Sports Events in South Africa

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    'Must have' World Cup car accessories (Part 2)

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    The other 'must have' World Cup car accessories are 'sokkies' (Afrikaans diminutive meaning 'little socks') that fit over the car's wing mirrors. They don't obscure your view in the mirrors if you're driving - not that most South African drivers seem to ever use them anyway - but from the front, the mirrors look like they're wearing national flags! One witty radio broadcaster described them as "Speedos for wing mirrors" ...

    However, purists need to check for accuracy prior to purchase, as the manufacturers are not overly familiar with the flags of other nations and as a result, one of my German sokkies has been oriented the wrong way so that the stripes run vertically rather than horizontally. This sends the rather confusing message that I am supporting both Germany and Belgium (even more curious given that Belgium haven't even qualified!)

    Completely frivolous, irrelevant and utterly lacking in purpose, but then, so are Christmas decorations! And fun is what the coming month is all about!

    Let the games begin!

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    'Flying the flag' takes on a whole new meaning!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    The latest 'must have' fashion accessories in Jo'burg are flags of the World Cup nations that clip onto your car windows - even the queues of rush hour traffic and the tailbacks behind ubiquitous roadworks look almost festive with the flags fluttering in the breeze. In a town where 'bling is king', it's refreshing to encounter a fashion item that isn't beyond the pockets of the average citizen (about US$5) - makes a nice change from Rolexes, BM Vums and Armani suits!

    Obviously the vast majority of flags are South African, but the Politically Correct thing to do for those of us who are supporting the other teams is to fly the South African flag on the passenger side, and the team of your choice on the driver side. As of today our cars are produly sporting South African and German flags (the latter on the driver's side!).

    Let the games begin!!!

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    The World Cup

    by Gili_S Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Well, everyone knows this, in the summer of 2010 the world cup in football will be held in South Africa. 32 nations from around the world will participate in the competition.
    Who will win? Only 8 nations has won the competition in the 80 years of it, will it a be a surprise this time?

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    Storm's River - Extreme Sports Capital!

    by sunshinejo Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The town of Storm's River is located next to a large gorge carved out of the rocks by Storm's River. From here Storm's River Adventures run a number of adventure activities such as abseiling and black-water tubing. There is also the world's highest bungee jump (216m), which is located at Bloukrans River Bridge. During our stay in Storm's River, we decided to take part in the "Ultimate Gorge Challenge" with Storm's River's Adventures, which involved abseiling 100m into the gorge, then black-water tubing about 4 km down the river and finally mountain biking back to the activity centre. Unfortunately the water levels were really low the day we did it, and we actually had to walk a lot of the way carrying our tubes, which were really heavy, but even so it was quite a fun day out!

    Equipment: When you call up to book the activities they will advise you if there's anything you have to bring. All we needed were swimsuits and shoes we didn't mind getting wet. They provided everything else - wetsuits, all the equipment for abseiling, the tubes and mountain bikes and helmets.

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    SOCCER WORLD CUP

    by henri123 Updated Jun 4, 2010

    2010 JUNE SOUTH AFRICA IS HOSTING THE SOCCER WORLD CUP
    WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS.
    AT THE AIRPORT AND DOWNTOWN JOHANNESBURG ,YOU WILL FIND HUDGE SOCCER BALLS, YOU MAY SIGN THEM AS A SOUVENIR OF YOUR VISIT.

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    Sports : general

    by PierreZA Written Sep 5, 2009

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    South Africa is quite a sporting nation, bordering on fanatical. The major spectator sports include rugby, cricket and football (soccer).
    South Africa is the current IRB rugby world champions.
    During 2010, the FIFA Soccer World Cup will be hosted in South Africa. Many cities are involved, where matches will be taking place: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Polokwane (Pietersburg), Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and Kimberley.
    Cities like Durban and the coastal town of Jeffrey’s Bay are very well known for surfing.

    New Stadium - Port Elizabeth

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    PEAK HIGH MOUNTAIN GUIDES

    by mtncorg Written Apr 12, 2007

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    The Drakensberg is a wild and lonely land of mountains. There exists a fair network of trails near the base of the range along the South African side. There are even a few ‘trails’ that snake up to the rim of the Escarpment itself, but these tend to be frail affairs that have the nasty habit of disappearing at times. This magnificent outdoor venue offers one of Africa’s best outdoor adventures - the Drakensberg Traverse - a multi-day affair which will take you over and along some of the best terrain the range has to offer. It is a range best visited in the company of someone else whom has prior personal experience with these mountains. In the process of making my own personal Drakensberg traverse, I found that experience with Peak High Mountaineering. Peak High’s founder and main leader, Gavin Raubenheimer, is Mr. Mountain down here in South Africa. He has been running Peak High for over a decade now. He is a past president of the KZN section of the Mountain Club of South Africa and the rescue leader whom even the South African Air force turns to for education. Gavin is very personable, with a mother lode of experience and normally leads most Peak High trips, whether they be Drakensberg traverse, ice-climbing in the Giant’s Castle area or ultra tock routes on the many towers and peaks found along the Escarpment. His business continues to grow and he has taken on a new young associate, Colin McCoy, whom he has helped train. Together they will keep you out of trouble and let you gain a great mountain experience. I recommend this pair of climbers to help you very heartily.

