Connacht will play the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on November 25th and December 1st


The Connacht Clan will be represented.

Bloemfontein


When: Sunday November 25th and Saturday December 1st, 2018
Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth and Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.

Tickets

Tickets will be available on the respective club websites and there should be no problem getting them on the day. Check the forum for updates on where people are sitting.

Getting there

There are a number of options to fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town.

You can fly to both Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein from Cape Town or Joburg, or go overland. Bloem is 4-5 hours drive from JNB. PE is quite a trek from Cape Town but you go via the Garden Route, which is very scenic.

Keller Travel are running a package tour.

Accommodation

Accommodation is plentiful and very good value.

More information

Keep checking here or follow the conversation on the Clan Forum

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neill_m replied to the topic: #63797 5 days 16 hours ago
Our Saffer cousins don't change their clocks, so November - March, they are 2 hours ahead. 1 hour ahead April - October. The Pro 14 site has the KO times for Irish time.
Former Coach replied to the topic: #63792 6 days 5 hours ago
Just noticed that SA is GMT+2 so maybe those kick off times are 3pm and 5pm. It's 1pm and 3pm on Connacht website but they may be quoting Irish time.
Former Coach replied to the topic: #63791 6 days 5 hours ago

biffo77 wrote: Are those local or Irish times? It’s going to be sweltering hot at kick off so.


I'm assuming that they are local times. There's only an hour in the difference I think so, as you say, it's likely to be seriously hot over there.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #63790 6 days 5 hours ago
Are those local or Irish times? It’s going to be sweltering hot at kick off so.
Former Coach replied to the topic: #63789 6 days 6 hours ago
Kings V Connacht at 1pm according to Pro 14 website!
Former Coach replied to the topic: #63788 6 days 6 hours ago
Thought the kick off in Bloemfontein was 3pm? You're probably right about staying hydrated-will be the last big tour night for many!
neill_m replied to the topic: #63786 6 days 14 hours ago
Indeed. Listed for NMBS (Below from their website):

Fri 26 Oct Southern Kings Scarlets Madibaz Stadium 19:00
Sun 4 Nov Southern Kings Leinster Madibaz Stadium 14:45
Sun 25 Nov Southern Kings Connacht Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Sat 1 Dec Southern Kings Benetton Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:15
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pinky replied to the topic: #63785 6 days 15 hours ago
Kings game is in the big stadium. They only use NMU for Leinster and such small fry.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #63781 6 days 17 hours ago
BTW: the corporate lounge costs 80R (5e) per seat, and I think you can book a box for really cheap.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #63780 6 days 18 hours ago
So Bloem, the entire stand behind the dugouts is alcohol free, and the center section of the stand on the other side is as well.
so basically the best seats in the house.

Given the time of kickoff, 5PM, and daily average temp being 27 - 28 degs C, keeping hydrated with water rather than beer should be the priority.

plenty of time, and cheap beer after the game.

For PE, I doubt there's alcohol free sections in the university stadium. Finding shade might be a bigger problem, stand looks tiny, and game kickoff around the hottest time of the day.
merchantdon replied to the topic: #63778 6 days 19 hours ago

pinky wrote: Anyone know whereabouts the Kellers tour have their match tickets?
I will presumably just pick up tickets when I get there, I assume they won't be pricey anyway.


The branch / Keller's will have loads of tickets. They gave us the tickets in March and they gave out tickets to the lads in the cheetah experience.

One major issue with the free tickets... They'll most likely be in the alcohol free section!
Rotorbike replied to the topic: #63767 1 week 15 hours ago
Think Cheetahs ticket worked out to be 8 euro,
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pinky replied to the topic: #63766 1 week 16 hours ago
Anyone know whereabouts the Kellers tour have their match tickets?
I will presumably just pick up tickets when I get there, I assume they won't be pricey anyway.
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pinky replied to the topic: #63078 1 month 2 weeks ago
South Africa is scrapping the rule about minors needing birth certs and signed declarations and all that jazz, so that might make life a small bit easier for anyone under 18 making the trip.
Some colourful political discourse going on on the matter down there :-)
www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/20...tions-were-personal/
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Misfit replied to the topic: #62946 1 month 3 weeks ago
Im going on the Kellers trip and I believe there is over 60 booked on it and I also know a few more that have booked the trip themselves
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #62944 1 month 3 weeks ago

