The ultimate bush experience!
We recently visited Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo province, a mere 2 ½ hours’ drive from Pretoria. Nestled amongst the foothills of the Waterberg mountains, Legend Golf and Safari Resort, home to the Big 5, hosted us to an exquisite African bush and golfing experience. Giraffe, wildebeest and vervet monkeys greeted us on arrival. A warm welcome at reception complimented our arrival. I was treated to a relaxing neck massage by members of staff of the Legend Golf and Safari Resort health spa while my partner was checking us in.
Came 16:00 and off we went on a sunset safari drive. Serene beauty surrounded us. Wildebeest, Warthog, Impala, Blesbuck and White Rhino were soon spotted on the open planes and Hippo in a nearby dam. A gigantic crocodile obstructed our passage just as we were about to cross the dam wall, forcing us to search for an alternative route. I found it heart-warming to have a lady safari guide conducting our afternoon safari, not an easy task considering the terrain while keeping a rugged safari vehicle on track. I love elephants and asked our safari guide if any were around, she happily offered to search and about two hours into the safari an elephant was spotted, pretty close too.
As the day quietly drew to a close, snacks and drinks were served against the backdrop of the African sun quietly settling in for the night. Our Safari drive continued…… the starlit sky was amazing, the milky way, the southern cross clearly visible, an exquisite experience filled with absolute beauty of South Africa’s bush and wildlife.
Playing golf on a golf course that was recently named one of the top-9 golf courses in the world is a dream come true for any avid golfer. Even more so because of the Extreme 19th hole. The tee box can only be reached by helicopter, it’s on top of the Waterberg Mountain! The 19th hole is the longest and highest Par 3 hole in the world! 26 seconds is what it takes for the ball to hit the Africa shaped green some 400 meters below. Adding to the golfing experience are animals such as Impala and Zebra not to mention the fantastic birds often joining during a round of golf. Hanglip-mountain overlooking the golf course is truly spectacular. The modern clubhouse with its fantastic appeal offers many a golfer delectable meals and drinks. I could ill resist!
Our accommodation was luxurious. A variety of accommodation options such as resort rooms, luxury rooms and executive suites are on offer. Mountain View Villa complete with butler, safari guide and vehicle is an exclusive residence perfect for those preferring the finer touches when it comes to a golfing safari. The Legend Hospitality Group also offer for those interested, an opportunity to purchase and own a piece of unspoiled bushveld luxury.
In addition to our golfing safari; horseback safaris, hot air ballooning, helicopter flips, archery, quad biking, mountain biking and cultural village experiences add to the range of activities guests can enjoy. The health spa offers relaxing massages and beauty treatments. For the night owls, the Cave Bar is undoubtedly the place to be.
Our meals were delicious. Chef Petrus and his team treated us to a traditional braai in the Signature boma and the following evening, fine dining in the beautiful Starlight boma. An open-air lunch was exclusively served under the trees against the backdrop of a waterfall, a fantastic setting. A buffet hot breakfast along with pastries, fruits, nuts and yoghurts were served in the Signature Clubhouse. The mouth-watering pastries were my favourite.
Whether you are a corporate looking to host a spectacular event; getting married in the African bush; host a conference, gala or any other function, Legend Golf and Safari Resort has the ideal venue for you. Airconditioned conference venues, extravagant marquees to rustic bomas await. The Starlight boma is my venue of choice. A suspension bridge crossing the waterway allows guests entry to the boma. A starlit sky adds to the ambience, creating that fairy tale moment. Legend Golf and Safari Resort is a must visit. Add it to your bucket list!
Listening to the story of Peet and Mart Cilliers, founders of the Legend Hospitality Group is truly inspiring. Again, I realized, dreams can be turned into reality. Peet grew up in an orphanage, together they had a dream and together they took action to make their dream come true. Today, Peet is living his dream together with his wife and daughters who are all part of the Legend Hospitality Group. The family owns multiple lodges across South Africa, all within 19 years since Peet and Mart Cilliers acted on building their dream.
Thank you to Legend Golf and Safari Resort for a fantastic golfing safari stay.
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Written by Ronel Jooste (and Johan Beukes)
Lifestyle Blogger, Speaker and Coach
Contact Ronel: email@example.com