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Ostrich Tour – All Three Tests

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category A match ticket to all 3 Test Matches
  • 17 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).
  • 2 Nights' Stellenbosch (Winelands), 2 Nights' Hermanus, 3 Nights' Safari (Pilanesberg National Park)

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 A 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.

4 and 5 Star Accommodation

4★ and 5★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 17 nights' 4★ and 5★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes stays in Rosebank (Johannesburg), Stellenbosch (Winelands), Hermanus, Cape Town and a Safari in Pilanesberg National Park (dinner included at Safari Lodge).

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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 Johannesburg

    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

    Welcome to Johannesburg! Your base for your stay in Johannesburg is Rosebank, a popular and vibrant district. At the centre is a fashionable shopping precinct presided over by the welcoming Rosebank Mall. Rosebank is known for its fun weekend markets, African crafts, great high-street shopping, buzzing restaurants and cafes, and an excellent range of art galleries, all within an easily walkable area. You can expect to see lots of Lions fans staying in the multiple hotels in Rosebank. After clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred to your hotel, the Southern Sun Rosebank.

    Get together with your Tour Manager for Welcome Drinks this evening. 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

  • Day3

    Rosebank (Johannesburg)

    Day at leisure in Rosebank. Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants is just a short drive away and a very popular spot for visitors to the area.

    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 Half Day City 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.

  • Day4

    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 will 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

  • Day5

    Stellenbosch (Winelands)

    Today we leave Rosebank and head to the airport for the flight over to Cape Town. From Cape Town airport we will make the short transfer to the beautiful winelands area of Stellenbosch.  Widely regarded as one of the finest wine destinations in the world and one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Western Cape. Stellenbosch has over 150 Wine Farms and estates to explore, with cellar doors scattered around the outskirts of town offering opportunities for tastings that will suit everyone, from the wine connoisseur through to the novice, all in the comfort and beauty in the unique atmosphere of the winelands. For your 2-night stay in the area we will be based at The Spier Hotel on The Spier Wine Farm estate. Stellenbosch centre, with its oak lined trees, friendly, laid back atmosphere is just a short drive away from the hotel if you are looking to dine out this evening.

    Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town then coach to Stellenbosch (Winelands)

  • Day6

    Stellenbosch (Winelands)

    Today is an opportunity to make the short drive into Stellenbosch and explore the town or head out on an optional excursion (pre-booking advised) to one of the many wine cellars in the region. Local tours will offer a fantastic opportunity to experience the regions favourite wines.

     

    Winelands Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

  • Day7

    Hermanus

    This morning we will depart the wine region and make our way down to Hermanus, via the scenic route to capture some of the viewing opportunities on the way down. Once a small fishing village, the charming town of Hermanus is now one of the most popular destinations on the famous Garden Route. Without doubt the most famous of Hermanus’s attractions is the chance to see whales, with the shallow coastal waters being a breeding ground for southern right whales from June to November. So close to land do the whales come that Hermanus is unique in having the world’s only Whale Crier, who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. Alternatively take a whale watching cruise to hopefully get up close to these gentle giants. If you’ve ever considered it, this is the place to do it! Enjoy a couple of nights in Hermanus, the perfect coastal retreat after your time in Joburg and the countryside of the Wine Region before heading back up to Beautiful Cape Town.

  • Day8

    Hermanus

    Day at leisure in Hermanus, perhaps that opportunity to get out on the water on a whale watching excursion (pre-booking advised).

  • Day9

    Cape Town

    This morning we depart Hermanus and make the journey back up to Cape Town ahead of the Second Test. The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence enjoys a location in the Cape Town from which you can easily jump in a taxi and explore all the best areas, whether that be Long Street and Kloof Street and the selection of bars and restaurants on offer there or the shops, markets and eateries at the V&A Waterfront. Cape Town is one of the most magical cities in the world with it's fantastic waterfront location and Table Mountain backdrop. With 4 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 (10 minutes) 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. 

    Coach from Hermanus to Cape Town

  • Day10

    Cape Town

    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.

  • Day11

    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 the short distance to the stadium and back after the game.

    3rd Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day12

    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) or for the less active a whole day can easily be enjoyed at one of 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: Table Mountain and City Half Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Tour Group Dinner

    This evening we have arranged a get together with your group and Tour Manager in Cape Town to enjoy a night of good company, good food and good drink!

