England Cricket Tour to South Africa 2019-20
Test Tour Day Trips & Excursions

Test Tour Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Town, Port Elizabeth & Johannesburg

South Africa has always been one of Howzat Travel’s favourite destinations to tour and we are delighted to help you make the most of this fantastic country with a selection of day trips and excursions. The pre-bookable sightseeing options we have planned are scheduled for the free days around the test matches and cover most of the popular sightseeing you can do in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth & Johannesburg.

For all confirmed customers: all available sightseeing options can be added to your booking via your own Tour Dashboard – simply click the ‘Add-ons’ tab, choose your desired option and add it to your invoice. The cost of the sightseeing options will be added to your final balance. Please note, all options have limited availability and places will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

If you have any other sightseeing trips in mind that are not covered by our pre-bookable options, please contact us and will be more than happy to assist with any bespoke arrangements.

Cape Town Day Excursions

The sightseeing in Cape Town is world class – from the iconic Table Mountain to the historic Robben Island, experience the penguins on Boulders Beach, and enjoy the two-ocean views from Cape Point… and of course, you cannot visit South Africa without visiting the beautiful Winelands and tasting the stunning wine.

Our pre-bookable excursions are available to book on the 1st & 2nd January before the Newlands Test Match commences. For those customers extending their stay in Cape Town after the Test, these trips are also available to book on 9th & 10th January.

Cape Peninsula Tour

This tour operates Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd & Thursday 9th  January

Howzat Travel will be operating its own exclusive Cape Peninsula Tour, expertly led by one of our very own accredited South African Tour Managers.

From your hotel, follow the Atlantic seaboard past Clifton and Camps Bay over Chapmans Peak and via Misty Cliffs to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here you will take the flying Dutchman Funicular to the top of the mountain where you will experience stunning scenery. From Cape Point, travel to Boulders to view the Jackass Penguins and to enjoy a nice lunch with a few glasses of wine at SeaForth restaurant. On the way home, stop in Kalk Bay a quaint little fishing village to view the harbour and some of the interesting shops.

Inclusions: Return transfers from your hotel in Cape Town, entrance to Cape Point, the penguins at Boulders beach, two-course lunch and half a bottle of wine per person.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £85 per person

Franschhoek Winelands Tour

This tour operates Thursday 2nd & Friday 10th January

Howzat Travel will be operating its own exclusive Franschhoek Winelands Tour, expertly led by one of our very own accredited South African Tour Managers.

Venture to the town of Franschhoek and you will realise instantly why this area has been proclaimed one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. To make this day extra special we have handpicked three outstanding vineyards for you to visit, The day will include two tastings at the estates of Boschendal and Haute Cabriere and also a delicious lunch overlooking the splendour of the magnificent surroundings at Rickety Bridge. After lunch, enjoy a quick stop in Franschhoek town centre before heading back to Cape Town.

Inclusions: Return transfers from your hotel in Cape Town, wine tastings at the estates of Boschendal and Haute Cabriere, lunch at Rickety Bridge including half a bottle of wine per person.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £85 per person

Robben Island Tour

Tours to Robben Island operate four times a day, every day. We are expecting there to be significant demand during the first week of January, so Howzat Travel has pre-booked a number of places on the 11am ferry on 1st & 2nd January.

A visit to Cape Town would be incomplete without a trip to the World Heritage site of Robben Island. Make your own way to the V&A Waterfront for the tour which begins at Nelson Mandela Gateway, hop onto the ferry for a scenic trip to Robben Island where the tour is guided by a former political prisoner of the island, for unique and incomparable insights into the island’s history.

The Robben Island Tour is about four hours long with two half hour ferry trips. The tour ferry departs from Nelson Mandela Gateway – a museum on the V&A Waterfront housing exhibitions tracing local political history. Robben Island buses will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. Your tour of the prison will culminate with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.ours.

Inclusions: Return ferry ride, Robben Island guided tour.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £40 per person (includes agent booking fee) or visit http://www.robben-island.org.za/tours to make your own desired reservation.

Table Mountain

This tour operates every day

Table Mountain is one of those experiences that just never ceases to amaze, no matter how many times you do it. From the top you can enjoy epic views of Cape Town and the surrounding area, Robben Island and the Cape Peninsula.

Table Mountain is one of the most accessible and easily available trips to do whilst visiting Cape Town, and the cableway operates daily. However, during the cricketing period and especially around New Year, it does get really busy so we strongly advise advance booking. To give you full flexibility of what time you wish to visit the mountain and how long you wish to stay up there – and also make alternative arrangements in the instance of weather conditions affecting your visit – we advise you make your own booking direct via the Table Mountain Cableway website: https://www.tablemountain.net/

Transport to the Table Mountain Cableway can be easily arranged by taxi, Uber or by utilising the excellent ‘hop on, hop off’ open top buses. Your Tour Manager and hotel’s concierge desk can also assist with your travel arrangements.

