoyed the Three Rondavels, and the Berlin Falls. All of these natural beauties are not only stunning on their own, but the vast space that they span across is striking as well.
Our next favourite activity of the trip was going on safari. Game drives (or game walks) were a frequent part of our trip, and we were thrilled whenever we got to participate. Each game drive is different, and we went on several that happened either at sunrise or sunset.
We were lucky to see all of the “big five” on our trip. This is the top five most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa, and coincidentally also the ones that tourists often want to see most. African Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard and the Cape Buffalo make up the list, but we also got to see 3 Cheetahs on a Kill, Giraffe, Hippos, Hyenas, Crocodiles, and many other native animals.
Now for the golf. As golf nerds at heart, we haven’t gone more than 2 days without touching a club in several years. This trip blended safari and golf for us perfectly, giving us a mix of action, relaxation, sightseeing, and golf that we needed. We played several courses throughout the trip, all offering their own unique experiences.
Highland Gate Golf Club, Ebotse Links and Glendower Golf Club were on the ‘country club’ end of the spectrum and offered breathtaking views alongside immaculate conditions. These courses were a player’s dream, offering us a challenging but rewarding layout that did not disappoint.
Sabi River Sun and Skukuza Golf Course gave us a break from the serious side of golf and allowed us to play a fun, laid back round. The real treat on these courses, however, is the close contact that one has with nature during the round,
One course had a hippo sanctuary built into the middle of the course (which forms part of the Sabie River). The holes weave through a dam where hippos and crocs coexist, and many of the greens are surrounded by lakes full of wildlife.
Overall, our experience was life-changing. The itinerary built for us by Francois and the team at Mhala Tours had everything we hoped for, and a few things we didn’t even know we wanted. There was never a time where we felt unsafe or uncomfortable, and if given the chance to go back, we wouldn’t hesitate.
” We want to thank you for choosing us to be your first official tour group and allowing us to be a part of something so cool! It was such a great experience for both of us and we are very glad to have met Francois and Karl (Tour Guide). We can’t wait to come back! “