South Africa Golf Travel...
South Africa Golf
Travel may appear to be the focal point of this page but we do not
leave spouses, children or friends to become golf widows or golf
orphans. They can be kept happy seeing and doing the sort of things
you travel on the spur of the moment for business or pleasure, there
are lots of special places to go, golf courses to play and things to
see in South Africa.
experience with last minute travel to South Africa, revolves most often
around the business folk. Someone in the mining industry, for example,
may get shipped off to an industrial spot like Secunda to take part in a seminar, trade show etc. that lasts for a few days.
If you look around Secunda
you may think there is not much outside of the industrial. Ah!! You
would be wrong! There is one very fine golf course – a Gary Player
designed course. It is attached to a hotel that honours a music icon
long gone but still attracting new fans – Elvis Presley.
The hotel is called Graceland and it is run by the nicest folks. We stayed in the suite called the Memphis Room where we were treated like Kings…er Queens. Of course, you could just as easily find yourself in the very beautiful City of Cape Town. If you golf you have a choice of over 20 golf courses and a million or more attractions.
is a fantastic mixture of the historical and the modern. I have
highlighted some of the best. The plan was to show you more and I will.
That goes for the rest of the country too but, Man oh man! There is so
much to write about in this small country!
you hail from China or Canada or a big country like they are, South
Africa may seem like a small place. It does to me. I hail from Canada
and South Africa just about fits inside Quebec - one of our original
provinces. But it is chock full of both Creator designed and man made
the man made things that inspire awe are the luxury trains - five star
hotels traveling on tracks. Or the Big Hole in the diamond country of
Kimberley. It’s called the big hole but humungous might be a better
you see it, to put it in perspective, you must know that every grain,
every pebble and every diamond was taken out by hand, one small shovel
full at a time. The stories coming out of here, real and fiction, rival
any gold rush story you may have read. I can’t tell you all the good
stuff here but that should give you a bit of an idea.
is not enough cyberspace to tell you of all the Creator designed
wonders. Whether it is the wild Aloe growing against all the odds
offered by an arid spot devoid of topsoil or the stars that appear so
very close and so very bright – those of you from the Northern
Hemisphere will not believe how close or how bright!
will love it. Or maybe you’ll chuckle like I did at the pelicans in
flight - they sort of resemble one of those old DC8’s in flight. How
about the thrill of a safari on elephant back at Kapama? Maybe
sleeping in a luxury tree house is your style? Would you like to roll
around on the floor laughing while you tell your friends about the time
you rode an ostrich at Cango?
Maybe fill them with your own sense of awe when you try to describe your experience deep inside the mountain cave, also at Cango.
If you are groaning and saying you are too old, let me enhance your
shame – I went there with a World War II vet a while back and he rode
the ostriches and crawled around the cave (actually you can stand up).
you get right into the fun of it or are just a passive sightseer, you
will go home tingling with the excitement of a sixteen year old with a
new love – a new love called South Africa. I am pleased to say that our
site visitors come from every country in the world, as do our clients.
Not all are golfers. We get a large group of site visitors every month
from the educational sites around the world.
I was recently very surprised and honoured to be told by a young man
from Ontario, Canada that he had been to my site and had enjoyed it
immensely. He is blind. Few sites, it seems are ‘visually impaired’
friendly. My site, I am happy to say, is.
like everything else in my life - it just happened that way. You are
invited to just drop in, day or night. No reservations are required.
The welcome mat is always out for you.
Recently, Jonathan of Last Minute Vacations and Travel Guide
asked me to submit an article and tell his readers, among other things,
about myself. Can’t do that. You will have to wait for the book!
But I can tell you a bit about my site, South Africa Travel Packages. Like most things in my life, this site wasn’t planned.
male acquaintance said I, being female, could not do it. And I, being
female, said, ”Well just let me set you straight there, young fellow.”
And I set about building a site. Actually doing something with it was
not part of a plan either. But as luck would have it, I was on the Net
about three months when a gal from St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. wrote
looking for a quote. This, as you may imagine, put a whole new face on
things. Several new faces, as a matter of fact. Panic Stricken, being
stepped my partner, June de Jager, and said, “Well, Why not? You have
experience in the tour business. You have traveled a lot and you write
well and with humour.
I have experience in the tour business. I have traveled a lot. We can
be partners. But I can’t write, so that is your job! I’ll supply the
computer, ISP and office supplies. Since I know more about South Africa
than you, being as how I live here all the time, I’ll even let you pick
my brain! You’ll never get a better partner!” So here we are!
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