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South Africa Fairways & Wineyards

They don’t call it the Fairest Cape for nothing. From the southern suburbs you have breathtaking views of the sapphire Atlantic Ocean, the magnificent Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles standing guard over the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve playing across its foothills.
Moving further north, the luscious Winelands call you softly to discover hidden treasures in her rolling vineyards and majestic mountain peaks.
For the golfers there is a wealth of classic courses from Stellenbosch to Paarl and Franschhoek, which are guaranteed to test your skills, give you great pleasure and leave indelible marks on your memory.

Day 1
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a friendly African Fairways representative who will assist you with a private road transfer to the beautiful Winelands of South Africa. Your transfer to the quaint Le Quartier Francais which will be your home for the first 4 nights should take under an hour. Accommodation in an Auberge Room is offered on a four-night bed & breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra.
In the heart of the Franschhoek Valley is a Cape Provencal fairytale-like haven of tranquility. Le Quartier Francais is an exclusive boutique hotel which has been a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels since 2000 and is also a member of the Classic Retreats Portfolio.
Guests will experience the ultimate in luxury, privacy, gastronomy and service when staying at Le Quartier Francais.
Chef Margot Janses’ award-winning fine-dining menu is a delightful mix of French, Malay and traditional South African dishes and is paired with an outstanding wine list.
 
Day 2 – 4

Whether you play two or four of the magnificent courses on offer, you are sure to enjoy every minute of your stay in the Winelands. This itinerary includes Pearl Valley Golf Course and De Zalze Golf Course.  Devonvale Golf Course and Erinvale Golf Course are optional Extras.


De Zalze Golf Club
You know you’re in wine country when you find yourself teeing-off onto fairways lined with beautiful vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields and following the meandering oak-lined Blaauwklippen River as it weaves its way through the valley, coming into play at various intervals and affording you magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. This is a stunning Peter Matkovich designed championship course.

Pearl Valley Golf Estate
There is something very special about playing a round of golf on 212 hectares of tranquil, unspoiled landscape under brilliant blue South African skies. A visit to Pearl Valley will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a precious gem hidden between the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains. Designed by the legendary Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, there was no compromise in layout and design of this magnificent course and it holds true to its promise of an exceptional round of golf.

Erinvale Golf Course
Flanked by tranquil vineyards on one side and spectacular ocean views on the other, this Gary Player designed course plays her way across the valley floor before making her ascent up the foothills of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West.

Devonvale Golf Course
If you’re an early riser you’ll bear witness as the mist rolls back up the Simonsberg Mountains, revealing an emerald jewel of rolling hills, crisp fairways and glistening pools. There is something almost mystical about this Ken Elkin designed course which is nestled on the north-facing slopes of the Devon Valley, just five minutes from Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape wine region.

For the non-golfers or non-golfing days we recommend:
There is a veritable plethora of wine farms along the wine route, opt for the more renowned producers or stumble across a hidden gem at one of the smaller boutique estates. This area is also known as the Brandy Route and is home to Van Ryn’s Distillery near Stellenbosch – their 20 year old luxury Potstill is officially nominated as the World’s Best Brandy at the international Wine & Spirit Awards for 2011! Many amazing restaurants at which to indulge.

Hiking and biking excursions, Horse-riding and wine-tasting on horseback, Môreson and bread & wine for the ultimate wine and food experience, Paragliding and helicopter trips, Tennis courts, Trout Fishing, Walking, Olive tasting, Chocolate tasting, Car Museum, Spa

Day 5
Moving back to the Cape Town southern suburbs you are transferred by road to the wonderfully elegant Ellerman House. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour. Accommodation in a Standard room is on a three-night bed and breakfast basis with dinner as an optional extra.
Ellerman house is a portrait of elegant luxury, culture and privacy. Evoking memories of genteel days gone by, historic Ellerman House invites guests to an intimate viewing of South Africa’s rich history through its collection of the finest 20th century South African Masters complemented by the inspiring Ellerman Contemporary Gallery housing works from many of the country’s foremost contemporary artists.
Honoured alongside The Ritz-Carlton in Singapore, Gramercy Park in New York, St James’ Club and Hotel in London, The Cullen in Melbourne and La Colombe d’Or in Provence, as one of “The Big Six: Hotels with Art Collections”  by The Independent Newspapers, Ellerman House is also a favourite on Condé Nast’s Gold List in the category “Best Hotels for Service”.

Day 5 – Day 7
Enjoy the views as you play a round on Steenberg Golf Club’s idyllic course.
Hugging the slopes of the Steenberg Mountains in the idyllic Constantia Valley, Steenberg Golf Course meanders its way through the Steenberg vineyards, pine forests and gentle waterways. Designed by renowned golf course architect Peter Matkovich, the Steenberg golf course features four distinct areas; Wetlands, Parklands, Cape flats and Fynbos.

For the non-golfers or non-golfing days we recommend:
Cape Town has one of the oldest wine growing areas known as Constantia. A short drive through this idyllic suburb and wine growing region will take you to some of the finest wineries. Whilst there why not enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Constantia Uitsig or travel further afield to Bruce Robertson’s new lunch venue in Scarborough – The Boat House. 
 Shop for art and souvenirs en-route at St James and Kalk Bay or visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. Cape Point Nature Reserve is certainly a worthwhile journey! Other major attractions include the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the beautiful beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno.

Day 8
Private road transfer back to Cape Town International Airport where you board your flight back home.

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