Tee off a mountain at South Africa's most extreme hole
A South African private tour doesn't normally conjure up images of golf greens, but maybe it should. With over 400 courses, South Africa is part of an elite group of African countries with quickly ascending reputations in the world of golf, including Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritius. For a truly extreme experience, however, head to the Legend Golf & Safari Resort, where helicopter is your only means to reach its mountainous 19th hole.
It's called the Extreme 19th, and it's aptly named. Its tee is perched atop Hanglip Mountain overlooking a green more than 13,000 feet below. Africa is a vast land you can spend a lifetime exploring, but here you can see it in abstract simplicity: The green is in the shape of - what else? - Africa. Take your eye off the ball and the hole for a moment, though, and you'll be treated to a vast slice of South African countryside, with plains stretching far and green toward the mountainous horizon.
Once you've taken a whirlybird trip to this par-3 course, explore the rest of the resort, which offers safaris and two other intriguing courses. The first is a signature course, with each hole designed by legendary golfers, and the second is a tribute course that faithfully recreates nine famous holes from around the world.