South Africa has everything you need for a sporting holiday, whether you want an adrenaline rush with extreme sports like bungee jumping and surfing or whether you want a gentler sport like fishing or golf.
How does one define a cultural highlight when it comes to a country as diversely beautiful and ethnically varied as South Africa? Will it be a visit to the Kruger National Park, or a night at the opera in Cape Town?
Choosing the most scenic holiday resorts in South Africa is a difficult task. The whole coastline is scattered with beautiful towns and seaside villages. From the Garden Route to Durban’s Golden Mile and on to the Cape Peninsula and further, the choice is endless.
In May 2004, FIFA announced that South Africa would host the World Cup in 2010. The result was not a surprise. FIFA had a long-standing policy of taking the World Cup to non-traditional football nations and in 2002 Japan and South Korea co-hosted the first tournament in Asia. Africa seemed an obvious choice for future tournaments and South Africa were beaten, by only one vote, to hold the 2006 competition, hosted by Germany. For 2010, South Africa were up against fellow African nations, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, but the southern country always looked the safer bet. Having hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and co-hosted the equivalent cricket tournament in 2003, South Africa had proved it could organise a major tournament, but controversy remained.