South Africa – Lions Tour – Rugby, Golf & Wine – Savile Row Travel – 22 July to 2 August 2021
Join us on the trip of a lifetime to tour South Africa taking in two of the Lions’ Test matches against the current world champions, the Springboks. There’ll be plenty of grudge from the English players in the squad after the world cup final in 2019 and overall it promises to be a fascinating trio of Tests.
Two test tour including flights and CAT B tickets for each test from £7,500 per person sharing a twin or double throughout. Single supplement – £970.
Also available – The One Test Tour and The Three Test Tour.
Day 1 – Depart the UK – Thu, 22 July 2021
Flight to Johannesburg via Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha with good connections.
Day 2 – Arrive Johannesburg – Fri, 23 July 2021
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel. Dinner in town at “Level Four” or similar. Stay overnight in Johannesburg at The Intercontinental (5*) in a standard double/twin room.
Day 3 – 1st Test Johannesburg – Sat, 24 July 2021
Kick-off is likely to be at 18.00 so we suggest a few hours sightseeing with our private guide and vehicle. Take in some of Johannesburg and Pretoria’s highlights including the Cradle of Human Kind by cable car, The Apartheid Museum and The Voortrekker Monument. Enjoy a long late lunch or an early dinner to get you through the game.
Game transfers are included in the evening to and from the FNB Stadium in south Johannesburg. Stay overnight at The Intercontinental OR Tambo Johannesburg or similar.
Day 4 – Head north – Sun, 25 July 2021
After a late breakfast, head north to the infamous Sun City for some relaxation, golf, gambling and a visit to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Stay overnight at Sun City – The Kingdom Resort or similar.
Alternatively, stay a night in Pretoria and then take the iconic Rovos Rail train to Cape Town departing Pretoria at noon on the 26th July and arriving Cape Town on the 28th at midday.
Day 5 – Sun City & golf – Mon, 26 July 2021
Today is set aside for golf at The Gary Player Course. We’ll arrange a competition over 18 holes either Stableford or Four-Ball.
Day 6 – Depart back to Johannesburg for your flight to Cape Town – Tue, 27 July 2021
After breakfast head back to Jo’Burg for your afternoon flight to Cape Town. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel, The Colosseum (4*+) or similar.
Day 7 – Full day to explore Cape Town – Thu, 29 July 2021
No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a cable-car trip up Table Mountain, although you might have to wait for the famous “table cloth” to clear first. The cable-car rotates 360º during the ascent, affording you fantastic views of the city. Once at the top, you may catch a glimpse of the resident dassies, an animal that resembles a large and fluffy hamster, although it is related to the elephant!
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Much of the port area has been redeveloped into the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a symbol of the new, vibrant South Africa with a huge variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Stroll around the various shops, dine at one of the many restaurants or take a boat excursion. It’s also the main departure point for visits to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated – unmissable.
District Six Museum
This area of Cape Town was home to nearly a tenth of the population in Cape Town until in 1965 it was declared a “white” area. More than 60,000 people were forced to move. The museum tells the story of this and also wants to keep alive the memories of the displaced people.
Cape Town is surrounded by numerous beaches, and one of the nicest is Clifton. Although waters of the Atlantic Ocean are not particularly warm, they nevertheless attract surfers, windsurfers and kite-boarders. Clifton tends to attract the international jet setter types who go there predominantly to be seen. It’s easy to get to Clifton Beach as it’s near the Lion’s Head promontory.
Great white shark cage diving/whale watching
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Gansbaai near Hermanus and then onto Dyer Island where you can surface view, snorkel or scuba dive (scuba dive certificate required) near this magnificent predator, the great white shark in its natural environment. All the necessary equipment is provided.
After Table Mountain, Lion’s Head is probably the most prominent feature you can see from down in Cape Town. Named because its shape resembles a crouching lion or a sphinx, you can walk to the top of it in about an hour for some spectacular views.
From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, guests will board a catamaran for the half-hour crossing to Robben Island. During the crossing a video will explain some of the history of Robben Island. The tour of the prison is conducted by a former inmate and includes seeing the cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his incarceration, which has been left exactly as it was.
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope was constructed during the late 17th century in a style typical of European fortification at the time and replaced an earlier, far more modest fort. Originally built next to the sea, waves would crash up against the castle walls during high spring tides, but continual land reclamation schemes mean it’s now far from the sea. Stay overnight Cape Town – The Colosseum Hotel or similar.
Day 8 – Cape Town to Franschoek – Thu, 29 July 2021
After a leisurely breakfast, head by private transfer to one of the most beautiful wine valleys in Africa, the Huguenot inspired town of Franschoek. This afternoon, enjoy wine tasting with our wine guide followed with a sumptuous dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Franschoek – The Last Word hotel or similar nearby.
Day 9 – Explore Franschoek – Fri, 30 July 2021
Take a wider tour of the Franschoek area today, with our Vintner guide. We’ll arrange a special lunch at one of the main wineries with plenty of wine tasting in the afternoon. Your wine guide will take over after lunch and meet you for some exclusive tastings at some of Franschhoek’s best Chateaux. Overnight in Franschoek – The Last Word hotel or similar nearby.
Day 10 – 2nd Test Cape Town – Sat, 31 July 2021
In the morning transfer back to Cape Town. The rest of the day is at leisure in and around Cape Town. Kick-off is likely to be at 18.00, so take it easy at the hotel or continue to explore the area.
16.00 – Transfer to the 2nd Test and enjoy the build-up in one of the most spectacular stadiums in the southern hemisphere.
Evening late dinner around 20.45 in Cape Town – we suggest either The Test Kitchen or The Pot Luck Club. After dinner, stay and enjoy Cape Town’s nightlife or transfer back to your hotel for some much-needed R&R.
Day 11 – Time to Return Home – Sun, 1 August 2021
After a leisurely morning and long lunch, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to London, likely to be around 18.30 or 20.30.
Day 12 – Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK around 7.00 / 9.00 am.