How many days will you be spending in South Africa?

Discussion in 'World Cup 2010: Fans & Travel' started by emmex, May 25, 2010.

  1. James82

    James82 New Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    London
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England

    I agree with you about the football being the priority, if it wasn't on there are many better times to go to South Africa. But I don't feel like it's been that expensive. My flights were a few hundred pounds more than usual, but car hire and accommodation has been relatively cheap as it is low season and away from the host city centres there are some great bargains to be had.
     
  2. werewolf88

    werewolf88 Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    35 Days. Arrive June 7th, Depart July 12th.

    TST-7, and I will search for tickets for any other matches in the cities I will be in.

    Have some family there, so I won't be paying for accomodation the whole way through.
     
  3. yessam1277

    yessam1277 Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Haiti
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    17 days, june 25th - July 12th
    9 matches

    50
    52
    54
    55
    58
    60
    61
    62
    64

    Johannesburg 5, Capetown 1, Durban 1, rustenburg 1, pretoria 1
    not a lot of travelling for 9 games. The matches in Rustenburg and Pretoria, we will still be based in Jo'burg for those matches.
     
  4. James82

    James82 New Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    London
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Which team is yout TST-7 for?
     
  5. silicus

    silicus Member

    LA Galaxy
    United States
    Feb 26, 2008
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I arrive June 11th and leave July 12th. So I'm actually on the ground a total of 29 days or so, I take off for a couple days to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and will see 16 to 17 matches. I like long trips when the travel time and plane ticket cost is high. If you dug a hole straight down from L.A. and came out the other side it would be really close to South Africa off the Eastern Coast! 20,000+ mile of flight distance here I come!:eek:
     
  6. --X--

    --X-- New Member

    Feb 8, 2010
    Club:
    Melbourne Victory
    :eek:
    I would take the opposite approach
    All 64 matches matches are historic events.There is nothing like going to a WC match even if its not you're country playing
    Of course there should be a balance of some sort but football is the reason we are all there.Many folks will return on the back of the experience of this WC because the country will always be there,but the football certainly won't

    Anyway-12th-29th,7 matches atm could end up being 10:)
     
  7. werewolf88

    werewolf88 Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Italy, my travel mates team. Luckily I have found some Germany tickets :D

    Also afterwards, we are going to Zambia for a week+.
     
  8. Gronum

    Gronum Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    At the rate BMP and I are arguing the country might disappear LONG before the WC!:rolleyes:
     
  9. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    South Africa - 17 days
    Namibia - 10 days

    4 games only
     
  10. tullyite

    tullyite Member

    Apr 28, 2009
    11th June to 13th July on an England TST-7 + 3 other games in Joburg/Pretoria area.
    Costing me a fortune but I figured that if I was going all the way to SA I may as well stay for the whole tournament.
     
  11. DC McP27

    DC McP27 Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Virginia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    12 days in SA..going to all 3 USA first round games plus the Portugal/N. Korea game in CT. As with all World Cups the best thing about it is meeting the fans from the other countries. Of course flying all that way we want to see parts of SA and what's popular, which I'll be doing the same. It's not the greatest sporting event on in the world because of the footy....it's meeting and drinking with each and every one of you!
     
  12. Jimbo

    Jimbo Member

    Dec 17, 1999
    Washington, DC
    24 days
    June 11 Arrive
    June 12 US v England in Rustenburg
    June 13 chill in Malgiesburg (overcome jet lag and sober up)
    June 14 Go to Zinkwazi Beach
    June 15 Zinkawzi Beach
    June 15 Zinkwazi Beach
    June 16 Spain v Switzerland
    June 17 Melville
    June 18 US v Slovenia in Joburg
    June 19 Hazyview
    June 20 Kruger NP
    June 21 Kruger NP
    June 22 Kruger NP
    June 23 US v Algeria in Pretoria
    June 24 Drakensburgs
    June 25 Drakensburgs
    June 26 Drakensburgs (or Rustenburg R16 game)
    June 27 R 16 in Bloemfontain
    June 28 Long slog to Cape Town
    June 29 R 16 in Cape Town
    June 30 Camps Bay
    July 1 Camps Bay
    July 2 Camps Bay
    July 3 QF in Cape Town
    July 4 Head back to the USA

    (And incidentally, for any South Africans that are doubting the potential for the World Cup to bring money to your fair country, my party of 8 is spending gobs of dough for lodgings and a two rental cars, and no doubt will be spending a LOT more on BEER and food. We may not pay for your new stadia, but we're doing our part).
     