  • Day13 - 15

    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 to Safari

    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.

  • Day16

    Rosebank (Johannesburg)

    Today we leave the safari lodge and return to Johannesburg and Rosebank ahead of the eagerly anticipated third test match of the series. On arrival into Rosebank we will check back into the Southern Sun Rosebank Hotel.

    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 to Johannesburg

  • Day17

    Rosebank (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.

  • Day18

    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

  • Day19

    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

  • Day20

    Arrive in the UK

    Arrive back in the UK and make your own homeward 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

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

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

Springboks v The British & Irish Lions

Kick-off TBA

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

Accommodation

 Hotel Southern Sun Rosebank

Southern Sun Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Southern Sun Rosebank (previously Crowne Plaza Johannesburg) is located in one of Johannesburg’s most relaxing and well-connected suburbs of Rosebank. Accommodation at Southern Sun Rosebank is designed for guest comfort and convenience, with in room climate-control, free WiFi and flat-screen DStv. The hotel is just a short walk from the Rosebank Mall with its daily Rosebank Art & Craft Market, surrounded by busy pedestrianised streets and walkways lined with dining and entertainment options.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Great location in the popular Rosebank district

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pool, Spa and Fitness centre

Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch

Set in the grounds of a historic winery, in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine growing region, the Spier Hotel is a perfect hotel for your stay in the Winelands. The rooms are all situated in village-style buildings, grouped around private courtyards. Each room is decorated with contemporary artworks from the Spier Collection. There is a fine dining restaurant, a more relaxed cafe and a bakery, along with swimming pools and a spa. Enjoy wine tasting at the hotel in the original Cape Dutch barn. Stellenbosch, known for its Cape Dutch architecture, and it's Cape oak-shaded streets lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries is only a 10 minute taxi ride away.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • A fantastic base for relaxing and exploring the Wineland region

Features: 

  • Pool and spa
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Restaurant, café, bakery and wine tasting
Hotel The Marine Hermanus

The Marine Hermanus, Hermanus

Perched on top of the cliffs overlooking Hermanus’s Walker Bay, The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, the hotel is a perfect location for whale watching during whale season, from June to November. The rooms are individually and stylishly decorated and have magnificent views of the sea, the mountains or The Marine's beautiful internal courtyard and finely manicured gardens. The Marine offers splendour and elegance and a spectacular seascape in the centre of Hermanus.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Spectacular location in the heart of Hermanus

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pool and Spa
 Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town

Occupying an architecturally award-nominated building in the city's central business district, the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence is ideally located to major tourist attractions such as Bree Street, Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Clifton Beaches, Camps Bay, Castle of Good Hope, Bo-Kaap and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Be sure to experience the nearby vibrant V&A Waterfront Harbour, where the city meets the sea, with a plethora of shops, restaurants and bars.

We chose this hotel because: 

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

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor pool and sun terrace
  • 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

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.

WINELANDS FULL DAY TOUR FROM STELLENBOSCH

WINELANDS FULL DAY TOUR FROM STELLENBOSCH 26 july

£85 per person

The world-renowned Cape Winelands are within the surroundings of your hotel. 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 just 15 minutes from your hotel. 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 and being transferred back to your hotel.

Duration: ±6.5hrs from the first point of collection and subject to change

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

*Subject to minimum numbers of 20.

Hermanus Whale Watching Tour

Hermanus Whale Watching Tour 28th July

£69 per person

Famous for its whale watching, no trip to Hermanus is complete without a whale watching tour. The best time to enjoy whale watching in Hermanus is between July and November so it is a must whilst visiting in the winter months.

Depart your hotel after an early breakfast for the coach transfer whereby you’ll board the purpose-built catamaran which provides superior viewing for a 2-hour cruise. The specialist whale guide will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action. 

The whale season reaches its peaks in July/August when humpback whales head up the East coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Southern Right Whales be spotted as they will be migrating to Hermanus during the winter months seeking warmer waters. Bryde's whales can also be found in Hermanus all year round so hopefully you will have plenty opportunity to spot the whales in action and get some great photos.

Duration: ±2hrs

Includes: Whale Watching cruise, professional guide, light refreshments

*Please note the minimum numbers required for this excursion to proceed as advertised is 20 people.

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CITY HALF DAY 1 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.