The British & Irish Lions
Giraffe Tour

Giraffe Tour

Our Giraffe Tour is our longest tour where you will get to watch every match as well as visit some amazing destinations across the Rainbow Nation including Cape Town, the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Rorke’s Drift, Mbombela, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Pilanesberg, Sun City, Kruger and Stellenbosch. Coupled with a large number of inclusive activities, including three game drives, this is the ultimate tour!

Dublin airport or your chosen UK airport
Departure Date
30th June 2021
Return Date
10th August 2021
Matches Included
DHL Stormers v The British & Irish Lions
South Africa Invitational v The British & Irish Lions
Sharks v The British & Irish Lions
South Africa A v The British & Irish Lions
Vodacom Bulls v The British & Irish Lions
South Africa v The British & Irish Lions - 1st Test
South Africa v The British & Irish Lions - 2nd Test
South Africa v The British & Irish Lions - 3rd Test
Price Includes
Superior 4 & 5* accommodation on a B&B basis
Official Category A Test match tickets
Official Category A tickets to all other matches
International Flights with Qatar ex Ireland or UK
3 Domestic Flights
Official Tour Merchandise
Tour escorted by one of our experienced staff
Rugby Legends making appearances throughout
Option to upgrade international flights
Match day transfers (ex Cape Town matches as short fan trail applies)
3 Game Drives
Half Day Table Mountain & Cape Town trip
Tour of Rorke’s Drift Battlefield & Museum
Soweto Tour incl Vilakazi St & Apartheid Museum
Full Day Tour to Cape Point
Wine Tasting trip to Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
Informative Monthly Ezine from January 2021
ALSO 3 lunches, 12 dinners and 6 braai / buffet with drinks packages
Price Excludes
Single Room Supplement: €4,995
Business or First Class Flight Upgrades (contact us for a quote if required)
Visa applications (not applicable to ROI or UK citizens)
Early check-in / Late check-out
Transport to and from your ROI or UK departure point
Transport to and from some dinners
Porterage and gratuities
Meals, snacks and beverages unless specified
Travel Insurance
Optional excursions
Internet access
Excess baggage costs


Depart from Dublin airport or your chosen UK airport.

Land in Cape Town. Executive transfer to the centrally located 5* Westin Hotel. Check in for 3 nights B&B. Rest of the day at leisure.

Included Excursion. Cable Mountain and City Half Day Tour including Table Mountain Cable Car, Castle of Good Hope and SA Museum. Includes lunch.

Match Day! DHL Stormers v The Lions at Cape Town Stadium.

Check out and depart by coach for Knysna which is on the famous Garden Route. Check into the 4* Protea Hotel, Knysna Quays for 2 nights B&B. 

Day at leisure (a list of Optional Excursions will be sent to you closer to the tour dates). A tour dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.

Check out and continue along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Lunch included. Scenic stops en route. Check into the 5* Radisson Blu for 2 nights B&B. 

Match Day! SA Invitational v The Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Check out and take a 1hr 20m flight to Durban. On arrival transfer to the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! uMhlanga Ridge and check in for 3 nights B&B. 

Day at leisure. Durban is famed for its curries, so we have pushed the boat out and booked a private room for the best curry in town at the stunning 5* Oyster Box Hotel tonight.

Match Day! Cell C Sharks v The Lions at the famous Jonsson Kings Park Stadium.

Check out. En route visit Rorke’s Drift Battlefields & Museum (lunch included). Continue to the 4* Vulintaba Country House & Spa for 2 nights on a DBB basis.

Day at leisure. A chance to recharge the batteries! On site activities include golf, mountain biking and a spa. 

Check out and continue heading north to Mbombela. On arrival check into the centrally located 4* Chill Pepper Hotel for 3 nights B&B. Dinner included.

Match Day! South Africa A v the Lions at the impressive Mbombela Stadium.

Day at leisure.

Check out and transfer to Pretoria, one of South Africa’s three capital cities. On arrival check into the 4* The Maslow Time Square for 2 nights B&B.

Match Day! Vodacom Bulls v The Lions at the renowned Loftus Versfeld stadium.

Check out and transfer to the famous Sun City resort. On arrival check into the 4* Cascades Hotel for 2 nights B&B. Lunch included.

Day at leisure. There is a huge array of entertainment facilities at Sun City.

Check out and take a short transfer (10 mins) to the 4* Bakubung Bush Lodge. Check in for 2 nights on a DBB basis. Big 5 Game drive and dinner included.

Big 5 Game drive included this morning then day at leisure. This evening enjoy a traditional bush boma meal under the stars, including entertainment.

