World Cup Tours Along the East Coast of South Africa

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Travelling down the East Coast of South Africa you will come to fabulous cities including Durban, East London, and Port Elizabeth making touring during the 2010 Fifa World Cup a fun filled experience.

Starting in Durban, the newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium has the capacity for 70,000 soccer fans and consists of an indoor arena, sport institute, sporting museum, and a new transmodal transportation station.

Durban is an exciting and multi-cultural city with plenty to offer tourists. You can enjoy the city life along the coast and visit UShaka Marine World, as well as the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom. Durban World Cup accommodation options include guest houses, hotels, and various other self catering or B and B accommodation in the nearby towns and suburbs.

Morningside is one of the best locations in Durban offering Upton Hall hotel, and also the Riverside Hotel and Spa in Durban North. Whilst in this area it is the perfect opportunity to visit the Valley of A Thousand Hills where the Zululand Phezulu Open Air Cultural Center is located, and the famous Umhlanga Rocks for a relaxed weekend. For the best family and sports bar dining options and clubs you should visit Havana Grill, Yossis Café, Club 54, Moyo, Fusion World Food Café, Hemingway’s, and Olive and Oil. Other attractions include visiting Mini Town, checking out the Beer Route, going to the Botanical Garden, riding on a Rickshaw, Croc Park.

Moving south you will come to the so called Windy City of Port Elizabeth or PE. The new stadium called Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is able to hold 44 thousand people with the ability for 4000 temporary seats during the World Cup. The roof was specially designed to withstand the high winds of the area and the entire stadium complex cost 2.1 Billion Rands (approximately $284 million). It is conveniently located close to the major road links and accommodation which makes this perfect for the players and visitors alike.

For some excellent accommodation you can look at suburbs like Summerstrand where you will find Bayside Guest House, Beacon Lodge, or The Beach Hotel. Favorite sports bars and restaurants in the area include Riverside Sports Bar, The Blinking Owl, Nosh, Raasoie The Kitchen of India, The Coachman, and of course Squires Legendary Grills. Some “musts” on your visit to PE include going bungee jumping off the Bloukrantz Bridge, and the NuKaKamma Canoe Trail where you can see tons of birdlife and wildlife as you paddle to the overnight camp in Cannonville.

South Africa World Cup Trip

South Africa World Cup Trip

With these and other fantastic places along the East Coast of the country you will be able to enjoy a week long or even longer vacation in this area alone. On your way from Durban to Port Elizabeth, you will come to the quite city of East London. Here you can also enjoy some relaxing shopping and dining experiences, and after a long day you can go to Kaisers beach for sundowners, which is a popular pastime.

The East Coast of South Africa has plenty to offer and travelling to the North or the South, you will be sure to have a splendid time whilst you also catch the specific World Cup matches that you have planned. One of the best ideas if you want to tour is to hire a car for the family so that you can explore at your own pace. Make sure that you plan your itinerary to include some special places like Mpongo Private Game Reserve, or the Addo Elephant Park, as well as Lake St Lucia. You can also go on a tour of the settlements and townships in each of these cities and take home small mementos including wire artwork, special shack paintings, sculptures and beadwork made by the locals.

When you book your flights to visit South Africa, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces provide some of the most exciting attractions and interesting cultural sights in the country. You can enjoy the busy city life, the peaceful coastline, the quite towns, and refreshing inland areas that make South Africa a very special place to visit. With the World Cup fast approaching you should look at the match schedule to see when your favorite teams are playing at the Nelson Mandela or Moses Mabhida stadiums and plan your tour accordingly.

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