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The Garden Route


									The Garden Route
     Directors’ Choice
Directors’ Choice Itinerary of The Garden Route

Firrets South Africa Blue Label Experience

Make your pilgrimage to South Africa’s golfing mecca…

1. Accommodation

Fancourt estate boasts 3 of the SA Top 20 courses and remains a premier golfing
destination. The courses are however open for play to members and hotel guests only. At
Fancourt you will be accommodated for 3 nights in the 500 Series Garden Suites – specially
built for the 2003 President’s Cup.

The remaining 5 nights of your Garden Route experience, we suggest the Villa Suite at
Pezula. Spacious and ultra-comfortable, with views of the lagoon or ocean from your
private patio.

2. Golfing

With a plethora of excellent golf courses, choosing only 4 is a challenge. We recommend
The Links at Fancourt designed by Gary Player, during your stay here. Alternatively play
Montagu at Fancourt (also a Player design) if a links course is not preferred.

During your stay at Pezula, you can enjoy rounds at Ernie Els’s Oubaai, near Herold’s Bay,
Jack Nicklaus designed Simola and finally Pezula itself.
3. Attractions & Leisure

It is the breathtaking scenery of the Garden Route that mesmerise most visitors.

The Featherbed Nature Reserve is a privately-owned reserve and only accessible by ferry. It
is a spectacular eco-experience and was visited by the Commonwealth Heads of State
during their visit to this region.

A private charter on a luxury catamaran yacht is ideal to explore the Knysna Heads, where
the Indian Ocean meets the Knysna Lagoon (estuary). Enjoy champagne and Knysna’s best
love delicacies, oysters.

Shark-cage diving and bungi- and bridge jumping are only examples of what the daring and
adventurous visitor may expect along the Garden route. Confront your inner fear of great
whites and face them eye-to-eye in the Indian Ocean.

For the less extreme traveller, Southern Right whale watching between June and November
is a highlight of this region. Combined with over 300 bird species and 1 500 indigenous
fynbos species, the Garden Route is a nature aficionado’s treat. There are also many
opportunities to hike the natural forests around Knysna, whether it be for an hour or a
whole day.

Historical attractions are bountiful including a 500 year old post-tree to Mossel Bay’s
Cultural History Museum. The dramatic Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, a town world-famous
for its ostriches, is well worth a visit and extremely popular with overseas and local

We shall gladly arrange for a safari 4x4 game drive in a private game reserve near the town
of George. Here you will find elephant, giraffe, lion and rhinoceros among the many other
4. Fine Dining

Many fine and interesting restaurants and eateries can be found along the Garden Route
and a selection can be viewed under the Golfing Regions section of

5. Transportation

All road transportation will be in ultra-comfortable, luxury chauffeur-driven vehicles. A
helicopter transfer from Pezula to George Airport is included.

A Summary of Your Accommodation

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate

Fancourt offers various accommodation options ranging from the Manor House hotel to a
variety of garden suites. We recommend the 500 Series One-bedroom Executive Garden
Suites built for the Presidents Cup of Golf in 2003. The gardens are the most peaceful
setting on the estate and ideal for ultimate relaxation. Your stay of 3 nights here includes a
full English breakfast and ensures access to the spa and pools – a most invigorating
experience that is not to be missed.

Fancourt offers many other options such as the Taylor Made High-Tec Lab for golf swing
analysis and custom fitting of golf clubs. A Hall of Fame is situated in the main building and
the Ernie Els Foundation also operates from Fancourt.

Fancourt is situated on the outskirts of the town of George and is owned by Mr Hasso

Further reading and info available at or contact Firrets SA.
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

The remaining 5 nights of your visit to the Garden Route will be spent at Pezula in the
picturesque coastal village, Knysna. The 68sq metre Villa Suites with separate lounge area,
also has a patio with views of either the Knysna Lagoon, the golf course or the Indian

With real log fire places, gourmet pantry kitchen, climate control and stone and wooded
textures to name a few, it is no wonder that Pezula was voted one of the World’s Best 100
Places to Stay in 2006, by Travel & Leisure (US).

Your accommodation here includes a full English breakfast, use of the hot spa area,
gymnasium and the estates shuttle service.

For further information visit or Firrets SA.

Summary of Golf Courses

The Links at Fancourt, George

You will probably not record your best score here as this is arguably SA’s most difficult
course. Being the country’s No. 3 however, you can be assured of an unique experience on
this Gary Player design. Exclusivity is obvious since the course is reserved for members
only, but a limited number of hotel residents are allowed a tee-off time every day. No carts
are allowed as walking is part of the Links game, but exceptions are made to visitors with
medical certificates.

The Links hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup, the 2005 Women’s World Cup of Golf and the
2006 South African Airways Open. Further details at or Firrets SA.
Oubaai Golf Course, Herold’s Bay

Oubaai was designed by Ernie Els and opened for play in 2005. Still unranked, the course is
built on oceanside cliffs against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

Green-fees include a cart. Visit or contact Firrets SA for more

Simola Golf & Country Estate, Knysna

After opening in 2005, Simola was voted Golf Digest’s Best New Course 2005. Built high in
the hills above Knysna, this by Jack Nicklaus Signature course has an unusual 5 par 5’s and 3
par 3’s. You will have marvellous views of the region and the layout is a challenging one,
yet it provides a lot of fun.

