FIFA World Cup 2010 – Guide to the host cities PART 2
As a follow on to Part 1 of our South Africa World Cup 2010 Host Cities Guide, check out the next batch of destinations that’ll feature in the globe’s festival of football.
Port Elizabeth is known as the “Friendly City”, and is located on the N2 highway. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa, due to its seaside location. It’s well known for its fabulous beaches along the Indian Ocean, and Algoa Bay is a mecca for surfers.
Founded in 1820 as a British Colony, there’s so much to see and do here. You’re only a short drive from Addo Elephant Park, and many Game Reserves. The city has a population of over 1 million. It’s also home to the car manufacturing industry in South Africa. Along the N2 highway, you can explore the Garden Route, a popular drive along the southern coast of South Africa. You can enjoy many watersports in the Algoa Bay area, as well as take sea cruises.
Matches for the FIFA 2010 World Cup will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
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Bloemfontein was founded in 1846, and is home to about half a million people. The city is known as the “Spring of Flowers” and is located in the Free State Province. Until 1994, Bloemfontein was the sole judicial capital of South Africa. It’s one of the main administrative centres in South Africa, with many educational institutions.
If you are into motorsports, there’s so much to do in this city. You can go karting or visit the Motorcross Club which is administered by the Bloemfontein Off Road Club.
The city is the home of Boyden Observatory, an astronomy and research centre and is well worth a visit. There are many museums in the city, of which the Boer War Museum is perhaps the best known, and tells the story of the Boer people’s struggle for independence.
With regards to the World Cup, games will be played at the Free State Stadium.
Find out more about Bloemfontein.
Nelspruit is situated in the northeast of South Africa, and has a population of over 200,000. It’s a major hub for the manufacturing and agriculture industry for the northern area. Founded in 1905, it has remained true to its agrarian origins with the climate favouring fruit growing and production of foodstuffs. It’s also a popular tourist destination and in particular Kruger National Park.
There is a new stadium under construction for the 2010 World Cup. This is called Mbombela Stadium.
Polokwane is located in the Limpopo Province. It was founded in 1886 as Pietersberg, but it was given its present name in 2003. There are many tourist attractions in the city, including the game reserves at Pietersberg Gaming Centre. It’s one of the most popular hunting areas in South Africa. You could take a visit to Eersteling Monument, site of the first gold crushing plant in South Africa.
Matches for the 2010 World Cup take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Read our article on Driving in Polokwane, South Africa.
Situated in the northwest of South Africa, on the lowlands of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range. This town was created in 1851, and grew due to its location in a fertile farming area, with many fruits, tobacco plants grown there. Mining is another popular industry in the area.
Matches for the 2010 World Cup will be played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
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