All 4 Test Tour

CENTURION / CAPE TOWN / PORT ELIZABETH / JOHANNESBURG

SOUTH AFRICA v ENGLAND
23RD DECEMBER 2019 – 30TH JANUARY 2020
 

from £5895 – pp sharing (Single Supplement: £1675)
 
36 NIGHT TOUR BASED ON
– 7 nights Johannesburg (Protea by Marriott Balalaika Sandton) 24/12 – 31/12
– 9 nights Cape Town (City Lodge Hotel) 31/12 – 09/01
– 2 nights Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Hotel) 09/01 – 11/01
– 2 nights Safari (Aquila Game Reserve) 11/01 – 13/01
– 2 nights Knysna (Turbine Hotel & Spa) 13/01 – 15/01
– 6 nights Port Elizabeth (Garden Court Kings Beach) 15/01 – 21/01
– 2 nights Pilanesberg Game Reserve (Kwa Maritane) 21/01 – 23/01
– 6 nights Johannesburg (Protea Wanderers) 23/01 – 29/01

 

HOTEL UPGRADE: Cape Town

The Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront
– Twin/Double @ £6515pp sharing / £2185pp single supplement

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Guaranteed Test Match Tickets (Included)
  • Return indirect international flights from London Heathrow Airport (other airports available on request & subject to price change)
  • Coach transfers as per itinerary
  • Internal flights as per itinerary
  • 36 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary on B&B basis (Full board at Game Reserves)
  • Game drives & Winelands Tour
  • LWTL Q&A Event
  • LWTL Merchandise
  • Welcome Drinks & 2 Tour Dinners
  • LWTL staff

 

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ENGLAND CRICKET TO SOUTH AFRICA – 1ST, 2ND, 3RD & 4TH TEST TOUR

7 nights Johannesburg 9 nights Cape Town 2 nights Stellenbosch 2 nights Safari
2 nights Garden Route 6 nights PE 2 nights Safari 6 nights Joburg
 

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1: MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER – DEPART UK/IN FLIGHT

All 4 Test Tour plane4Arrive at your chosen airport three hours prior to departure where you will check in for your international flight.
 

DAY 2: TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER – IN FLIGHT / JOHANNESBURG

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by a LWTL tour manager and transferred to your chosen hotel for the 1st Test for a 7 night stay on a B&B basis. This evening enjoy welcome drinks with your tour host and fellow tourists.
 

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER – JOHANNESBURG – CHRISTMAS DAY

Today you have the option to join us for our Christmas Day Celebration. (Details to follow).
 

DAY 4 – 8: THURSDAY 26TH – MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER – 1ST TEST MATCH, CENTURION

1ST TEST MATCH – SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND
All 4 Test Tour cricket2You will be transferred to SuperSport Park, Centurion for the 1st Test Match. At close of play you will be transferred back to your selected hotel.
 

DAY 9: TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER – JOHANNESBURG / CAPE TOWN – NEW YEARS EVE

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your internal flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel for a 9 night stay on B&B basis. This evening join us for our New Years Eve Celebration on the Cape Town Waterfront. (Details to follow).
 

DAY 10: WEDNESDAY 01ST JANUARY 2020 – CAPE TOWN – NEW YEARS DAY

Day at leisure in Cape Town.
 

DAY 11: THURSDAY 02ND JANUARY 2020 – CAPE TOWN

Day at leisure in Cape Town
 

DAY 12 – 16: FRIDAY 03RD – TUESDAY 07TH JANUARY – 2ND TEST MATCH CAPE TOWN

2ND TEST MATCH – SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND
All 4 Test Tour cricket2You will be transferred to PPC Newlands for the 2nd Test Match. At close of play you will be transferred back to your chosen hotel. One evening we will be joined by a celebrity guest who will chair a question and answer evening about the test and the tour in progress.
 

DAY 17: WEDNESDAY 08TH JANUARY – CAPE TOWN

Day at leisure in Cape Town.
 

