Experience the World Cup beyond the Matches and Explore South Africa with Viator.com

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Three 2010 World Cup Host Cities – Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg – and Viator.com Provide Travelers with Winning Chances for Amazing Experiences in South Africa

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari

The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (June 11 – July 11, 2010) may be all about football (aka soccer), but for Viator, its all about South Africa. The team of travel experts at Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, has compiled a selection of tours and activities in three World Cup host cities – Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Football fans and travelers alike can experience the beauty of South Africa beyond the stadiums.

Cape Town
Cape Town features a mix of natural beauty with beaches, mountain ranges, vineyards and wildlife coupled with a lively cultural scene. The Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town gives travelers access to giraffes, lions, leopards, springboks, zebras, wildebeest and 170 species of birds. Exploration continues during the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip with historic villages, stunning scenery and local wines. The Cape Town Football World Cup Tour starts at the grounds of Greenpoint Stadium at Signal Hill, host of the first match, for a fun-filled introduction to South African Football. Other activities to round out a trip to Cape Town include:

  •     Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town with stops at Hout Bay, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  •     Cape Town City Hop-on Hop-off Tour features two routes with 22 stops between them – a great overview of the city and remedy for jetlag (sunshine)
  •     Table Mountain Bike Tour from Cape Town makes the “Double Descent” downhill, perfect for beginners, and takes in views of Table Bay and Robben Island
  •     People of Cape Town History Tour with Dinner gives travelers an intimate look inside the city’s culture with visits to two local families with a home-cooked meal
  •     Cape Winelands Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar is a wine tour with a twist, traveling through Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the heart of wine country
  •     Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha includes visits to Langa, the oldest formal township and Khayelitsha, the largest informal settlement
  •     Surfing in Cape Town lets travelers ride the fearsome South Atlantic rollers on Cape Town’s picturesque Big Bay

South Africa's third-largest city, Durban is known as one of the country's great escapes with its beautiful seafront esplanade. The Durban City Sightseeing Tour explores the beachfront and visits the Indian Markets, Emanuel Cathedral and the Playhouse Theatre. The Durban City Sightseeing Tour with Ushaka Marine World reserves the morning for cultural and historical contrasts and the afternoon for Durban's newest attraction: Ushaka Marine World. Visit Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center to experience the life of the Zulu directly from the people living it with a traditional lunch and tribal dancing. Other activities in Durban include:

  •     The Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari visits magical Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, home to 84 species of game
  •     Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho travels through the Natal Midlands to Himeville and onto Lesotho via the Sani Pass

The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has a beautiful climate, strong energy and vastly diverse population. The Johannesburg Half-Day Sightseeing Tour includes “The Top of Africa” at the Carlton Center’s 50th floor, Museum Africa and a drive through the suburbs home to Nelson Mandela. The Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour visits Freedom Square, Mandela Museum, Desmond Tutu’s home and traditional African merchants. Combine a tour of Soweto with a tour to the Apartheid Museum during the Rise to Freedom Tour: Soweto and Apartheid Museum. Travelers can visit another host city and the country’s administrative capital during the Pretoria Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, or experience one of the world’s most unique resorts and a reserve with more than 7,000 animals during the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip.

For those with time away from the games and the desire for a thrill of a lifetime, the Three Day Classic Kruger Breakaway Tour from Johannesburg gives travelers the chance to spot the "Big Five:" lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros. The glitz and glamour enjoyed by the famous footballers can be experienced during the Three Day Sun City Short Stay from Johannesburg, South Africa’s premier holiday resort with world-class restaurants, a casino, two golf courses and botanical gardens.

Travelers can visit Viator for more information about these fascinating South African destination activities. The award-winning Viator Travel Blog at travelblog.viator.com can also provide travelers with inspiration and ideas for any upcoming trip.

About Viator
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler - offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like more than 100,000 traveler reviews and photos, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at Viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.

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