superconnacht7 wrote: Sounds like a plan Pinky. I would be interested in doing this trip. Do you or anyone know if there are many more people interested in doing the Keller travel itinery. The cost still sounds very worth it (given that you have shuttle buses, internal flight, 5-star hotels & trips in between the matches for the week). Pasting in the itinery for anyone else that is interested in this deal. Would there be any chance of a charter flight if there was enough interest from fellow Clan members? www.kellertravel.ie/wp-content/uploads/2...7/SA-Itinerary-2.pdf


I'm not one of those travelling with Keller's, I know of at least 7 or 8 who are travelling with them. As for charter, none of the teams have organized that, I doubt there's any financial sense in even trying, esp if Munster supporters didn't try, and they brought a lot down for CJ's return to George.
superconnacht7 replied to the topic: #62887 2 months 4 hours ago
Sounds like a plan Pinky. I would be interested in doing this trip. Do you or anyone know if there are many more people interested in doing the Keller travel itinery. The cost still sounds very worth it (given that you have shuttle buses, internal flight, 5-star hotels & trips in between the matches for the week). Pasting in the itinery for anyone else that is interested in this deal. Would there be any chance of a charter flight if there was enough interest from fellow Clan members? www.kellertravel.ie/wp-content/uploads/2...7/SA-Itinerary-2.pdf
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pinky replied to the topic: #62848 2 months 2 days ago

biffo77 wrote: Does your routes/time overlap with myself and Stephen?


I'm flying out to Cape Town well in advance (figure since I'm going that far I may as well have a good old gander at the place). Back on Thursday 6th at 1950 from JNB. Might meet some of the Perpignan crowd on the CDG-DUB leg. Everything else is still to be planned.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #62845 2 months 2 days ago
Does your routes/time overlap with myself and Stephen?
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pinky replied to the topic: #62843 2 months 2 days ago
I couldn't resist the Air France Oh La La sale. They were getting to me subliminally with early morning radio ads when I was half asleep, the devious feckeurs. Hard to argue with €470 open-jaw return. Offer closes shortly apparently.
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pinky replied to the topic: #62312 3 months 5 days ago
Just a thought on the fixtures, last season the two teams that were in SA at this time (Scarlets and Edinburgh) had home games in Europe the next week. Most likely this is just coincidence, but maybe Pro14 arranged it with EPCR to make it a bit easier on the teams. If so that would put paid to the idea of stopping in England or France on the way home.
Going to wait until Euro fixtures are out before I figure out the route (if any). They've been very late the last couple of seasons.
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pinky replied to the topic: #62310 3 months 5 days ago
Totally depends on the individual and what they want to do. There are loads of things to see all over SA. I personally wouldn't bother taking two flights for the sake of three days somewhere but many people would.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #62306 3 months 6 days ago

pinky wrote: Depends how long you are staying there really, and what you're into.


Not really, you're going to do something other than hang around PE or BFN, Cape Town or Kruger are the most popular
doubt many will commute for the 2 games.
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pinky replied to the topic: #62302 3 months 6 days ago
Depends how long you are staying there really, and what you're into.
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biffo77 replied to the topic: #62301 3 months 6 days ago

pinky wrote: Cape Town not really on the way from PE to Bloem. I would have thought the best route would be CT-PE-Bloem-JNB with an open jaw flight. But I suppose If you are on a tight schedule and only have the week and want to see Cape Town, something similar to the Keller itinerary would make sense.


Hi Pinky,
That'd make sense if there was enough touristy things in either PE or BFN, for a week. While there's some touristy stuff around PE, BFN can be done in < 2 days. CPT-PE-BFN-JNB, only makes sense, if there was a couple of days between the games. Arrival Airport - PE - CPT - BFN - Outgoing airport, is the best way to optimize your time in SA, imho.