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Bateleur Tour–2nd and 3rd Tests

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category A match ticket to the 2nd and 3rd Test Matches
  • 9 nights' 4★ and 5★ accommodation on a B&B basis (dinner included on Safari)
  • All international and domestic flights and all transfers. (Business Class upgrade supplement +£3,250pp, Premium Economy upgrade on request).
  • 3 Nights' Safari with a daily game drive included (Pilanesberg National Park)


  • Gullivers Merchandise including an Official Lions shirt
  • Exclusive Gullivers Big Events
  • Gullivers Tour Manager
  • Travel with Gullivers Ambassadors including Ryan Jones, Rob Henderson and others
  • Extensive Optional Excursion programme
  • Welcome Drinks and Group Dinner

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At a glance

 British & Irish Lions South Africa 2021

We're Official

Gullivers Sports Travel are an Official Sub-Agent for The British & Irish Lions South Africa 2021 Travel Programme. This means that our packages include the all-important guaranteed official match tickets to the last two Lions' Test matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This Tour includes Category A Tickets to the 2nd and 3rd Test Matches.

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Book with Confidence

Book with Confidence

Gullivers Sports Travel is fully ABTA and ATOL bonded. This means that you can relax and book your trip safe in the knowledge that your booking is fully protected with a reputable tour operator. Not all travel companies are ABTA members so always look for the logo. Gullivers have extensive health and safety processes to audit all suppliers and ensure high standards.

4★ and 5★ Accommodation

4★ and 5★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 9 nights' 4★ and 5★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes a stay in Cape Town, a Safari in Pilanesberg National Park (dinner included at Safari Lodge) and Melrose Arch (Johannesburg).

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Return international flights from the UK to South Africa are included, as well as any domestic flights. Business Class upgrade supplement £3,250pp, Premium Economy upgrade on request. We will have both direct and indirect flights within our tours. It is simply not possible for all supporters to travel to and from South Africa on direct flights, therefore some of our bookings will be allocated indirect routings.

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Coach transfers to and from the airports, matches (where required), overland touring and functions (where required) are all included in your package.

Exclusive Gullivers Big Events

Gullivers is known for putting on events and those in New Zealand 2017 were perhaps the best yet. With a great atmosphere and true rugby camaraderie, these included events are sure to be highlights of your trip. Alongside Ryan and Rob, past guests have included Gavin Hastings, Ben Kay, Scott Gibbs, Richard Hill, Scott Quinnell, Martyn Williams and many more.

Gullivers Lions Ambassadors

Gullivers Lions Ambassadors

Ex-Lions Ryan Jones and Rob Henderson will once again be touring with the Gullivers tour groups in South Africa. After the major success of NZ 2017 they are back and ready to share the joy of rugby touring with you! Joining them will be a variety of other familiar faces across the tour



An Official Lions Shirt is included in your travel package. There will also be other items of merchandise included. Please note that we will endeavour to provide your size requested, however as the clothing order has been placed prior to the Lions launch we are unable to guarantee this, also some items within the merchandise pack may be unisex and therefore the nearest fit to your requested size will be allocated.

Optional Sightseeing Excursions

Optional Sightseeing Excursions

To ensure that you can enjoy South Africa to its fullest and enjoy the sightseeing that you want to do we are offering a variety of optional excursions.

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The Rugby Experts

The Rugby Experts

Rugby is Gullivers' heritage. This is Gullivers' 11th Lions Tour and we have over 30 years' experience of taking Lions supporters around the globe, creating a real rugby experience for real rugby people. You can book with confidence, safe in the knowledge you will be well looked after by our dedicated and experienced team.

South Africa

We know South Africa

Gullivers Sports Travel have been touring to South Africa for many years both for supporters and school trips. The Gullivers team ran successful cricket tours across South Africa in 2019/2020, getting to know the country even better. This will be our third Lions trip to South Africa

See more about South Africa here

The Gullivers Team

The Gullivers Team

To ensure you have the best possible experience on tour, you will have a Gullivers Tour Manager with your group in South Africa. The Tour Manager team are supported by an extensive office and on-site operations team.

Full itinerary

  • Day1

    Depart UK

    Make your way to your departure airport to check in for your flight to South Africa.

    Flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town

    Business Class upgrade supplement £3,250pp, Premium Economy upgrades on request. We will have both direct and indirect flights within our tours. It is simply not possible for all supporters to travel to and from South Africa on direct flights, therefore some of our bookings will be allocated indirect routings.

  • Day2

    Arrive South Africa

    Upon arrival into Cape Town, after clearing customs and immigration we will make the short transfer to the hotel for a 3 night stay. The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel is in a fantastic location, walking distance from the V&A waterfront. Cape Town is one of the most magical cities in the world with its fantastic waterfront location and Table Mountain backdrop. If you get the opportunity to explore a little further afield head over to stunning Camps Bay, the perfect spot for sundowners at one of the many bars/restaurants with ocean front views. If you are looking to enjoy live sport look no further than Mojo Market in Sea Point, a short taxi ride from your hotel. Here you will find a variety of local food vendors all under one roof with live music and plenty of big screens showing live sport. 

