Port Elizabeth

Port ElizabethPort ElizabethPort Elizabeth, also known as the “Friendly City” and located on the southeastern coastline of South Africa, provides the gateway to the Eastern Cape region via its modern airport and harbor facilities.

It is also a superb value-for-money holiday destination with a range of accommodations to suit all tastes and pockets. From here, you can explore scenic nature trails, heritage sites, breathtaking coastal walks, and every water born sporting activity imaginable. The forty kilometer stretch of beaches around Algoa Bay provide protected swimming in warm water which is perfectly complimented by what has been described as the fourth best climate of any coastal city in the world.

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

BloemfonteinBloemfonteinBloemfontein, which translates to Fountain of Flowers, is also called the “City of Roses.” Its Sesotho name is Mangaung meaning Place of Cheetas. It is located in the heartland of South Africa in the midst of huge maize and rapeseed farms. It is an oasis in a hot land where roses flourish – more than four thousand can be seen in Kings Park and many more in the peaceful suburbs that surround the historic city centre.

The Free State Stadium was permanently extended for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup by adding a second tier of seating, and now seats forty eight thousand soccer fans in a completely upgraded environment.

Johannesburg

JohannesburgJohannesburgJohannesburg, also known as Egoli or the “City of Gold,” is the largest city in Africa south of the Sahara and the industrial and financial heartland of the Southern African continent. Big, brash and going places, Johannesburg and its joined-up neighbours are Africa's most cosmopolitan metropolitan area thanks to the millions of people who have flocked here to make their fortunes over the years.

Two stadiums were prepared for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. The opening game will be played at Soccer City in the apartheid-era black dormitory suburb of Soweto, where a 95,000-seat beauty rose up on the site of the old FNB Stadium. The existing Ellis Park Stadium in the City was reworked to beef up to 70,000 FIFA-standard seats.

Durban

Durban South AfricaDurban South AfricaDurban, sometimes called South Africa's Miami, is located on the sub-tropical north-eastern seaboard of South Africa and has long been a popular tourist destination on account of its balmy climate, warm ocean water, and laid back, friendly people.

Durban is a city that pulsates around the nation's busiest port - one of the ten largest in the world – and is a sporting paradise because of its wealth of facilities. Water sports including surfing, body boarding, sailing and scuba are popular, as is the local marina, which is a preferred destination for yachtsmen from around the world.

Cape Town

Cape TownCape TownCape Town, also known as the Mother City, stretches around a deep natural bay almost at the southern-most part of Africa with Table Mountain as backdrop, and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned as foreground in the bay.

It is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, not just because of its setting, but also because of the graceful colonial buildings in the old town, the whitewashed gabled farmsteads in the vineyards, and the almost indescribable beauty of its string of beaches.

South Africa

Beach Huts South AfricaBeach Huts South AfricaThe southern shores of the African continent formed a stepping-stone for European settlement and colonization of the entire subcontinent. In modern South Africa - vibrant, diverse and energetic - you can still find large stretches of sandy beaches, winding roads in the bush and cultivated country estates. Bountiful sunshine combined with an abundance of scenic beauty, unconfined space and vast sparkling oceans make South Africa a sought after destination.

International Sports Mecca

South Africa is a hotspot for international sports. Numerous annual events attract avid sports people from all over the world. The build-up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup is evident everywhere, with the construction of stadiums and additional infrastructure. The host cities include Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Mangaung / Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg, and Tshwane / Pretoria.

Florida

Beach Fort LauderdaleBeach Fort LauderdaleFlorida, with its mild climate and huge number of tourist attractions to suit all tastes is quite rightly regarded as one of the world's premier tourist attractions. Whether your interests are cultural, environmental or just centered on adrenalin-rush experiences, you will find something in Florida to keep you occupied twenty-four hours a day. The most famous Florida attractions include Walt Disney World and Bush Gardens, all of which capitalize on Florida's exceptionally fine climate and the American desire for more variety and greater excitement.

Those whose interests lie elsewhere will be glad to know that there is more to Florida than the movie studios and theme parks of Orlando – the State abounds with hills and forests, winding waterways and freshwater lakes, and thirteen thousand kilometers of coastline featuring endless beaches, inlets and islands.

A Night Out In Botswana

Safari CampSafari CampI will never forget the night in Botswana when I was asked to beat the drums in the middle of the bush on the edge of the vast Okavango Delta to help save a young man's life and guide his rescuers back to our bush camp, and safety.

The day had started normally enough - if that is the right word for a westernized traveler – with a four hour long journey under the blazing African sun in a hollowed out log known as a mokoro, propelled by a muscular black man wielding a wooden pole long enough to reach the shallow bottom of the crystal clear water. Most of the time we followed the fairly narrow channels kept clear by grazing hippo's, interspersed on occasions with large tracts of water covered by the leaves of huge flowering water lilies that were home to a fascinating display of bird and aquatic life.