Coronavirus - Covid-19 Pandemic

Firstly and most importantly, we hope you are and your family are all safe and well and we wish you all the best over these difficult times.

In view of the well documented implications of the unprecedented worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, we want to reassure you that that the safety and well-being of all of our touring groups is very important to us and that we are closely monitoring advice from the Government, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ABTA.

We have been dealing with the repatriation of clients stuck in Spain and are supporting our staff who are in self isolation.

Our office is now in full lockdown and we have very limited email access but those who are able to work are working around the clock to ensure that we can assist our customers with the most urgent needs and our goal is to ensure that anyone due to travel in the next seven days has been updated on their tour and given a list of options available to them, we will not however have the resources to enter into conversations over these options at this stage.

We will continue to contact tour organisers whose travel plans have been effected.

Best wishes at what is a difficult time for us all and thanks for your understanding,

The Burleigh Travel Team

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Military Rugby Tour to South Africa: REME RFC

Read about this Military team's tour to South Africa, including Pretoria, Durban, a Game Reserve and Cape Town


Military Rugby Tour to South Africa: REME RFC


Senior Rugby Tour to South Africa

During their senior rugby tour to South Africa the players from REME RFC were able to experience South Africa's diversity by visiting four centres during the 15 day rugby tour.

The rugby tour started in the Capital, Pretoria, where the group were based for 3 days, during which time they played a match against Pretoria Defence Force and spent an excellent evening in the company of their hosts enjoying a meal and drinks.

REME RFC Isandlwana South Africa

The following day, the rugby tour moved on to Durban for a 3 day stay. The team had a fixture against Wentworth RFC at the home ground of Durban Harlequins. Whilst in the Natal Province, the Armed Forces side took the opportunity to visit the Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, where battles took place in both the Boer and Zulu Wars. They also visited the War Musuem and visited the Zulu Memorial sites.

REME RFC Isandlwana

The rugby tour then moved on for a two day Game Drive in Mkuze, Northern Natal, which also incorporated a morning boat cruise on the Jozini Lake. The Game Drive and the reserve where they were staying allowed the touring team to see a variety of wildlife in their natural habitats, especially when travelling in 4 X 4 vehicles through the reserve.

REME RFC Game Drive South Africa

The final part of the tour took the rugby team to Cape Town for the last 7 days of the tour. During their time here, the team played two fixtures against Hamilton RFC & Villagers RFC. The fixtures all throughout the tour were a particular highlight for the forces team as they were all well matched and made the British Tourists feel "exceptionally welcome". The South Africans  are a "rugby mad" nation and they are very keen to promote themselves as serious rugby players and supporters, which is great for any rugby tour!

REME RFC South Africa Zulu Dancers

The tour came to an end after fifteen days with a direct flight back to London but the memories and stories will stay with the team forever.

REME RFC : Rugby Tour to South Africa Highlights!

The rugby tour to South Africa was fantastic for every member of the touring party from the youngest to very oldest. Particular highlights include: 

  • Extremely welcoming and friendly host teams: Pretoria Defence Force, Wentworth RFC, Hamilton RFC & Villagers RFC.
  • Excellent trip to the museum and Battlefield of Isandlwana
  • Outstanding trip to Rorke's Drift
  • 2 day game drive experience
  • Lake Jozini boat cruise
  • The diversity and variety that South Africa offers any rugby tour

If this is a tour that appeals to you and your rugby club, please contact us through our online enquiry form

and we will happily provide you with the information you need.

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  • This rugby tour to South Africa was the most successful REME tour in our Corps History. Every member of the touring party was continually impressed as each match and activity was undertaken.

    REME rugby tour to South Africa

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