The FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa will be the nineteenth FIFA World Cup tournament, and the first to be hosted by an African nation. If youÂ've managed to get tickets and you've booked your flights, then the next step is finding somewhere to stay. BedandBreakfastworld.com has a wide range of South Africa B&B accommodation close to the world cup stadiums; here is a handpicked selection of our favourite B&Bs in South Africa:
B&Bs in Johannesburg
Johannesburg is South AfricaÂ's business and travel hub and a most likely landing point for you on your World Cup Advenutre. While not a traditional holiday destination, it is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, including museums, galleries, theatres and one of the countryÂ's largest zoos. The city is also home to two of South AfricaÂ's most popular football teams, and the prime attractions for visitors to Johannesburg in 2010 will, of course, be Soccer City and Ellis Park Stadium.Johannesburg Soccer City Matches:
11-Jun South Africa vs. Mexico
17-Jun Argentina vs. Korea Republic
14-Jun Netherlands vs. Denmark
20-Jun Cote d'Ivoire vs. Brazil
23-Jun Ghana vs. Germany 2-Jul Quarter Finals - Match 58 Uruguay vs. Ghana
11-Jul Final - Match 64
Ellis Park Stadium Matches:
12-Jun Argentina vs. Nigeria
15-Jun Brazil vs. Korea DPR
18-Jun Slovenia vs. USA
21-Jun Spain vs. Honduras
24-Jun Slovakia vs. Italy
Get back to nature at Ferndale, a friendly property offering an unusual accommodation experience in a number of cosy wooden chalets to the north of Johannesburg. Set in half an acre of gardens, Ferndale is surrounded by countryside, with plenty of opportunities for hiking and bird watching. The city centre is within easy reach, however, with direct bus services passing nearby. The property welcomes groups of all sizes, and hosts a BBQ on the lawn every Saturday night.
B&Bs near Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
The cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Cape Town sits at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain. It is AfricaÂ's most popular tourist destination, due to its warm climate, sandy beaches, rich heritage and stunning natural surroundings. Just a stoneÂ's throw from the sea is the newly renovated Greenpoint Stadium, which, with a seating capacity of 70,000, will be the venue for the South Africa 2010 semi-finals.
Green Point Stadium Matches:
11-Jun Uruguay vs. France
14-Jun Italy vs. Paraguay
18-Jun England vs. Algeria
21-Jun Portugal vs. Korea DPR
24-Jun Cameroon vs. Netherlands
6-Jul Semi Finals - Match 61
Bantry Bay Guesthouse is a stylish property located less than ten minutes from Green Point Stadium in the exclusive Bantry Bay area of Cape Town. The sea is approximately 200 metres away and all of the city's attractions are within easy reach. The modern guestrooms at Bantry Bay Guesthouse are well appointed and decorated with traditional African art, and facilities include wireless internet access, a fully equipped kitchen, a shady patio and private parking.
B&Bs near Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is located on the south coast of South AfricaÂ's Eastern Cape Province, at the end of the scenic Garden Route. It is often referred to as Â'the Friendly CityÂ' and is a popular destination for water sports. During the summer of 2010, however, it will be a key location for world football, as Port ElizabethÂ's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is where the third- and fourth-place winners will be decided. The stadium has been purpose-built for South Africa 2010 and enjoys impressive views of the cityÂ's North End Lake.Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Matches:
12-Jun Korea Republic vs. Greece
15-Jun Cote d'Ivoire vs. Portugal
18-Jun Germany vs. Serbia
21-Jun Chile vs. Switzerland
23-Jun Slovenia vs. England 2-Jul Quarter Finals - Match 57 Netherlands vs. Brazil
10-Jul Match for Third Place
Situated in port Elizabeth, just 500 metres from the beach is Alcyone, a friendly guesthouse offering warm hospitality and comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in a range of private rooms and apartments. Each room comes equipped with everything you need, including an en-suite bathroom, a kitchenette and a dining area. The private apartment also enjoys sea views from its two balconies.
B&Bs near Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
PretoriaÂ's rich history is evident in the numerous monuments, forts, museums and galleries which can be found around the city. South AfricaÂ's administrative capital since 1910, Pretoria is surrounded by several nature reserves, providing a convenient way to sample the countryÂ's culture and wildlife in one trip. Loftus Versfeld Stadium is located close to the city centre and is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, having been in use since 1903. At that time it could seat just 2,000 spectators, but its most recent renovations have increased that number to over 50,000. The stadium will play host to first- and second-round matches in the tournament.Loftus Versfeld Matches:
13-Jun Serbia vs. Ghana
16-Jun South Africa vs. Uruguay
19-Jun Cameroon vs. Denmark
23-Jun USA vs. Algeria
25-Jun Chile vs. Spain
Offering ideal world cup accommodation less than 300 metres from Loftus Versfeld Stadium is Kirkness Guesthouse, a four-bedroom B&B situated in the peaceful area of Clydesdale. Each room features an en-suite bathroom and satellite television, and the honeymoon suite boasts a red-brick fireplace. The owner bakes home-made bread in a wood-burning oven and outside is an area perfect for a braai (a South African barbecue).
B&Bs near Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg
Located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains in South AfricaÂ's North West Province is the city of Rustenburg, which means Â'place of restÂ'. The area is home to a large number of tribes and communities, and this multicultural heritage is reflected in the cityÂ's museums, churches and other attractions. One such tribe is the Bafokeng, who have given their name to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. This 42,000-seat venue was significantly enlarged especially for the tournament and will be the location for two first- and four second-round matches.Royal Bafokeng Stadium Matches:
12-Jun England vs. USA
15-Jun New Zealand vs. Slovakia
19-Jun Ghana vs. Australia
22-Jun Mexico vs. Uruguay
24-Jun Denmark vs. Japan
An attractive drive through mountain scenery and the Magaliesberg Nature Reserve brings you from Rustenburg and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to Roodeport, the location of the Africa Siesta Guest House. Enjoying a lush garden setting, this three-star B&B has five suites, all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, kitchenettes and wireless internet access. Outside in the garden, guests can have a swim in the pool or relax under the shade of the thatched lapa.
Find out more information about travel in South Africa at SouthAfrica.net.
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By: Eleanor Brown
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