British & Irish Lions Tour 2021 South Africa

British Lions Tour 2021 South Africa

Jul-Aug, 2021
Experience Rugby’s ultimate adventure to South Africa in 2021


Your British Lions Tour 2021 experience starts here. The British & Irish Lions are touring South Africa in 2021 and you can experience it live with Events Travel. We are busy working on our packages and tours and will have these available soon. In the meantime, we recommend signing up for Priority Access to ensure you receive an alert, specials and more as soon our British Lions Packages and Tours become available. We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa in 2021.

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The British & Irish Lions Tour began in 1888 as a commercial venture touring to Australia and New Zealand with a 21-man squad. The squad, known then as the English National Team or ‘British Isles’, included players from England, Scotland and Wales, though the team was predominantly English. In 1891, the Western Province Union invited rugby bodies in Britain to tour South Africa, establishing the first test-match tour and the tour as we know it today. Throughout the early 1900’s, the popularity of the tour grew with matches drawing hundreds of thousands of fans. Now, the British Lions Tour is one of the biggest topics of discussion on the rugby calendar. The squad selection takes months and is hotly debated by news outlets and rugby fans around the world. Once the squad is selected, months of hard-work, training and strategy planning takes place before finally heading on tour.

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The highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour takes place every four years, with the 2021 Lions Tour heading to South Africa. The British Lions will take on the best of South Africa’s local clubs and representative sides for five matches before ending with three Tests against the reigning World Champions — South Africa.

New Zealand’s Warren Gatland is set to coach the 2021 British Lions team for the third time, having lead the Lions to a dramatic series draw against New Zealand in 2017 and a 2-1 series win over Australia in 2013. It’s sure to be an epic display of rugby with the British Lions hungry to repeat their 1997 victory against the Springboks.

Rugby aside, South Africa is a unique and exciting country, rich in history, culture, food, wildlife and sun-soaked coasts. It’s a special destination with breathtaking scenery and plenty to experience. Must-sees include Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, and for the wine connoisseurs; Stellenbosch, La Motte, Boschendal and Meerendal are sure to keep you occupied!  This is your opportunity to visit some of the most iconic rugby grounds in the world and experience some of South Africa’s historic sights.

Having helped fans experience British Lions Tours of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa since 1994, we are looking forward to helping you experience South Africa in 2021. Our Official Travel Packages and Tours are not yet available. While you wait, we recommend signing up for Priority Access to British Lions Packages & Tours for 2021. Priority Access means you’ll be notified when Official Packages go on sale, get priority access and early-bird offers.

We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa in 2021!

Speak soon,

Glenn Hedley
Director, Events Travel

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Fast Facts

Host Country: South Africa
Dates: 3 July – 7 August 2021
Tours of South Africa: 13
Wins against South Africa: 4
2013 Winner: British Lions
2017 Winner:
 Draw against New Zealand
Nation with most Tour Wins: Australia (7 wins of 9 hosted tours)


Sat, 3 July 2021DHL Stormers v British & Irish LionsCape TownCape Town Stadium
Wed, 7 July 2021South Africa ‘Invitational’ v British & Irish LionsPort ElizabethNelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Sat, 10 July 2021Cell C Sharks v British & Irish LionsDurbanJonsson Kings Park
Wed, 14 July 2021South Africa ‘A’ v British & Irish LionsMbombelaMbombela Stadium
Sat, 17 July 2021Vodacom Bulls v British & Irish LionsPretoriaLoftus Versfeld
Sat, 24 July 2021Springboks v British & Irish LionsJohannesburgFNB Stadium
Sat, 31 July 2021Springboks v British & Irish LionsCape TownCape Town Stadium
Sat, 7 August 2021Springboks v British & Irish LionsJohannesburgEmirates Airline Park

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  • Event: British Lions Tour Tickets, British Lions Tour Hospitality and exclusive experiences
  • Flights: All carriers and destinations
  • Accommodation: Extra nights, room upgrades and more
  • Transport: Coaches, private transfers and car hire
  • Sightseeing: Attractions, day trips and organised tours
  • Custom-made Packages: For individuals and groups of all sizes, including corporate groups and incentives
  • Travel Insurance: Domestic and international policies, including a 15% off base policy discount for Australian residents


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South Africa is wild, diverse and truly breathtaking. It’s one of the world’s premier safari destinations and home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) within some of the best game parks available. The most notable are Kruger and Kgalagadi, where you can stay in luxury colonial-style accommodation and manor houses with home-cooked meals, guided walks and dusk and dawn game park drives. But it’s not all about safaris. South Africa has a rugged coast that offers fabulous surf, whale-watching, wildlife excursions and untouched beaches. South Africa is also known as a fantastic wine touring region. Take the Garden Route through Cape Windelands and Stellenbosch, where world-renowned wineries and boutique vineyards are right at home in lush valleys between jagged peaks. The British Lions Tour is being played at cities across the country and each city has it’s own attractions and cultures that will be well worth a visit. South Africa is a unique and alluring destination begging to be discovered and a British Lion Tour 2021 Package is the best way to get there


South African rand


It’s winter in July and August in South Africa. Mornings are cool with an average low of 6°C, while afternoons are pleasant, at around 23-25°C. Depending on your location in South Africa, it can be warmer up to mid 30°C. At this time of year, seawater is mild and enjoyable and gentle breezes come in from the coast. It’s one of the best times of the year for active travel. July is also the start of the whale-spotting season.

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