Chaka Travel Golf Holiday Brochure

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Since starting Chaka Travel in 1995 my staff and I have been fortunate enough to have played some amazing courses in far flung corners of the globe. We have included our favourite resorts and courses in this brochure and would be delighted to use our experience to ensure you get the most out of your next golf holiday. All of our holidays are tailored to suit individual requirements and as such the length of holiday, number of rounds as well as choice of airline and much more can be adapted to suit your needs.

We also hold ‘social’ overseas tournaments for those looking for a bit of competition and offer escorted tours in South Africa with the charming Jacques Gous as your guide. So whatever you are looking for please just ask and we’ll do our utmost to provide you with the perfect golf holiday!

Mark Marais

Managing Director

Prices valid up to June 2019 – see chakatravel.com for latest prices

Contents

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4 Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
6 Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius
8 Le Touessrok Mauritius
10 Heritage Awali Mauritius
12 Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius
14 Anahita Mauritius
16 Mauritius Map
17 Other Mauritius resorts
18 Constance Lemuria Seychelles
20 Outrigger Laguna Phuket Thailand
22 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus
24 Verdura Sicily Italy
26 Argentario Tuscany Italy
28 Las Madrigueras Tenerife
30 Moon Palace Mexico
32 Le Blanc Mexico
34 Mar Menor Spain
36 Rovos Rail South Africa
38 Fancourt South Africa
40 Tailor Made South Africa
41 Escorted Tours South Africa

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Planning a Golf Holiday to South Africa – What You Need to Know

Planning any holiday involves a lot of research, but when you are planning to visit a country as vast as South Africa with your golf clubs, the planning required can take on a whole new level of complexity. But don’t fret, as South Africa golf holiday specialist, we at Chaka Travel can take the stress out of planning your golf holiday to South Africa by designing an itinerary to suit you whether you are a couple, group or family. We have the expertise to help you plan a golf focussed route whether this is your first trip, or a return trip. We can help you with the must-visit regions in South Africa and the must-play golf courses.

To help you get started, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions for first-time golfing visitors to South Africa. Here you will find answers to your questions on how long it takes to get there, to currency and driving information; plus lots of useful tips on the best time to visit, the local variations in climate and how to get around.

See the full list of questions and answers here.

Read on for detailed advice on what you need to know about golf in South Africa and getting your golf clubs to South Africa.

Our top tips to get you started on planning your golf holiday or Safari to South Africa are below:

When is the best time of year to visit South Africa for a Golf Holiday?

South Africa is a year-round destination with one of the most pleasant year-round climates in the world. Being in the southern hemisphere their seasons are reversed in relation to ours. The South African summer runs from November to March and winter from the end of May to September but warm sunny days can be experienced all year round. The wet season in South Africa comes during the summer months, except for in the Western Cape Province which experiences most of its rainfall during the winter months. During the mid-winter months temperatures can drop quite drastically at night in the interior areas due to the higher altitude.

What areas of South Africa are best to visit in the winter months, end of May to September?

The Northern Regions are good destinations in the winter months as game viewing is at its best and the temperatures are very mild (maximum 20–23°C (68–73°F). There is very little winter rainfall in the north

What regions of South Africa are best to visit in the summer months, November to March?

The Southern Regions are summer (November to March) destinations with low summer rainfall and temperatures reaching 28–30°C (82– 86°F) or higher on beautiful days

Is English widely spoken in South Africa?

Yes, English is spoken throughout the country.

What  currency is used in South Africa?

South Africa uses the Rand, denoted by the currency symbol R and the currency code ZAR. MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in South African banks, hotels and most shops. We recommend that you have some Rand in cash for when you arrive before going on to use credit and debit cards for most payments. The South African Rand offers great value for money against major world currencies making food, drink and other purchases very affordable. As a UK traveller, you will find that your spending money goes a long way!
For more detailed information on shopping hours, tipping, bank opening times and exchange facilities, see our South Africa FAQ.

What is the best way to travel around South Africa – Self-drive, transfers or escorted tour?

It is very easy to tour by car as the roads in South Africa are well-maintained and well-signposted, and driving is on the left hand side, as in Britain. We can organise hire cars for you to pick up at the airport, or if you would prefer to not drive on your arrival day we can have your car delivered to your accommodation and arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel.
If you aren’t keen on the idea of driving yourself then transfers between airports, accommodation and golf courses can all be organized. We can also arrange escorted tours by mini-bus for small tour groups. For more detailed advice on the
options to travel around South Africa or driving in South Africa click to see our detailed tips.

Can I get a golf caddie in South Africa?

