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A world in one country!

It is no surprise that South Africa continuously ranks as one of the world’s top destinations with the variety of scenery in such a relatively small area is mind boggling.

Probably the most popular destination for school sports tours in the southern hemisphere and the reasons for that are – fantastic value for money on the ground; great sporting ethos; maximum two-hour time difference meaning very little jet lag; life-changing cultural experiences; variety of off-the-field opportunities; learning about the remarkable change in the political and social life.

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

SPORTS & SEASONS

Rugby

Mar–Aug

Played right across the country and at all levels, so don’t think you need to be world beaters! Magnificent opportunity to get off the beaten track or attend a rugby camp.

Netball

Mar–Aug

Fiercely competitive on the court, yet so welcoming off it! Played at most girls schools and to varying levels, which we’ll match accordingly. Some of the best memories are when girls play local communities on dirt in townships.

Hockey

Mar–Aug

Extremely popular and competitive across the country for both boys and girls and the number of schools getting their own astro grows each year. We can remember when there were only three in the entire country when South Africa first opened it’s doors to sports tours post- Apartheid.

Football

Mar–Aug

Played mostly in clubs although gaining popularity in the schools. Billeting not normally available for football tours, and best combined with another sport.

Cricket

Sep–Mar

Terrific wickets mean you’ll have no excuses not to enjoy a tour down here. South Africa is a great destination for a relatively short 10-day tour during October or February half-terms, and if you don’t mind missing out on billets, the Christmas holidays work well, although bear in mind local schools have broken up.

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

CULTURE

A real mix given the colourful history over the last century. You get to see the opulence and the poverty which is a great education for the students. The Apartheid Museum, Robben Island and visits to townships are excellent ways to understand the history of the country which has dealt with the transition extremely well.

Activities

A visit to a game reserve is virtually a must, and the good news is there are plenty of options that start at a morning visit to a full-on two or three-night stay… in some of the most famous parks in the world. The Kruger Park is a little off the beaten track, but well worth the extra driving time. If pressed for time or want to remain in a malaria-free area – there are plenty of options closer to Johannesburg. Other than game, you can visit a township, climb Table Mountain, go shark diving, stoke a cheetah, or try and smash an ostrich egg in Oudtshoorn!

Accommodation

Billeting is widely available in South Africa and students return from tour time and time again extolling the benefits of staying in the homes of the opposition. Often the goalkeeper gets hosted by the opposition goalkeeper and the prop with the prop – which all makes for a fun time.

Hotels are interspersed between the billets and as with any tour, the location of your hotel in paramount, perhaps more so in South Africa than anywhere else. With our extensive experience and knowledge of the country, you can be sure you’ll be well-placed.

Game reserves offer a great way to end a tour – especially if you can arrange a braai under the stars on the final night.

KEY INFORMATION

Combine this destination with:
NAMIBIA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, SWAZILAND

Sports played:
RUGBY, HOCKEY, NETBALL, CRICKET, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL

Approx flying time from UK:
11 HOURS

South Africa

TOUR ASSISTANCE

  • Local partners on hand for support whilst on your tour
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance from the UK
  • ATOL protected

Call us for more information to discuss the options available to you!

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