June 17, 2010
Sunny Cape Town: Visitors make the most of it
German supporters visit Clifton beach. Photos by Roy Barford
Algerian fans having a good time at Table Mountain
Although it is winter in Cape Town and summer in London, both cities experienced similar weather today. While Cape Town can be a little wet in winter, today was a comfortable 19 degrees Celcius, and visitors who have come out for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and other events made the most of it.
Local tour operators were kept busy by fans wanting to see as much of the city of possible.
Thousands of tourists made use of the Table Mountain Cableway, taking a tour to the top of the world-famous landmark. Most of them agreed the trip was well-worth the queue they had to wait in.
Algeria may not be the favourites for tomorrow’s match against England at Cape Town Stadium, but their fans sure are making their presence felt. In the Table Mountain Cableway parking area, a group of Algerian fans sang and danced to music that resonated from their tour operator’s van.
“We ARE going to beat England!” one of them insisted.
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Further down the road in Clifton other visitors enjoyed Cape Town’s sandy beaches.
Although Germany have no 2010 FIFA World Cup™ group matches in Cape Town, a group of friends said they had come to see the Mother City because of its reputation as a world-class destination.
One of the group members, Andre Roling, said: “I can’t believe this is the weather you have in winter here! Many parts of Europe don’t get summer like this.”
He said the best thing about Cape Town was the variety of attractions. “We wanted to go up Table Mountain, but we when saw it was a bit busy there, we decided to come to the beach and relax, have a coffee and enjoy the good weather.”
Ralph Benedict, a Swiss visitor at Clifton beach, said he had also decided to include Cape Town on his South African itinerary, even though his team has no scheduled matches here.
“I would love to come back again one day - what a lovely city! I heard about it through friends who have been here before. I really hope Switzerland can go further in this tournament so I can come back here to support them,” he said.
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An English tour van