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Prestige Tour – All Three Tests (excluding international flights)

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Official Lions Category A match ticket to all 3 Test Matches
  • 16 nights' 5★ accommodation on a B&B basis (all meals included on Safari)
  • All domestic flights and all transfers
  • 3 Nights' Safari with 6 game drives included (Pilanesberg National Park)
  • Full day Winelands Tour from Cape Town included

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 with Rugby Celebrities

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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

5★ Accommodation

Follow The British & Irish Lions around South Africa with 16 nights' 5★ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This tour package includes a stay in Sandton (Johannesburg), a Safari in Pilanesberg National Park and Cape Town (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

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

    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. 

    After settling in the group will get together with your Tour Manager and a Rugby Celebrity 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. Then later 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. 

    Welcome Drinks with Rugby Celebrity

    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.

  • Day2

    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

  • Day3

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Day at leisure in Sandton. With your hotel right in Nelson Mandela Square with its many cafe's, bars and restaurants there are plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere. Equally, you may not want to leave the hotel with the elegant upstairs lounge looking out over the swimming pool and the onsite Maximillien Restaurant offering beautiful views of Sandton City life.

    Optional Extra: Johannesburg Half Day City Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: Taste of Gauteng Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

  • 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 5 Star Shepherds 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, a swim in the pool or a trip to the award winning onsite spa (additional costs for spa treatments)

    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.

  • Day7

    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 7 night stay. The 5 Star 15 on Orange hotel is a short drive from the waterfront area and located in the cultural heart of the CBD. Long Street and Kloof Street with a wide choice of bars and restaurants are a short taxi ride away. Cape Town is one of the most magical cities in the world with its fantastic waterfront location and Table Mountain backdrop. With 7 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 (15 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. 

    Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town

  • Day8

    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. We will reserve a special VIP area for the Prestige Tour so that you can enjoy this party in comfort as well as style!

  • Day9

    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

  • Day10 - 13

    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! 

    Included in your tour on Tuesday your group will enjoy a full day tour of the Winelands, just an hour away, where you can enjoy a day of tasting the regions top wines. 

     

     

    2 August - Tour Group Dinner with Rugby Celebrity

    On Monday evening get together with your group and Tour Manager in Cape Town to enjoy a night at a top Cape Town restaurant with good company, good food and good drink!

    Included Extra: 3 August - Winelands Full Day Tour with Rugby Celebrity

    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.

    Optional Extra: 1 August - Cape Point Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: 2 August - Table Mountain and City Half Day

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

    Optional Extra: 4 August - Franschhoek Wine Tram Full Day Tour

    Please see the extras tab for more information.

  • Day14

    Sandton (Johannesburg)

    Today we leave Cape Town 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 DaVinci 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 Cape Town to Johannesburg

  • Day15

    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.

  • Day16

    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

  • Day17

    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

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 DaVinci Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square

DaVinci Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg

The DaVinci is a contemporary and stylish hotel, featuring an infinity pool and a full-service spa and gym. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature a contemporary white-and-black décor and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. DaVinci’s gourmet restaurant includes a sushi bar and serves a variety of European specialities. Set on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City with its shopping mall and restaurants is right on the doorstep, while the property is a mere 600 yards from Sandton Gautrain Station.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Superb 5 star hotel in a prime location on Nelson Mandala Square

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pool & Fitness facilities
  • Spa and Wellness Centre
Hotel aha Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

aha Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Delivering a safari experience in a nutshell, this laid-back lodge is set in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, just 2 1/2 hours from Johannesburg. You'll get all the game viewing, boma dinners, and photogenic bushveld scenery you'd hope from a safari stay, with the reserve home to the 'Big Five' and two game-drives included each day of your stay. Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge is the ideal place to enjoy the great African safari.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic safari location in a malaria-free national park just 2 1/2 hours from Johannesburg

Features: 

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

15 On Orange Hotel, Cape Town

Described as an Urban Oasis, with its distinctive design, the luxurious 15 On Orange Hotel is set in the upmarket Gardens suburb at the foot of Table Mountain. The large, spacious and bright rooms compliment the hotel’s opulence which is accentuated through its amenities including a large bar area, a pool with views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill and fitness area. The hotel is a short walk or taxi from the popular eateries and bars of Long Street and Kloof Street.

We chose this hotel because: 

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

Features: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor pool and pool deck
  • Fitness area

Extras

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.

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.

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.                                 

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CITY HALF DAY TOUR 2 AUGUST

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CITY HALF DAY TOUR 2 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.

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM FULL DAY TOUR 4 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.