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The Ultimate Golf Safari

Andy Anderson A Fancourt caddie surveys the Links course from high atop a woolly dune.

Photo: Andy Anderson

PerryGolf: Play courses including the Links at Fancourt, Royal Cape, Oubaai and the Gary Player Country Club on a guided golf package covering Cape Town, Fancourt and Sun City, from $7,000. Call 800-344-5257 or visit perrygolf.com.

Wide World of Golf: The South Africa Golf Safari includes fourteen nights accommodation and seven rounds of golf, including both courses at Fancourt, Royal Cape and Gary Player Country Club. From $5,885. Call 800-214-4653 or visit wideworldofgolf.com.

LOCAL LINGO

Like golfers anywhere, South Africans have their own slang. A few terms:

Giraffe's Ass: A skied tee shot—it's high and it stinks.

Nelson Mandela: A drive way off-line—it's a long walk to freedom from there.

Ama-Glug-Glug: A drive that doesn't reach the ladies' tee; the offender must down his drink ("ama" is a Zulu prefix meaning "plenty").

Wine Country

The "Mandela magic" that positively touched every aspect of tourism also brought a creative verve to South African wine, one that you can see—and taste—on the Constantia and Stellenbosch wine routes. Start where it all began in the seventeenth century, at Groot Constantia, the estate to which the Cape's first colonial governor retired. At tables on the lawn outside the gabled Cape Dutch manor house, guests enjoy the gorgeous view of False Bay over a glass of the estate's famous chardonnay. Stellenbosch is the Afrikaner culture capital of the Cape. Winemaking around this university town is ubiquitous—there's average stuff, and there's the sublime. Lanzerac, Speir, Thelema and Vergelegen are beautiful estates producing beautiful wines. Moving east, Franschhoek was settled by French Huguenots in the late seventeenth century. The local vignerons sometimes trade too much on their French heritage, while newcomers like Boekenhoutskloof steal the show with classy cabernets and smooth semillons. The Cape winelands hold the history, politics, failures and successes of South Africa in their bottles. These wine routes are an endless nineteenth hole, the ultimate excuse for yet another day away. Visit constantiawineroute.co.za or wineroute.co.za for details.

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