Most Golf courses will have caddies although the standards vary substantially. Ask the caddie master to arrange a caddie for you and ensure that you are happy with the selection. Certain caddies are there only to carry your bags where others will assist where required. At present the caddies’ fees range from R60 (£5.00) to R80 (£6.70) and this excludes R10 (80p) after 9 holes. You are free to tip the caddie after your round, according to their worth.

How much does it cost to hire a golf cart in South Africa?

Golf Carts can be hired at most golf courses for around R140 (£12.00) for 18 holes. You will be informed in your quotation whether golf carts are included in your round. Halfway House – It is normal for all golfers to stop at the halfway house after nine holes to enjoy a drink and snack for approximately 10 minutes. (Caddies normally receive about R10 (80p) at this stage).

Do I need Soft Spikes on South African Golf Courses?

Soft Spikes – These are compulsory on many courses. If you do not have soft spikes you should inform the pro shop and they will fit you a set of soft spikes before your round.

Do I need proof of my handicap to play golf in South Africa?

This may be required when playing in a club competition. If you have proof of your golf handicap, we suggest you carry it with you whenever you are playing Golf.

What is the etiquette when on the golf course in South Africa?

Sand Bags – It is compulsory to carry a filled sandbag when playing golf courses in the Cape Region. Fill up divots with sand.

Rate of Play – A round of golf in South Africa should not take more than 4.5 hours. It is expected for a four ball to allow a two ball to play through when the two ball is consistently waiting to play, unless the field is full, always keep up with the players ahead of you.

Enjoyment – You will never experience the game in such unique surroundings as in South Africa. From Cape Town with Table Mountain as a constant backdrop, to Sun City where antelope wander the course, you are in for the golfing experience of a lifetime. After your game, enjoy the facilities of the club, have a drink and a local beer and enjoy the views.

What to wear on the Golf Course in South Africa – Golf Club Dress Code

Men:

  • Long pants or golf shorts. No jeans or tracksuit bottoms
  • Shirts must have collars as well as sleeves and remain tucked in at all time
  • Long socks or ankle socks (white) with shorts are acceptable
  • Soft spiked golf shoes
  • Traditional golf hats or peaks to be worn with the peak forward

Ladies:

  • Tailored trousers, skirt of golf shorts (skirt to be no shorter than 15cm above the knee when kneeling)
  • Golf shirt with collar
  • Long socks or ankle socks (white) are acceptable
  • Soft spiked golf shoes
  • Traditional golf hats or peaks to be worn with the peak forward

 

Strictly Not Accepted

  • Shirts hanging out of trousers, footwear worn without socks, denim material or tracksuits, beachwear, running shoes or sports team kit.

Club House:

  • Club houses tend to have a smart casual dress code, generally requiring similar attire to on the course. However long trousers are usually required after 6pm. Hats are not to be worn in many club houses and spiked golf shoes are a definite no. Of course, individual golf clubs may have specific requirements that vary from others but use the above as a general overall guide.

How much luggage can I bring to South Africa and are golf clubs included?

The general allowance is 23kg for one piece of luggage per person. The additional cost of bringing your golf clubs will be built into your airfare if necessary. If flying with Emirates you are entitled to two pieces of luggage totalling 30kg, which should be sufficient for your luggage and golf bag.
Be aware that if you are taking any internal flights within South Africa you will still be allowed your 23kg piece of luggage but will be required to pay approximately £20 per golf bag when at the airport. This cannot be pre-paid in advance.
If flying on a through ticket with Emirates you will still be entitled to two pieces of luggage totalling 30kg for your internal flights at no extra cost.

The above is only a rough guide and your exact luggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your quote. Please note this information is subject to change at any time.

More detailed tips and advice on travel to South Africa can be found using the links below:

Download South Africa Travel Advice as a PDF

Remember, if you prefer to speak to a specialist to get the information you can always speak to our friendly South Africa travel consultants at Chaka Travel.

Staff Picks – Our Favourite Golf Destinations

Feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of golfing holiday destinations on offer? If you’re having trouble narrowing down the choices for your holidays this year, you’re not alone. At Chaka Travel we’ve tried to take some of the uncertainty out of this process with our staff picks of our favourite golf destinations. As we travel to the destinations to provide first-hand accounts of our trips and what you can expect while you’re there, we’re more than qualified to help you in your quest to find the perfect golfing holiday this summer.

Mauritius

A personal favourite of staff member Stuart, Long Beach Mauritius offers not one but two world class golf courses: the Ile Aux Cerf Golf Club and the Anahita Golf Club. Facing an extensive seafront along the famous Belle Mare Beach, this beautiful resort offers a wide variety of experiences to suit any tourist, including a sea-inspired spa, swimming pools, a climbing wall, water sport activities; the list goes on and on. Long Beach is also ideal for families, with ANGELS and WAVES club catering for children and teenagers up to the age of 17.

