With the World Cup fast approaching, Goal.com takes a look at 10 websites which will help any tourists in South Africa during the month-long tournament.
1) South African Tourism Website – (http://www.southafrica.net)
The official South African tourism website provides visitors with a wealth of information on the country, and is the most comprehensive online source regarding travel to and around the rainbow nation. The site provides advice, and you can plan your trip through the links and features found on the website.
2) Ananzi Search Engine (http://www.ananzi.co.za/)
Ananzi is a South African search engine with more precise results concerning the country. There are also a variety of links and sections which would be useful to a visitor from outside of the host nation, with travel, shopping, general news and many other avenues to explore on the site.
3) SA Weather Service (http://www.weathersa.co.za/)
This site is invaluable when planning your trip and knowing what to expect on a day to day basis. With provincial and city weather patterns and temperatures updated on a constant basis, and 7-day forecasts, there is no better way to stay on top of the weather in South Africa during the event.
4) Computicket (http://www.computicket.com/)
The online ticketing service provides information and tickets for all kinds of events throughout South Africa, with festivals, concerts, sporting events, expos and various other forms of entertainment listed on the site months in advance. Recently the Moscow Circus was performing in the country, while Elton John and Kelly Clarkson toured a number of the host cities. Check it out and buy a few tickets to keep yourself busy during the World Cup when the football is not on.
5) Mr Delivery (http://www.mrdelivery.co.za/)
Feeling hungry but not sure what to have, or where to get it from? Well look no further than Mr Delivery, where the food you want is brought to your doorstep. Choose from extensive menus ranging from Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and Portuguese cuisine, to health foods, desserts and even alcohol. Place your order online and wait for your food to arrive courtesy of a Mr Delivery driver – easy as that.
6) What 2night (http://www.what2night.co.za/)
The football has been phenomenal, but you want to do something different tonight? Check out what to do in your city with this website, which provides an overview of what’s hot and where the crowds will be on various nights. With extensive listings of restaurants, eating spots and nightclubs, bars and cocktail lounges, the site will point you in the right direction and provide you with plenty to do.
7) News24 (http://www.news24.co.za/)
Stay in tune with current affairs in the country and internationally during the event, with one of South Africa’s best online news agencies providing news, weather, finance and opinion from the host nation.
8) Google Maps SA (http://maps.google.co.za/)
Have a Garmin but not sure where to go? To find places within South Africa you can use Google Maps, which is now well established in the 2010 host country, and what better way to find directions from where you are to where you want to be if you do not have the help of a GPS navigation system than by using the ‘directions’ feature, and plotting your trip?
9) Yellow Pages (http://www.yellowpages.co.za/)
For all your other needs regarding services during the World Cup, or anything which will be of use to you, take a look at the online Yellow Pages and find just what you are looking for. Phone numbers and addresses are only a click away, with an extensive street map section coming in handy as well.
10) Goal.com (http://www.goal.com)
Last but not least, don’t forget to keep your browser fresh with the latest and greatest football news and editorial content on the web – with breaking news, exclusives, opinion and debates, as well as Traveller’s Guide pieces such as this one to keep you enjoying the World Cup in South Africa.
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