Iconic Africa Director, John Holley’s three passions in life are golf, the bush and wine – 3 of life’s finest treats! He’s been lucky enough to spend much of his life dedicated to these 3 passions and exploring all that South Africa has to offer – which fortunately for him – is a great deal!He’s hand-picked his favourite destination and put them together for you here in his ultimate golf and wine safare. Explore the historical panorama route, the sensational Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, the Mother City, the coastal town of Hermanus and the rolling hills in Franschhoek and George. These will no doubt be some of the best 15 days of your life – and full of wine, wildlife and golf they will be! Click here for full interactive itinerary.
Between the Lowveld and the Drakensberg, there are a myriad of popular natural attractions along the panorama route waiting for you: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window. Don’t miss the world-famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a historic living museum. The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries whose vast expanse ensures the ultimate luxury safari experience.
Situated just 6 km outside White River on the secure White River Country Estate, Oliver’s overlooks the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course. Boasting European country charm and comfortable elegance, the hotel’s idyllic location allows access to the area’s highlights, including the Kruger Park and the Blyde River Canyon. Beautifully appointed and classic in style, the 14 individually decorated rooms provide a relaxed, restful ambiance.
- Flight JHB – Nelspruit
- Transfer from Nelspruit to Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge
- Transfer to Leopards Creek return
- Leopard Creek Round of Golf
- 2 Night’s Accommodation Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge (B&B)
- Transfer to Londolozi
Perhaps the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere, this 66 000 hectare Private Game Reserve adjoins The Kruger National Park and has become globally recognised for the highest quality game viewing due to the incredible predator density.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve consists of five luxurious camps and offers the absolute in first class safari experiences. Varty Camp is the original camp and is steeped in tradition. Its chalets are built in the beautiful riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River. The living spaces of each of the chalets are raised off the ground and every room boasts its own private plunge pool – where you can refresh yourself after a game drive or cool off in the heat of the day – and expansive wooden deck, looking out into the riverine bush and the abundant wildlife that roams the riverbed below.
- 3 Nights Accommodation Londolozi at Varty Camp (FI)
- Drop off of golf clubs at airport
- Flight from Londolozi/Nel- CT
Accommodation: Varty Camp
Cape Town, which is three times the size of New York, set about remodelling and restyling itself post the end of apartheid in 1994. It is thus not surprising that it has begun to receive international acclaim and was voted the 2014, World Design Capital. Despite being South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town has managed to retain its traditional charm whilst developing its cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Resting in the heart of the Mother City, you will find the extraordinary Silo Hotel. This is your chance to stay in one of the most unique hotels in the world. Once a fully functioning grain silo, this gorgeous, newly converted hotel lets guests admire all of Cape Town’s beauty from a great height while still feeling as though they are a part of the hustle and bustle of the city that lies below. The hotel is remarkable in every sense, it boasts panoramic views of Cape Town like no other hotel in the city, showcases cutting edge décor and design and promises the very best in South African hospitality.
- Transfer from CT Airport to Silo Hotel
- 3 Nights Accommodation Silo Hotel (B&B)
- Transfer from Silo to Steenberg Golf Course
- Steenberg Golf Round
- Full Day Peninsula Tour
- Transfer from Silo To Birkenhead Hotel
Accommodation: The Silo
Hermanus offers charming cafés and clifftop walks along the bay where you can look for whales while the Fernhoek Nature Reserve is criss-crossed with exciting hiking trails through the fragrant fynbos.
Birkenhead House is perched on a cliff overlooking magnificent Walker Bay in the little seaside town of Hermanus – gateway to the garden route. The bay is fringed with pristine white sand beaches and secluded coves while in the water surfers carve the waves and, for several months of the year, hundreds of southern right whales call the waters of the bay home.
- 2 Night’s Accommodation Birkenhead (FB)
- Transfer to Arabella Golf Course (Return)
- Arabella Golf Round
- Transfer from Birkenhead to Le Residence Hotel
Accommodation: Birkenhead House
Although there are over 20 wine-growing regions within the Western Cape region, the term “Cape Winelands” is most often synonymous with the three most popular towns: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Each quaint town has its own undeniable character but maintain a common theme – being set amongst rolling vineyards and breath-taking views.
La Residence is a romantic, indulgent paradise whose interior is filled with wonderful artwork and magnificent furniture. Eleven glamorous suites are decorated in vibrant colours. Guests can enjoy the pool, spa, gym, library and wireless internet. Warm, personalized service creates an atmosphere of relaxation, whilst garden produce is used to create memorable meals. Complimentary village transfers allow leisurely exploration. Activities available locally range from wine-tasting to golf.
- 2 Nights Accommodation at La Residence (B&B)
- Transfer to Pearl Vally Golf Club
- Pearl Valley Golf Round
- Transfer from La Residence to La Motte dinner
- Transfer from La Residence to CT Int
Accommodation: La Residence
Sandwiched between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and set along South Africa’s world-famous Garden Route, the historic city of George is the sixth oldest town in the country. Once a woodcutter’s outpost, today it is the commercial hub of the Garden Route. This idyllically set city boasts a rich history and is surrounded by lush scenery including endless beaches, soaring mountains, and glittering lakes, and is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
Fancourt, South Africa’s premier leisure and business resort is situated in the heart of The Garden Route. Ideally located just seven kilometres from both George Airport and the historic town of George, the resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the perfect backdrop.