  13. larvel

    larvel New Member

    Jan 30, 2006
    California
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    14 days to include 10 games with the 1st 10 in JNB and the last 4 in DUR.
     
  14. FC Chinatown

    FC Chinatown New Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Washington DC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    South Africa - 32
    Zambia - 4
     
  15. emmex

    emmex New Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Club:
    --other--
    You sound like someone who considered this trip well. Sounds well balanced and very good going to see Namibia also. Apparently that in ittself is quite an experience.

    As for my opinion that the soccer ittself shouldn't outweigh the travel:
    Many of you are paying your butts off to come here....and chances are that most of you won't ever see SA again...soccer world cups will always be around...at least on tv. Yes the games ittself are historic, but will everyone have the chance to travel again to a country so far as SA?

    Anyways...I just hope that most of you balanced it well and don't burn yourself out and thus not enjoy the trip as much...
     
  16. emmex

    emmex New Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Club:
    --other--
    I believe SA will grow in some areas such as these because of the world cup:

    1) Forced to grow in infrastructure
    2) Forced to employ people
    3) Forced to up our security - thus helping fight crime in the process
    4) Long term - people didn't know about us, now we are being advertised bigtime

    This is a long term investment and I'm sure they didn't plan in paying off the stadiums just through the one month only. Most world cup countries only reap the real rewards later.
     
  17. Gronum

    Gronum Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Club:
    --other--

    Viva Jimbo and all his money Viva!:D
     
  18. gouf35

    gouf35 Member

    May 30, 2006
    London
    Only 6 days (5 nights in SA), and watching 3 games... The most important thing is to take part :)
     
  19. hingus2000

    hingus2000 Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    We leave England on June 4th, and are in SA until 21st July. Am I winning so far!?

    We are students so have time on our hands. Doing things relatively cheaply, staying in hostels etc and driving around. Have tickets for all England group games, plus Algeria Slovenia and match 58. Also have a couple of other tickets that we cant get to to hopefully sell when we get to SA.
     
  20. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I just hope they don't raise the price of everything. Obviously we're paying through the nose for hotels, air fare and a car. But hopefully restaurants, bars, museums, national park entry fees, etc won't jack-up their prices too. :eek:
     
  21. whiskerxx

    whiskerxx Member

    May 30, 2006
    I think you will find that you pay significantly more in Kruger than the locals!!
     
  22. Jimbo

    Jimbo Member

    Dec 17, 1999
    Washington, DC
    And I'll be eating gruel from July 5th through the end of the year!
     
  23. DC McP27

    DC McP27 Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Virginia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If the beer prices stay the same from what I've heard....we're golden.
     
  24. emmex

    emmex New Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Club:
    --other--
    I think it is impossible to overcharge everywhere. SA is too vast area wise that they cannot risk losing local clients. I suspect that closer to stadiums it will be more expensive, especially inside. But i cannot see my local stores, restaurants etc. upping prices for the sake of foreigners...Monte Casino though may be a borderline case since so many foreigners will go there...

    Any other local opinions?
     
  25. Gronum

    Gronum Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    The national parks have always charged overseas tourists more than the locals. Yes, apart from close to the stadia I cannot see it being more expensive anywhere else - not even Montecasino as their Fan Fest is only R50 for food and a beer. As a matter of fact there are already lots of cheap specials, all under the World Cup Special guise at restaurants.
     

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