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SSouth Africa is set for a wild winter: the Lions are coming. (And we don’t mean the four-legged, bushy-maned variety; they’re already there.) DISCOVER MORE

The world’s greatest touring rugby team will take on the reigning World Champions, South Africa, aka the Springboks, during their epic upcoming tour in 2021, as well as playing five other white-knuckle clashes. Matches will take place in July and August across three epic destinations: Cape Town, Jo'burg and Pretoria. Could this be the year the Lions repeat their unforgettable 1997 victory? Tune in to find out...

To celebrate the sporting prowess and adventurous spirit of the British & Irish Lions and their worthy South African rivals, we’ve rounded up some wanderlust-sparking travel inspiration for each of these three thrilling regions. 

Whether you’re craving the blue-and-gold beauty and glamour of Cape Town, the vibrant spirit and urban buzz of Jo'burg, or the heritage charms and lesser-known lures of Pretoria, you’ll find it all here. Keep reading to discover unmissable things to do, see, admire and eat, when it’s safe to visit again. This is our invitation to you to Meet Your South Africa – with a little help from our expert local guides.

There’s a lot more to South Africa than Lions and Springboks, and it’s all here ready and waiting. With its rugged, unspoiled landscapes, sunny climate and bucket-list wildlife, South Africa is the perfect choice for slow travel amid nature. 

THREE TESTS AGAINST THE REIGNING WORLD CHAMPIONS

The British & Irish Lions will play three Test matches against the Springboks on Saturday 24 July and 31ts Jult in Cape Town, and then a potential series decider on Saturday 7 August (location yet to be determined). Games in the UK will be broadcasted on Sky Sports

See the fixtures here.

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