Ultimate Rugby Tour: South Africa

Spot lions and elephants whilst on safari, relax on Durban’s beaches, wander around fascinating Cape Town, go wine-tasting, travel along the famous Garden Route and play some of the best school-boy rugby in the world

 

 

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Day 1: Tour of Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and escorted to your luxury coaches, which will transfer you to your accommodation, Park Inn Hotel, where you will spend 3 nights. The hotel is situated on the historic Greenmarket Square in the heart of the city and has large, comfortable double rooms, an excellent restaurant and a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the majestic Table Mountain, with spectacular views of the city. In the evening there will be coach shuttles to The V&A Waterfront, where you can enjoy dinner at leisure, taking in the bustling atmosphere at this working harbour, which has become South Africa’s most visited destination, with exciting shopping and entertainment venues and a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

 

 

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Day 2: Match vs. local school or club and Robben Island

After breakfast you will be transferred to a local rugby club or school for a rugby game. Afterwards you will be transferred to the V&A Waterfront, where you can have lunch prior to boarding the ferry at the Nelson Mandela Gateway for the crossing to Robben Island, home of the famous prison in which Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail during apartheid.

In the early evening you will return to the hotel and have a few hours of relaxation. The coach shuttle will be doing trips to the V&A Waterfront for those interested. Alternatively, you can have dinner and a few drinks at one of the local restaurants in the hotel’s vicinity or around Long Street, which is renowned for its bars and clubs. Coaches will transfer you back to The Park Inn.

 

 

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Day 3: Beaches, Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach penguin colony

Today you will embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. We will visit the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island (the most popular hunting ground in the world of the great-white shark). From Hout Bay we drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, with spectacular views over False Bay. You will have lunch near here before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the way back, we will stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning to The Park Inn.

An evening coach shuttle will be on standby for those wishing to go out for dinner.

 

 

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Day 4: Match vs. Paul Roos High School and wine tasting, Stellenbosch

After breakfast at the hotel you will check-out and depart for a scenic tour of the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, where you will spend 1 night at Stellenbosch Hotel, a lovely boutique-style hotel with an old-world charm, air-conditioning and other modern comforts, as well as friendly, attentive hospitality. After the tour you will be transferred to Paul Roos High School for the rugby match. In the afternoon you will be transferred to one of the vineyard estates, where a wine tasting will be conducted. A cellar tour can be arranged for younger age groups and any accompanying children.

Stellenbosch is a beautiful, leafy town at the heart of South Africa’s wine industry. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably the country’s most famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin area includes 106 cellars, most of which are open to the public. It is also a university town, which gives the town a real energy.

 

 

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Day 5: The Garden Route to Knysna

Following breakfast you will leave Stellenbosch and drive along the famous Garden Route to Knysna, where you will spend 2 nights at The Graywood Hotel. Stops can be made along the way upon request. Lunch will be enjoyed in one of the towns en-route. In the evening you can walk to the waterfront or into town to have dinner or a few drinks at one the many bars and restaurants at both locations.

The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. The delightful town of George, where you will stop off at en-route, is known as ‘The Gateway to the Garden Route’, graces a coastal plateau in a fertile area of lush greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns interspersed with natural beauty.

 

 

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Day 6: Activities in Knysna

Today will be spent at leisure to enjoy the town and activities available, which there is a huge range of. Option available include: abseiling, scuba-diving, quad-biking, forest and mountain hiking, trips to Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Featherbed Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden.Lunch and dinner can be had at leisure, whenever tourists want, in order to leave the day entirely free.

 

 

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Day 7: Township tour and shebeen visit, Port Elizabeth

This morning you depart Knysna and travel onto Port Elizabeth with a stop off at Storms River en route. We will stop for lunch en-route. Upon arrival you will check-in to Kelway Hotel, where you will spend 1 night.

After a few hours of relaxation and wandering around Port Elizabeth, you will be taken on a township tour, where you will be given an insight into the local African community’s lifestyle. You will then be taken to a Shebeen, where you will enjoy a very unique and exciting evening. These previously outlawed establishments are the vibrant, throbbing heart of the community, where locals meet for a drink and often perform music and dancing too. Essentially, it is the African version of a pub. Experience Xhosa hospitality at its finest, as you tuck into a traditional dinner, enjoy the laid-back vibe and drink outrageously cheap beer.

