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:
Fixtures in South Africa
of customers said their tour was
'outstanding or good'
"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
Our most popular rugby tour destination combines a real love for the sport with rich wildlife and epic scenery.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
"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)
"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)