Mel Sole International Golf Vacation, N’Kaya Game Lodge, South Africa

South Africa Golf and Safari Vacation 2021

Join Us for the Golf Experience of a Lifetime!

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Join us for our South Africa Golf and Safari Vacation 2018. This 5 STAR golf trip of a lifetime to South Africa is hosted by Mel & Rosemary Sole. Please register early to avoid disappointment.


South Africa Golf and Safari Vacation 2021.

Travel Itinerary

The South Africa Golf and Safari Vacation trip 2018 is limited to 12 golfers.  There is no limit to the non-golfers.

Friday, Nov 5 to Thursday, Nov 18, 2021. Note: South Africa is 7 hours ahead of the EST zone.

Friday, Nov 5: Leave your Departure Airport on the flight of your choice to Oliver Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg.  Flight is approx. 15 hours – includes lunch & breakfast.

Saturday, Nov 6: Arrive at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday, Nov 3rd.  Transfer to an internal flight to George, Cape Province at 11:50 am.  Arrive George at 1:45 pm. Transfer to Fancourt Hotel.  Overnight Fancourt Hotel.

The Fancourt Hotel & Country Club

Fancourt is famed for its four 18-hole Gary Player-designed championship golf courses. There is also a Golf Academy. Additionally, the Golf Shop offers a wide range of golf clothing and equipment. Fancourt has a Health and Beauty Pavilion complete with a heated Roman Bath and Jacuzzi as well as a hair salon. There are also saunas, steam rooms, and gym. Other facilities include four tennis courts, squash, two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor heated family pool, and bowls. 

Dinner is available at your choice 5 on-site restaurants.

Overnight at the Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate.

After breakfast each day, we’ll play 18 holes on Fancourt’s  Outeniqua, Montague, as well as the Links Courses at Fancourt.

Sunday, November 7th: Montague Course

Tee time: 11:10 am

The Montague is a much-celebrated parkland course. It has been ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa in the past. It has recently undergone major renovations with several holes being redesigned and has two completely new holes – the 1st and the 9th. ” We believe the new-look course, which has now grown in superbly, has been restored to its former glory where it will once again hold its head high amongst the best in the world.”

Monday, November 8th: Outeniqua Course

Tee time: 11:10 am

The Outeniqua Golf Course was named after the mountain range that runs along the Garden Route coast. This parkland layout is not as popular as Montagu and the Links. Mainly due to aesthetics and nothing more. The Outeniqua Golf Course takes in a setting of mountains, water, and wildlife. The Outeniqua short par-four 4th will keep big hitters guessing. Whether or not to go for it and face the risk of the waterway that dominates the right side of the green and fairway, or play it safe and lay-up! Since golf at Fancourt is limited to members, their guests and hotel guests, they have ample time to play at their own pace and take in the golfing experience that is Fancourt.

Cart $30 ($15 per person sharing)) Caddie cost including tip $30 total per person. It is recommended that each foursome take 1 forecaddie.

Tuesday, November 9th: The Links at Fancourt

Tee time: 11:15 am.

This is without a doubt, the most impressive piece of golf design and construction ever in South Africa. Fancourt owner Dr Hasso Plattner took a very hands-on function in the creation.

He commissioned a golf course, which would not only be a thorough test for every golfer but would also rank among the top courses in the world. Gary Player’s design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Armed with inspiration from the best that those countries had to offer, embarked on the ambitious task of recreating some of their finest holes to make a genuine links test on what was once an airfield.

The result is awe-inspiring and has elicited praise from some of the world’s finest golfers. The Links was the host venue for the 2003 Presidents Cup, which ended in a historic tie after a dramatic playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. In early 2005, it was the host venue for the Women’s World Cup of Golf, which was won by the diminutive duo of Rui Kitada and Ai Miyazato of Japan.

You can enjoy the Spa, Pools or Gym later in the day and then book dinner at one of Fancourt’s various eclectic restaurants.

Cape Town

Wednesday, November 10th: Depart George at 1:00 pm to Cape Town.  Arrive at 1:50 pm. Transfer from the airport to The Taj Hotel.

                       

Embodying the unique ‘Tajness’ you can feel with your eyes closed, five-star Taj Cape Town Hotel captures the history as well as the spirit of Cape Town’s inner city with all the opulence and exoticism of the East.

