South Africa – Lions Tour – Rugby, Safari & Wine – Savile Row Travel – 22 July to 9 August 2021
Join us on the trip of a lifetime to tour South Africa taking in all three 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.
Full tour including flights and CAT B tickets for each test from £ 8,500 per person sharing a twin or double throughout. Single supplement – £1,859.
Also available – The One Test Tour and The Two 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 – Sun City, golf, relaxation or light safari – Tue, 27 July 2021
Another day to tackle The Gary Player course or perhaps a day relaxing or visiting Pilanesberg for some light safari.
Day 7 – Return to Johannesburg for your flight to Cape Town – Wed, 28 July 2021
After breakfast head back to Jo’burg for your afternoon flight Cape Town. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The Colosseum hotel (4*+) or similar
Day 8 – 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 9 – Cape Town Tour or a round of golf – Fri, 30 July 2021
Optional full-day tour including Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point and Hermanus. Perhaps take afternoon tea at the beautiful Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Alternatively take in a round of golf at the impressive Steenburg Golf Club, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain in Constantia, and for the non-golfers indulge in a spa day at the Steenburg Spa.
Day 10 – 2nd Test Cape Town – 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, 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 13 – 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 14 – 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 15 – 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 16 – Travel to Johannesburg – Fri, 6 August 2021
Take your last game drive early this morning and then depart to Cape town for your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. We can arrange a helicopter transfer or small bush caravan plane from Sanbona Airstrip. Otherwise its a 3.5-hour drive. On arrival Johannesburg, we’ll transfer you to your hotel. Stay overnight at the Intercontinental Jo-burg (Sandton or OR Tambo) or similar.
Day 17 – 3rd Test Johannesburg – Sat, 7 August 2021
We’ll arrange a late lunch in the city and then transfer you to the game for an estimated 18.00 kick-off again. Private transfer back to your hotel after the game with dinner en-route. Stay overnight Jo’Burg – Intercontinental OR Tambo or similar.
Day 18 – Time to return home – Sun, 8 August 2021
Return home via the Middle East on good connections.
Day 19 – Arrive home – Mon, 9 August 2021
Arrive in the UK.