Season: March to August
Rugby is like a religion in this warm, friendly nation of rugged natural beauty, so get your team together and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime university rugby tour to South Africa.
One coach company for duration of tour
Charity outreach experiences with the local community
Amazing rugby culture and diverse opposition
Excellent value for money
The only operator to have offices and staff on the ground in South Africa
Safari game drive to explore South Africa’s magnificent wildlife
Play against other rugby clubs at exceptional sporting facilities in addition to experiencing South Africa’s incredible Game reserves, unspoiled coastline and unique culture with an itinerary tailored to your team.
of customers said their tour was ‘outstanding or good’
Create links with rugby clubs in South Africa
Explore South Africa’s stunning wildlife
Take on experiences with your teammates you won’t find anywhere else
Off the pitch, work with foundations to support communities
All of our tours are tailored to meet the specific requirements of your group. Speak to us to build your perfect itinerary
Typically, a University rugby tour to South Africa would cost:
£2,400.00 – £3,500.00 /
* All of our tours are tailored. Prices will differ depending
on duration of tour, number of touring party size, number
of sports tailored, number of free places and
selection of excursions.
What our customers say about us
We know we craft incredible sports tours but it’s better to hear it from the people that have travelled with us…
Rugby Tour to South Africa
A truly outstanding experience getting to see the sights and culture of South Africa. Expertly facilitated by the team at Edwin Doran providing us with a full agenda of activities and rugby making a wonderful experience for players, coaches and parents.
Rugby & Hockey Tour to South Africa
The itinerary was well-paced, the timings were generous, and help was always at the end of the phone, so our tour was just really smooth and easy to navigate. The teams were well matched too. Everyone from Edwin Doran was eager to help with every issue, a pleasure to deal with.
Rugby Tour to South Africa
It was a huge pleasure to watch 67 young children grow and develop in front of my eyes. The experiences they had and the friendships they made were outstanding.
Our most popular rugby tour destination combines a real love for the sport with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to explore wildlife and work with local communities.
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.
Now is your team’s chance to explore this incredible country and play against other teams that share your same passion for rugby.
Support and safety
From the minute you choose to book one of our university 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 excursion 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.
Looking for a multi-sport tour?
If you are looking to create a sports tour for more than one sport at your university, our team can help you tailor the ultimate experience in South Africa.
South Africa is also great for:
Rugby, Hockey, & Netball Tour to South Africa
The tour was well received by our students and staff who all had a good time.
On our sports 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 Currie Cup or Summer Internationals, we can book tickets to matches that will inspire your students.
Table Mountain Tour
Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a 360-degree view of the city and bay.
South Africa Game Reserve
Go on an escorted safari to spot the ‘big five’: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
Cape Peninsula Tour
Journey to dramatic Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, visiting Boulders Beach and Duiker Island.
There are lots of accommodation options to choose from in South Africa. From university sports accommodations to luxury hotels and safari lodges, we can discuss what best suits your needs.
Fantastic catering offerings
Variety of locations to suit your needs
Great value for money
Game Lodge – Take the unique opportunity to experience accommodation set within some of South Africa’s finest game reserves.
Boutique hotels – Looking for higher-end comfort during your tour? Look to our choice of boutique hotels which provide your university rugby team with a little extra after battling on the pitch.
Stay at the 4-star Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town, offering spectacular views over Table Mountain and Robben Island, and direct beach access.
Speak to our team of sports tour specialists to discuss accommodation options for your university.