South Africa

For a different kind of golfing holiday, our MD Mark and his wife Marcella couldn’t wait to take the Rovos Rail Golf Safari, a total adventure, and a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. With 8 nights aboard the Rovos Rail train, guests get the opportunity to play on 5 different gold courses, including Leopard Creek, Royal Swazi, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort and Sun City Lost City – a totally unique experience for any keen golfer. The cars have a charming Victorian atmosphere, and there is a focus placed on maintaining an old-style version of travel. There is no radios or television http://buyrisperdalonlinenow.com sets on board – but the stunning backdrop of South Africa is sure to enchant every guest and passenger on board. It’s an absolute must for golfers and non-golfers alike – we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Abu Dhabi

For the Formula I fans out there, you will recognise the iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel as the modern curvy building in the middle of the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit on Yas Island. This incredible hotel boasts 499 rooms and suites and 12 different restaurants. It’s a beautiful, modern setting, and guests can also expect to play 4 rounds at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and Yas Links Golf Club. We love this hotel’s setting at its modernist style – it’s the perfect resort for the golfer who wants variety without any compromise on quality. If this sounds like your scene, contact Stuart who can help you plan your trip.

Dubai

Worldwide, few hotels are as instantly recognised as the Burj-Al-Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world. Our offer at Chaka Travel includes four nights at the iconic Burj-Al-Arab, with 4 rounds of golf at Emirates Faldo, Dubai Creek, Els Club, and The Montgomerie GC. Guests can take advantage of the 6 restaurants and lounges that the hotel offers, as well as the shopping complex, swimming pools and leisure complexes. It really doesn’t get more luxurious than this – so why not treat yourself?

At Chaka Travel, we are golf holiday specialists, and we guarantee that any golf enthusiast will have the holiday of the lifetime with one of our holidays tailored to suit your needs. Why not give us a call on 028 9023 2112 today and begin planning the trip of a lifetime?

 

Culinary Delights of South Africa

We love to travel, and whenever we explore a new destination one of our favourite things to do is to try out the local cuisine. Following a recent golfing holiday to South Africa, our very own sales consultant Kallam was lucky enough to sample some delicious South African culinary delights, and shared his experiences with us. Find out more about Kallam’s trip, as well as what to expect from South African dishes (and of course, let’s not forget the wine!)

Kallam’s South Africa food review

  • Cape Town nightlife: We started our trip off exploring all of the bars and clubs of the legendary Long Street thoroughly. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a street with such a warm friendly party vibe, it was the weekend of the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Long Street resembled a scene from New Orleans during Mardi Gras!
  • Arabella Resort: Our meal was as spectacular as the property itself – I ordered crispy confit pork belly followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb and a baked cheesecake to die for.
  • Marine Hotel in Hermanus: It’s a beautiful boutique hotel situated right on the coast, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of fresh sea air is almost intoxicating and the perfect accompaniment to the seafood dinner we enjoyed. Simply outstanding; a deliciously unique red seafood curry was paired with a wonderfully crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Conrad Pezula: Here, I enjoyed a unique twist on Parma ham and melon to start paired with another crisp Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a tender and perfectly cooked venison loin backed by an equally powerful Bordeaux Blend. Exquisite!

South African Wine

South Africa’s vineyards produce some of the world’s finest wines, and a trip to this beautiful country wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a winery to sample some of the delicious wines. These regions, which are mostly along the Western Cape near the coast, are steeped in years of wine making traditions and hold lots of rustic charm. Ask us about incorporating a winery tour into your South African golf holiday and you could enjoy dining al fresco whilst sipping your new favourite tipple at one of many boutique wineries.

Famous local cuisine

Our hotels can cater to every taste with their varied menus, but if you want a more authentic food scene there are some famous local delicacies you should look out for. So, when it comes to being adventurous and trying the local cuisine, what can you expect from the food in South Africa? The good news is that it enjoys varied dishes full of flavour, so your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Bobotie is the national dish, made from minced meat simmered with spices (usually curry powder), herbs and dried fruit, then topped with a mixture of egg and milk and baked until set. If you have more of a sweet tooth, make sure you try a melktert (milk tart) which is a pastry filled case containing a delicious combination of milk, eggs, sugar and traditionally dusted with cinnamon.

Tempted by all South Africa has to offer? Why not get in touch with us today and we can help you to tailor your dream South African adventure. Call our specialists today on 028 9023 2112.

South Africa: First Hand Golf Course Review

Kallam Craigs, a sales consultant at golf holidays specialists Chaka Travel, recently visited South Africa for a golfing holiday for the first time, and we were very eager to hear his take on the incredible golf courses he played during his trip. Here’s his first-hand golf course review from the many courses he played in South Africa, and the surprising things you can learn from his personal experiences.

