Football Fan Camps in South Africa

Jan 12th, 2010, 11:13 AM
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Football Fan Camps in South Africa

Has anyone heard of 2010 Camp which is in Manyeleti Game Reserve which is open and joined to Greater Kruger Park? We believe that it is a worthwhile place to experience a safari when we're over in South Africa for the World Cup.

We have not been able to find it on any of our web searches. It has been mentioned to us by a few American soccer fans who sent us the following info:

"Hey Martial, this seems like a cool place to hang out between games and catch a safari the same time"

Check this out!!
The one week experience that they offer includes:
• Three game drives in open safari vehicles.
• A Guided bush walk.
• A Visit to local African village.
• Breakfast and Dinner daily.
• Music and Entertainment.
• Live TV broadcast of all matches.
• Large outdoor screen for night games.
• Live Webcam.
• Play football on camp’s private soccer pitch, with weekly matches against local development teams.
• Swimming Pool, Volleyball, Jogging Track and Boule. Pool Tables and Darts also available.
• Daily African Market.
• Medical Backup & Public Liability Cover.
• Camp Security Personnel.

Price per person ranges between GBP 400 and GBP 550 per week, depending on thecategory of accommodation.

In addition, the camp offers:
• Media Center with ADSL connection, 20 computers and WIFI hotspots.
• Lunches available at daily market
• 3 fully serviced bars stocking a wide selection of beverages and soft drinks.
• Shop for basic items.

Can anyone suggest an economic way to get from Johannesburg to Manyeleti and what is the travelling time?
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Jan 12th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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We are also considering booking a week at 2010 Camp before the Soccer World Cup starts. Transport from Johannesburg is also a problem for our group because the flights to Hoedspruit are so expensive. The camp has a website:

There are 25 of us travelling in a group if anyone knows of economic transport solutions to Kruger

Cheers Troy
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Jan 13th, 2010, 07:40 PM
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Hey Troy,

Thanks for the website link. What are your plans for the rest of the World Cup and which games are you following? Do you know of any backpackers near Joburg, PE & Cape Town that can accommodate a large group?
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Jan 13th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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So you are English supporters! We are Irish and support any team that beats the French. Maybe check out the "Coast to Coast" backpackers guide?
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Jan 14th, 2010, 01:55 AM
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Hi Troy,

Did you manage to find a transport provider yet? I am trying to get a quote for my group of 40 - 50. Do you know of any location map for 2010Camp? Thanks M
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Jan 14th, 2010, 02:01 AM
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Hey M,

There are direction maps on their website. The link is in the lower image menu.

Transport seems to be the biggest problem during world cup.
Hiring a car isn't even an option anymore.
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Jan 14th, 2010, 06:39 AM
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This is obviously a very new camp, established in conjunction with the local community. It looks as if has been specifically set up to host football supporters, with a longer term vision of providing budget accommodation within a great wildlife/safari area. Community empowerment and local
job creation is very much part of philosophy.

I've never heard of it, but that's not an issue with it being so new. Manyeleti is certainly good wildlife area, and is part of Greater Kruger, so the safari experiuence should be good.

It would be interesting to get any feedback!

Transport is a huge issue. Almost all the coaches (large and small) have already been booked up. I'm not sure how that issue is going to be resolved.
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Jan 14th, 2010, 06:42 AM
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Btw, I believe there's a camp going up just outside Pretoria, that will offer camping accommodation during WC. The website address is It may be worth checking out.
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Jan 14th, 2010, 10:23 AM
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We did manage to get some vehicles from they offer great unlimited kilometer rates. When I last spoke to them, they still had vehicles available over the World Cup. Thank you for the great tip of we would really like to do a week in Kruger. Do they still have space at the end of June? Who did you can we book with?
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Jan 14th, 2010, 02:09 PM
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My parents are attending a match in Cape Town on the 16th June and would like to see the Okavamgo and Victoria Falls. Can you suggest an operator to assist them with their plans?
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Jan 15th, 2010, 12:18 AM
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Hi Gibbon,

Can you give us some idea of the time period your folks are looking at, and what style or comfort level they expect (lodges, guesthouses, 4X4 self-drives, independent, group travel, fly-in/outs, etc.). The more detail you provide, the more chances you have of getting focused replies.

There is a multitude of operators offering a wide range of products, ranging from budget to ultra-luxury.

You may also get more response if you set up a new thread.
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Jan 18th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Hey there,

Just got some great help from a coompany called Greenlife SA ( We managed to still hire some minvans through Cannot wait for the tickets to go on sale in SA because we could still find a couple of bargains. They have only sold a third of the tickets so far with only 145 days to go??
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Jan 21st, 2010, 02:08 AM
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Has anyone found a transport solution to 2010 camp yet?
We would like to get all our ducks in a row before we book. If FIFA don't find a easier way to sell match tickets there will be very little support this year. Half of our group is still waiting to know if we have tickets or not!
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Jan 21st, 2010, 11:10 PM
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It seems that FIFA could have been convinced by the LOC that purchasing tickets using only the Internet doesn't work everywhere in the World. (The only alternative is to make application at First National Bank, one of the S.A. banks, and I think that is for S.A. residents only.)

Most local supporters don't have Internet access, and to accommodate them it seems sales might become available "over the counter". But only from April. And if there are tickets left! I don't know if that will also be for S.A. residents only.

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Jan 22nd, 2010, 01:46 AM
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So if FIFA change their approach to selling tickets and they have to release the hold on all the hotels, will this unlock the opportunities for local South Africans? Could we then make all our arrangements through locals? It would be far easier for us to get everthing arranged by someone on the ground as long as they are professional and reliable!
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Jan 22nd, 2010, 09:30 AM
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You could not pay me enough money to be anywhere close to Joburg during the World Cup.

Go USA....
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Jan 25th, 2010, 09:04 PM
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Have you seen the great photo gallery on ? This this is the spirit of the 2010 Soccer in South Africa, you simply cannot miss out on this extravaganza. Come on fans, lets assemble on African soil.
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