    Today is a day of celebration as all of the Gullivers Tour groups get together to enjoy an afternoon of socialising, drinks and the true spirit of rugby touring. For those that were with us in Auckland in 2017 this was a tour highlight and you can be sure of lots of singing, mingling and entertainment. 

    Gullivers Big Events - Gullivers Festival

    After a leisurely morning join us at the Gullivers Festival where we will all come together in one big celebration of Rugby and celebrate the food and wine of South Africa. We will be joined by some well-known faces from previous Lions tours & enjoy the build up to the 2nd Test Match of the Series.

  • Day3

    Match Day

    Today is Cape Town's turn to host a test match, the pivotal second game of the series. So much has happened in game 2 in past series, the anticipation of what can happen is what builds the excitement. Ahead of the game get together with your Tour Manager for Welcome Drinks. Get to know your tour group and tour manager, reminisce on past tours and trips and share the excitement of the big game today and magic of the British and Irish Lions tour ahead.

    We will transfer from the hotel the short distance to the stadium and back after the game.

    Welcome Drinks

    2nd Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day4

    Cape Town

    Recover from the excitement of the test match with some down time in Cape Town. There are so many areas of Cape Town to explore whether you are looking to enjoy South African cuisine or history, there is a place for you. Why not enjoy one of the organised optional excursions on offer (pre-booking essential) or explore in your own time. For the active amongst you a hike up Lions Head is rewarded with stunning views (a guided trip is recommended for safety) and many an hour can be spent in one of the waterfront bars enjoying the climate and the view. Of all the destinations we’ve visited in the world Cape Town has to be up there with the sheer variety and quality of restaurants, with a wide range of cuisines on offer, set against beautiful background views, making those famous South African wines taste even better! 

    Optional Extra: Cape Point Full Day Tour

    Please see extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: Franschhoek Wine Tram Full Day Tour

    Please see extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: Winelands Full Day Tour

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  • Day5 - 7

    Safari (Pilanesberg National Park)

    On Monday we leave Cape Town and head for the airport for the flight to Johannesburg, on arrival into Johannesburg we will drive approximately 3 hours into the Pilanesberg region for 3 nights on Safari. A bucket list for many, the opportunity to enjoy a safari in South Africa is sure to be a trip highlight. Staying for 3 nights at the 4 Star Bakubung Bush lodge in the malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve you will have the opportunity to enjoy once daily safari drives with your guide in the Big 5 territory. The daily game drive is included during your stay as well as breakfast and dinner. Outside of the Game Drive enjoy the facilities at the lodge and relax as hard as you like whether that be with lazy afternoon naps or enjoying the optional activities that you can book on site (additional costs may be payable for additional activities)

    Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg then coach to Pilanesberg National Park


    The lodge itself will have their own guidance on tipping their staff including the professional guides but it's widely acknowledged that if you think the service has been good it is advised you should tip directly at the resort as the staff rely on gratuities. Gratuities are not included in the price and are left to the discretion of the individuals.

  • Day8

    Melrose Arch (Johannesburg)

    Today we leave the Safari Lodge and head to Johannesburg and Melrose Arch ahead of the eagerly anticipated third test match of the series. Your base for your stay in Johannesburg is the exclusive district of Melrose. Melrose Arch precinct is known for its fashionable and vibrant atmosphere with high end fashion stores, café culture and fine dining. With plenty of facilities onsite including a pool and bar you are welcome to relax and enjoy all that the 5 Star African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel has to offer. For those looking to explore a little the vibrant Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants is just a short drive away.

    Whilst in Johannesburg why not take some time to learn about the history, it’s hard to believe Johannesburg didn't exist 130 years ago. For most, Soweto is synonymous with Johannesburg and with resistance to apartheid, South Africa’s former policy of racial segregation. The township’s complex past is visible in Soweto’s moving museums, historical monuments, and strong traditions, and is well worth a visit on an organised tour. Constitution Hill is another of South Africa's most important historical sites which gives insight into South Africa’s recent history.

    Coach from Pilanesberg National Park to Melrose Arch (Johannesbrug)

    Tour Group Dinner

    This evening get together with your group and Tour Manager in Melrose Arch to enjoy a night of good company, good food and good drink!

  • Day9

    Melrose Arch (Johannesburg)

    Today sees the third of the Gullivers Big Event days with a rugby day. An invitational Gullivers side will take on some local sides in a day of rugby. You can be assured of great camaraderie, true rugby atmosphere, singing, raffles, mixing with the locals and rugby stories.

    Gullivers Big Events - Eve of Test Rugby Event

    Bring your boots for a game or come along and support the Gullivers Barbarians at our rugby club visit in Johannesburg; a great opportunity to mix with the locals. Always a popular day out with our supporters, food will be provided after the games and we anticipate there will be plenty of opportunity for you to swap stories and out sing the Springboks supporters in their own backyard, in preparation for the final test match tomorrow.