The hotel has seen many of the epochal events in South Africa’s history. The elegant structure—a perfect synthesis between what were originally the Reserve Bank and Board of Executives (BoE) buildings, and a modern tower—combines the legacy of a bygone era with the luxury of the new.

Taj is optimally positioned to immerse guests in the intoxicating energy of the city. Opening onto the bustling St George’s Mall, it’s nearby many of Cape Town’s foremost attractions and foodie destinations, along with a multitude of historical hot spots, galleries and boutiques.

The Taj 

Opulent rooms make guests feel like royalty, with spectacular vistas of the famed Table Mountain and cityscape.  Leisure as well as business travelers are warmly welcomed, with the Reserve at Taj offering comprehensive amenities for conferences, meetings and celebratory occasions. The lavish Bank Hall is the ideal location for an inner city wedding with decadent décor that includes dangling chandeliers, marble columns and banqueting tables fit for feasting.

Food is something Taj takes very seriously. With the best Indian fine dining offering in the city, the Bombay Brasserie’s five Indian chefs elegantly speak the language of spice. For more relaxed dining, there’s the multi-cuisine Mint, while afternoon tea and the famed breakfast buffet are served in the sky-lit lobby. Additionally, the Twankey Bar serves up a selection of sensational cocktails celebrating stories and spice.

Other amenities include a fully-kitted gym, cigar lounge, Taj Club floor, art gallery, library, indoor pool and the Jiva Wellness Spa, where guests are revered as gods and treatments are inspired by age-old Eastern wellness philosophies.

Dinner reserved at Baia Restaurant in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.  This has become a first night tradition in Cape Town with Mel on every trip.

Thursday, November 11th:

Aerial view of the city

Victoria & Albert Waterfront

City Hall

 

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll depart on a half-day tour of Cape Town. The tour will likely take you past House of Parliament, the Castle, and the SA Museum. Enjoy a short stop at Greenmarket Square, a former slave market and now a popular flea market for crafters of every medium to display their wares. You may see the Malay Quarter with its fragrant aromas from India as well as beautiful Seapoint, with its coastal homes, restaurants & bars. If weather permits, you may ascend Table Mountain in a gondola. Rest of day and evening at your leisure.

Friday, November 12th:

       

A full breakfast buffet is served from 6:30 am. Sometime after breakfast, we’ll head out with our driver to the Mowbray Golf Club where we have afternoon tee times. Carts have been reserved for our group (there are no caddies). After golf, we’ll have a drink in the bar, before heading back to our hotel. Dinner & evening on your own.

Saturday, November 13th:   

Kanonkop Winery

Ernie Els Winery

After breakfast, we will be driven to the wine country area of Cape Town. We are booked for 12:30 pm lunch at the gorgeous Ernie Els winery in Stellenbosch. Lunch options are delicious & cost only $10-$15 plus tip, per person. Included is a complimentary glass of wine, and also free wine tasting of 8 wines during or after lunch. We will possibly visit another winery in the area. We have hired our own guide for the day, so I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about the history of winemaking in this gorgeous land. Return in late afternoon to Taj Hotel. Dinner and evening on your own.

Sunday, November 14th:

Day of leisure.  Explore the city on your own.  The shopping is amazing!

Monday, November 15th: 

Breakfast and check-out of Taj Hotel. Coach transfer to airport for flight to Hoedspruit and then on to N’Kaya Game Lodge. Our first game drive will leave at 4:00 pm. Return to the lodge for dinner.

With a capacity of only four exclusive suites, nKaya Lodge offers the discerning guest the very best in privacy and is the ideal destination for a quiet, peaceful safari. Set on the crest of a hill that overlooks the Drakensberg mountain range and shaded by tall trees, nKaya Lodge boasts spacious double suites each with private lounges and twin en-suite amenities.

This Lodge has recently undergone a soft furnishings upgrade and uniquely in the Collection has the flexibility of providing guests with either eight single en-suite facilities, or 4 spacious completely self-contained suites, each with his and hers bathroom and comfortable lounge area for private entertaining and relaxation. Built around an inviting pool area for all four suites, this Lodge boasts too, an excellent bar, dining and lounge facilities and an outside Boma area for night time Dining.

Afternoon tea is served around 4:00 PM followed by your first game drive that will stretch into the night. Return to the lodge for dinner.

