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Oryx Blue Tour – 1st Test only (excluding international flights)

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category A match ticket to the 1st Test Match
  • 6 nights' 4★ accommodation on a B&B basis
  • All overland touring and match day transfers
  • 3 Nights' Safari with a daily game drive included (Pilanesberg National Park)

Highlights 

  • Gullivers Merchandise including an Official Lions shirt
  • Exclusive Gullivers Big Event
  • Onsite Gullivers Staff
  • 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 the Lions' 1st Test match in Johannesburg. This Tour includes Category A Tickets to the 1st Test Match.

Find out more about your match tickets

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 Star Accommodation

4★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 6 nights' 4★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes a stay in Sandton (Johannesburg) and a Safari in Pilanesberg National Park (dinner included at Safari Lodge).

Find out more about your hotels

Transfers

Transfers

Coach transfers to and from matches, overland touring and functions 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.

Find out more about the optional excursions

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

    Arrive South Africa

    Welcome to Johannesburg! Your 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. Upon arrival in South Africa, make your own way to your hotel in Johannesburg and check in for your 3 night stay

    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. Whilst here you are certain to find yourself in Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants. 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 Extra: Johannesburg City Half Day Tour

    Please see the 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 - 6

    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 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)

    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.

    Tour Group Dinner

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

  • Day7

    Departure Day

    Your tour finishes today, say goodbye to your fellow tourists and make your own onward journey with great memories and new friends

Tickets

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

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

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg

The Radisson Blu Gautrain is a modern and sophisticated hotel located in the heart of Sandton's business district. Its impressive atrium sets the tone for a memorable experience, the stylish rooms come with top-notch amenities. The hotel boasts a restaurant and bar along with the largest fitness megaplex in Sandton spanning over 5500sqm coupled with an indoor running track. The hotel is a 5 minute walk, or short shuttle ride, from Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, with its mall, shops and extensive eating options.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fabulous location close to Nelson Mandela Square

Features: 

  • Complimentary shuttle to many city attractions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pool, Spa and Fitness centre

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

Features: 

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

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.