 

 

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Day 8: Rugby match vs. township team and flight to Durban

In the morning you will be transferred to a local township for a rugby game against the township side. Lunch will be provided in the township afterwards. You will then be transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you will check in for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival into Durban Airport, you will be transferred to the Blue Waters Hotel, where you will spend 3 nights.

The afternoon will be spent at leisure, allowing you to take a stroll on the beach across the road or to explore the beachfront stalls, bars and restaurants. For dinner and entertainment in the evening, there will be coach shuttles to the famous Florida Road, where chic restaurants and vibrant bars and coffee shops line the streets. Return shuttles will take you back to the hotel after dinner.

 

 

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Day 9: Gateway Shopping Centre followed by beach

In the morning you will be transferred to Gateway Shopping Centre, where there is a huge array of shops, ranging from clothing, sports, boutique stores, home ware, décor and many more.There is a wide selection of restaurants from which to choose from for lunch and the centre also boasts its own tidal-wave pool, where you can try your hand at surfing or body boarding. There are cinemas, skate parks and even a Go-Kart track for those wanting a bit of speed. Because of high security, it is ideal for groups, as coaches/teachers can allow players a few hours to wander around unaccompanied. In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel, where you can either relax for the afternoon or go down to the beach. In the evening a shuttle bus will be running to Umhlanga, where you can enjoy dinner at leisure.

 

 

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Day 10: Rugby match vs. Hilton College and uShaka Marine World

After breakfast you will be transferred to Hilton College, where a morning Rugby Match will be played. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and be able to have lunch by the beach.

In the afternoon you will walk down to uShaka Marine World, a marine theme park tastefully themed with African imagery and exuding an air of fun and excitement. Slides, pools, dolphin shows, visiting the aquarium and swimming with sharks are some of the activities available. In the evening, you will return to the hotel and have dinner in one of the beach-front restaurants.

 

 

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Day 11: Travel to KwaZulu-Natal Midlands with traditional African dinner

The morning will be spent at leisure before travelling the scenic journey to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Lunch will be had at one of the many quaint, little high streets en-route, which are lined with curio shops, delis and local restaurants. Upon arrival, the players will be taken to Michaelhouse, where they will meet their hosts and unpack for the evening. The parents and coaches will be taken onto Woodridge Country Estate, a lovely four-star country retreat in the wilderness, where they will stay for 1 night.

In the evening, players will join their parents and coaches at Woodridge Country Estate for a true, exclusive African Boma Experience. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (BBQ) complete with Zulu dancers and music. All Food is prepared and cooked by expert African chefs and cooks. You can experience the exciting textures and flavours of traditional African food served to international standards. After dinner, players will be transferred back to their accommodation.

 

 

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Day 12: Rugby match vs. Michaelhouse and transfer to Dundee

In the morning, you will play a rugby match against Michaelhouse. Following this, you will set off for Dundee via Ladysmith. Sightseeing will be enjoyed along the way with a stop for lunch and a few museums.

On arrival in Dundee, you will check into the Royal Inn Hotel for 1 night. Dinner will be provided in the hotel restaurant in the evening.

 

 

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Day 13: Battlefields of The Anglo-Zulu War followed by a game-drive at Zulu Nyala Lodge

After an early breakfast, you will set off for the battle site of Isandlwana. A local battlefield specialist will meet you there and give you an overview of the epic battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, which occurred in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1897.A packed lunch will be provided at one of the stops en-route. You will then continue onto Zulu Nyala Game Lodge, where you will check-in for some relaxation and safari in the surrounds of the magnificent African bush for 2 nights. Enjoy an evening game-drive in an open vehicle prior to returning to the lodge for dinner.

Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve provides a unique and tantalising taste of the African bush, in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. This small section of paradise is home to a wide variety of game from majestic elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard to abundant plains game and over 400 species of bird life.

 

 

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Day 14: Safari

There will be an early morning game-drive before breakfast this morning, in order to see the wildlife at its most active. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge and have breakfast at leisure. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities on offer at the lodge, such as the swimming pool, viewing decks, games room, tennis, snooker and a spa. Lunch will be served at the lodge.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy a game-drive before returning for dinner and overnight at the lodge. The next morning you will depart in time for your return flight home.

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