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Cheetah Tour – All Three Tests (Excluding International Flights)

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category B match ticket to all 3 Test Matches
  • 17 nights' 3★, 4★ and 5★ accommodation on a B&B basis (all meals included on Safari)
  • All domestic flights and all transfers
  • 3 Nights' Safari (Pilanesberg National Park)
  • 3 Nights' Winelands for 2nd Test (Stellenbosch)

Highlights 

  • 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

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 each of the Lions' three Test matches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Johannesburg. This Tour includes Category B Tickets to the 3 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.

3★, 4★ and 5★ Accommodation

3★, 4★ and 5★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 17 nights' 3★, 4★ and 5★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes a stay in Sandton (Johannesburg), a Safari in Pilanesberg National Park, 3 nights in Stellenbosch (for Cape Town) and a between-test trip to Durban (all meals included at Safari Lodge).

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Flights

All domestic flights within South Africa are included in your package.

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Transfers

Transfers

Coach transfers to and from the domestic 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

Merchandise

Merchandise

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

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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

    Arrive South Africa

    Welcome to Johannesburg! Make your way to the base for your stay in Johannesburg is the district of Sandton, known as ‘Africa’s richest square mile’. Sandton is known as one of the safer areas of the region and a popular choice of Gullivers over many tours to South Africa. After clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred to your hotel.

    This evening the group will get together with Gullivers Staff for Welcome Drinks. Share a drink, reminisce on past Lions tours and share the excitement of the upcoming Game, Series and your stay in South Africa.

    Welcome Drinks

  • Day2

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Day at leisure in Sandton. With plenty of facilities onsite including a pool and bar you are welcome to relax and recover after the flight at the hotel or find your feet in South Africa get to know the Sandton precinct a little better. Sandton has become the new financial district of South Africa in recent years and is now Johannesburg's premier business centre. Sandton is also known as a tourism and retail hub with one of the main attractions being Sandton city which features approximately 144,000 m2 of shopping space making it one of the largest malls in the Southern Hemisphere. Sandton City subsequently became the catalyst for the development of the municipality into what it has become today.

     This evening join us for one of our Big Events as we welcome ex-players, journalists and those in the know for a hosted Q and A ahead of the test series. 

    Optional Excursion: Johannesburg Half Day City Tour

    Please see extras tab for more information.

    Gullivers Big Events - Rugby Forum

    You are invited to join some famous faces from the world of Rugby and previous Lions tours for an evening of lively discussion & insight into the current tour.

  • Day3

    Match Day

    Today is the day we have been building up to, the first test match between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions. A special day that will forever live in the hearts of every Lions fan as the tourists prepare to face the wrath of the World Champions on their own soil.

    With 2 of the 3 Test Matches being played in Johannesburg, there are sure to be thousands of Lions fans staying in the various districts all coming together in one big celebration of Rugby.

    After the excitement of the last test match against NZ in 2017, hopes are high going into the game against the World Champions. After swapping stories in the bar with your fellow Lions fans we'll transfer to the stadium in plenty of time ahead of kick-off and after the match finishes, we will transfer back to the hotel. 

    1st Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day4

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Day at leisure in Sandton. Stay local and enjoy the offerings of Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants, just a short taxi ride away and a very popular spot for visitors to the area. Alternatively, why not book onto one of the organised excursions Gullivers is offering today (pre booking essential).

    Optional Excursion: Taste of Gauteng Half Day Tour

    Please see extras tab for more information.

    Optional Excursion: Johannesburg Half Day City Tour

    Please see extras tab for more information.

  • Day5 - 7

    Safari (Pilanesberg National Park)

    Today we leave Sandton and 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 5 Star Ivory Tree Game lodge in the malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve you will have the opportunity to enjoy safari drives with your guide in the Big 5 territory. There are two daily game drives included during your stay as well as all meals, teas, coffees and snacks. Outside of the Game Drives 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)

    Coach from Sandton to Pilanesburg National Park

    Tipping

    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

    Stellenbosch (for Cape Town test)

    This morning we depart the Safari Lodge and head back to Johannesburg and to the airport for your flight across to Cape Town. Upon landing in Cape Town, we will make the transfer to the hotel for a 3 night stay. The Protea Stellenbosch is located the famous Cape Winelands famed for it's oak lined avenues and natural beauty in the shadow of the Jonkershoek Mountains. 

    Surrounded by vineyards, the town itself is abuzz with hotels, wine shops, cafe's, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and museums for you to enjoy.

     

    Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town for Stellenbosch

  • Day9

    Stellenbosch (for Cape Town test)

    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 2017 this was a tour highlight and you can be sure of lots of singing, mingling and entertainment. Transfers to and from this fantastic event will be provided.

    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.

  • Day10

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

    2nd Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day11

    Durban

    This morning check out of your Cape Town hotel and depart on the transfer for Cape Town airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in Durban, transfer with the group to the hotel before checking into the Protea Fire & Ice uMhlanga. The coastal city of Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world and known as a destination for surfers, families and fishermen alike due to its blend of culture, architecture, natural beauty and modernisation. 