Your round here includes a cart and halfway meal. Read more at
or contact Firrets SA.

Pezula Golf Club, Knysna

Pezula is very deservedly South Africa’s No. 14 golf course. Overlooking the Indian Ocean,
the views here are simply stunning. It’s a tough course to walk and a cart is therefore
included in your fees. Attention to personal service is a priority here and you’ll find your
name on a locker and your cart upon arrival. It is essentially a members club with limited
tee-off times set aside for visitors.

The course has a Scottish Highlands feel with an incredibly diverse coastal terrain and was
designed by GolfPlan USA. Additional information available at or contact
Firrets SA.
Summarised Itinerary

Day 1

Depending on your arrangements, we suggest arrival at George Airport (less than 1 hour
flight from Cape Town and less than 2 hours from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Int. Airport).
The Firrets Team will welcome you at Fancourt’s private airport lounge from where you will
be taken to the Fancourt estate (ca. 10 mins. drive). Relax at the spa, in the gardens or
elsewhere on the estate. Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants after a welcome cocktail
and brief discussion by Firrets.

Day 2

Enjoy breakfast at Fancourt. Explore the region at your own pace in your chauffeur-driven
luxury vehicle. Firrets will provide you with an expert guide of the region (if desired). Visit
the charming Noetzie beach and lagoon with its castles and the town of George. Return to
Fancourt for a relaxing afternoon and explore the estate. Dine at one of Fancourt’s fine

Day 3

A round of golf awaits you after breakfast: The Links at Fancourt. Enjoy a light lunch and
rest afterwards before embarking on a 4x4 safari in a private game reserve. Dine in the
town of George.

Day 4

After breakfast and check-out, depart for Pezula. Lunch at Pezula. A visit and tasting to the
Knysna Oyster Company. Dinner at Zachary’s at Pezula.
Day 5

Ernie Els’s signature course, Oubaai near Herold’s Bay is scheduled after breakfast. During
the late afternoon visit nearby Plettenberg Bay, dubbed the ‘Millionaires Playground’ of the
Garden Route. Dinner at the Knysna Waterfront complex.

Day 6

Explore the charming village of Knysna today, sunbathe on the pristine beaches, engage on
a nature trial or be pampered at a spa. We also recommend the Featherbed Nature Reserve
eco-experience. Even a day-trip to historical Mossel Bay is a perfect way to unwind.

Day 7

Designed by the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, Simola golf course is scheduled for today.
Enjoy a light lunch at Simola after golf where after we suggest a visit to Wilderness village
and other places of interest near Knysna. Dinner tonight in Plettenberg Bay.

Day 8

A favourite of the Firrets directors, Pezula is guaranteed to impress any golfer. After 18
holes here, explore the estuary and the Knysna Heads on a luxury yacht with a light meal
and drinks.

Day 9

Depending on your travel arrangements, we shall arrange for a late check-out after
breakfast. You will be transferred to George Airport from Pezula by helicopter for a scenic
flight of the coastline and golf courses you played.

If your schedule allows, we invite you to join us for another Firrets Directors’ Choice
experience. Alternatively depart from George Airport to either Cape Town International
Airport or O.R. Tambo Int. Airport (formerly Johannesburg Int.) for your flight home.
Costs & Rates

All prices are per person sharing in twin or double suites.

Included in the package rate:

    o   Eight nights luxurious accommodation
    o   All breakfasts
    o   Helicopter transfers from Pezula
    o   24-hour road-transportation in chauffeur-driven vehicles
    o   All green-fees and carts (where applicable)
    o   Welcome cocktails at Fancourt
    o   Airport transfers to Fancourt
    o   An expert guide for two days
    o   A 4x4 safari (approx. 4 hours)
    o   Sundowner cruise with champagne & oysters
    o   Yacht cruise with light meal & drinks
    o   Visit to the Featherbed Nature reserve
    o   Oyster company & tatsing
    o   24-hour dedicated in-person assistance from the Firrets Team

Excluded from the package rate:

    o   All beverages not included at your hotels, or where specifically mentioned as
    o   All gratuities and tips
    o   International flights
    o   Everything not specifically mentioned above or in the itinerary
Price per person sharing (inclusive of Value Added Tax and the Tourism
Levy) from:

Kindly note that the rate below is based on a group of two persons sharing:

ZAR 74 750,00

GBP 5 232,80
EUR 7 729,54
US$ 9 677,57

The rate below is per person sharing for a group of four adults:

ZAR 65 750,00

GBP 4 604,34
EUR 6 799,38
US$ 8 516,84

This rate is subject to our Terms & Conditions, availability and season. Errors & Omissions
Excluded. Firrets SA continually negotiate competitive rates and pricing therefore
fluctuates weekly. Contact us for an updated rate.

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