London, UK (PRWEB) September 6, 2009
As the eyes of the world fall on South Africa's preparations for the forthcoming World Cup tournament, the country is getting ready to receive huge numbers of foreign visitors. Knowing that football fans from abroad will want to see more of the country than just the stadia when they visit next June, David Pointer, South Africa Product Manager for key2holidays is keen to point out that South Africa has plenty to see besides the football:
"The 2010 World Cup will bring tourists flooding to this vibrant country. Football fans may come first and foremost for the sport, but we hope they will enjoy what the country has to offer, perhaps seeing some of the amazing wildlife on South Africa safaris."
Recently, a new Visitor Information Centre in Polokwane, in Limpopo province has opened. This province is where four of the first round fixtures will be staged. The region can expect an influx of people coming to enjoy South Africa safari holidays in Limpopo, with the Welgevondon Game Reserve being one of the main attractions. It encompasses a huge area of mountains, plains and forests, which are home to an array of antelope species, as well as the 'Big 5' safari animals.
New hotels are springing up all over the country in anticipation of the increased attention the tournament will bring, with many visitors wanting to experience all that South Africa has to offer, either before or after the World Cup. A hotel that opened its doors in June this year was the Sarili Lodge in Shamwari. Located on the Shamwari Game Reserve, this is a perfect option for South Africa safaris where you can see animals such as elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards. The five-star lodge is beautifully arranged with large patio doors, so guests can look out on the reserve from the comfort of their luxury rooms.
The Sarili Lodge is located a little over an hour from Port Elizabeth, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which will be hosting a number of games during the tournament, including the third place play-off.
Other new hotels near the World Cup venues are:
Taj Hotel - Cape Town - Opening November
One&Only - Cape Town - Opened April 2009
Tintswalo Atlantic - Hout Bay, Cape Town - Opened last year
Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness - Opening November 2009
The unveiling of these new luxury hotels is part of the country's rapid development ahead of the 2010 tournament, with billions of Rand invested in transport infrastructure across the country. In the past, host countries have benefitted from the rise in profile that comes from putting on a major international sporting event, with Barcelona and South Korea notable success stories. The hope is that South Africa will prosper in a similar way, and the enhancement of its tourism infrastructure will bring about noticeable growth in visitor numbers after the World Cup.
key2holidays is eager to promote the new developments in the country's facilities for holiday makers. David Pointer observed, "These new hotels are a great addition to South Africa's tourism appeal, and we're happy that more people will be able to enjoy not only the football, but also the other fantastic attractions of the country, including safaris in South Africa". David added: "If you can't make it to South Africa to follow the football, then head out later in the year; you won't be disappointed".
key2holidays has a dedicated team of experienced travel consultants that arranges tailor-made holidays and safaris in South Africa to suit all durations and budgets. For details of South Africa safaris, visit http://www.key2holidays.co.uk or call 020 7963 6697 to speak to a specialist consultant.
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