What the 2010 Host Cities Have to Offer! Part Two
A while ago we brought you a review of four 2010 World Cup host cities. Now we take a look at the best on offer from the remaining five of nine host cities for the up-coming World Cup event taking place in South Africa in June this year. Yes, it is only a month away! This is a great chance for anyone to experience what is certainly the biggest sporting event in the world this year. Where will you be watching the games? Here is part two of our original article which shows the remaining host cities.
Stadia: Soccer City and Ellis Park
Johannesburg is the country’s largest city and provincial capital of Gauteng, which boasts the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Southern Africa. Gauteng is home to the amazing Soccer City, where the opening ceremony and World Cup Final will take place. Jozi, Egoli, Jo’burg, City of Gold are other names that this vibrant city is known by. Many view the city as the land of opportunity and it is no surprise that it is a city full of diversity, with people from all over the country as well as the continent sharing a piece of the city. There is plenty to look forward to on a trip to Johannesburg, with your needs and wants being catered to in a variety of ways. Enjoy the day at the Zoo or take a tour of some of the art galleries in the city. Looking for entertainment, you can find theatres, cinemas, museums,or even enjoy an evening of poetry and soothing jazz music. If you love the night life, then experience a number of bars and lounges in the city, as well as the variety of night clubs to suit your needs.
Stadium: Loftus Versfeld
One of the oldest cities in South Africa, Tshwane also known as Pretoria, is home to many historical monuments in South Africa. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the administrative and national capital. It is a peaceful and lovely city, with a lot for one to see from the beautiful architecture to the purple-blossoming Jacaranda trees. Many tourists may opt to find accommodation outside the city centre, which gives you a great opportunity to see more of the beautiful countryside in this area. It offers spectacular nature reserves and the chance to see some of the varied wildlife of South Africa. The Groenkloof Nature Reserve is the first proclaimed game sanctuary on the African continent and has earned itself the name of ‘Valley of a 1,000 Trees.' The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoological park in the country and the only one with national status. Tshwane's most famous landmark, the imposing Union Buildings, stands majestically on Meintjieskop overlooking the city.
City: Port Elizabeth
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay
Named after one of the world's renowned statesman and South African icon, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth is one of the most sought-after destinations in South Africa. It will host the third and fourth place play-off games. Known as ‘the Friendly City', Nelson Mandela Bay is in Port Elizabeth, a city surrounded by immaculate beaches and is one of South Africa's port cities . The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World is a stylish location on Port Elizabeth's beachfront, a carefully selected mixture of specialist shops, crafts, restaurants and entertainment venues. Situated less than 75km from the city centre is the popular Addo National Park which is home to over 450 elephants. If you want to stay closer to home, but want to experience African safari close-up, then visit the Kragga Kamma Game Park, situated barely 25 minutes from the City. The Park is home to the magnificent white rhinos, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, bontebok and many more species. All the animals roam freely, unrestricted in their natural surroundings. If you are looking for a vacation with the family, a weekend get-away with your spouse or luxury hotel pampering you can find it now in bidorbuy Travel and Entertainment.
Stadium: Free State Stadium
At the heart of the Free State Province lies the artistic city of Bloemfontein which is home to some of the country's most fanatical football supporters – Bloemfontein Celtic FC, as well as the Cheetahs rugby team. The Appeal Court,which is the highest court in South Africa, is also found in the city. Mangaung, the other name for Bloemfontein, literally means "Place of the Cheetahs" in SeSotho, one of South Africa's 11 official languages. On the other hand, Bloemfontein literally means 'fountain of flowers' in Dutch. Bloemfontein is extremely picturesque. With beautiful gardens and stunning architecture, it is a modern city that has an old charm about it. Bloemfontein has a number of different cuisines to offer, from a large selection of fish dishes, Japanese cuisine to traditional South African braii meat dishes. The National Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of fossils and archaeological artifacts in South Africa. This city will also play host to an exciting encounter between France and Bafana Bafana in June. Soccer or no soccer, Bloemfontein is a city worth visiting.
Stadium: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Polokwane, which means 'place of safety', was previously known as Pietersburg. Polokwane is often described as a vibrant, busy and colourful wonderland in a sea of grasslands, surrounded by scenic mountains. It is home to many fascinating people and some remarkable cultural diversity. Polokwane is situated at the centre of the Limpopo Province and is surrounded by three of South Africa's neighbours: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. You will also find Africa’s biggest tree in the area, The Baobab or the upside tree as some would call it. The area around Polokwane is steeped in mythology and resonates with the sound of the ancient lands. One of the major tourist attractions in the area is Makapan's Cave, which is located in Mokopane in Limpopo Province. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit the caves where extensive cultural deposits have played a crucial role in furthering our understanding of human evolution and the appearance of modern man. The Cave of Hearths is one of only two Stone Age sites in the world that contain an unbroken sequence of artefacts from the Earlier Stone Age to the Later Stone Age. Other than that, you will also find the Meropa Casino and Entertainment World situated a few kilometres from the city of Polokwane.
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