    Gavin and Colin take you to top of South Africa Peak High gives you sights like this to savor
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    Sports mad South Africa

    by Jenniflower Updated Dec 5, 2006

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    South Africans are fanatical about sport.

    Although rugby, cricket, soccer (football), boxing and golf are the most popular, many sports have an ardent following.

    Even South Africans living abroad seldom forget their origins when it comes to sport. It is a grand occasion to meet fellow South Africans abroad during major (televised) sporting events.

    Traditionally, rugby and cricket have been the sports of the white man in South Africa, and soccer the sport of the black man, and this is changing and progressing as the country is changing.

    Equipment: The 'Springbok' jersey is a favourite for South Africans to wear. The springbok is emblazoned on peak caps, tshirts, mugs, scarves, you name it.

    Springbok supporters!
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    Table Mountain guides

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Kabboadventures offers half-, full- and multi-day-trips (hiking and climbing) to the Tafelberg as well as to other destinations in South Africa. The mountain guides are excellent and adapt the itinerary to your experience and fitness level. The prices are very reasonable. It is a much better way to experience the Tafelberg than just to take the cable car!

    Robin, our Kabbo Adventures Guide
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    Surfing

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Cape Town is one of the best spots to base yourself, as the shape of the peninsula and the different prevailing winds and swells ensure that there is almost always something surfable. Further up the coast, you'll find some legendary spots. Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay) is probably the most popular surf destination on the coast, which is not surprising as there are some awesome waves, including the iconic Supertubes. Close by is the small town of St Francis Bay, where Bruce's Beauties (officially one of the top ten waves in the world) works, when it feels like it. When it does, you can follow the pilgrimage from J-Bay.

    Port Elizabeth doesn't have anything to match J-Bay but it's a nice town with some cool waves, and it's worth a stopover en route up the coast. Your next stop could be Port Alfred, or Kowie, as the locals call it. Take a walk down to the pier and, if it's working, go wild. If it isn't, head off to East London. This sleepy little town has some of the best and most consistent waves in the country.

    You might then want to head off to Durban, which is surf city deluxe. But, between East London and Durban is the Wild Coast. Here you will find deserted white beaches with breaks you only ever dreamed of. This is pioneering territory, and if you've got the time and the attitude, spend a week or two exploring here. But if you want to do the Wild Coast the easy way, head off to Coffee Bay, which offers fantastic surf without the hassle. A tarred road runs all the way and there is a great backpacker filled with surfers and run by a surfer of note. If you like slightly more comfortable accommodation, there is a lovely little hotel on offer (sans surfers).

    Once you’re done with the detour, its off to Durban. There is almost always surf, sometimes absolutely awesome surf - and the beach is right in the town. If there are no waves, there should be something close by on either the North or South Coast. Should there really is nothing surfable, you can visit the country's only surf museum, right on the beach.

    Surfing SA
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    Diving General

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    If it's variety you're after, you've come to the right place. We have an enormously long coastline ranging from about 35°S to 27°S, which isn't quite within the usual range of tropical diving. However, the Mozambique Current, which flows down our East Coast, brings warm, tropical water with it, and at Sodwana Bay we have the most southerly coral reefs in the world. These are blessed with the full complement of colourful fish and some great nudibranchs, including the outrageous Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineas). Whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and ragged tooth sharks (Carcharias taurus) are often seen in specific places.

    As you head down the coast, the underwater faunal and floral assemblage changes gradually until, once you've reached Cape Town, you're diving in chilly but beautiful kelp forests. These, too, are unique. There are three major types, or genera, of kelp, and a short portion of the Western Cape coast is the only place in the world that they all grow together. If you've always shunned cold water diving, consider it. Sure, you do have to dress up in a great thick wetsuit with constraining hoodie and gloves but it's worth it. Diving in kelp is like walking in a forest. You float beneath the canopy and admire the surprisingly colourful reef life.

    Off Cape Town, divers regularly see anemones in colours ranging from electric blue or deep red to pale pink, nudibranchs of almost every colour you can imagine and a whole range of small creatures in and around the bright orange and sulphur yellow sponges.