DAY 18: THURSDAY 09TH JANUARY – CAPE TOWN / STELLENBOSCH

After enjoying your last night in Cape Town, this morning you will set off for Stellenbosch with an included tour of the Winelands, lunch and a wine tasting. Later in the day arrive at the Stellenbosch Hotel where you will be staying for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
 

DAY 19: FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY – STELLENBOSCH

Today you have the chance to explore the town of Stellenbosch, to perhaps play golf or just relax in the shops, restaurants & wineries in Stellenbosch.
 

DAY 20: SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY – STELLENBOSCH / AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, you will travel by road to Aquila Private Game Reserve for a two night stay on a full board basis. Enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by an evening at leisure.
 

DAY 21: SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY – AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

It’s an early start today as you will be taken on a game drive to see the wildlife awaken before you return for breakfast. During the day you can relax enjoy lunch at the lodge’s wonderful facilities. Then later, there will be another game drive before dinner.
 

DAY 22: MONDAY 13TH JANUARY – AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / KNYSNA

Enjoy an early morning game drive, followed by breakfast. Check out of your room and continue the scenic journey along the Garden Route to Knysna where accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
 

DAY 23: TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY – KNYSNA

Day at leisure. Perhaps visit Knysna Elephant Park or enjoy a cruise on the Lagoon.
 

DAY 24: WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY – KNYSNA/PORT ELIZABETH

After breakfast, transfer by road to Port Elizabeth. Accommodation has been arranged for 6 nights on a B&B basis. Remainder of the day at leisure at your hotel or exploring Port Elizabeth.
 

DAYS 25 – 29: THURSDAY 16TH – MONDAY 20TH JANUARY – 3RD TEST MATCH PORT ELIZABETH

3RD TEST MATCH – SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND
All 4 Test Tour cricket2You will be transferred to St George’s Park for the 3rd Test Match. At close of play you will be transferred back to your hotel.
 

DAY 30: TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY – PORT ELIZABETH / JOHANNESBURG / PILANESBERG

After checking out of your hotel you will transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival transfer to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and to your accommodation for a two night stay on a Full Board basis to include an afternoon game drive today subject to arrival time.
 

DAY 31: WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY – PILANESBERG

Today you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the accommodation facilities.
 

DAY 32: THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY – PILANESBERG / JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy an early morning game drive before checking out of your hotel for your transfer to Johannesburg. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel for a 6 night stay on a B&B basis.
 

DAYS 33 – 37: FRIDAY 24TH – TUESDAY 28TH JAN – 4TH TEST MATCH JOHANNESBURG

4TH TEST MATCH – SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND
All 4 Test Tour cricket2Make your way to the Wanderers Cricket Ground for the 4th Test between South Africa, the Wanderers is across the road from the hotel.On the evening of the 28th we will hold a farewell dinner. (Details to follow)
 

DAY 38: WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY – JOHANNESBURG / IN FLIGHT

All 4 Test Tour plane4After checking out of your hotel you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight to the UK.
 

DAY 39: SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY – IN FLIGHT / UK

Arrive back in the UK. Complete passport control, collect your luggage and continue with your onward travel.
END OF TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
 
Should you wish to extend / alter your stay please do not hesitate to discuss with the team. We are happy to make arrangements that will suit your plans.
 

Tour Includes

  • Guaranteed Test Match Tickets (Included)
  • Return indirect international flights from London Heathrow Airport (other airports available on request & subject to price change)
  • Coach transfers as per itinerary
  • Internal flights as per itinerary
  • 36 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary on B&B basis (Game Reserves on a Full board basis)
  • Game drives & Winelands Tour
  • LWTL Q&A Event
  • LWTL Merchandise
  • Welcome Drinks & 2 Tour Dinners
  • LWTL staff

 

Tour Excludes

  • Meals other than where specified
  • Xmas Lunch, NYE Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions

 

from £5895pp sharing (Single Supplement: £1675)
 
