Nine South African cities were chosen to host soccer world cup 2010 matches. See all the teams, all the dates, all the venues, here.
Below is a useful resource list, facts at a glance with links to South African tourist information, if you are traveling to South Africa. The cities are presented in alphabetical order. There is also a summary list of links at the end.
1) 2010 host city Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein, City of Roses, is something of an oasis right in the middle of both Free State province and South Africa, with no other major city for miles around. Bloem lies on the N1, the main road between Johannesburg and Cape Town (an amazing and varied drive of about 871 miles or 1402 kilometers through diverse scenery ranging from desert to mountains). Do it if you can.
Soccer will be played at: Free State Stadium?
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Bloemfontein here
Read about RR Tolkien’s (Lord of the Ring’s) relationship with Bloemfontein here.
Read about entertainment and leisure in Bloemfontein here.
Read about Bloem’s attractions here.
See Bloemfontein’s Top Ten nightlife spots here.
2) 2010 host city Cape Town
Cape Town, the Mother City, is South Africa’s most European and scenically attractive city. The impressive bulk of iconic Table Mountain looms over the city; there is a vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, rich history, world-class shopping and entertainment facilities, and friendly people. South Africa’s gay capital, too. And this is the gateway city to South Africa’s wine country.
Soccer will be played at: Green Point Stadium?
Where to Stay: See accommodation options in Cape Town here.
Read about Cape Town’s international “Best Of” awards here.
Read about Cape Town’s history and culture here.
Read about entertainment and leisure in Cape Town here.
Read about Cape Town’s great big World Cup fan-party here.
3) 2010 host city Durban
Ethekwini-Durban is the main metropolitan area of KwaZulu Natal. It is flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and home to an interesting array of natural and historical attractions that capitalise on its coastal location and speak to its unique mix of African and Indian influences. See Durban beach pictures right and below right; and Durban African Art gallery below that.
Soccer will be played at: Moses Mabhida Stadium?
Where to Stay: See accommodation options in Durban here.
Read about adventuring in Durban here.
Read about exploring Durbs by the sea here.
Read about entertainment and leisure in Durban here.
See what Durban is doing to turn the city’s beachfront into a world cup party area.
4) 2010 host city Johannesburg
Johannesburg, or Jozi as it’s more commonly known, the economic powerhouse of Africa, is South Africa’s largest city — a truly African city — and a booming, happening metropolis. In preparation for the World Cup the inner city, long abandoned by an exodus of big business that transferred to the suburbs, is undergoing a complete regeneration.
Soccer will be played at: Soccer City Stadium / Ellis Park Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Johannesburg here.
Read about the Johannesburg “city of gold” metro district here.
Read about adventuring in Johannesburg including bungee jumping and skydiving here.
Read about Johannesburg theaters here.
Read about Johannesburg natural attractions here.
5) 2010 host city Nelspruit
Named after the Nels River, Nelspruit is host to many attractions and activities, including a crocodile farm, elephant sanctuary, the oldest caves on Earth and a remarkable botanical garden.
Soccer will be played at: Mbombela Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Nelspruit here.
Read more about Nelspruit here.
Read about entertainment and leisure in Nelspruit here.
Read about the Nelspruit area’s natural attractions here, which include the Kruger National Park, the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon and God’s Window.
6) 2010 host city Polokwane
Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo Province and formerly known as Pietersburg, is midway between Pretoria and the Zimbabwean border along the Great North Road. It isone of South Africa’s fastest growing cities and is a popular gateway to neighboring destinations such as Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi.
Soccer will be played at: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Polokwane here.
Read about the Peter Mokaba Stadium, inspired by the iconic baobab tree here.
Note: Peter Mokaba was an anti-apartheid activist, born and bred in Polokwane, who died in 2002.
Read about Polokwane’s entertainment and leisure options, including African-style nightclubs, here.
Read about Polokwane’s natural attractions here.
7) 2010 host city Port Elizabeth
Soccer will be played at: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Port Elizabeth here.
Read about Port Elizabeth entertainment and leisure options here.
Read about Port Elizabeth attractions here.
Read about Port Elizabeth adventures here.
8) 2010 host city Pretoria
Pretoria is the diplomatic hub of South Africa – which means cultures from all corners of the globe call this city home. There are more than 25 international embassies and consulates in Pretoria. In Gauteng province, Pretoria and is situated an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg.
Soccer will be played at: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Pretoria here.
Read about history in culture in Pretoria here.
Read about entertainment and leisure in Pretoria here.
Read about Pretoria’s attractions here.
9) 2010 host city Rustenburg
Rustenburg has the feel of a quiet country town. For the visitor looking for a night out, there are a few bars, pubs and shebeens in and around town. There is a mall with entertainment, chain restaurants and coffee shops. But the main entertainment hub of Rustenburg, about half an hour away by road, is Sun City, South Africa’s Los Vegas. Rustenburg, in the North West Province, is also close to the Magaliesberg mountains, Hartbeespoort Dam and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
Soccer will be played at: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Where to Stay: See FNA accommodation options in Rustenburg here.
Read about entertainment and leisure options in Rustenburg here.
Read about World Cup party plans for Rustenburg here.
Read about natural attractions around Rustenburg here.
Read about Rustenburg’s history and culture here.
Photos Wanda Hennig; Soccer Fun photo FIFA.
For more information on South Africa visiting the South African Tourism website.
For more accommodation options and also recommended transport and security links, visit Football Nights Accommodation online
Fly to South Africa on South Africa’s national carrier, South African Airways. SAA is the official airline of Bafana Bafana, the national South African soccer team.
For more information on the World Cup 2010 host cities, click on the city links below.