     

    Flight from Cape Town to Durban

  • Day12 - 14

    Durban

    Enjoy 3 days at leisure along Durban's fantastic 'Golden Mile'. From the warm & friendly populace to spicy foods and a warm tropical climate, all of these elements combine harmoniously to make Durban the city at the cutting edge of worldwide trends focusing on providing tourists with a unique set of experience which go into the realm of cultural and scenic diversity.

    During your time in Durban, you could visit the Durban Botanic Gardens which is currently Africa's oldest surviving garden and home to some of the oldest living cycads with date back to the Jurassic period around 160 millions years ago. 

    Tour Group Dinner - 2 August

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

    Optional Excursion: Durban City Half Day Tour - 2 August

    Optional Excursion: Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift Battlefields Full Day Tour - 3 August

    Optional Excursion: Isimangaliso Wetland Safari Park Full Day Tour - 4 August

  • Day15

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Today we leave Durban and return to Johannesburg and Sandton ahead of the eagerly anticipated third test match of the series. We will make the short transfer to Cape Town airport for the flight to Johannesburg where, upon landing, we will transfer to the Protea Balalaika hotel again. 

    Whilst in Johannesburg why not take some time to learn about the history, it is 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.

    Flight from Durban to Johannesburg

  • Day16

    Sandton (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 - Gullivers 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.

  • Day17

    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

  • Day18

    Departure Day

    This morning check out of your hotel and make your own onward arrangements. 

Tickets

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Tickets: 
Official Lions ticket - Category B
Venue: 
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Capacity: 
94,736

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Tickets: 
Official Lions ticket - Category B
Venue: 
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Capacity: 
55,000

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Tickets: 
Official Lions ticket - Category B
Venue: 
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Capacity: 
62,567

Accommodation

Hotel Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, Sandton, Johannesburg

Discover a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling business and entertainment hub of Gauteng at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton. This hotel boasts its own lush, landscaped garden and sparkling swimming pool where guests can relax, unwind & experience the timelessness and calm of a bygone era. Two restaurants provide exceptional on-site dining, and there is also a fitness centre. The hotel is a 10 minute walk, or short taxi ride, from Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, with its mall, shops and extensive eating options.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Great location close to Nelson Mandela Square

Features: 

  • Fitness Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge lies in the heart of the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The reserve is set within the crater of an ancient volcano – one of the largest of a very rare formation, where the Big 5 now roam, a mere 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Surrounded by plains and hills, this luxurious lodge boasts an outdoor pool and spa. The thatched rooms are elegantly furnished with African themes. This hotel is inclusive of breakfast and dinner - as well as two game drives per day and lunch.

We chose this hotel because: 

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

Features: 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • 2 Game Drives per day included
  • Pool and Spa
  • Please note no children under the age of 6 years permitted on game drives

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

Ideally situated in Stellenbosch and brimming with amenities, the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is an ideal destination for your break to one of South Africa's most charming towns. The hotel offers panoramic views of the nearby mountain ranges, vineyards and the De Zalze Golf estate and includes 2 swimming pools, a beach volleyball court and a beauty clinic. Rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and decorated in a modern way with bright colours.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Ideally situated for your stay in Stellenbosch

Features: 

  • Panoramic views of nearby mountain ranges
  • 2 swimming pools

Protea Hotel Durban uMhlanga, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga is your gateway to golden beaches and lush surrounding with stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast. This modern hotel in centrally located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, just a few minutes from the beach. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation in elegantly and stylishly furnished rooms. On the doorstep are a selection of restaurants, including the renowned The Oyster Box.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Great location for exploring Umhlanga

Features: 

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Pool

Extras

JOHANNESBURG CITY HALF DAY TOUR 23 JULY

£45 per person

Johannesburg, informally known as Jozi, Joburg, or "The City of Gold", is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. On this tour discover the fascinating history and rich culture that makes this beautiful city what it is today.

Departing after breakfast, the tour will start with a drive through the Newtown Precinct, formally known in the 20th Century as "the Brickfields" – an area that was rich in clay. This is followed by a visit to the “top of Africa”, where will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Johannesburg. You will then proceed on to Maboneng precinct where you will have some free time to explore its many shops and eateries as well as spot some public artwork created by some of the biggest names wielding spraycans.

The final part of this excursions sees a visit to Constitution Hill, a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens. After 2 hours of learning about South Africa’s journey to democracy, you will return to your hotel.

Duration:  ±4hrs

Includes: Entrance fees to Top of Africa and Constitution Hill.

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

JOHANNESBURG CITY HALF DAY TOUR

JOHANNESBURG CITY HALF DAY TOUR 25 JULY

£45 per person

Johannesburg, informally known as Jozi, Joburg, or "The City of Gold", is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. On this tour discover the fascinating history and rich culture that makes this beautiful city what it is today.

Departing after breakfast, the tour will start with a drive through the Newtown Precinct, formally known in the 20th Century as "the Brickfields" – an area that was rich in clay. This is followed by a visit to the “top of Africa”, where will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Johannesburg. You will then proceed on to Maboneng precinct where you will have some free time to explore its many shops and eateries as well as spot some public artwork created by some of the biggest names wielding spraycans.

