If you're one of the lucky travellers and sports fans that are off to South Africa to watch the FIFA World Cup this June, you will be in for one almighty trip. You'll have football galore with the best of the world's players vying for the World Cup trophy, all played in first class stadiums. The nation is dotted with fantastic cities and towns hosting the matches, such as Durban, Nelspruit, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Although the main focus for football fans is to watch the soccer, there are a few sights along the way that you won't want to miss. So when you're driving from stadium to stadium or you have some spare time between matches, allocate some time to soak up some true South African experiences.
- Nelspruit -Visit the Lowveld National Gardens, or take a trip to see the Sudwala Caves outside of the city.
- Pretoria -See the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria, or explore the Groenkloof Nature Reserve.
- Polokwane -Capital of the Limpopo region, this is the gateway to Kruger National Park and the essential South African wildlife experience, where you can explore the Valley of the Olifants and Waterberg. Get those hiking boots on and see some of the countries best game reserves.
- Rustenburg -As it's centered in the North-West Province you can visit the resort town of Sun City or see the Big Five at Pilanesberg National Park.
- Johannesburg -For some culture, go to the Johannesburg Art Gallery or otherwise visit the Lion park north of Johannesburg.
- Bloemfontein -See the best of agricultural South Africa around the Free State region, visit the Basotho Cultural Village or do some rock climbing on the huge sandstone cliffs in the Golden Gate National Park.
- Durban -Go hiking in Drakensbergen, the highest mountain range in South Africa, or explore the World Heritage listed Isimabgaliso Wetland Park.
- Port Elizabeth -Hit the beach! Follow Marine Drive to experience some of South Africa's best beaches and natural home to pods of dolphins, or check out the elephants at Addo National Park.
- Cape Town -Climb Table Mountain, visit the V&A Waterfront, take a picnic to Cape Point or explore the vineyards around the Western Cape Province that produce world class wines.
Plus you'll be treated to amazing hospitality by some of friendliest people on earth, with a chance to experience fantastic and authentic culture. So while you're sure to enjoy the world game, make sure you take the time to enjoy the world class sights, sounds and delights that are ready for you to explore.
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