A highlight of a trip to this area is a round of golf at Hans Merensky, a course where you’re more than likely to bump into wild animals during your game. There’s a good hotel and chalet complex on the estate and it’s about five minutes from the Phalaborwa Gate into the Kruger National Park.
An advantage of this part of the world is close proximity to two great private game reserves – Thornybush and the Timbavati. Game viewing here is excellent and these reserves are about 1 hour’s drive from Hans Merensky. There are also convenient flights back to Johannesburg from both Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa Airports.
A remarkable development over the last few years in the Limpopo Province has been the proliferation of new residential golf estates in the Waterberg area. These are only 1 – 3 hours from Johannesburg and are close to the malaria free Entabeni and Welgevonden Game Reserves. The courses’ proximity to each other also have potential for some great golfing holidays combined with a safari experience.
The Elements course is already rated number ten in the country and is situated on a beautiful upmarket estate. Zebula is in a small game reserve. It is the realisation of a long time dream to combine the wonders of golf with the natural wildlife and habitat of the African bush.
Recently launched is Euphoria, an Annika Sorenstam signature course. And the “piece de resistance” in Limpopo is likely to be Legends. This unique course has each hole designed by a different pro – those involved include Trevor Immelman, Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie, Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia. The final surprise at this unique course is the “19th Hole” – arguably the most dramatic Par 3 in the world. A helicopter ride to the top of a mountain will enable you to tee off aiming – from a vertical height of 430 metres – at a green way below in the shape of Africa. High tech cameras and tracking equipment follow your progress. Back to earth, you’ll probably need the “real” 19th Hole.