South Africa – Lions Tour – Rugby, Safari & Wine – Savile Row Travel – 27 July to 7 August 2021
Join us on the trip of a lifetime to tour South Africa taking in one 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.
One Test tour including flights and CAT B tickets for the Cape Town test from £6,300 per person (subject to availability) sharing a twin or double throughout (single supplement – £ 1,400).
Also available – The Two Test Tour and The Three Test Tour.
Day 1 – Depart the UK – Tue, 27 July 2021
Flight to Cape Town.
Day 2 – Arrive Cape Town – Wed, 28 July 2021
On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel – The Colosseum hotel (4*+) or similar.
Day 3 – 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 4 – Cape Town Tour – Fri, 30 July 2021
Optional full-day tour including Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point and Hermanus. Overnight Cape Town – The Colosseum Hotel or similar.
Day 5 – 2nd TEST – Sat, 31 July 2021
The day is at leisure in and around Cape Town. Kick-off is likely to be at 18.00, so take it easy today at the hotel or continue to explore the area. We can arrange a range of activities including the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, Table Mountain Cable Car or a trip to Simon’s Town among Fish Hoek among many other wonderful places to visit.
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 6 – Cape Town to Franschoek – Sun, 1 August 2021
Private transfer to Franschhoek. Check in to your hotel in town or on one of the estate wineries close by, to this charming Huguenot built wine oasis. Spend the afternoon wine tasting and touring 2 or 3 of the estates. Transfers provided by us of course! Stay overnight – Le Quartier Francais or similar.
Day 7 – Afternoon wine tasting – Mon, 2 August 2021
Have a morning of leisure to wander the main street in Franschhoek. 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. One of our favourites is the elegant La Motte, a beautiful estate with water features, shop, winery tasting room, art gallery and top restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine.
Day 8 – Franschoek to Robertson – Tue, 3 August 2021
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll transfer you an hour east to the alternative wine area of Robertson, and the home of Graham Beck & Hof’s Wines, among others. We’ll arrange lunch and wine tasting in the afternoon and dinner locally in Robertson, or at your hotel. Stay overnight near Robertson at the LAB Rosendal or similar.
Day 9 – Estate tour, lunch and transfer to safari – Wed, 4 August 2021
After a casual breakfast at this beautiful hotel set open countryside, take a tour of the estate on their very unique bikes, before enjoying lunch at the property. After lunch, it’s time to head to one of the most amazing Safari spots in the Western Cape – the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is packed with opportunities to learn, love and explore nature around you while residing in luxurious lodges. And, in order to make the most out of your holiday adventure, there are several safari activities available such as:
- Flora & Fauna
- Game Drives
- Kids on Safari
- Nature Walks
- Relaxation Retreats
- Rock Art
- Rock Formations & Features
- Sanbona Boat Safari Stargazing
Take part in some early evening game driving before settling in for a very sumptuous dinner. Stay overnight at Sanbona – Dwyka Tents.
Day 10 – Full day Sanbona safari – Thu, 5 August 2021
A typical day at Sanbona:
- 06h30 Wake up call
- 07h00 Breakfast is served
- 07h30 Depart for morning game drive
- 11h00 Depart lodge
- 13h00 Lunch is served
- 15h00 Depart for afternoon game drive
- 19h30 Dinner is served
We can of course tailor your safari experience. Safaris are usually taken within your group and if not, we can arrange it privately at an extra cost. Either way, it’s a very uncrowded place.
Day 11 – Begin your Journey Home – Fri, 6 August 2021
Take the last game drive early this morning and then depart to Cape town for your evening flight to London via Johannesburg. We could arrange a helicopter transfer or small bush caravan plane from Sanbona Airstrip. Otherwise, it’s a 3.5-hour drive.
Day 12 – Arrive Home – Sat, 7 August 2021
Arrive in the UK.