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The South African Golfing Odyssey with Azamara

The South African Golfing Odyssey with Azamara

£5849 per person

12 Nights | 5 Rounds |  January 15 –27 2023

Sail from Cape Town – Cape Town

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 12-night, 5-round golf and sightseeing voyage to some of the most beautiful ports in South Africa.

This cruise with less than 700 guests onboard the outstanding Azamara Pursuit begins in Cape Town with five captivating ports of call ahead including Port Elizabeth, East London Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, and finally, a return to Cape Town.

The golf lineup includes five rounds at the highly-rated courses of Humewood, East London, Zimbali, Durban, and Pearl Valley.

Explore the diverse and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, visiting its many iconic attractions, including the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Port Elizabeth and the Addo Elephant National Park, which is the only location in the world that’s home to each of Africa’s “Big 7” animals.

Golf is equally diverse. Durban has been a regular host of the South Africa Open and is a links-style layout offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course Pearl Valley is set in the famous Franschhoek Wine region and is a treat to play.

In advance of the cruise join us to fly directly into the magnificent Kruger National Park to experience safari at its absolute finest, with accommodations at the fabled Jock Safari Lodge.

Playing South Africa’s #2 rated course Leopard Creek set on the southern boundary of the park.

Following the cruise, we fly to George to stay at the world-renowned Fancourt with golf on both courses, The Links at Fancourt and Montagu, plus the equally dramatic Pinnacle Point.

Azamara Pursuit which serves as our perfect floating boutique hotel and clubhouse is a mid-sized luxury vessel nimble enough to access smaller ports yet large enough to provide every amenity you would expect, from a choice of fine dining and live entertainment to a well-equipped gym and full-service spa.

Forty-six suites are available with English butler style service which is routinely booked early.

Sailing schedules often include extended stays in the port plus the occasional overnight which creates a truly immersive experience. Better still, these cruises are inclusive of a selection of beer, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees plus wine with lunch and dinner along with gratuities for housekeeping, dining, and bar staff.

Azamara also proudly boasts two unique signature events on each cruise – AzAmazing Evening℠ and the White Night party – complimentary to all guests and consistently well received.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

ONBOARD DINING

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef’s Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES

  • Living Room
  • The Pursuit Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
12 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Cape Town – Cape Town
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 6:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    In keeping with our friendly yet sophisticated onboard environment, Azamara encourage guests to follow a “resort casual” dress code
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • East London, South Africa
  • Maputo, Mozambique
  • Richards Bay, South Africa
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Mossel Bay, South Africa
  • Cape Town, South Africa

VOYAGE ITINERARY

JANUARY 15, MONDAY: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (EMBARK BY 4:30PM / SAIL 6:00PM)
Embark Azamara Pursuit beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 4:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 16, TUESDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset.
Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty and restorative treatments.
Complimentary fitness and nutrition classes are available along with a fully equipped gym on Deck 9 offering magnificent sea views.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 17, WEDNESDAY: PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA (7:00AM / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Humewood Golf Club was considered the top course in South Africa by the legendary countryman, professional Bobby Locke during his prime in the 1930s and 40s.
A genuine seaside links, Humewood has played host to the South African Open and South African Amateur on many occasions and Ernie Els is a past champion of the Goodyear Classic, held at the course from 1984-1992.
The greens were converted to bent grass in 2009 and the result was consistently magnificent putting surfaces.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 18, THURSDAY: EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA (7:30AM / 5:00PM)
GOLF: East London Golf Club has been one of South Africa’s favorite championship venues for decades.
It has hosted six National Opens, the European Tour and the National Amateur counting the likes of Els, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen among the winners here.
The club was originally founded in 1893.
Today it is a coastal gem, opened in 1923, with a wonderful mix of parkland and links holes typically played to elevated greens.
No. 9, The Glades, is particularly memorable.
After a 50 yard walk through a tunnel of bush, you reach an elevated tee that begs for a bomb.
Catching the slope makes all the difference for your approach with a middle iron played slightly uphill to a green protected by thick brush on all sides.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 19, FRIDAY: AT SEA
Enjoy another relaxing day at sea onboard Azamara Pursuit.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 21, SUNDAY: RICHARDS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA (7:00AM / 9:00PM)
Richards Bay, named for the British Naval Commander who landed troops on the Zululand coast in 1879, is one of South Africa’s largest harbors and home to the world’s largest export coal terminal
The sandy shores of Alkanstrand Beach provide a lovely, relaxing place to spend a morning or afternoon.
Hippos, crocodiles and more than 300 species of native birds can be observed at the Tuzigazi Waterfront, an idyllic nature conservation area located at the confluence of the Mzingazi River and Lake Mzingazi.
Golfers disembark in Richards Bay for an easy two-round, one night off-ship excursion including dinner and drinks plus an overnight stay with breakfast at the beautiful Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
The group will rejoin Azamara Pursuit in the late afternoon in Durban on the second day.
Light lunches are also included along with normal golf program amenities.
We make a scenic 90 minute morning drive south to Fairmont Zimbali.
Light lunch on arrival. Afternoon golf at Zimbali Country Club.
GOLF: Zimbali Country Club offers irresistible ocean and forest views, exceptional water and wetland features within an inspiring natural setting, and has developed the reputation of a memorable course with charisma and challenge.
With the agenda of "conservation takes precedence," international golf course designer and former British and South African PGA champion, Tom Weiskopf crafted a course with dramatic elevation changes, varying eco-systems, which is ecologically sound while maximizing the natural landscape.
This evening all overland guests enjoy an included dinner at Fairmont Zimbali.
Overnight: Fairmont Zimbali, South Africa (hotel – off ship)
JANUARY 22, MONDAY: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (7:30AM / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Durban Country Club combines lush vegetation, sand dunes and gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean and is a typical links layout with wide, undulating fairways.
As a regular host for the South African Open as well as the Volvo Open in 2013 and 2014, the course measures 6,400 yards and plays to a par 70 from the club tees.
The par-5 5th will seize your attention due to the elevated tee, gusting wind and ocean view.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 23, TUESDAY: AT SEA
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 24, WEDNESDAY: AT SEA
Enjoy another relaxing day at sea onboard Azamara Pursuit.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 25, THURSDAY: MOSSEL BAY, SOUTH AFRICA (7:00AM / 3:00PM)
Mossel Bay is a harbour town on the Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
It’s known for the wide Santos Beach and the 19th-century Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, which offers bay views.
Overnight: At Sea
JANUARY 26, FRIDAY: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (9:30AM / IN PORT)
GOLF: Pearl Valley, set in the famous Franschhoek Wine region, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and a treat to play.
Pearl Valley is considered one of the top conditioned courses.
As with many Nicklaus courses, water on the right with plenty of sand, will keep the golfers minds off the wide landing areas provided.
The course and its geographical location allow for guests to enjoy a day outing in the Winelands with high quality golf to compliment the food and wine.
Overnight: In Port – Cape Town, South Africa
JANUARY 27, SATURDAY: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (IN PORT / DISEMBARK AT 9:00AM)
Disembark Azamara Pursuit at 9:00AM.

