Be whisked into an enchanting land of African luxury as you let the wild wonders of Africa’s plains mesmerize your soul. Set amidst the African wild, Zebula Golf Course provides the perfect backdrop to a game you will never forget. This golfing safari affords you a unique opportunity to combine a golfing adventure with magnificent game viewing opportunities. Besides Big 5 game viewing safari drives you may also encounter some zebra, antelope or even giraffe during your golfing rounds.
Located in the 9 500-hectare Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in the shadows of the Waterberg Mountains, 8 double occupancy luxury suites wait to welcome you. Bela-Bela, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, is a malaria free area and the reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 majestic animals, with lions in a separate enclosure.
Here one can truly be immersed into the authentic feel of the African wild, without forgoing any luxury. Relax at the on-site spa while gazing out into the bushveld where animals may dwindle past. Nestled between tall trees the pool deck is the perfect place for afternoon cocktails and a dip to cool down from the summer sun before heading to dine under the stars and relax around a large crackling fire in the camp boma. On cooler days the library and indoor lounge and bar area provide a relaxing and warm haven of natural colours finished off with contemporary touches perfectly marrying the wonders of nature with modern opulence.
Game drives are provided daily hosted by expert guides. Besides incredible fauna and flora, over 250 bird species have been spotted at Mabalingwe alone making it a birding enthusiast’s paradise. To get up close and personal with the wild, join in on a daytime guided walking safari.
Greeted with a welcome drink your luxury African safari experience here includes 18 holes of golf at the nearby ‘Zebula Golf Estate’, high tea, a three-course candlelit dinner, scrumptious breakfast and one afternoon game drive per day (2-3 hours) in a 4 x 4 game-viewer.
Zebula Golf Course is a classic bushveld par 72 course, set in the open plains of the reserve with herds of game roaming freely. The course is relatively flat yet undulating, inviting to play with generous fairways and clusters of trees. With a number of awards, Zebula was designed by the legendary Peter Matkovich, a golf professional for 25 years, and a world-respected golf course designer for more than 15 years.
When it comes to golf course design, first and foremost Peter is an environmentalist – seamlessly blending nature and design to create golf courses that are inherently sensitive to local environments. The layout is so much part of the bushveld experience that one wouldn’t be surprised to encounter a lofty giraffe or shy zebra during your golfing experience. The wonderful year-round climate and the judicious use of naturally occurring water practically guarantees the course will be green year-round.
Complemented as it is by an excellent clubhouse with a location that defies description, life just doesn’t get better than this for golf lovers with Africa in their blood.
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