Course 1: Hermanus

On our first day of golf, we were eased into the “swing” of things with 9 holes at Hermanus Golf Club. The stunning backdrop of the Overberg Mountain Range left us gawking on every tee box. This parkland course is very easy to walk around, and famed for its year-round playability – all in all, a highly enjoyable 9 holes, with the par-4 sixth being the toughest hole on the course as it’s slightly downhill and requires a long approach shot from a hard sloping fairway.

Course 2: Arabella Golf Course

The next morning we adventured onto the highly anticipated Arabella Golf Course. We had been warned that she was a cruel mistress, and they certainly weren’t lying! The course is an amazing challenge for golfers with its tight fairways and lightning-fast greens. It was in spectacular condition, which was amazing as the Cape was experiencing a real drought at the time. My golf was shaky to start but I got things together on the back 9. Maybe it was the beer at the halfway house! The 18th hole par 5 is without a doubt one of the best closing holes in golf that I’ve ever experienced, it defines the coastal links at Arabella which is a must stop when travelling between the Garden Route and Cape Town.

First hand golf course review of Arabella putting green by Chaka Travel

Course 3: Pinnacle Point

The golf facilities at Pinnacle Point are fantastic and we were shown everything on our site inspection, which was carried out on golf buggies due to the sheer scale of the operation. They whet our appetites by taking us out and showing us a couple of the signature holes on the golf course. I can honestly say I have never been so excited to play a golf course in my life. To put it simply Pinnacle Point is without a doubt the most aesthetically stunning golf course and area in general, I have ever seen. Every single hole has the feel of a signature hole and warrants a photograph, the best way to describe the course is dramatic. It’s a fantasy land that you didn’t think was possible on a golf course, tee boxes raised about a hundred feet above pristine fairways, par 4s that can be driven in one if you wish to hit over a 300 foot drop into the Indian Ocean, and par 3s that give you the option of hitting the green or donating more golf balls to the Ocean. The course is kept in spectacular condition and I was lucky enough to actually put a good round together of +2 on the front 9 and +6 back nine (the wind picks up as the day goes on making things VERY interesting) giving me a +8 total of 80, and most impressively only 1 lost ball!

First hand golf course review of Pinnacle Point by Chaka Travel

Course 4: Knysna Golf Club

Knysna Golf Club has often been described as one of the hidden gems on the Garden Route. Adjacent to and at the same level as the Knysna lagoon, this flattish parkland layout is the oldest course in the area by a considerable number of years. It is also one that has made excellent efforts to keep abreast of the changing demands of golf. We played a round on the beautiful parkland Pezula course which was in great condition and through up a significant challenge once the wind got blowing!

Course 5: Fancourt

Fancourt is a golfing Mecca, a bubble that caters, provides and promotes golf at an exceptional level. In the afternoon we went out to play the Montagu Course, a par 72 parkland classic Gary Player design, as always it was in spectacular condition and the greens felt like they were running at about 12 on the stimpmeter! The condition of the course as well as the classic layout with tree lined fairways and water hazards galore has earned it the number 6 rank for golf courses in the country. I took on the tour host Werner on the back 9 and finished him 3 & 2 even with giving him a few shots – sweet revenge for the closest to the pin competition back at Pinnacle!

First hand golf course review of Fancourt 18th of Montagu and Outeniqua by Chaka Travel

Course 6: George Golf Club

This was one of the most ‘interesting’ rounds of golf I’ve ever played in my life! Oubaai’s course is a classic Ernie Els design, fairly wide and open off the tee, and then everything narrows in towards the hole, there are beautiful views and the place is kept in great condition. However, as we were teeing off the wind was blowing so hard that the flag sticks were not just sideways but nearly touching the greens! Huge dark clouds filled with malice were heading straight towards us, huge bolts of lightning sparking the sky to life every couple of minutes followed the deep roar of thunder. I have to say, I honestly found the sight of this impending doom quite beautiful and appropriate with the conditions we were playing in, mother nature at full force. The rain drops began to fall on the 2nd tee box and they felt the size of water balloons, freezing cold as well. Then out of nowhere the dark clouds vanished and the sun came out accompanied by a very warm breeze, quickly the temperature had reached about 30 degrees and the half way house cold beer was well needed! I played a much better back 9 and managed to come out with the victory against my two playing partners who are both low single figure golfers! Some how the weather had then turned into quite a cool fresh wind on the back 9 which was followed by a thick mist reducing visibility to about 15 feet as we finished! Never in my life have I experienced such a range of weather conditions in one round of golf, not even in Northern Ireland!