    There are dive schools in almost every centre, with a large number in the landlocked Johannesburg area. This is not as suprising as it seems, since many people do their training up there and then head down to Sodwana Bay for their qualifying dives.

    There is even an inland dive resort near Johannesburg where students can do their first dive or two in a disused quarry. Komati Springs is another, much deeper disused quarry in Mpumalanga where rebreather, mixed gas and deep diving courses are run.

    Clown Fish
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    Sport Mad South Africa

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Yes we are a sport mad nation!!

    There are few countries in the world so deeply in love with such a wide spectrum of outdoor sports as South Africa. We have more sunshine than most countries, a good sporting infrastructure, established development programmes and many of our national heroes are sportsmen and women.

    Moreover, we have a land that lends itself to a wide variety of sports: 3 000 km of dramatic coastlines, ocean beds, mountain ranges, rivers, forests and plenty of wide-open space.

    The tale of South African sport falls into two historical categories: the Apartheid era and the Democratic era. During the Apartheid years preceding the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 and the first democratic elections of 1994, most South African sportsmen and women were not welcome in the world arena. Although individuals like golfing icon Gary Player were active in their fields, SA cricket and rugby teams, for instance, were not allowed to participate in world sport. While black players were not included in national SA sides, their white counterparts had their careers stunted by the international boycotts.

    Today, ten years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, our sporting squads are flying all over the world in search of national – and individual - glory.

    Our nation’s rich sporting life caters to the particular tastes of more than a dozen different cultures: football for some, cricket for another group and rugby for others. But when we’re on the world stage competing internationally, the whole country tends to fall in behind our national team and cheer them on.

    We can celebrate!!!
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    Skiiing and Snowboarding

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    You’re not likely to come to South Africa for the snow! We’re a sun-blessed land and we don't get much snow at all, but what snow we do have, we make good use of. Our lone ski resort is high in the Drakensberg Mountains in the northern part of the Eastern Cape. It's a wonderfully scenic drive to get there (you may need to be picked up by four-wheel drive for the last section).

    Once there, you'll find little Alpine-style ski chalets, chair lifts, a good après-ski environment in the cosy pub, and ... snow. Sometimes natural, sometimes courtesy of the snow machine (which keeps the level up to standard) at all times from the beginning of June to the end of August.

    Organised trips are run from Cape Town and Johannesburg, or you could book and drive yourself there.

    Ski in Africa... :-)
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    Mountain Biking

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    MTB heaven! There are so many fantastic trails here, you’ll be blown away.
    Around Cape Town there are some wonderful single track routes on the mountain and in the pine plantations. You could also do an escorted trip, choose between a nice downhill run on Table Mountain, a dirt-road doddle through the Constantia winelands and an on-road cycle in the Cape Point section of the Cape Peninsula National Park.

    The scenic De Hoop National Park near Swellendam, up the east coast from Cape Town, has a number of dedicated, easy trails. There are a few more hardcore trails near Swellendam, and then onto the Garden Route, which is mountain bike mecca! There are four superb, laid out circular tracks in the Harkerville Forest, ranging from mellow to a hectic red route. And in nearby Knysna are two long, quite strenuous linear trails, Homtini and Petrus se Brand. Local and international visitors alike agree that the last 6km of Petrus se Brand is the most fun single track ever, moderately steep and with a soft forest floor, it snakes between some big old trees.

    Port Elizabeth has a number of dedicated trails, including one traversing a green belt, which cuts right through the middle of the city.

    An annual MTB race on the Wild Coast set a precedent for pedalling this fantastic area. KwaZulu-Natal has its share of routes, with many great ones in the Drakensberg and the Midlands. The Free State has some of the most hectic trails and often has competitions - there's one called the Two Mountains Race, which should give you an idea of what you'd be in for.

    Johannesburg has a huge active MTB population so there are a lot of trails nearby. Many of these urbanites head out to the wonderful trails in Mpumalanga, where you'll find lots of opportunity to get down and dirty.
    South Africa is a great place for bikepacking. The most popular areas are the Garden Route, Mpumalanga and the West Coast, but you could buy a good map and cycle many areas, either on or off road.

    Mountain Biking
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    Hot Air Ballooning

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 29, 2005

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    There is nothing to beat the experience of slowly floating above the African veld in a hot-air balloon. There are two excellent operations in the Magaliesberg and Crocodile River Valley areas near Johannesburg, where you can escape the city before dawn and watch the sun rise from the vantage point of your improbable craft as you greet the new day with a sip of bubbly.

    You could also do a game-viewing flight at Pilanesberg, near Sun City or a scenic flight at Hazyview in Mpumalanga. In summer, you could fly over the beautiful Paarl vineyards, near Cape Town.

    Hot Air Ballooning
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