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Giraffe White Tour – 2nd and 3rd Tests

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category C match ticket to the 2nd and 3rd Test Matches
  • 9 nights' 3★ and 4★ accommodation on a B&B basis
  • All international and domestic flights and all transfers. (Business Class upgrade supplement +£3,250pp, Premium Economy upgrade on request).

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

 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 C 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.

3★ and 4★ Accommodation

3★ and 4★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 9 nights' 3★ and 4★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes a stay in Cape Town and Sandton (Johannesburg)

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Flights

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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Transfers

Transfers

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

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

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 you will be transferred to your hotel. The drive in from the airport is only a short one at approximately 30 minutes. The Holiday Inn Express hotel offers a fantastic base to explore Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront is just a short taxi ride away, as is the popular area of Long Street. Located in the Bo Kaap area there is plenty of history to learn about this area.

    Cape Town is one of the most magical cities in the world with its fantastic waterfront location and Table Mountain backdrop. With 6 nights here you have the opportunity to explore a little further afield and 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 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 - 7

    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! 

    Tour Group Dinner

    On Wednesday evening get together with your group and Tour Manager in Cape Town to enjoy a night of good company, good food and good drink!

    Optional Extra: 1 August - Cape Point Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: 1 August - Winelands Full Day Tour

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    Optional Extra: 2 August - Aquila Safari Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: 3 August - Franschhoek Wine Tram Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: 4 August - Table Mountain and City Half Day Tour

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  • Day8

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Today we leave Cape Town and head 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. 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.

    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.

    Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg

  • Day9

    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.

  • 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 UK

  • Day12

    Arrive in the UK

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

Tickets

Ticket upgrades for all matches

Ticket upgrades for both test matches in your tour will be at the following price, subject to availability: Category A = £200.00 per person for two matches.

Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

Tickets: 
Official Lions ticket - Category C
Venue: 
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Capacity: 
55,000
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

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

Accommodation

Hotel Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

This hotel in Cape Town’s centre offers panoramic views of Table Mountain. It has a 24-hour front desk and modern, air-conditioned rooms. The guest rooms are decorated in warm colours and include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. There is a bar serving drinks and light snacks. For more substantial meals, the hotel is in a lively downtown location, near Long Street, packed with restaurants and bars, and is a short taxi ride away from the V&A Waterfront.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Convenient location near the cultural heart of the CBD with Long Street a short walk or taxi ride away

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Fitness centre
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

Extras

WINELANDS FULL DAY TOUR FROM STELLENBOSCH

WINELANDS FULL DAY TOUR 1 AUGUST

£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.

CAPE POINT FULL DAY TOUR

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.                                 

AQUILA SAFARI RESERVE FULL DAY TOUR 2 AUGUST

AQUILA SAFARI RESERVE FULL DAY TOUR 2 AUGUST

£120 per person

Aquila’s story began in 1999 when its owner, Searl Derman, set about searching for the perfect piece of land to re-introduce the Big 5 to the Western Cape. He was fortunate enough to come across a nature reserve that would later become Aquila Private Game Reserve.

The 10,000 hectare conservancy has evolved from its early days of being residence to various antelope species only to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.

The tour departs your hotel after breakfast, with an approximate 2 ½ hour drive to Aquila. On arrival enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Aquila Karoo Visitor Centre. You will then embark on an afternoon safari drive that is led by an experienced guide who will share exciting stories and facts about the surroundings, whilst experiencing the beauty of the Karoo and trying to spot as many of the Big 5 as possible! After the game drive, you can relax by the pool and are welcome to browse African curio shop before returning to Cape Town. 

Duration:  ±10hrs

Includes:  Aquila entrance fees, afternoon safari with guide (2-3 hours), lunch and 2 drinks per person

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

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR 3 AUGUST

£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.

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CITY HALF DAY

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CITY HALF DAY 4 AUGUST

£65 per person

On this tour you will experience highlights of Cape Town, starting with a visit to the summit of Table Mountain, South Africa’s most famous and prominent landmark, and one of New 7 Wonders of Nature, on an aerial cableway*.  The tour then continues on to visit the oldest colonial building in South Africa, The Castle of Good Hope, bastion fort built in the 17th century, where you will be able to view art and photography exhibitions that depict the historic start of the city.

The tour moves on to Company Gardens, before transferring to Bo-Kaap, a former township known for its colourful and bright painted buildings.

The final stop of this half day tour is a visit to Dimond Works to discover the history of the diamond and gold trade in South Africa and witness the art of diamond cutting and the careful craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturing.

(*Please note, during adverse weather the cable car may be closed, and you will have the option to return to the mountain or have a refund for this part of the tour, equally during good weather more time may be spent on the mountain than other parts of the other tour).

Duration: ±4hrs from the first point of collection and subject to change.

Includes: Entrance fees to the Castle of Good Hope and Table Mountain cableway ticket.

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