This was our 6th Azamara PerryGolf trip. We added a pre-cruise stay in Botswana and Zambia with A&K South Africa and a couple shore excursions in Cape Town with A&K Destination Specialist shore excursions (the full day Cape Point and Sidecar Tour was a hoot – highly recommend www.sidecars.co.za ).
The complete itinerary can be viewed here:
As usual, A&K South African took care of all the details. Chief’s Camp in Botswana has just 10 bush pavilions (1,500 SF) and was amazing – should have stayed 3 nights. Sussi & Chuma in Zambia has just 12 Treehouses and 2 private houses. Both properties had been renovated since we were last there in 2013 and both authentic Africa.
We set up a private 2-mile walking tour of the Zimbabwe side of the falls – well worth the experience. We also did an hour tour of the Zambia side – different experiences – we enjoyed both. Be aware, however, that there are no cats (lions, cheetah or leopard) in the Sussi & Chuma area.
The cruise was round trip from Cape Town stopping in Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and East London. Unfortunately we experienced 70 MPH winds and 33 foot waves the night before stopping in East London so that port stop was cancelled. Azamara refunded the port taxes for that stop and the shore excursion we had set up.
The Quest was refurbished in 2016. In addition to upgrading all cabins and public spaces they added two new Spa Suites. We were in #9000, 414SF with 60SF Veranda. It was right next to the gym and spa so convenient, but no privacy when showering: https://www.azamara.com/our-ships/suites/club-spa-suite (problem when butler delivers breakfast).
PerryGolf was excellent once again. However the area had been experiencing a 3-month draught so a couple courses were not as pristine as usual. We spent once night off ship at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort which was right next to the Zimbali CC. The resort was lush but a little dated, service was excellent. Courses played:
Humewood Golf Club https://www.humewoodgolf.co.za/ True links course and considered one of the top courses in South Africa.
Zimbali Country Club http://www.zimbalicc.co.za/ Unbelievable views of the ocean designed by Tom Weiskopf. Spent one night at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
Durban Country Club https://www.durbancountryclub.co.za/ An iconic golf club established in 1920 was a little ‘tired.’
Pearl Valley https://www.pearlvalley.co.za/ A Jack Nicklaus Signature course in the Franschhoek Wine Region – great course.
Africa is one of our favorite destinations. Safari and golf...does it get any better!