- Flight Cape Town To George
- Transfer from airport to Fancourt Hotel
- 2 Nights Accommodation Fancourt
- Option 1 Fancourt Golf Round
- Option 2 Fancourt Golf Round
- Transfer to airport
- Flight George to JHB
Day 1 - 3: Panorama RouteOliver's Restaurant & Lodge
Day 3 - 6: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Day 6 - 9: Cape Town
Day 9 - 11: Hermanus
Day 11 - 13: Cape Winelands, Franschoek
Day 13 - 15: The Garden Route
In the grey light that precedes the dawn, steam rises from the cup of your freshly brewed morning coffee. The water of the Sand River moves soundlessly below the Varty deck and omits peaceful steam into the cool daybreak air; somewhere in the Sand River’s depths sounds a hippo’s guttural like laughter, the air abounds with joyful morning chorus and the heady perfumes of the night blooms. Before the African sun breaks the horizon with its golden light, you will be off on your morning game drive – in hope of an enigmatic view of the wildlife of Londolozi’s infamous African bush. Another day dawns at Londolozi Varty Camp.
“Londolozi” originates from the local Zulu word which means “protector of all living things”. This is the way of life at Londolozi! This progressive land and wildlife management has catapulted Londolozi to international stardom. It is a place whose essence can’t be described – where you’ll experience 5 star African luxury, but where you are still made to feel like a part of the Londolozi family. Unquestionably the experience of a lifetime!
Steeped in tradition: Family values and experiences
Londolozi Private Game Reserve consists of five luxurious camps and offers the absolute in first class safari experiences. Varty Camp is the original camp and is steeped in tradition. Set up by the Varty family in 1926, it holds a special place in the Varty’s hearts. The campfire of Varty Camp has warmed the nights of 88 years. Varty Camp has a well-established family heritage, and children are always welcome. In fact, if you give the camp some warning, they can even plan a special itinerary based on delighting your little ones.
Londolozi can be accessed by a half day drive from Johannesburg. However Iconic Africa recommends a simple door-to-door 1 hour flight from Johannesburg or three hour flight and quick connection from Cape Town. We don’t want you exhausted when you arrive at this African gem!
African luxurious accommodation
Varty camp has eight chalets, and two superior chalets built in the beautiful riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River. The living spaces of each of the chalets are raised off the ground and every room boasts its own private plunge pool – where you can refresh yourself after a game drive or cool off in the heat of the day – and expansive wooden deck, looking out into the riverine bush and the abundant wildlife that roams the riverbed below. Your sumptuous king size bed is gracefully draped with soft white mosquito nets to keep you protected while you dream.
The camp’s considerable communal deck is built around a towering, ancient Ebony tree and serves as a main meeting area, where guests can congregate before their two daily game drives. Meals are served in the Boma, romantically lit in the evenings by lamps, plethora of candles and fire bowls, as well as the twinkling of the astonishing African stars. The cuisine at Londolozi is fresh, plentiful and immaculately thought-through, to ensure that each mealtime is a different taste sensation from the local African chefs.
Varty camp is perfect for families, but it is also perfection for a honeymoon or romantic holiday. The Londolozi honeymoon experience is unsurpassable in its luxury and attention to detail. Newly-weds will be treated to an exceptional, personalised service with the utmost privacy, a personalised itinerary, private vehicle, candle-lit dinners on your private deck, and extravagant picnics in the bush can all be arranged at your request!
Varty Camp has transformed the original Sparta Camps into an African Massage Treatment Room. Iconic Africa recommends guests from all the Londolozi camps try one of the extensive Spa treatments to embrace absolute relaxation.
The Famous Londolozi Wildlife experience
Londolozi Private Game Reserve sits in the central Sabi Sands, on the Western border of the Kruger National Park. The animals move freely between the territories to ensure an ever changing dynamic environment. The Sabi Sands is renowned as the best place in the world to view the Big Five: in particular for its incredibly elusive leopard viewing! Londolozi’s expert guides and rangers passion for wildlife is unsurpassed. They will captivate your for hours on end with their mystical ability to read each animals spoor, predict the wildlife’s behavior and track and find even the most secretive animals. Londolozi also offers an on-safari photography course for the aspiring wildlife photographers to ensure you return home with pictures your friends will be eternally envious of!
Morning drives leave before dawn to catch the last of the night’s activities and afternoon game drives depart when the day’s heat has passed. Every evening your guides will find a perfect place to stop for an African sundowner and delicious snacks – a chance to soak up the bush as the night rolls in.
With over 16 0000 hectares of land to roam on, no two game drives are ever alike! There is an abundance of wildlife: including mammals, reptiles, insects and birds of such vivid colours you won’t believe your eyes! Iconic Africa also recommends you organise a guided bush walk, where you’ll get the chance to experience the smaller things nature has to offer and learn a bit more about the ancient art of tracking. If you are an avid botanist, this will undoubtedly be a highlight for you.
It is no secret Iconic Africa behold an undeniable love for Londolozi. Varty Camp is the pinnacle of experiences you can share with you family and friends. Iconic Africa has a long standing bond with the Londolozi family. Let us guide you through a quick and easy booking process with our fantastic rates.
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Varty camp is perfect for families, but it is also perfection for a romantic getaway. The Londolozi honeymoon experience is unsurpassable. Newly-weds will be treated to exceptional, personalised service with the utmost privacy, a bespoke itinerary, private vehicle, candle-lit dinners on your private deck, and extravagant picnics in the bush can all be arranged at your request!