  • Day10

    Match Day

    Today marks the third and final test match of the series for the British & Irish Lions. The third test was a memorable affair in NZ in 2017, what will this game have in store? We will transfer you to the stadium from the hotel and back again after the final whistle. 

    3rd Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day11

    Departure Day

    This morning check out of your hotel and you will be transferred out to Johannesburg airport for your return flight home.

    Flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow

  • Day12

    Arrive in the UK

    Arrive back in the UK and make your own homeward journey with great memories and new friends.


Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Official Lions ticket - Category A
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Official Lions ticket - Category A
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg


Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town

The Southern Sun Waterfront’s recently refurbished and impressive facilities only compliment its location in the heart of the city and Cape Town’s most tourist friendly precinct. The hotel rooms themselves are fully air-conditioned. Of an evening, why not relax by the fantastic outdoor pool or in the hotel bar, or take a 5-minute leisurely stroll to the vibrant V&A Waterfront Harbour, where the city meets the sea, with a plethora of shops, restaurants and bars.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic location a short walk or taxi ride from the V&A Waterfront


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor Pool & Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary shuttle to the V&A Waterfront

Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Bakubung Bush Lodge is concealed within the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park - set in an area where the Big 5 roam, a mere 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers you everything you need in regards to comfortable and luxury accommodation. With the bush just outside your window you will be able to relax and take in everything about the bush and the animals living around you. This hotel is inclusive of breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive per day!

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic safari location in a malaria-free national park just 2 hours from Johannesburg


  • Breakfast and Dinner included
  • 1 Game Drive per day included
  • Please note children must be accompanied by an adult on game drives

African Pride Melrose Arch, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

African Pride Melrose Arch, celebrates the spirit of Johannesburg with refined comfort and luxury in the exclusive Melrose Arch district. The spacious, open plan rooms have exposed brick, leather headboards and chic bathrooms. Ignite your senses with delectable global-meets-local cuisine at March Restaurant or sip aged whiskey by the fire at the Library Bar. After a hard days touring lounge by the pool, featuring a vibrant bar for drinks and light dining. The hotel is set in the centre of Melrose Arch, a vibrant and exclusive precinct with high end fashion stores, café culture and fine dining.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Superb 5 star hotel in a prime location within the exclusive Melrose Arch precinct


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Swimming Pool




£85 per person

The world-renowned Cape Winelands are situated about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Departing the hotel in the morning your first stop on the tour is the town of Paarl, especially well-known for its Pearl Mountain or "Paarl Rock". In Paarl you will visit one of the top Paarl wine estates to sample their fine wines and enjoy a tour of their cellar, gaining insight into the process of viniculture.

The tour moves on to Franschhoek, a charming old Huguenot village, also known as ‘the French corner’ and a wine-lover's dream destination. Here you will stop to enjoy lunch and another wine tasting at an excellent wine estate.

The last stop of the day, but certainly not the least, is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region. Embark on a walking tour through Stellenbosch where much of the original Cape-Dutch architecture has been preserved, before rounding off with a final wine tasting at one of the top wine estates in the area. Finally, you will be transferred back to Cape Town.

Duration: ±8.5hrs from the first point of collection and subject to change.

Includes: 3 wine tastings and a cellar tour, lunch and 2 drinks per person.

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 34 people.



£95 per person

The day starts with a one-hour coach transfer to Franschhoek, where you will board the wine tram. Journey by tram to a local wine estate where a knowledgeable wine guide weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting stories about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture.

During this engaging and interactive experience, you will be guided through, and have an opportunity to sample, the subtle tastes of terroir, as well as learn about the local grape varieties, cultivars and the aspects of viticulture which are unique to Southern Africa.

A tour of the estate wine cellar will be followed by a specially curated three course lunch at the estate restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit two additional Franschhoek wine estates, enjoying a premium wine tasting at each estate.

Duration: ±8hrs from the first point of collection and subject to change.

Includes: Wine Tram Ticket, Three Course Lunch, Premium Wine tasting at two additional wine estates.

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 34 people.


Cape Point Full Day Tour 1 August

£120 per person

This full day tour is an ideal way to see the highlights of the Cape Peninsula. After being picked up from your hotel you will travel along the Atlantic seaboard coastal road with the pristine white beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water.  The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity

You will arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay where you will take a half hour boat trip to Duiker Island to see a Cape Fur Seal colony. If open (weather permitting), the tour will continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most stunning roadways in the world.

Your tour continues to the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the tip of the Cape Peninsula that has captivated travellers for centuries, where you have the opportuniry to go up the funicular at the point.  The return journey to Cape Town takes you along the False Bay coast, visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach and passing through the naval village of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Your last visit will be made to the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden before returning to the hotel.

Duration:  ±8hrs

Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Point Nature Reserve and Funicular, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, ½hr Duiker Island boat trip, Boulders Beech penguin colony, Lunch and 2 drinks per person

 *Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 34 people.