Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2010 World Cup South Africa Travel Info


Cape Town Table MountainCape Town Table Mountain. Photo: AFP

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation. It's the 2010 World Cup travel info for you.

There are nine cities to be used for the World Cup: Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (two venues), Nelspruit, Polokwane, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Tshwane/Pretoria, and Rustenburg. Five new stadiums are to be built for the tournament (three new match venues and two new practice grounds), and five of the existing venues are to be upgraded.

In addition to the stadiums being built and upgraded, South Africa is also improve its current public transport infrastructure within the various cities, with projects such as the Gautrain and the new Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) titled Rea Vaya. The country is also going to implement special measures to ensure the safety and security of local and international tourists attending the matches in accordance with standard FIFA requirements.

As one of the host Cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa, and the largest in land area, forming part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is the provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are situated.

Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, it is Africa's main tourist destination. This is due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain, which forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. Reaching the top of the mountain can be achieved either by hiking up, or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway. Cape Point is recognised as the dramatic headland at the end of the Cape Peninsula. Many tourists also drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, a narrow road that links Noordhoek with Hout Bay, for the views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby mountains. It is possible to either drive or hike up Signal Hill for closer views of the City Bowl and Table Mountain.

If you will go there, i suggest you to make preparation. Travel can be very expensive, but you may get a little discount if you book Cape Town Hotel South Africa online via Cheaperthanhotels.co.za. Choose what kind of hotel and what price that is right for you. Don't forget to go to Sea Point, the only high-rise area available along the entire Cape Town shoreline and therefore a very popular area for living, investing and owning first or second homes and apartments. Make sure to choose Seapoint Cape Town Hotels that suits your needs to stay.

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