World Cup: What to see

2010-06-12 11:25

Johannesburg
You can’t come to the city of gold and not visit the place where we all come from, The Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site. ­Recently a new fossil was found there and there are all sorts of exhibitions to see and a selection of restaurants so you can make a day of it.
www.maropeng.co.za
014 577 9000

Nelspruit

The Kruger National Park is bigger than many European countries – two million hectares – and is home to a boggling variety of habitats and animals. There are also a number of archaeological sites here and the bird life is staggering too.
www.krugerparkdirect.com
021 428 9111

Rustenburg

If you have exhausted your luck in the casino head for the African bush and the big five in the game park of The Pilanesberg. This area hosts five-star lodges, but also accommodates those on low budgets.
www.pilanesberggamereserve.com
021 433 0142

Bloemfontein

A day trip from the Free State capital is Kimberley’s Mine Museum and Big Hole in the Northern Cape where you can check out what life was like during the town’s diamond rush and you can take a historic tram ride there. The hole is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world at a depth of 215m and it yielded 2 722kg of diamonds.
www.kimberley.co.za
053 833 1557 or 053 839 4902

Cape Town

The Mother City has all sorts to recommend it, but a trip out of the city to the winelands is a must and the French-flavoured Franschhoek is a good place to start. Many of the town’s eateries offer winter specials and there are all sorts of places to shop too.
www.franschhoek.org.za
021 876 3603

Durban

Just over an hour inland from Durban the Midlands Meander begins. This country drive takes day-trippers from cheese factories to home-carved furniture stores and there are all sorts of wonderful country lodges to stay in along the way. Check out the Mzansi Zulu Quilt Centre, spend an afternoon fly-fishing or hike in search of the endangered Karkloof butterfly.
www.midlandsmeander.co.za
033 330 8195

Polokwane

This host city lies in the lush Limpopo province which has the imaginary line of latitude, the Tropic of Capricorn, running through it. Here in the Waterberg you will find abundant African wildlife and a landscape unlike any other in the country. Also, there is ancient San rock art to see.
www.golimpopo.co.za
0860 730 730

Port Elizabeth

Drive out of the windy city to explore the Eastern Cape in all her bounty.
Along the way visit Port Alfred, a charming seaside town, then continue inland to Bathurst, signposted by a giant pineapple.
Your destination from June 20 to July 4 should be Grahamstown, home to the National Arts Festival.
www.ectourism.co.za
043 701 9600

Pretoria

Just outside the country’s capital the Voortrekker Monument celebrates the pioneering spirit of southern Africa.
Visible from all approaches to the city, this monument includes some impressive attractions including the 1996 Blood River Museum.
www.voortrekkermon.co.za
021 326 6770

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