Day 7: Stay & Play at Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa

Literally right outside the Phalaborwa Gate and adjacent to the Kruger National Park is the Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa. Definitely a WOW factor upon arrival on property and upon entry into your room… of course I headed out at dusk to “golf in the wild,” play a few holes near the clubhouse (to stay safe) and see what wildlife was around. Found Hippo Hollow or from what I could tell it is Hippo Heaven. I guess they stayed in the water until dark (skin sensitive to sunlight) and were spotted by flashlight on the 10th fairway. I was ready for bed! Another magnificent day on the 44-day ‘Golf Journey to South Africa!’     (Facebook Post Highlight Video, Andy Reistetter, 12/16/15)

I see my friend Fulton Allem won the Palabora Classic 3 straight years here in 1986, 1987, & 1988!— at Hans Merensky Golf Estate In Phalaborwa, South Africa.   (Facebook Post 8 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 12/17/15)

Healthy feast for a king tonight (& last night too with GM Louise) at Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa… African night, live braai, chakalaka, & beetroot, all so good! All I can say is a private unnamed owner is in the process of restoring this place beyond its past glory days… very impressive, South African hospitality & golf at its best!   (Facebook Post 10 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 12/17/15)