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annhig May 15th, 2008 12:47 PM

sporting tours - organised or DIY? thinking about lions 2009 rugby tour to SA.
Hi y'all,

We're thinking about trying to get to SA to watch at least 2 of the 3 test matches plus doing some touring. the matches are in Pretoria, Jo'burg and Durban, and as we only got to the cape last time, we'd be happy to concentrate on those areas.

my major query at this stage is whether it's worth signing up for one of the packages that are being offered, or is it possible to do it all ourselves.

if anyone else has joined in this sort of tour, or gone the DIY route, I'd be very grateful for your input.

not even sure that I'm posting this on theright forum, but at least the destination DOES have an africa link.

regards, ann

HariS May 15th, 2008 06:31 PM

Hi Ann,

When we went to the World Cup in 2003 (Cricket not rugby), we did all the bookings ourselves. Booked accomodations etc etc., that suited our needs and did the tickets seperately. Combined with safari on the side ..... most standard packages aren't great and very crowded and loud!

annhig May 16th, 2008 01:12 AM

Hi Hari,

thanks for the helpful reply.

the main problem I foresee is getting the tickets to the matches themselves - having been to SA once, I think we could now manage to book flights and accommodation.

i was searching the internet last night and didn't manage to get through to any ticket sites.

Must try harder!

regards, ann

bigmog Dec 7th, 2008 11:34 PM

HI ann,
just been hunting round internet and found this site.would recommend you get on and book up as prices seem to be going up rapidly. i have booked everything myself hotels were no bother buying tickets were a little more difficult for the tests,but have bought mine through circa very helpful Sa company so should be better seats than others who are charging a fortune also they are officially appointed by south african rugby. hope this isn't too late to help you out
cheers bigmog

africanj Dec 8th, 2008 12:47 AM

I am a tourist guide and have travelled on many of these tours. There is a local company run by an English guy(for many years). He is called Chris Brothers and his company is called Brothers Tours.
It is well worth booking through him and he organises private suites from which to watch the games. He also organises all the transport etc. I have worked with him many times and what a pleasure because he does it well. I may well be working on the the Lions Tour with him.

annhig Dec 9th, 2008 02:34 PM

hi africanji,

thanks so much for this. however, we have more or less abandoned this idea for next year, as it was just too expensive for what you get.

with things as they are, we have to make sure that we get real value for money and that doesn't seem to apply with thses sporting tours.

many thanks for your interest,

regards, ann

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