If you find yourself looking for that dream holiday, somewhere where you can relax with the family, play a round of golf, try new foods, and get up close and personal with the local people and wildlife, you will struggle to find anywhere more perfect that South Africa. 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 I almost feel it my 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 to play a round 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 have the opportunity to 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!