N’Kaya Game Lodge, Leopard

Evening Dining

Luxury Accommodations

Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, and Thursday 18th: 

Early morning (5:00 am) wake-up call, followed by tea and snack at main lodge at 6.00 am. Morning game drive. Full breakfast at 9:00 am. Free time until lunch. 4:00 pm tea, followed by afternoon game drive which goes into the evening. Dinner back at the lodge at 8:00 pm.

Friday, November 19th:

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Leave N’Kaya at 9:00 am for Hoedspruit and our 12:10 flight to Oliver Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg. Leave for the USA later that day.

Saturday, November 18th: Arrive at your USA Destination.

View photos from our 2013 South Africa trip »


Travel Package

Reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis. A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person is due immediately to lock in your spot, a 2nd deposit of $2000 is due on or before April 1st, 2018 and a 3rd $2000 on May 1st, 2018. The balance of $1700 is due September 1st, 2018.

  • All land and air in South Africa
  • $7700 pp sharing.
  • Prices quoted are on double occupancy
  • Prices quoted are valid for 8 people minimum; any increase in numbers (12 people maximum) will bring the price down slightly per person.
  • Prices and availability are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
  • No booking can be guaranteed unless a non-refundable deposit of $2000 pp has been received. Please send a check(s) to Mel Sole Golf School, P.O. Box 2580, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
  • Only once the deposit has been received, will a booking be confirmed.
  • As availability is always checked before quoting, we can in no way be held responsible when it is no longer available due to the time taken to confirm the quote.

Included in the cost:

  • Domestic flights: George, Cape Town, and Hoedspruit.
  • International arrival and departure taxes for the USA and South Africa.
  • Breakfast daily at Fancourt & Taj Hotels.
  • 18 holes of golf in Cape Town plus cart and 2 rounds at Fancourt.
  • A third round can be booked at the Links Course but is an additional charge of +- $230.00
  • Cable Car ticket for Table Mountain.
  • All meals and game activities at N’Kama Game Lodge.
  • Kruger National Park entrance fee of R80.00 – approx $15.00.
  • SA National Park Conservation fee of R120.00 – approx $20.00 p/person p/day.
  • All transfers as stated in the itinerary.
  • All tours as stated.
  • 14% vat tax.

EXCLUSIONS

  • All items of a personal nature, such as hotel extras, room service, phone calls, laundry and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals other than breakfast each day, when not on Safari (all meals are included during Safari days).
  • Cancellation and interruption insurance.
  • Carts and or caddies at Fancourt.
  • Gratuities to Guides, Game Rangers as well as Coach Drivers (approx $100 pp)
  • Alcohol at all venues.

Cancellation Policy & Penalties:

  • Any cancellations within the 30 day period are submitted to the ground operators and hotels. Refunds will be made at their discretion.

Written notice of cancellation should be mailed to PO Box 2580, Pawleys Island SC 29585, emailed to us at melsolegolf@gmail.com ASAP. Travel insurance: We strongly advise that you purchase a comprehensive insurance policy which covers cancellation and interruption. We suggest TravelGuard.com or for more information call 1-800-826-4919.

Travel advisories:

Please be aware that, although the vast majority of visitors complete their travels in South Africa without incident, criminal activity does take place. As Mel Sole cannot guarantee your safety and security, we ask that you consult the latest state department advisories for further information.

Travel documents:

Please ensure you are in possession of a current passport for travel to Southern Africa. At least two consecutive blank pages are required in all passports for South African entry not including amendment and endorsement pages. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

Health requirements:

Precautions against malaria are highly recommended. Please consult with your personal physician or pharmacist regarding Malaria prophylaxis as well as advice regarding other inoculations for the countries you will be visiting. For further information, we suggest that you contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-311-3435 or visit their website at www.cdc.gov.

An assumption of risk:

Please note that safaris in the African wilderness necessarily involves risk, including the risk of accident, property damage, personal injury and even death from, among other things, wild animals. You agree to assume all of the risks and, furthermore, to waive any and all such claims against Mel Sole Golf Schools.

Responsibilities:

Total Golf Inc, dba Mel Sole Golf School is not responsible for any negligent act and/or omissions of these properties, their employees, agents, servants or representatives.  Total Golf Inc. is not responsible or liable, with respect to person or property, for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, however sustained or suffered during any trip or tour arranged by them. The responsibility and liability of international air carriers are subject to international conventions limiting their liability, which limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of your airline ticket and form part of the terms and conditions hereof.

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