Planning a trip to watch the games? Then spend a few minutes reading through our guide, providing you with information on hotels, transport, sights and the host cities, but more importantly ensuring that your experience of the 2010 Fifa World Cup is safe, secure and unforgettable!
The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup. It is will take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa.
The games will be played at 10 different venues.
Johannesburg | Soccer City | Capacity: 91,141
Durban | Moses Mabhida Stadium | Capacity: 70,000
Cape Town | Cape Town Stadium | Capacity 69,070
Johannesburg | Ellis Park Stadium | Capacity: 62,567
Pretoria | Loftus Versfeld Stadium | Capacity: 51,760
Port Elizabeth | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium | Capacity: 48,000
Bloemfontein | Free State Stadium | Capacity 48,000
Polokwane | Peter Mokaba Stadium | Capacity: 46,000
Nelspruit | Mbombela Stadium | Capacity: 43,500
Rustenburg | Royal Bafokeng Stadium | Capacity: 42,000
If you have a British passport, you will not need a visa to travel to South Africa. There are several airlines that offer direct or indirect flights to South Africa's three international airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. These include British Airways, South African Airways, KLM, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France and Swiss Airways. When you arrive in South Africa, you'll find airlines offering internal charter flights helping you travel between the host cities. These include British Airways, South African Airways, South African Express Airways, Nationwide Airlines, Airlink, Kulula, Mango and 1time.
There are five Fifa-approved operators: Thomson Sport, Keith Prowse, Thomas Cook, BAC Sport and Emirates Tours. It goes without saying that most packages have been snapped up, due to the tour operators having long ago secured hotels and international flights, but between the five operators, there are still a few options available. For example, Thomas Cook offers 17 nights in Johannesburg in 3-star accommodation, with breakfast and tickets to three England games from approximately £4,150 pp. Thomson will do you 16 nights self-catering in Cape Town and a game reserve tour from £4,499 pp. Tickets prices (if there are any left) are extra, at around £200. These prices and availability are of course subject to change, especially as we get closer to the opening game! If you want to be at the World Cup, you have to book fast. The operators naturally have seen a huge rush, and most can't foresee having many tickets left past February.
Still need to book hotel? Left it too late? As a supporter travelling to South Africa, you may be forced to use a cheaper camp site as an alternative to an expensive hotel room! Hotels are increasing their prices, in some cases, every day. It is all about supply and demand so the message is clear, book early to avoid disappointment! But do not despair, Fifa is at hand. There are more than 1,000 hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, chalets, motels, lodges and campsites on FIFA's 2010 website (www.fifa.com/worldcup).
Although the UK long haul flights to South Africa can be considered expensive, once you get there, you'll find that day-to-day holiday costs are relatively cheap compared to UK prices. There are approximately 12 rand to £1. A coffee or beer is less than £1, a bottle of water 50p and you can find a three-course meal for two costing around £30.
You can travel around South Africa quite easily. Major South African cities are linked by reliable air, rail and road transport services. Public transport services (including rail and taxis) within towns and cities are irregular and not recommended as they can be considered unsafe to use, especially if you are a tourist. Taxis are can be pricey and consequently the majority of South Africans have to depend on their own means of transport. Rental vehicles are also available to hire.
The World Cup will take place during the Southern Hemisphere winter, which is usually warmer than its northern counterpart. Temperatures in the Western Cape (Cape Town) will peak at around 23C but it is cooler on higher ground, around Johannesburg for example (17C). Between May and July expect some cold wintery nights with areas dipping below zero, so bring winter clothes!
Enjoy an immeasurable selection of tasty seafood, biltong, and of course the traditional braai (BBQ) with plenty of meat and boerewors! South African food certainly has a lot to offer! All this food has got to be washed down with something, and their wine has been earning rave reviews internationally for hundreds of years. International cuisine (and fast food) is available too.
Crime levels are high in South Africa, but most incidents occur away from the main tourist areas. Certainly during the World Cup period the authorities will be taking every action possible to ensure that crime levels are kept to a minimum. Avoid the Berea and Hillbrow areas of Jo'burg and Durban city centre and beach front at night. As muggings are fairly common in South Africa, the usual commonsense rules apply. Watch your possessions, don't carry original copies of your travel documents, limit the cash on your person and most importantly, be aware!