Going on a Golf Cart Safari at the Hans Merensky Hotel
In October of 2009 I spent 4 weeks in South Africa, traveling from province to province. While I was in Limpopo, Province, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa. It’s probably best known for it’s golf course – which rests alongside Kruger National Park.
While you are teeing off, giraffes, hippo, crocodile, zebra and other animals can be caught wandering onto the course. This sign warns you of Zebra crossing!
Last week I posted another sign I spotted that warns golfers of the possibility of danger on the course. How dangerous could it be? I mean, golf courses are supposed to be safe right? Maybe it’s one of those generic signs that are there – “just in case” something happens, though it rarely ever does. I wanted to see for myself.
With the 30-minutes of free time that I had, I thought it would be fun to go on safari on the golf course. I’m not a golfer, but I do love animals. Much to my surprise, the golf resort accepted my request and provided me with a golf cart and driver to go game spotting along the 18 holes. While I didn’t see any of The Big Five, I was able to spot a few animals. See for yourself in this YouTube video.
Can you imagine playing golf and having a Hippo just sitting there in the water hazard? What about having your ball land near the crocodile? Do you play the ball where it lies? Or just take the penalty stroke? Golfing here could cost you an arm and a leg – literally!
So I know that this doesn’t count as a real safari, which is why next week will be African Safari Week here at adventureswithben.com. I’m going to take you on some fantastic game spotting all week long. But in order get there, you’ll need to pack your backpack. Don’t know what to bring? Check out this earlier post for all the details.
I haven’t been to many golf courses, but this ranks among the best and most interesting. What about your thoughts? What’s the best place you’ve ever golfed and why? Share by commenting below.
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I’ll see you out there…!