Within two hours of opening bookings for next year's football World Cup, beds in South Africa's national parks are nearly all sold out, the parks authority said.
"All the main camps in the popular parks were fully
booked two hours after opening," SANParks marketing boss Glenn Phillips
said in a statement.
In a twist on the usual event accommodation fare, visitors
to the first World Cup on the African continent have the choice of staying in
game parks, in the habitat of the elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros.
Anticipating huge demand from an expected 450,000 visiting
football fans, SAN Parks began taking bookings for June and July 2010 on
Wednesday "to facilitate a smooth booking process".
The World Cup takes place in nine cities across South Africa
from June 11 to July 11, 2010. World Cup visitors can book rooms in one of 21
national parks across the country for up to two months at a time.
Kruger National Park, the country's biggest game park, on
the border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe, is the biggest attraction. Kruger's
main rest camps are all sold out. Some space in bush camps in the far north of
the park are still available.
Kruger Park is situated about 40km east of the city of
Nelspruit, one of the host cities in the World Cup next year.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com