World Cup 2010
This article is a travel topic
The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be held in South Africa between the 11th June and 11th July 2010. It will be the first time the tournament will be staged in Africa. Soccerex conventions 2007 to 2009 will also be moved from Dubai to Gauteng.
The South African Department of Home Affairs, +27 (0)12 810 8911, have details on visa requirements. Many nationalities are exempt for visa requirements. It is advisable that, if you require a visa, you apply for it with time to spare. Home Affairs are sure to be flooded with visa requests at the last moment and turnaround times may be longer than normal.
Tickets will be made available by FIFA from the 20th February, 2009 via their website, www.fifa.com, and information will be posted here. Ticket prices for round of 16 matches range between US$ 100 to $ 200 pp (ZAR 700 to ZAR 1400). Plan on buying tickets early; fact being 2-3 million fans are expected to show up. FIFA gives accreditations for Official Travel Agencies (OTA's) across the globe to sell packages that include guaranteed tickets. This includes experienced, highly reputable international companies such as Thomson Sport in the UK and Cartan Tours and Great Atlantic Travel in the USA.
Best to plan your stay and book early.
June/July when the games are held is also one of South Africa's school holiday periods. Not only will you be competing for accommodation with a larger than normal number of international visitors, you will also have local holiday makers to contend with. Cape Town, and to a slightly lesser extend Durban, is especially popular as a holiday destination for people from Gauteng at this time of year.
A number of the venues are not generally regarded as tourist destinations and does not currently have the infrastructure to accommodate large numbers of visitors. This may change over the next couple of years with development and investment, but it might be cheaper and easier to find accommodation a bit further afield and travel to the matches. You can, for example, quite easily drive from Pretoria to Rustenburg to watch a match and be back in Pretoria for dinner.
Prior and during the World Cup, a number of additional international flights may also be scheduled to some of the other international airports. A new airport has been proposed for Durban, construction of the King Shaka International Airport, 30km north of Durban is expected to start in early 2007 for completion in October 2009.
See Air travel in South Africa for detailed information.
Gautrain, South Africa 80-kilometre mass rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province, South Africa that will link Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport.
The Gautrain rail network will be 80 kilometers long. Gautrain is connected to other forms of public transport:
Taxis Buses Current Metrorail public train system
Traveling at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, Gautrain will only take 40 minutes to travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria, but this link will not be finished for 2010. From Sandton to the OR Tambo International Airport it will only take 10 to 20 minutes. Commuters on this route can check in their luggage at the Sandton Station before arriving at OR Tambo International Airport.
The cost for traveling on the Johannesburg/Pretoria route will be between R13.00 and R29.00, depending on distance. The cost of traveling to a station with the Gautrain Bus Link will be between R4.00 and R11.00.
There will be security cameras and security guards on patrol in the stations and the parking areas. Only passengers who have an electronic ticket will have access to Gautrain?s stations and the parking areas. Motorists can travel to the stations and leave their cars at the safe parking bays that are being built at the stations. Parking at the station could cost around R6.00 a day.
Ten station locations have been identified:
South African commuters busses: Golden Arrow
Long distance bus services in South Africa:
Greyhound Citiliner Translux MegaBus
For distances up to about 400km, a rental car generally your best option as public transport is limited and a car will give you the most freedom to go where you want when you want. The road infrastructure in South Africa is generally very good.
The following cities will play host to matches during the tournament:
The following cities will host training camps for the competing nations:
An unofficial self updating Google Earth Placemark is available for those travelers that want to see where the existing stadiums are and where the new soccer stadiums are currently under construction for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Take care not to pay exuberant prices for counterfeit 2010 World Cup merchandise. The SA Revenue Service reported on January 27, 2007 that they have already confiscated more than R2 million worth of counterfeit goods displaying the 2010 logo. The goods included kit bags, football balls and socks.
South Africa is a country with many things to do apart from watching the soccer:
Important telephone numbers
From a fixed line
From a mobile phone
Use sunscreen, wear a hat, drink lots of liquids.
June/July is the middle of winter in South Africa, but temperatures can still be quite high during the day and you may suffer from sunburn when out in the open for extended periods of time. This is especially true for the Highveld (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg) and northern venues (Nelspruit and Polokwane). Also see the section on sunburn and sun protection.
Also read stay healthy in South Africa for other important health related issues.
Local media will from time to time carry articles about stadium progress, infrastructure upgrades and possible problems.
Whilst not soaking up the culture in SA and enjoying the soccer, there are many countries nearby which are well worth exploring:
A bit further out, but popular with South African travelers and easy to reach by plane are