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Pangolin Tour – 1st and 2nd Tests

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category A match tickets to the 1st and 2nd Test Matches
  • 10 nights' 4★ and 5★ accommodation on a B&B basis (all meals included on Safari)
  • All international and domestic flights and all transfers. (Premium Economy upgrade supplement +£1,500pp; Business Class upgrade supplement +£3,250pp).
  • 3 Nights' Safari with 6 game drives included (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

From

£6,749

per person
based on 2 sharing a room
Single Supplement +£2,599
Secure with a £1,000pp deposit.

Call to book:

01684 878683*



Gullivers Sports Travel is an Official Sub-Agent of The British & Irish Lions South Africa 2021 Travel Programme.

Our Ticket Ballot Promise: This provides you with the security that should you be successful in the Lions ticket ballot, you are entitled to the choice of a receive a full refund on your entire travel package or a refund on the face value of your tickets for the fixtures you were successful with in the ballot that are in your package.Terms apply.

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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 first two Lions' Test matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This Tour includes Category A Tickets to the 1st and 2nd Test Matches.

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★ and 5★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 10 nights' 4★ and 5★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes stays in Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Safari in Pilanesberg National Park and Cape Town (all meals included at Safari Lodge).

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Flights

Return international flights from the UK to South Africa are included. Premium Economy upgrade supplement £1,500pp; Business Class upgrade supplement £3,250pp. 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.

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

    Depart UK

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

    Flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg

    Premium Economy upgrade supplement £1,500pp; Business Class upgrade supplement £3,250pp. 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 the exclusive district of Melrose. Melrose Arch precinct is known for its exclusive and vibrant atmosphere with high end fashion stores, café culture and fine dining. After clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred to your hotel, the 5 Star African Pride Melrose Arch.

    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

  • Day3

    Melrose Arch (Johannesburg)

    Day at leisure in Melrose Arch. With plenty of facilities onsite including a pool and bar you are welcome to relax and recover after the flight at the hotel or get to know the Melrose Arch precinct. For those looking to explore a little the vibrant Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants is just a short taxi ride away, or why not book onto the optional excursion we are running 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. 

     

    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.

    Optional Extra: Johannesburg City Half Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

  • 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'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

  • Day5 - 7

    Safari (Pilanesberg National Park)

    Today we leave Melrose Arch 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)

    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

    Cape Town

    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 short transfer to the hotel for a 4 night stay. The Southern Sun Cullinan hotel is in a fantastic location walking distance from the waterfront. Cape Town is one of the most magical cities in the world with its 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 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. 

    Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town

    Optional Extra: Cape Point Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information. Please note if you choose to book this extra there may be a short turnaround between arriving back at your hotel and departing for your tour dinner

    Tour Group Dinner

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

  • Day9

    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: Franchhoek Wine Tram Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: Winelands Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

    2nd Test South Africa v The British & Irish Lions

  • Day12

    Departure Day

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

    Flight from Cape Town to UK

  • Day13

    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

Accommodation

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

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Swimming Pool

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

Southern Sun The Cullinan, Cape Town

Located just a short walk away from the renowned V&A Waterfront, this beautifully designed hotel holds classic architecture with high ceilings, a balconied mezzanine level and soaring columns around the pool area. The hotel has a large outdoor heated pool with deck, a fitness centre, a restaurant and bar. Of an evening, why not 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

Features: 

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa and Wellness Centre

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 29 JULY

£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.

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR 29 JULY

£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.