36 NIGHT TOUR BASED ON
– 7 nights Johannesburg (Protea by Marriott Balalaika Sandton) 24/12 – 31/12
– 9 nights Cape Town (City Lodge Hotel) 31/12 – 09/01
– 2 nights Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Hotel) 09/01 – 11/01
– 2 nights Safari (Aquila Game Reserve) 11/01 – 13/01
– 2 nights Knysna (Turbine Hotel & Spa) 13/01 – 15/01
– 6 nights Port Elizabeth (Garden Court Kings Beach) 15/01 – 21/01
– 2 nights Pilanesberg Game Reserve (Kwa Maritane) 21/01 – 23/01
– 6 nights Johannesburg (Protea Wanderers) 23/01 – 29/01

 

HOTEL UPGRADES

The Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront
– Twin/Double @ £6515pp sharing / £2185pp single supplement

 

JOHANNESBURG

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT BALALAIKA SANDTON (7 nights from 24th December 2019)

This peaceful hotel offers stylish accommodation in Johannesburg’s suburb of Sandton. It features 2 swimming pools set within gardens, as well as 2 gourmet restaurants and a modern fitness centre. Protea Hotel Balalaika offers a free luxury shuttle service to and from Sandton Gautrain Station, which has a direct link to O.R Tambo International Airport, 20 km away. All guest rooms at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton are decorated in English country style, featuring bright colours and large windows. The private bathrooms come with complimentary deluxe bath products. Breakfast is served in The Colony Restaurant which has a garden terrace, and The Bull Run specialises in prime cuts of South African beef. There are several bars and lounges, including Lords Cigar Bar and The Oval Coffee Shop. The Sandton City shopping centre is 600 m from the hotel, and Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton Convention Centre are both 800 m away. On-site car parking is available.


 

CAPE TOWN

CITY LODGE V&A WATERFRONT (9 nights from the 31st December 2019)

City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is located right at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront – allowing guests to not only easily enjoy this great Cape Town attraction, but also take advantage of V&A Waterfront’s ideal location near local highlights. A nautical theme runs through the hotel and a spa-pool and sundowner bar are available for guests to relax in the warm Cape weather.


 

THE COMMODORE HOTEL V&A WATERFRONT (UPGRADE HOTEL – 9 nights from the 31st December 2019))

With panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain, The Commodore is decorated in a nautical theme. It features an outdoor swimming pool and sauna, fitness and massage facilities. The Commodore’s air-conditioned rooms include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub. There is 24-hour room service and a 24-hour reception. Some rooms have a balcony providing views of the Atlantic or Table Mountain. The business centre offers complimentary internet access. Guests can enjoy a work-out in the gym or book a relaxing massage in the spa. When weather is nice, the partly shaded terrace offers a relaxing setting for a drink or snack. Apart from a breakfast buffet, Clipper Restaurant serves an à la carte menu featuring seafood dishes and regional wines. The Admiralty Bar and Lounge provides a 24-hour cocktail menu. The Commodore Hotel is situated adjacent to the V&A Waterfront.


 

STELLENBOSCH

THE STELLENBOSCH HOTEL (2 nights from 9th January 2020)

Stellenbosch Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi and an on-site restaurant serving local specialties and South African wines. Stellenbosch University is 750 m away. Set in a restored building, each room features touches of colonial décor. Each room has a TV, minibar and safety deposit box. Each room has a spacious en suite bathroom. Stellenbosch Golf Club is 5 km away from Hotel Stellenbosch. Museums, art galleries and curio shops are all within safe walking distance. Free limited parking is available.


 

SAFARI

AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE & SPA (2 nights from 11th January 2020)

ocated within a 2-hour drive of Cape Town, Aquila Private Game Reserve offers a safari experience with mountains and landscape views. The reserve boasts an outdoor swimming pool and an on-site spa. Decorated in an African style with wooden furniture, each unit at Aquila features an outdoor shower and is equipped with a fan and a minibar that can be stocked on request. Some units offer a private patio/balcony offering views of the reserve. Meals are included at Aquila, which features a triple-volume buffet restaurant with an upstairs viewing area boasting scenic views of the Karoo mountains. There is also a pool bar and cigar lounge available for drinks and snacks. Home to the ‘Big 5’ wildlife species, guests can enjoy scheduled morning and afternoon safari game drives within an open 4×4 safari vehicle, which are included in the rate. Horse-back and quad-bike safaris can also be arranged. Guests staying 2 nights or more receive complimentary access to the spa, which boasts an indoor heated pool, a sauna, steam room and 12 treatment rooms. The property also features a library, curio shop and children’s entertainment area.


