Rugby tours to South Africa

Rugby is like a religion in this warm, friendly nation of rugged natural beauty.

Play at exceptional sporting facilities and let us tailor your tour with unforgettable excursions into South Africa’s fabulous Game reserves, unspoiled coastline and unique culture.

Typical tour inclusions:

  • Well-matched fixtures
  • Accommodation and/or home hosting
  • Travel and ground transportation
  • Your choice of excursions
  • Free staff places
  • Your own Tour Co-ordinator
  • 24-hour support
  • Branded tour kit
Typical prices range from
£1,700 - £2,200 Per person or call

Fixtures in South Africa

97.1%

of customers said their tour was

'outstanding or good'

Rugby season in South Africa
Mar to Aug
Teams fight it out in the FNB Classic Clash.

Teams fight it out in the FNB Classic Clash. 

"Our tour to South Africa was everything we hoped it would. Edwin Doran Sports Tours did not disappoint us on quality, attention to detail and professionalism.”

Churcher’s College, Hampshire

 

Having a dip: A pupil from King's School, Worcester, at Konka Camp.

Having a dip: A pupil from King's School, Worcester, at Konka Camp.

Reed's School from Surrey discuss team tactics.

Reed's School from Surrey discuss team tactics.

Our most popular rugby tour destination combines a real love for the sport with rich wildlife and epic scenery. 

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Edwin Doran Sports Tours was the first company to arrange sports tours to South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Since 1992 we’ve cultivated vast on-the-ground knowledge and extensive contacts that we use to help players to really get under the skin of this vibrant country. From visiting the local charities that we support to exploring the natural wonders of the Highveld and finding perfectly matched competition, our unrivalled networks mean nobody does South African rugby tours better. 

The country’s passion for rugby is legendary. In 1995 the newly democratic South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup. The Springboks beat the All Blacks in the final, bringing together a once-divided nation. This momentous achievement now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history, was a watershed moment in the post-apartheid nation-building process.

Unforgettable excursions 

On our sport tours we can show you the highlights of colourful cities from Pretoria to Cape Town. But we know that finding the real spirit of Africa means getting out into its epic landscapes, from arid deserts to jagged coastlines and forests and grasslands teeming with wildlife. If you tour during the Super XV tournament or the Currie Cup, we can book tickets to matches that will inspire your team.

Rewarding homestays

Our billeting expertise comes into its own in South Africa, where dedicated opponents provide keen competition on the pitch, and relaxed hospitality off it. Teams come together to enjoy the traditional post-match braai (barbecue), swap stories and making plans over hearty grilled meats. We ensure homestays are rewarding for everyone; liaising with the host school to carefully match hosts to guests, taking into account playing positions, interests and other factors.

Support and safety

From the minute you choose to book one of our school sports tours, we provide all the support you need, helping you promote your tour and offering round-the-clock assistance while you’re away. We require that all accommodation, transport and excursions suppliers meet our high safety standards and all of our tours are fully bonded by IATA ABTA and ATOL, protecting your group against unforeseen events.

Contact us to find out more.

What you'll experience

Spot the ‘big five’ on safari, take in the spectacular views at the summit of Table Mountain, visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, work on your team building at Konka Camp, and take an inspiring visit to a township school.

“Kariega was fantastic and our boys said many times that it was a highlight of the tour.”

King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a 360 degree view of the city and bay.

Table Mountain tour

Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a 360 degree view of the city and bay.

Go on an escorted safari to spot the ‘big five’: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

South Africa Game Reserve

Go on an escorted safari to spot the ‘big five’: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

Journey to dramatic Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, visiting Boulders Beach and Duiker Island.

Cape Peninsula tour

Journey to dramatic Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, visiting Boulders Beach and Duiker Island.

Hosting

There is no better way to get to know a country than to stay with locals in their homes. This is often the highlight of any tour, where life-long friendships are made.

“Bredasdorp High School were excellent hosts and very welcoming. They valued us coming and their hospitality was superb.”

The Edinburgh Academy, Scotland

 

Players gain new friends and experiences by staying with local families.

Players gain new friends and experiences by staying with local families.

Accommodation

There are lots of accommodation options to choose from in South Africa. We can discuss what best suits your needs, be it a high quality hotel or more basic hostel.

Mabula Game Lodge, in one of SA’s finest game reserves.

Mabula Game Lodge, one of SA’s finest game reserves.

Chic boutique: The stunning Cape Milner is cradled beneath Table Mountain.

Chic boutique: The stunning Cape Milner is cradled beneath Table Mountain.

We are always on hand to help during your tour: 

  • 24-hour telephone support to deal with any incidents
  • Access to excellent local knowledge from area experts
  • Backed up by TUI AG and ATOL, IATA and ABTA bonded

Why we love South Africa

Shaun Caffrey

"Quality opposition, great hospitality, stunning scenery and amazing excursions – South Africa has everything you could ask for in a sporting destination."

Shaun Caffrey, Operations (Africa)

 

Ewa Gnodde

"I love South Africa because of its rich cultural diversity and the warmth and friendliness of all its people."

Ewa Gnodde, Sales and Operations (South Africa)

 

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