Offering an amazing trip to Leopard Creek, Durban July

HOW would you like a friendly giraffe overlooking your putt along with the clubhouse gallery and perhaps a herd of elephant and maybe some hippos looking on from in or across the Crocodile River on the 18th? Will make for a few bragging-rights photos to start!

The photo above is not photo-shopped, it’s a screen-shot from a short video taken by a player at the highly exclusive Leopard Creek Golf Course in the South African Lowveld near the world-famous Kruger Park. It’s not an unusual occurence. The video shows the giraffe actually being playful with the pin. Buck and giraffe stray onto fairways and greens here quite often.

Two rounds of golf at Leopard Creek fall within the first part of our “Royally Modern Africa” trip to South Africa we’re announcing and detailing to you today. Our spectacular ten-day adventure takes in a few more sites and events many would consider as bucket-list items and brought to you at superb value offers as part of the IRC’s commitment to members.

We start with lunch in London before our departure on 25 June, 2022 (inclusive also of beer and soft drinks); cruise into Johannesburg for a night at one of the world’s leading entertainment clubs on the rich Rivonia Mile. Then, we depart for Hoedspruit in the Lowveld/Mpumalanga Province, do our golf thing at Leopard Creek before we move on to the glitzy Umhlanga, just 20km outside of Durban City, for another round of golf or a chance at game fishing with Blue Marlin always on the hope-to-catch list.  Next, we attend the world-famous Durban July horse race from the IRC’s private suite at Greyville racecourse, overlooking the winning line and with all the extras thrown in. There is personal leisure time in between, you’ll always be guided for safety (and there will be no problems!) and we return to London via Johannesburg on 3 July.

The full itinerary is below, and scroll down to the bottom for a short IRC video and a link to the trip prices. Our clients and members in South Africa can mail us for amended prices with the international flights excluded.

The Elegant “The Grand Club” in Rivonia, Johannesburg, known for its extraordinary buffet of food, champagne and a variety of other delights!

Leopard Creek Country Club areas are naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. A second-to-none golf course.
Hamiltons Lodge 
 is a family owned and run Lodge and Restaurant with a relaxed and casual atmosphere, where guests come to unwind and breathe in the fresh bushveld air in rustic surrounds enjoying comfortable, modern and spacious rooms.

25 JUNE – 3 JULY 2002.

Full Itinerary 

Hosts: Joao Da Mata, Scott Ellis, Aoife Wigzell and Charl Pretorius of the IRC:

25 June: IRC Lunch prior to departure

25th June: Depart London Heathrow to Johannesburg International

26th June: Arrive Jhb – Golf in the afternoon in Johannesburg or an evening at the Grand Premium Entertainment Club

27th June: Jhb to Hoedspruit
Leopard Creek 1st Round Of Golf 
Overnight at classy Hamiltons Lodge, on Riverside Farm in the heart of the agricultural hub of Mpumalanga just 500m from Malelane Kruger Gate, 45km from the borders of both Mozambique and Swaziland. SA Style Barbeque (Braai)

29th June: Game Drive and 2nd Round of Golf at Leopard Creek.

30th June: Leopard Creek to King Shaka Airport and then to Umhlanga
The Umhlanga night strip is vibey, modern and glamourous, SA’s equivalent of Beverly Hills and right near the beach.

1st July: Round of Golf at a Durban or adjacent course (all top class) or Game Fishing (Blue Marlin possible)

2nd July: Attend Group 1 July Handicap in private IRC suite all inclusive
One of the most exciting race days in the world, South Africa’s equivalent of the Melbourne Cup.
3rd July: Umhlanga to JHB and Return flight to London.

Included are:

-All Transport
-Accommodation in JHB (Holiday Inn or similar, 1 night)
Accommodation (3 nights Hamiltons Lodge) 
-Breakfast and Braai included 
-Accommodation Umhlanga (3 nights Oyster Box £1000 extra), Marriott or Equivalent 
-3 or 4 rounds of golf and or 1 Deep Sea fishing
-All food and drink at the Durban July
-All badges and parade ring access on July Day

Oyster Box Package £4300

Marriott Package £3300

Go here for IRC introductory video

Go here for Leopard Creek/Durban July Trip price details   – IRC

Internationally acknowledged as Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, the iconic Durban July has been run without interruption every year since Saturday, July 17, 1897. Witness the action from a private suite.
Blue Marlin fishing in South Africa varies slightly throughout the year. High season is June to November, which makes this an ideal venture on your trip.  Durban’s warm Indian Ocean waters along the East coast of South Africa offer some exciting Marlin Fishing.
South Africa’s most cherished hotel stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean & the iconic lighthouse. It’s a hop away from Umhlanga’s revamped and trendy night strip.

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