 

KNYSNA

5* TURBINE HOTEL & SPA (2 nights from 13th January 2020)

This former power station is located in Knysna and offers sunny suites with an iPod docking station and views of the Knysna Lagoon. The spacious sun deck comes with an outdoor pool. The rooms at Turbine Hotel & Spa are elegantly decorated with light fabrics and parquet floors. The suites have a satellite LCD TV and extra long beds. A full English breakfast is available each morning at the Turbine Hotel. For light meals and drinks, there is a tapas bar and a fully stocked wine cellar. Guests of this hotel can undergo a hot-stone massage or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, which faces the lagoon. The sun deck offers a calm spot to read a book or magazine. The 24-hour reception staff can arrange babysitting and shuttles to George Airport, 65 km away. Lagoon and sea cruises can be arranged as well. Thesen Island is a great choice for travellers interested in boating, seafood and tranquillity.


 

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT KNYSNA QUAYS (2 nights from 13th January 2020)

With an outdoor pool facing the Indian Ocean, Protea Hotel Knysna has spectacular views of the Knysna Lagoon. The stylishly decorated rooms have free WiFi and satellite TV. All rooms at Protea Hotel Knysna Quays are decorated in warm tones and have large windows. They have a separate bathroom that comes with complimentary deluxe bath products. Some rooms have a lagoon view, others overlook the historic Knysna Railway Station or the Waterfront shopping complex. The hotel has a breakfast restaurant. For lunch and dinner, there are several restaurants within walking distance. At Knysna Quays Waterfront, Drydock Food Company Restaurant offers fresh seafood and fusion cuisine with beautiful views of the lagoon. 34 Degrees South serves fish, sushi and freshly harvested oysters. JJs Restaurant specializes in game and South African cuisine.


 

PORT ELIZABETH

THE GARDEN COURT KINGS BEACH (6 nights from 15th January 2020)

The Garden Court Kings Beach is ideally located regardless of a guests reason for visiting, as it is ten minutes from the the airport, national highway, the city’s attractions as well as a three minute walk from the stunning beaches. Garden Court Kings Beach Port Elizabeth comprises 280 rooms in a wide range of room types. All of the rooms are well-equipped with all the necessary facilities and amenities for guests to enjoy a pleasant stay. There are two well known national brand restaurants at the hotel, namely the Flaming Arrow Spur and Panarotti’s Pizza Pasta. On warm summer days, when guests would prefer to relax at this Port Elizabeth hotel, they can unwind alongside the outdoor pool. Not far from the hotel there are sporting facilities available for those who would prefer to be a little more active. This Port Elizabeth hotel also has various facilities available to corporate travellers. There are four meeting rooms on the property and wireless Internet is available.


 

PILANESBERG – SAFARI

KWA MARITANE 4*(2 nights from 21st January 2020)

Located on the slopes of a volcano in the heart of Pilanesberg National Park, Kwa Maritane Lodge offers free WiFi and the reserve boasts two tennis courts and two swimming pools of which one features a water slide. The bright, spacious guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows which lead onto balconies. Each room has white linens and a living area. The property features two traditional bomas, wooden enclosures, where drinks can be enjoyed by the fire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in The Kwa Maritane Restaurant, overlooking the waterhole and the park’s natural granite rock formations. Sun loungers can be found among the palm trees in the garden, by the pool. Kwa Maritane also offers a children’s playground.


