Goal.com Traveller’s Guide To South Africa: Last Minute Accommodation

So you are heading, or hoping to be heading to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup in a month's time but you have no accommodation, keep reading for a few suggestions...
For any major sporting event where tourists from around the globe will be making the journey to follow their teams, accommodation is an issue, and inevitably there are those who plan things at the last minute, or perhaps whose original plans have fallen through.

With this in mind, Goal.com took a look at a few options which will provide a pleasant stay, while not breaking the bank, with the tournament fast approaching.

For A Party Atmosphere

Varsity accommodation in the host cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town has been made available for those travelling to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup in June and July.

One of the early concerns of the competition in the African country was a potential shortfall of beds for tourists, but as the tournament nears, it seems that this is no longer a problem.

Helping to add further rooms to the list in three of the host cities, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, Wits University and the University of Kwazulu Natal are all now available for bookings at reasonable rates, which include breakfast on a daily basis.

Other useful facilities located within the confines of the universities in question include banking and foreign exchange desks, food and beverage outlets, football broadcasting areas, tourism information desks, beer tents and food stalls and access to internet facilities.

The accommodation is also situated close to shopping centres and other entertainment areas, as well as 2010 host stadiums, while a number of parties and events will be organised at the universities to celebrate the football extravaganza. The varsity accommodation will also be secure, with 24-hour security and access control provided at the various universities.

Wits University will be a particularly interesting place to stay for visiting fans, as the campus will also be the home training ground to the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, as well as the Oranje of the Netherlands. University of Johannesburg is situated a few kilometres up the road from the Wits campus.

For more information on the accommodation available, or to make bookings, click on the following links:

University of Johannesburg

Wits University

University of Cape Town

University of Kwazulu Natal

Typical Hotel Room in Cape Town

For The Business Traveller

If you are used to a certain standard of travel and accommodation when travelling, a smart idea would be to book with one of the more well known hotel groups such as Protea Hotels, a group which has fine hotels spread across the country and which charge a good rate for a great class of service, from three to five star.

Here is the site to check for availability: Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels boast the title of Africa's largest hotel group, and they are now present in eight African countries. Each Protea Hotel is designed to be uniquely different in character, while providing guests with good service and comfort, as well as fine food, as many have a collection of restaurants and bars on site.

A Protea Hotel

The variety of hotels is also impressive, with a range including small country hotels, sea and lakeside resorts, mountain retreats, bustling city centre hotels and Safari Lodges providing World Cup fans with choice in all of the host cities, except for Rustenburg. The Protea Hotels are ideal for a businessman or supporter travelling on their own, or families staying together during the tournament.

For The Family

When coming to South Africa with the whole family or in big groups, any of the two above suggestions could work, but perhaps the best idea is to go for a good Bed and Breakfast stay, or a lodge providing bigger rooms for more people, with a personal touch and family-run atmosphere.

Situated in the beautiful tree-lined suburb of Parkview, Johannesburg, where birdlife is abundant, 72 on Kerry Guest House is a small luxury guest house offering private and secure accommodation in a central yet very peaceful area, within easy access to the M1 motorway.

The central location of the guest house offers the convenience of being a short distance from business centres, pleasure and entertainment areas (shopping and dining), places of culture and historical interest and sports centres, including 3 FIFA World Cup stadiums within a 25km radius. We have limited availability over the FIFA World Cup period. Go to www.luxuryguesthousejohannesburg.com for more information and to make an online booking.

Good B&B establishments are available throughout the country, and many truly go the extra mile to make sure their guests are satisfied and well taken care of. Sites like SafariNow and WhereToStay are ideal when planning trips around the country, as they include hotels and very good B&Bs at good rates.

A B&B With A Personal Touch

Other websites to check for availability in South Africa during the World Cup include SA-Venues and Sleeping-Out, while packages may also be an option for you, as it is often cheaper to organise all aspects of your stay through one source to get better pricing.

Computicket Travel is particularly good in this regard, as the prices of packages (hotels, car rental and flights) are often cheaper because of their agreements with the companies involved.

Accommodation In South Africa

No trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to its most beautiful and sunniest city. Durban offers much more than sandy beaches, safaris, casinos and the World Cup, for information on what to do and see, please click here

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