I got back over two weeks ago, but I'll have a whirl in this thread: Overall, I'm very pleased with the trip. I'm not one to quibble with the idiosyncrasies of the 'African' World Cup. I knew all along it was going to be different from a typical World Cup and embraced it for it was, even if some things were not up to expected standards. It was unique in an enjoyable way, for instance I got a kick of the people outside of Bafokeng Stadium selling beer and grilling for match-goers from their front yard. I think I would like to return to visit, but am not sure how soon I would want to do it. It would be nice though to tour the country now without the interruption of watching the games caused. Good: Hospitality and friendliness of the population,. everybody was on their best behavior and went out of their way to make their guests feel welcome. Our guest house owner was a great host, as were the other hosts that we encountered the braai/bbq experience; I enjoyed buying the braai packs and grilling ourselves over going out to the restaurants; best thing I had at a restaurant was Ostrich steak and burgers (America needs to replace cows with ostriches pronto, same taste less land consumption); Peri Peri sauce was also very good Cape Town, what an incredible city. Had so much fun there, even though I was recovering from a 24 hour bout of food sickness Kruger National Park: staying over night in a rondavel in Pretoriuskop was such a blast, we grilled under the stars, watched the Italy-Paraguay game with 50 others in the camp site, and I love love love that they sell booze there (inconceivable for an American national park to have fully functioning liquor stores on their premises) Low cost (once you're there, that is; my airfare exceeded all other trip expenditures combined); we did several things on the cheap (like hosteling), but even other basic travel necessities weren't too expensive, car rental, flight to Cape Town, food and drink, etc Bad: the beer, the common beers in South Africa were not very good transportation/traffic control logistics to and from the stadiums (we didn't get burned too badly on this, but that's not to say it wasn't a clusterf*ck) highway and road signage/wayfinding is terrible, particularly in Joburg the 30+ hours it took from California to get there, the 30+ hours it to return lack of internet access (though this wasn't a problem in Cape Town) Too much driving required (granted, this was partially our own doing due to our decision to base ourselves outside of the city, but the public transportation was poor and sprawl of the cities too much to think that anything other than driving was the way to go) Joburg - I did not see much of it, only the journey to and from Ellis Park and to and from the airport, but it did not seem to have many redeeming qualities. I am glad with our choice to base ourselves 1.5 hours away at a relaxing guest house in a pastoral setting.