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January 27, 2009

499 days to kick-off

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It is 499 days to the kick-off of the biggest event ever hosted on African soil – the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup!

We featured the Cape Town Soccer Safari as part of our weekly Time Out Tourist slot on 567 Cape Talk to celebrate Cape Town’s soccer culture and get Capetonians excited about the World Cup.

I thought I would share some of the highlights of the Time Out Tourist show with you on the Cape Town Tourism Blog every week to inspire locals and friends from all over the world to explore the real Cape Town with Cape Town Tourism and our friends.

The Cape Town Soccer Safari by Coffeebeans Routes

This “local is lekker” (“lekker” is an Afrikaans word for nice, used to describe everything from food to the weather by all language groups in South Africa) experience is a great way to get a feel for the real Cape Town and its people. Coffeebeans Routes have managed to put together a series of these “real Cape Town experiences”, including the Cape Town Jazz Safari, a Story Telling Tour, Art Routes and the Carnival Route.

The Cape Town Soccer Route runs from Monday to Friday (09h00 - 13h00) and on Saturdays (10h00 – 14h00). The Monday to Friday Soccer Route provides an overview of soccer in the city, from Greenpoint Stadium, through premier division leagues and facilities, to grassroots soccer development.

Each tour is guided by a soccer expert who is able to provide intimate insight into the history and future of soccer in Cape Town. The tour begins at the meeting point at the V&A Waterfront and moves to Signal Hill for an introduction and an overview of Greenpoint Stadium. You will have a perfect view of the development of the stadium and your guide will take you through the story of the stadium, as well as some of the controversies surrounding its development.

You will gain valuable information on FIFA and SAFA and discover more about what Cape Town soccer needs to develop.

From here you will proceed to the stadium for a tour, which includes a very well produced and entertaining 30 minute one-man show about soccer through the history of Cape Town.

From the stadium we travel to one of the city’s premier league facilities for a taste of where our premier league teams stand in terms of resources and facilities. Whilst enjoying some refreshments, you may catch a little of the team practising.

Then, prepare yourself for a heart-warming experience and the grand finale of the tour; you will move into one of the townships of Cape Town to get a feel for how soccer is developing in some of the most under-resourced parts of the city. You will return to the Waterfront at around 13h00.

I love the Saturday Soccer Route, which focuses more on playing a game. You will be accompanied by a soccer expert and will have the opportunity to play a game with a local amateur team. The tour also starts at the V&A Waterfront and then proceeds to Signal Hill for the best view of the stadium. The next pit stop is at the District Six Museum’s beautiful Soccer Exhibition.

Warm up the muscles and build up some courage, as you are in for the match of a lifetime! As guests, you will play a game with teams such as Gugulethu Pirates or Winnie’s Ladies. Preparation for the match starts with a short workshop and warm up, before playing a 20-30 minute-a-side game. All is fair in love and soccer – the teams are mixed up with visitors and local team members to create two equally strong teams.

Details to know:

  • The price is R550.00 per person.
  • All are welcome: men and women and children.
  • Children up to the age of 13 pay only 75 % of the full price.
  • Booking is essential and with the build-up for next year, it is strongly advised that bookings are made well in advance! Soccer fever is contagious!
  • The route runs on a minimum of two guests, so bring all your buddies along.
  • It is a great way to celebrate any special day and even better for team-building.
  • To book or to find out more information, phone:  +21 424 3572 or pop us an email: routes@coffeebeansroutes.com
  • Many other “safaris” are available. Please check out the Coffeebeans Routes website and book your space now!

Something else to consider:

Coffeebeans Routes is a responsible tourism practitioner. Their tours engage many Cape Town communities, providing income and advancement opportunities for everybody involved. Across their 10 specifically cultural routes, they create regular income for 70 people.

They can also accommodate large groups of people – up to 150 – and customise your itinerary for you.  The options are endless so there is no reason why you should not come and join in!

Till next week, go and explore Cape Town – you will love it!

To hear more about what we love about Cape Town and to get a chance to experience Cape Town like never before, tune in to 567 Cape Talk every Tuesday at 14:00.

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