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Ilanga Product News Update – May 2017

Please find below a summary with important updates pertaining to particular products (for more detailed feedback, please contact Ani on ak@ilanga.co.za)

 

Fancourt News

Fancourt Amateur Golf Tournament

Mention the word ‘Fancourt’ amongst the international golfing community, and there is instant attention. The immediate drawcard being the Estate’s three 18-hole golf courses – Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links – all ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 20, with the famed Links course as No 1.

Now there is an opportunity to play all three of these courses with the launch of the new amateur Fancourt International Tournament between the 4th and 8th December 2017.

The all-inclusive package offers players four nights accommodation in the 5* luxury Fancourt Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and voted Global winner of Luxury Golf Resorts and Country Winner Luxury Garden Resort by World Luxury Hotels at the end of 2016. Included, besides accommodation and daily breakfast, is play on all three courses, daily dinner, pre-dinner drinks, entertainment, daily half-way house, golf carts on the Outeniqua and Montagu courses and various other memorabilia.

4 Night Package:

Classic Room:

Per Person sharing: ZAR 19 515.00

Per Single: ZAR 27 955.00

Luxury Room:

Per Person sharing: ZAR 21 025.00

Per Single: ZAR 30 975.00

One Bedroom Suite:

Per Person sharing: ZAR 23 445.00

Per Single: ZAR 35 815.00

Updates to Fancourt Golf Courses:

Montagu Golf Course Closure

The Montagu course will be undergoing resurfacing which entails removal of the greens surface, replacing of sand, fumigating and seeding of greens, stripping and removing kikuyu grass from the perimeter of greens, sodding around greens with new kikuyu and finally checking, cleaning and mapping of the Montagu greens. In order to implement the above the Montagu course will be closed from the 16th of April 2018 till the 22 September 2018.

The Outeniqua and The Links courses will continue to operate as normal over this period to ensure that all golfers still have a memorable golfing experience on the estate.

Updates to Golf Bookings, Fees and Availablity of Golf Courses:

Splitting the usage of the Montagu and Outeniqua courses

From 1 March 2018 the Montagu and Outeniqua courses will be “split” in usage and alternated between the Fancourt Country Club members and hotel guests. On a particular day one course will be allocated exclusively to hotel guests and the other for members use. The courses will then be alternated the following day for members and hotel guests alike.

During the period of the Montagu course closure the Outeniqua course will be “alternated” on a morning and afternoon basis respectively between members and hotel guests.

Fancourt are confident that this move will allow members and hotel guests more efficient access and usage to the courses and allow them to better manage the golf experience.

Increase in caddy fees

In maintaining the level and sustainability of the caddy service and the guest experience, as of 01 June 2017, caddy fees increase from R210 to R250 per caddy per round. This will apply to all new bookings – all confirmed bookings in the system will be honoured at the current rate.

Fancourt Country Club Day Visitors

In the interests of ensuring that hotel guests have priority access to the golf courses during high season and to make more tee times available to them, there will be a limit to day visitor tee time slots of 1 x 4 ball per day. All other times will be allocated to hotel guests only. Should certain events and availability dictate, from time to time these slots may be increased. Day visitor rates in high season have also been increased significantly.

The Links Course tee time slots

Hotel guest slots available at The Links effective from 1 October 2017 have been revised and are as follows;

Summer (10 slots) October 2017 – November 2017

07:30 & 07:45 (2 ball time slots only) 08:45, 09:00, 09:15, 11:00, 11:15, 13:00, 13:15 & 13:30

Summer (10 slots) December 2017- March 2018

07:30 & 07:45 (2 ball time slots only) 09:00, 09:15, 09:30, 11:00, 11:15, 13:15, 13:30 & 13:45

Winter (8 slots) April – September 2018

08:45, 09:00, 09:15, 09:30, 11:00, 11:15, 11:30 & 13:00

Hollow tining dates 2018

Outeniqua 2 & 3 April 2018 – Bayonet tining only which has a very quick recovery period.

8 & 19 October 2018 – Hollow tining

The Links

25 September to 8 October 2018

Maintenance Days

The below maintenance days will apply as of 1 March 2018;

Outeniqua – Closed Thursdays until 11:00

Montagu – Closed Tuesdays until 11:00

The Links – Closed Mondays until 11:00

 

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa Expansion (expected completion June 2018)

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa has recently been given approval to commence with the biggest transformation we have seen since opening their doors in 2010. The upgrades will greatly increase room capacity and provide further opportunity for you to accommodate more of your valued clients at the ‘Jewel of the Cape Winelands’. Room inventory will increased by 6 single lodges as well as a new 4 bedroom villa.

Ilanga Travel will advise and manage bookings to ensure minimal disruption to guests occur.

 

Shamwari Game Reserve Refurbishments 2018

Most of the Shamwari Game Reserve lodges will undergo substantial refurbishments and upgrades during 2018.

The lodges affected will be closed off independently so that there will be no disruption of the guest experience at the operating lodges.

The lodges being refurbished will be closed on schedule as follows:

Sarili Lodge – March and April 2018

Riverdene Lodge – May to the end of September 2018

Eagles Crag Lodge – April to the end of July 2018

Long Lee Manor – Mid July to mid December 2018

 

Lanzerac Hotel Fire 28.05.2017

The Lanzerac Management Team informed us of a fire at the Lanzerac Wine Estate in the early hours of the morning, 28 May 2017.The fire started in the heart of the Hotel, affecting the Hotel Reception, Governors Hall Restaurant, Craven Lounge, and Taphuis Bar. No harm was caused to guests or staff, and no damage was caused to the Manor House, wine cellar or vineyards.

As soon as we (Ilanga Travel) have received all details necessary we will be in touch regarding the above and will deal with any bookings that may be affected individually

 

Botswana Tourism Levy

Botswana Tourism has recently introduced a new tourism levy which will be charged to incoming travellers from 1 June 2017.

The objective of the levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base. The levy of US$30 is payable via cash, credit and debit card, and can only be paid prior to immigration at the port of entry (airports and border posts). The receipt will be valid for thirty days and can be used for multiple entries.

 

Water Restrictions in the Western Cape

The continuing drought in the Western Cape has required the local government to impose water restrictions, that include the banning of filling swimming pools with municipal water. As a result, many hotels have elected to close their swimming pools until such time as water restrictions are eased.

 

Whale Season

We are very happy to announce that the first Southern Right Whales have arrived along our shore-lines! At least we know that they are coming back and will keep you posted on the development of the upcoming whale season in terms of numbers and movements of whales.