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World Cup 2010

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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.

Prepare

Did you know?
Liverpool's Kop End at Anfield was named after Spioenkop (Spy Hill) in KwaZulu-Natal. The Lancashire Brigade comprised the largest part of the British Forces during the Battle of Spioenkop and when they returned to Britain the earth mound at Anfield (used by spectators to get a clear view of the game, before any of the stands were build) reminded them of Spioenkop

Visas

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

Ticketing information will be made available by FIFA closer to the time, and information will be posted here. Plan on buying tickets early fact being 3-4 million fans are expected to show up.

Accommodation

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.

But if you already had dinner in Rustenburg, you can have dessert and coffee in Pretoria instead!

Accommodation in Pretoria:

  • Ithilien's Grace Guest House, 47 Kremetart Avenue, Amandasig (The guest house is easily accessible from all major highways leading in / out of Pretoria and will be a nice hub from where several stadiums can be visited.), +2779 892 2376 (), [1]. On Request.

Get in

By air

South Africa has 10 airports that act as international ports of entry to the country. The larger and most used are OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport

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.

By train

By bus

Get around

By car

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 section on road travel on the main South Africa entry will give you a lot more detailed information.

Host cities

Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Current Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town, will be demolished to make way for the new African Renaissance Stadium
Loftus Versfeld
Soccer City in Johannesburg receiving a facelift


The following cities will play host to matches during the tournament:

The following cities will host training camps for the competing nations:

Venues

  • Free State Stadium, Corner Att Horak Ave and 1st Avenue, Bloemfontein (From the N1 take the Nelson Mandela Ave (N8) offramp and follow this (''will become Zastron Str'') until 1st Ave, turn right into 1st Ave and follow this until Att Horak Ave, turn right and the stadium is on your right.). Capacity: 40,000. A rather old (1952) stadium being upgraded.
  • African Renaissance Stadium, Greenpoint, Cape Town. Capacity: 70,000. A new stadium under constructed.
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium. (King's Park), Jacko Jackson Drive, Durban, [2]. Capacity: 70,000. An new stadium that will replace King's Park Stadium.
  • Soccer City, Nasrec Road, Nasrec, Johannesburg, +27 (0)11 494-3640, [3]. Capacity: 94,700. An existing stadium being upgraded from a capacity of 90,000.
  • Ellis Park, Staib St, Doornfontein, Johannesburg (From the M1, take exit 13B Johannesburg (''M31 Harrow road''), follow this to Currey St where you turn right. The stadium will be in front of you), +27 (0)11 402-8644. Capacity: 60,000. An existing stadium being upgraded from a capacity of 55,000. Ellis Park is the cultural home of South African Rugby.
  • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit. Capacity: 40,000 (Under construction)
  • Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane. New stadium. Capacity: 45, 000. Building started April 2007 and is expected to be completed in March 2009.
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth. (Under construction)
  • Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Kirkness st, Pretoria (From the N1, take exit 141 Pretoria (''M6 Lynnwood road'') towards Pretoria city center. Follow Lynnwood until Kirkness St where you turn right. The stadium is on your right). Capacity: 50,000
  • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg. Capacity: 40,000

Unofficial Google Earth Placemarks is available for those travelers that want to see where the existing stadiums are and where the new ones will be build.

Buy

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.

  • Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg, [4]. An Oriental market place where you will probably find those club shirts, scarves, hats and flags that you forgot to pack.

Do

South Africa is a country with many things to do apart from watching the soccer:

Wild coast wildlife safari at Chintsa .Visit Inkwenkwezi game reserve .Stay at Herons View ,seaviews great meals ,00277385412

  • Surf at one of South Africa's many world-class surfing spots. J Bay, Durban, Plett...
  • Check out South Africa's colourful past - Robben Island, township tours...
  • Birdwatching
  • See whales, penguins, sharks
  • Check out ancient San rock art
  • Play golf
  • Gamble
  • Horse riding is a popular recreational activity
  • South Africa has many famous hiking trails

Stay Safe

Important telephone numbers

From a fixed line

  • 107 - Emergency
  • 10111 - Police [12]
  • 10177 - Ambulance

From a mobile phone

  • 112 - Emergency

Stay healthy

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.

Stay informed

Local media will from time to time carry articles about stadium progress, infrastructure upgrades and possible problems.

Newspapers

  • Sunday Times, [5]. National
  • The Herrald, [6]. Eastern Cape, will carry specific for Port Elizabeth
  • Cape Town Magazine, [7]. Cape Town's internet magazine, will carry for Cape Town but also other World Cup cities
  • IOL, [8]. Online face of a number of national and regional newspapers
  • Shine 2010, [9]. Online portal of good news around the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • South Africa Travel Forum, [10]. South African Travel forum with info about the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Shine 2010 - Home of the 2010 World Cup good news, [11]. Stadium update, ticketing and other 2010 World Cup related news, blog, podcast, and SA info

Get out

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