 

Port Elizabeth Day Excursions

It’s been nearly 15 years since we visited Port Elizabeth for a Test match, and to make sure you make the most of your time in this famous South African coastal city we have a range of day trips and excursions for your consideration. Most of these trips will operate over three days – 14th, 15th & 21st January…

  • Tuesday 14th January is a free day to book excursions all customers arriving into Port Elizabeth after the Garden Route, or flying directly into PE from the UK or Cape Town.
  • Wednesday 15th January is a free day available for all customers to book excursions.
  • Tuesday 21st January is a free day only for those customers who are flying on to Johannesburg the next day.

Addo Elephant National Park

This tour operates Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Tuesday 21st January

Visit the home to largest concentration of majestic African Elephant at the Addo National Park, the only park to boast being the home of the ‘Big Seven’. Located just 50km from the centre of Port Elizabeth, Addo National Park is now the third largest national park in South Africa, having expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Discover, experience and explore a world of diversity in one park!

Inclusions: Return transfers, local guide, light lunch, snack and refreshments.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £120 per person

Amakhala Private Game Reserve

This tour operates Tuesday 14th  Wednesday 15th & Tuesday 21st January

Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative in the Eastern Cape. Visit this 18,000-acre private reserve and enjoy a game drive in open vehicles, where you have an almost guaranteed opportunity to see the famed South African ‘Big Five’. The focus of the game drive is not only the large majestic beasts but also the humble smaller mammals, birds and insects which will leave you in awe.

Inclusions: Return Transfers, local guide, three-course meal.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £135 per person

Birdwatching Trip

This tour operates Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Tuesday 21st January

From flamingos to the flightless ostrich, join guide Dr Paul Martin and nearly 8% of the world’s bird species which can be found in South Africa. The area close to Port Elizabeth known as Nelson Mandela Bay is the meeting point for five of the seven biomes, and also the place where a rare sighting – the little ring plover – was spotted in South Africa for the first time in 2017.

Inclusions: Return transfers, local guide.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £50 per person

Algoa Bay

This tour operates as both a morning and an afternoon trip on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Tuesday 21st January

Algoa Bay is the largest bay in South Africa and home to the largest concentration of bottle-nosed dolphins and African penguins anywhere in the world. Take a cruise on the Stampede catamaran with a wonderful crew to Islands to see what you can ‘sea’ – this is the bay famous for the diver ‘swallowed by the whale” in early 2019!

Inclusions: Return transfers, crew and boat trip.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £80 per person

Cricket Lovers' Special

This tour operates Wednesday 15th January only

Join us for a day of cricket, play, watch, explore the quaint village of Salem in the Eastern Cape. We will participate in a 6 a side – no pressure – competition. Salem has a village green on which cricket matches have been played with 1844. The cricket pitch is regarded as the oldest in the country. A traditional lunch, tea and ‘beverages’ befitting the occasion will be on offer. To take part, or be a spectator – we will take you down South African British memory lane.

Inclusions: Return transfers, lunch, tea and beverages.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £80 per person

Tracey's City Tour

This tour operates Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Tuesday 21st January

This Port Elizabeth city tour includes culture, history, sporting, industrial and natural highlights…. Take in the Piet Retief Memorial, the Cape Reciefe Reserve, the Sacramento Shipwreck Cannon, Walmer Township, Masterton’s coffee roastery (the oldest in South Africa), stop at Richmond Hill for a lunch, then onto the Old City, stopping at Fort Frederick, No 7 Castle Hill, PAG Drill Hall and the Donkin Reserve. Finally, walk down to the city centre to view some of the beautiful Victorian architectural gems, the Town Hall, Feathermarket Hall and the wonderful Gothic Main Library, St Mary’s Cathedral and climb the Campanile! Tracey is our ground partner in Port Elizabeth, so there’s nobody better to show you around!

Inclusions: Return Transfers, tour guide and a light lunch.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £60 per person

Johannesburg Day Excursion

Soweto Tour

This tour operates Thursday 23rd January only

Our time in Johannesburg is limited, but no visit to South African capital is complete without a visit to Soweto. After pickup at 9am, the first stop is at Soccer City, then enter Soweto via Diepkloof Ext. Drive past Diepkloof hostel, which has been transformed from migrant labour accommodation to informal family accommodation. Then head past Baragwanath hospital (the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere) before going past Orlando Towers which is now the landmark of Soweto. We then make a stop at Ellis Motloaledi informal settlement for a short walking tour, before heading to the Hector Pieterson Memorial museum and Mandela House. Return to Sandton for midday.

Inclusions: Return transfers and guide.

Price: Add this trip to your booking for £40 per person

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