South Africa

World Cup 2010 South Africa Guide

Anybody planning to attend the World Cup in South Africa can look forward to a country which is sure to host a magnificent sporting spectacle set in stunning scenery.

As the World's 25th largest country in size (1.2 km2) and a population of just of 49,000,000, the country is sparsely populated with most people living in the urban areas and major cities.

South Africa has three separate capital cities, the executive capital Pretoria, the judicial capital, Bloemfontein and the legislative capital Johannesburg.

The host cities of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are

Cape Town - Green Point Stadium
Durban - Moses Mabhida Stadium
Johannesburg - Soccer City & Coca Cola Park
Bloemfontein - Free State Stadium
Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandella Bay Stadium
Nelspruit - Mbombela Stadium
Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium
Rustenburg - Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Pretoria - Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Beer

Good news for fans as the average cost of a pint in South Africa is 15 rand which works out to be about £1.20 a pint, a far cry from the £3 a pint we are used to over here, the main tipple is Castle Lager.

Accommodation

With so many fans heading over to South Africa finding accommodation could be a problem, so ensure you have some arranged before you book your flight! A standard hotel room should set you back somewhere in the region of £30 but recently FIFA admitted there could be well a shortage of hotel rooms.

Travel

Other than the hotel shortage the biggest issue for travelling fans will be the distances they will have to travel between matches, several of the cities are over a 1000 miles apart, fans are advised to use internal flights, there are several budget airlines or you could hire a car for around £20 per day.

Security

There has concerns raised over the security of fans travelling to South Africa due to the high crime rates in SA. The police will be out in force at all games and there will be "safe zones" in each city as well as buses laid on to transport fans safely to the stadiums.