With cricket considered a separate religion in itself in India and the Men in Blue gearing up for their January-February 2018 tour of South Africa, the South African Tourism looks forward to hosting the Indian team and scores of sporting fans travelling to the Rainbow Nation.
The Indian Cricket team is scheduled to play three Tests, three Twenty20 International matches, and six One Day Internationals during the leg of their January-February 2018 tour of South Africa.
The tour that will start off with warm-up matches will proceed in the cities of Paarl, Cape Town, Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, which are also famous tourist locations with a diverse range of experiences and activities.
Hence, along with the Indian cricket team, the South African Tourism is also hoping to welcome cricket fans and capitalise on tourism.
“South Africa and India share the same love and enthusiasm when it comes to cricket. It is one of the many common bonds that bind the two countries closely. We look forward to welcoming the Indian team, accompanying fans and are focusing our efforts towards ensuring they have a wholesome, enriching experience in the Rainbow Nation. During the break days between the exciting matches, visitors can indulge in our hallmark adventure and wildlife offerings and more, to ensure they experience the true soul of South Africa,” Alpa Jani, Acting Hub-Head MEISEA, South African Tourism India Office said, commenting on the upcoming tour.
With January being a summer month in South Africa, it proves to be an ideal setting for outdoor activities, which also ushers in the Cape Town Minstrel festival – a colour and dance carnival as the minstrels parade the streets of Cape Town in celebration of the second new year.
Cape Town is home to Newlands Cricket Ground, and the mother city is all geared up to host the Indian cricket team for a test series from January 5-9 and then again in February for spaced out ODI matches. With the Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, penguins at Boulders Beach and the famous Long Street, in the vicinity, the travellers can enjoy a different view of Cape Town along with enjoying the matches.
Less than an hour’s drive away from there is Paarl, which is a famous spice route destination and houses the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and Wineland Ballooning Trails, which can make up for a fitting travel plan after the warm-up matches around New Year’s Eve.
For history lovers, Centurion hosts Irene Dairy Farm and the South African Air Force Museum and for wildlife enthusiasts, time around January 24-28 test series between South Africa and India is ideal to visit the Pilanesberg National Park in Johannesburg.
Home to one of the largest Indian diaspora outside of India, Durban is reputed for being the ‘warmest place in South Africa’ – uShaka Marine World, uMhlanga Rocks and the Golden Mile can make up for a perfect one-day itinerary after the cricket match on February 1.
Not to forget the southernmost city on the African continent – Port Elizabeth, which is like a breath of fresh air. From whale watching to taking in historical attractions at the Donkin Reserve, PE – as it is fondly known caters to all genres of travellers, can assure a grand time around the ODI on February 13.
Hermanus, South Africa