Check out. On route visit Vilakazi Street & Apartheid Museum in Soweto. Then check into the 4.5* Johannesburg Marriott Melrose Arch for 3 nights B&B.

Day at leisure. Braai and drinks package at a local rugby club this evening. 

Match Day – First Test! South Africa v The British & Irish Lions at the FNB Stadium. Transfers included.

Check out and transfer to Hazyview, on the doorstep of Kruger National Park. On arrival check into the 4* Casa do Sol for 4 nights on a DBB basis.

Day at leisure.

A half day morning game drive in Kruger Park is included today.

Day at leisure.

Check out and take a 2hr 40m flight to Cape Town. On arrival transfer to the 4* Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel and check in for 5 nights B&B.

Day at leisure. Braai and drinks package at a local rugby club this evening. 

Match Day – Second Test! South Africa v The British & Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium.

Day at leisure.

Full day guided tour (included) of Cape Point. Includes Botanical Gardens, Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguins, Seal Island Cruise. Lunch & drinks included.

Check out and transfer one hour to the special 5* Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Wine tour (included) of two wineries in Stellenbosch and two wineries in Franschhoek. Also includes a long leisurely lunch with drinks!

Check out. Transfer to Cape Town for a 2hr flight to Johannesburg. Check into the 4* Capital on the Park in Sandton for 4 nights B&B.

Day at leisure. Braai and drinks package at a local rugby club this evening.

Match Day – Third Test! South Africa v The British & Irish Lions at Emirates Airline Park (formerly known as Ellis Park). Transfers included.

Day at leisure. End of tour dinner (included) this evening.

Final check out and then transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo airport for your flight back to Dublin or the UK. What a tour!

Rugby Legends

In 2017 in New Zealand we had Donal Lenihan, Alan Quinlan, Martyn Williams and Brent Pope tour with Rugby Travel Ireland. Other legends that joined us at various events included Ian Jones, Rob Henderson, Ryan Jones, Mike Mullins and Kurt McQuilken. For the Lions 2021 both Donal and Quinny have already confirmed their participation.

Please note that due to the various tours that we have on offer we cannot guarantee that the rugby legends will be on your exact tour but we do guarantee that you will have the opportunity to meet them at various events or over a casual beer!

Optional Extras

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Table Mountain

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Bungee Jumping

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Cape Town Tour

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COVID-19 Customer Charter

We are operating a COVID-19 REFUND GUARANTEE scheme so if the tour is either postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 then your monies are 100% fully refundable.

We truly appreciate that these are uncertain times when it comes to rugby and travel. No one knows what the future holds for sure but we want to reassure you that all of us at Rugby Travel Ireland are ready and waiting to provide you with a trip of a lifetime. We will always do so with the health and safety of both our clients and staff at the very forefront of everything that we do.

The British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa will be epic and hopefully we all get to see a full twelve months of rugby in the build up to this tour. We are very conscious that you may have questions or reservations about travelling at this point in time so we hope the following information and FAQs are of assistance and gives you peace of mind when booking with Rugby Travel Ireland.

Financial Protection - Book with Confidence

We appreciate that you are spending a lot of money on your package and we want to reassure you that it is financially protected. If your tour package includes flights ex Ireland then we are bonded and licensed with the Commission for Aviation Regulation, Tour Operators Licence No. T.O. 260. Further details are available at but this bond and license ensures that your monies are secure at all times.

For customers with packages including flights ex UK, we wish to reassure you that your money is also financially protected. In compliance with The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, an insurance policy has been arranged with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (T&G), to protect customers’ prepayments in the unlikely event of our financial failure, and paid in respect of non-ATOL flight inclusive packages sold to customers. These bookings are sold by the Policyholder as principal to the contract for:

  • A refund of such prepayments if customers have not yet travelled, or
  • Making arrangements to enable the holiday to continue if customers have already travelled, or
  • Repatriation of customers as may be applicable, subject to the terms of the insurance policy.

In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on +44 (0)1702 811397. A copy of the policy is available on request. This policy is provided by Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (T&G), registered number 02527363 and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited (Hiscox), registered number 00070234. T&G and Hiscox are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (number 113849).

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Rugby Travel Ireland that you and the rest of your Party Members MUST have travel insurance in place. Your travel insurance should cover the cost of cancellation, medical expenses, loss of luggage or money, personal liability claims, participation in activities and costs of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident, injury, illness or death. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. We strongly recommend that you are covered from the time of booking as this may assist you in recovering monies paid in the unfortunate event of you having to cancel your trip.

We recommend the services of our preferred travel insurance partner, Blue Insurance, and you can get a quotation directly from them as below:








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