Review: Legend Golf and Safari Resort

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Take a malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the Waterberg region, and add on a signature golf course where each hole is designed by a different world golf champion. Include luxury accommodation amidst the bushes and the wildlife. Then, accessorize it with a unique 19th hole and botanical gardens planted by Miss World contestants. What do you get? A legend – Legend Golf and Safari Resort to be precise.

Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Legend Golf and Safari Resort

As we drove through the nine-metre high gateway of the Great Enclosure, we felt as though we were entering an ancient civilisation. Quite appropriate, as the mammoth structure is a replica of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Other elements of Legend’s architecture were also inspired by the mighty Monomotapa Empire, and its first capital Mapungubwe was close to the resort’s current location.

Legend Golf and Safari

Hanglip Mountain

The award-winning leisure complex is situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy and boasts a superb location. Nestled at the feet of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo, it stands under the sentinel of Hanglip Mountain, a striking sandstone peak at the end of an escarpment. Besides the golf course and wildlife reserve, it also has a museum, a spa, an amphitheatre, conference venues, a wildlife centre which houses white lions and other exotic creatures, and a rhino orphanage where orphaned baby rhinos are cared for. There are plans underway to add even more facilities. But the combination of world-class golf and safari activities is the main draw card for local and international travellers.  It has also won the resort the award for World’s Leading Safari Resort 2014.

Legend Golf and Safari

Amphitheatre

At reception, we were welcomed with a drink and a schedule of activities and escorted to our room. There are 204 spacious en-suite rooms, built among the bushes across the resort, in order to preserve the pristine bushveld. The rooms are modern and elegantly furnished and lead out onto private patios. Large windows offer panoramic views of the outdoors. Non-predatory animals are free to roam in this area and we were regularly visited by zebras and various antelopes. Safari vehicles would collect and drop us off at our room when we went on game drives. At night the sounds of the bush lulled us into deep slumbers.

Legend Golf and Safari

Bedroom

The scenery is spectacular and the reserve boasts some diverse wildlife. We saw three of the Big Five and jackals on our first game drive and a cheetah on our second – all at close range. An elephant passing our game vehicle was close enough to touch and a couple of lions entertained us as they played a mating game. Night game drives are available for those brave enough to withstand the cold. One night, as we were driving back to our room after dinner, we saw an aardvark, one of the most elusive creatures in the African wild. It was the first time we had ever seen a live aardvark and we were mesmerised. It was busily burrowing a hole, oblivious to our presence, until it heard our voices and scurried off.

Legend Golf safari

Sunset Game Drive

The Signature Clubhouse is a new addition to the resort. It contains memorabilia from the different golfers involved in the signature golf course, on the entrance floor and on the walls. It is also where most meals are relished. The open air boma where one can dine around a campfire under the starlit Waterberg sky is a popular, alternative dining venue and my children enjoyed dining al fresco. But perhaps the most impressive part of the new clubhouse is the roof from where one can enjoy the expansive views of the golf course, the mountain and beyond.

Legend Golf

Clubhouse Entrance

Golfing legends Justin Rose, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen were among the prominent designers of the golf course. The world-renowned Extreme 19th hole is set on Hanglip Mountain and is accessible only by helicopter. The ball is hit on to a green the shape of Africa, approximately 400 metres below. Golfing and other celebrities from across the world have come to play this hole and many aficionados have called it the most difficult hole in the world. My husband, a keen golfer, was disappointed that he didn’t get to play it as the helicopter was undergoing repairs. Non-golfers can also experience Hanglip’s magic. The resort offers exhilarating helicopter flights, which can be combined with a romantic meal on the mountain. Even weddings have been arranged there.

Other activities include the Little Legends programme for smaller children, where they are taken care of while parents enjoy some quiet time. There are also segway rides, quad-biking, bush walks and a wide variety of sports facilities. The whole family could easily spend a week here without getting bored.

Legend Golf

View from the top

Despite the size of the resort, it is a place of wide open spaces where you can enjoy the solitude, hear your thoughts and be in harmony with nature. Perfect for a family or corporate getaway.

For more information, visit http://www.legendgolfsafari.com.

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Wildlife at Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Aardvark Legend Golf

Aardvark

Elephant Legend Golf Safari

Elephants

 

Cheetah Legend Golf and Safari

Cheetah

Bontebok

Bontebokke

 

 

 

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16 comments
shirleengrano

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Smithe343

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Sidney

Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specially the remaining part 🙂 Thank you and good luck.

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Shem

I’m not big on golf, but I’m sure my husband would certainly appreciate a stay here! I’d totally go for the animals and wildlife, though. Your photos look absolutely amazing — you got so close!

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Clare

Wow the views from the golf course are amazing. I don’t play golf but I imagine my dad would love to play there. I would love to go on the sunset game drive or go out on a safari and see all the wildlife. What a stunning place 🙂

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Ivy

That is so cool that you saw an aardvark!! My dad’s a golfer and he would LOVE this place. Maybe I’ll take him here one day since I’ve been wanting so badly to go on some game drives.

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Riely

This resort sounds like a golfers dream. I am not a golfer myself, but I can appreciate the grandeur of the resort for any golf lovers out there.

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neha

The golf course looks beautiful and the room looks comfortable. A lot of thought must have gone into creating each hole as you said, each one is designed by a different world golf champion. Interesting place to visit!

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Lynne Sarao

I’m not a golfer, but if I were I’d love to play in such a beautiful setting as South Africa. The resort itself looks stunning and I would love to go stay there even without playing golf! I can’t believe how many amazing animals you saw!

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Courtney Jones

Wow, this place looks amazing! I love the room – the ottomans at the end are really pretty! You saw so many amazing animals – great photos!

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Only By Land

I love golf, I’d love to play in South Africa. I see it’s possible to combine it with a safari tour! I didn’t see Jose Maria Olazabal in the cabinet, if he designed a hole I am sure it would have many bunkers, maybe he designed a hole on the other 9. I hope the golf course is somehow separated from the reserve so all those animals can’t get onto it!

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Jenni

wow this place looks amazing. I cant play golf but would love to see the animals. The rooms look nice and airy too. I will definitely look into staying here one day.

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Namreen Sonday

Wow! Looks and sounds like the perfect getaway!

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    Sara

    Yes, it is Namreen. Something for everyone!

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Muhammad shah khan

Wish to go there soon.it sounds amazing

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    Sara

    I’m sure you’ll love it Muhammad

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