The final part of this excursions sees a visit to Constitution Hill, a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens. After 2 hours of learning about South Africa’s journey to democracy, you will return to your hotel.

Duration:  ±4hrs

Includes: Entrance fees to Top of Africa and Constitution Hill

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

TASTE OF GAUTENG FULL DAY TOUR

TASTE OF GAUTENG FULL DAY TOUR 25 JULY

£79 per person

You will be collected from your hotel before breakfast and transferred approximately 30 minutes to our first stop, taking in the Union Buildings in Pretoria and perhaps posing for a photo with the statue of Nelson Mandela. After a brief visit you will continue your journey through the outskirts of Johannesburg to the historical township of Soweto via Pretoria City.

The tour will stop at Vilakazi Street where you can sample some local cuisine. From there you will depart for a short visit to Standard Bank Ferreira Mine Stope before travelling to Maboneng via the Mining District – another photo opportunity!

The final part of this excursions sees a visit to Constitution Hill, a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens. After an hour of learning about South Africa’s journey to democracy, you will return to your hotel.

Duration:  ±8.5hrs

Includes: Entrance fees to Constitution Hill, lunch and 2 drinks per person

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

DURBAN CITY HALF DAY TOUR 11 JULY

DURBAN CITY HALF DAY TOUR 2 AUGUST

£45 per person

Departing your hotel after breakfast, this half day tour of Durban introduces you to a multicultural city shaped by a complex history and a diverse people including early colonial settlers, the indigenous Zulu population and the Indian community who arrived as indentured labourers in the 19th century. The tour follows the Golden Mile, the revitalized beachfront promenade, taking in the sights and sounds of Durban’s beachfront and the recently renovated Point Waterfront.

Travel through the city to City Hall; the small craft harbour and Durban’s commercial harbour, the eight largest harbour in the world. Visit the bustling African-Indian markets at Warwick Triangle; home to nine distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange. Approximately 6,000 street vendors ply their trade to an average of 460,000 daily commuters. The tour ends at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after visiting Durban Botanic Gardens.

Duration:  ±4hrs

Includes:  Entrance fee to Durban Botanical Gardens

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 24 people.

ISANDLWANA AND RORKE’S DRIFT BATTLEFIELDS FULL DAY TOUR 11 JULY

ISANDLWANA AND RORKE’S DRIFT BATTLEFIELDS FULL DAY TOUR 3 AUGUST

£160 per person

Travel and storytelling blend seamlessly on this compelling journey to the historical Anglo-Zulu Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Departing your hotel before breakfast for the drive across KwaZulu-Natal, the first stop of the day after approximately 2 hours is at Fort Noquai, a beautiful old fort originally created in the middle of the Dlinza Forest in eShowe in 1883.

After a comfort break your journey continues for another 2 hours to the site of the Battle of Isandlwana. Now an eerie, isolated hill, marked by white boulders for the graves of the fallen British soldiers, on 22 January 1879 a British force stationed next to this hill found themselves opposed by some 20,000 Zulu warriors, well-versed in the art of war and under orders to show no mercy. Considered one of the British Army's worst military disasters what followed was a bloodbath.

The tour continues to Rorke’s Drift Hotel where you will enjoy lunch and an introduction to the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. After lunch you will tour the battlefield, where a large contingent of Zulu warriors broke off from their main force during the final hour of the British defeat at Isandlwana, diverting 6 miles to attack Rorke's Drift later that day and continuing into the following day. Just over 150 British and colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. After a fascinating tour you will return to your hotel with a new sense of knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu war and the beauty of KwaZulu-Natal.

Duration:  ±13hrs

Includes:  Lunch and 2 drinks per person, entrance fees to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 15 people.

ST LUCIA AND ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK SAFARI FULL DAY

ST LUCIA AND ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK SAFARI FULL DAY TOUR 4 AUGUST

£170 per person

Depart from your hotel before breakfast, for the 3-hour journey to St Lucia. This full day tour will take you on an exploration of St Lucia now known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park which lies on the edge of KwaZulu-Natal in the beautiful region known as the Elephant Coast. The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands form the first of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage sites.

After arriving in the beautiful coastal town of St Lucia you will visit The Crocodile Centre, the centre contains a series of displays that provide information on the breeding, feeding, anatomy, general ecology and distribution of this prehistoric and now protected reptile.

Having learnt about crocodiles the next stop on the tour will be a two-hour educational and enjoyable estuary cruise where you are almost guaranteed to see hippos and hopefully a few crocodiles and birds. The game reserve surrounding the estuary is home to 4 of the Big 5, only missing the lion. In fact, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is so biodiverse, it supports more species of animal than the Kruger National Park, despite being only the third largest park in the country. After the boat cruise you will enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the small town of St Lucia and will have some time to explore the town before the transfer back to your hotel in Umhlanga.

Duration:  ±13hrs

Includes:  Lunch and 2 drinks per person, entrance to Crocodile Centre St Lucia and 2-hour Boat Cruise

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 15 people.