 

JOHANNESBURG

PROTEA WANDERERS 4* (6 nights from 23rd January 2020)

Situated within the grounds of Wanderers Club, this 4-star hotel features an in-house gym and outdoor pool with sundeck. Guests also have access to the Wanderer’s Club facilities. Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers offers well-appointed rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV. The en-suite bathrooms come with a separate bath and shower. Big Apple Restaurant serves a rich breakfast buffet daily. In the evening à la carte specialities, including mixed grill and smoked salmon, are offered. A 24-hour coffee and cocktail bar is on site. Guests can work out at the in-house gym or Planet Fitness at the Wanderers Club. The club includes a beauty salon, golf course, and a tennis court.


 

 

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All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2I would like to thank Mike and Patrick for a trouble free visit to the West Indies all the arrangements went to plan. Apart from trying to convince the seating manager that the seats at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua did not exist. This was not an inconvenience more a funny diversion(the seats are on the plan they must exist). But no not your fault and thank you very much I can recommend you firm to anyone and by the way already have. Hope Mike and Patrick get home save as we did.

‎Phil Hairsine‎

 

All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Traveled to SA for Cricket, very well organised, everything as we expected, from initial contact until our host seeing us off to the airport at the end of the tour. Brett our host was excellent in organisation, dealing with issues a genuine great guy! will be using LWL again!

Colin Hutchinson

 

All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Another memorable tour and we even manage to win a T20 game. Everything was fine and would like to thank Patrick for his attentiveness and help during the tour.

Roger

 

All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Jon & I had a fantastic time in Antigua. Thanks to your efforts we could not have been happier with things – as a ‘return client’ I would not have booked with you again if my previous tour with you to south Africa had not also been a success! All the best

Regards, Neil & Jon

 
All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2James, Matthew and myself thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Antigua with LWTL’s and only wish we had been able to continue to Barbados for the T20’s!

Keith

 

All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Firstly, I just wanted to thank you personally for our recent holiday with your company. Denise and I had a real blast and will definitely be doing something else with you in the future, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole break, especially the Cricket. We met some great people and have special fond memories of meeting you and your lovely wife and children. Well done to you and your team for organising a wonderful holiday.

Paul and Denise

 
All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2I loved everything about the tour, had a fantastic time that exceeded my expectations. Will definitely use “Living with the Lions” again.

Simon

 
All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Just a note to say what a superb tour Brett Lingley hosted for Living With The Lions in Durban and Cape Town. An absolute pleasure and, by chance, two great Test matches which will rank among the all-time classics. Durban’s Hilton Hotel was fabulous, Cape Town’s City Lodge served its purpose… transport and internal flights excellent thanks to LWTL! Evening meals in Durban (Moyo in Ushaka, Butcher Boys in Florida Road) and Cape Town (Quay Four on the Waterfront) were excellent, showing great local knowledge. So too the Christmas lunch in Ballito and New Year do at the Five Flies in Cape Town were brilliant too. Please pass on my compliments and make sure everyone at Living With The Lions gives themselves a pat on the back. I’ll be back for the Ashes.”

Neal Collins – Evening Standard Sports Editor (tour to South Africa 2009/10)

 

All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2Phil & I had a truly fantastic and memorable time in South Africa. The whole experience was brilliant from start to finish – the location, the hotel, the cricket and finally the safari at Pilansberg were all tremendous. It was a real pleasure meeting you and we would like to thank you for your excellent hosting of the events whilst we were in Cape Town. I hope you receive similar mails of support and congratulation from other clients as you deserve it – I know from experience that events like this don’t just simply happen as if by magic; they take a great deal of organisation from start to end. So, it is all credit to you and all the other people involved at LWTL for putting a package together that was so enjoyable. From the moment I enquired about the tour through the booking process and onto the tour itself I have always felt fully confident that you would all deliver consistently high levels of service and my initial thoughts that this would be the case turned out to be spot on. So, thank-you to all of you at LWTL from both of us for making this a trip that will live in the memory forever.”

Neil

 
All 4 Test Tour quotemarks2I have been really impressed with your company and to be honest using a new company is always a little worrying but you have just exceeded all expectations. They are all still talking about the trip it has been a very memorable event.”

Tracey (Ashes Tour)

 

 

 

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