Location

HUMEWOOD GOLF CLUB: PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA

Considered the top course in South Africa by the legendary countryman Bobby Locke during his prime in the 1930s and 40s.
A genuine seaside links, Humewood has played host to the South African Open and South African Amateur on many occasions and Ernie Els is a past champion of the Goodyear Classic, held at the course from 1984-1992.
The greens were converted to bentgrass in 2009 and the result was consistently magnificent putting surfaces.

EAST LONDON GOLF CLUB: EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA

East London Golf Club has been one of South Africa’s favorite championship venues for decades.
It has hosted six National Opens, the European Tour and the National Amateur counting the likes of Els, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen among the winners here.
The club was originally founded in 1893.
Today it is a coastal gem, opened in 1923, with a wonderful mix of parkland and links holes typically played to elevated greens.
No. 9, The Glades, is particularly memorable. After a 50 yard walk through a tunnel of bush, you reach an elevated tee that begs for a bomb.
Catching the slope makes all the difference for your approach with a middle iron played slightly uphill to a green protected by thick brush on all sides.

ZIMBALI COUNTRY CLUB: RICHARDS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

Zimbali Country Club offers irresistible ocean and forest views, exceptional water and wetland features within an inspiring natural setting, and has developed the reputation of a memorable course with charisma and challenge.
With the agenda of 'conservation takes precedence,' international golf course designer and former British and South African PGA champion, Tom Weiskopf crafted a course with dramatic elevation changes, varying eco-systems, which is ecologically sound while maximizing the natural landscape.

DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Combining lush vegetation, sand dunes and gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, the Durban Country Club is a typical links-style layout with wide, undulating fairways.
As a regular host for the South African Open as well as the Volvo Open in 2013 and 2014, the course measures 6,400 yards and plays to a par 70 from the club tees.
The par-5 5th will seize your attention due to the elevated tee, gusting wind, and ocean view.

PEARL VALLEY: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Set in the famous Franschhoek Wine region Pearl Valley is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a treat to play and considered one of the top conditioned courses.
As with many Nicklaus courses, water on the right with plenty of sand, will keep the golfers minds off the wide landing areas provided
The course and its geographical location allow for guests to enjoy a day outing in the Winelands with high quality golf to compliment the food and wine.

LEOPARD CREEK: MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA

Situated near Malelane in the heart of Mpumalanga, on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, Leopard Creek presents a rare opportunity to play an outstanding bushveld golf course.
The 360 hectare development is bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park.
The course is remotely located and is therefore only recommended for clients looking to add a safari option in Southern Kruger or those using private air-charter services.

FANCOURT – THE LINKS: GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA

Created from a previously flat piece of land, over 700,000 cubic meters of earth was moved to transform it into a typical Links style.
The course presents undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape and is the only such course in South Africa.
The Links presents a stern test in all weather conditions.
This is a walking course with caddies, and is ranked 1 in South Africa. Host course of the 2003 Presidents Cup, 2005 Women's World Cup and 2006 South African Open.

PINNACLE POINT: MOSSEL BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

Pinnacle Point is set high above the Indian Ocean, providing sensational, breathtaking views of the crystal blue water from across the course, this is truly a magnificent and memorable design.
The renowned architect Peter Matkovich put it best, describing the property at Pinnacle Point by saying, ‘this is the most dramatic golf course site I’ve ever encountered anywhere in the world.
’ It’s difficult to argue with his assessment. Set high above the Indian Ocean, providing sensational, breathtaking views of the crystal blue water from across the course, this is truly a magnificent and memorable design.
All seven holes run parallel to the ocean shore. The home hole is a fierce risk-reward par-5.

FANCOURT – THE MONTAGU: GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA

The Montagu Course at Fancourt.
Designed by Gary Player and remodeled in 2004 by David McLay Kidd (Bandon Dunes, The Castle Course St Andrews),
The Montagu is South Africa's #6 and its best parkland golf course.
With the highest levels of conditioning and true championship layout, The Montagu at Fancourt sets the standards by which all other courses in South Africa are measured. Carts are included along with 1 caddie per cart.
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