With the 2010 World Cup Final Draw, which took place in Cape Town on December 4 2009 and awed the planet, belonging to the past, the world’s eyes are now focused on which of the nine South African cities each of the teams of the 32 qualified countries will chose as their 2010 base camps. Please find the complete 2010 base camp list below (unfortunately Cape Town will not be serving as a base camp):
Algeria – The Dessert Foxes have explored the Eastern Cape (Mthatha and East London), but eventually opted for Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal. This means that the Eastern Cape Province will not be hosting any of the 32 teams.
Argentina – The Argentinian football team led by Diego Maradona, who is South Africa’s biggest fan, has set sup their base camp in Pretoria / Tshwane, at the at the University of Pretoria.
Australia – Kloofzicht Lodge in the Zwartkops Mountains, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Brazil – The Brazilian football team has set up their base camp at the Fairway Hotel and Spa in Johannesburg.
Cameroon – After a lot of debating, thinking and contemplating the Cameroonian football team – the Indomitable Lions – have not chosen East London / Buffalo City. They have set up camp in Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu Natal at the Oyster Box.
Chile - The Chilean football team has set up their base camp in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, at the Ingwenyama Conference Centre. It is the only 2010 world cup base camp in Mpumalanga.
Denmark - the Danish football team will be staying at the Simola Golf & Country Estate in Knysna
England – The English team will stay in Rustenburg, near the Royal Bafokeng Sports facility.
France - The French has opted for the Pezula Resort in Knysna
Germany - Velmore Hotel in Centurion, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Ghana – Ghana is staying in White River, the Rhoode Valley hotel.
Greece – The Greeks have chosen the Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu Natal as their 2010 world cup base camp.
Honduras – Will be staying in Johannesburg at the Indaba Hotel
Italy – The Italians have chosen at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion. Initially the Italian football team wanted to stay at Irene Country Lodge, which has been taken by the USA.
Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast will be based at Riverside Hotel and Conference Centre.
Japan – Fancourt Hotel & Country Club in George, one of the towns along the famous Garden Route.
Korea Republic/ South Korea – The South Koreans will be staying at the Hunters Rest Hotel in the North West Province.
Korea DPR / North Korea: North Korea has chosen the Protea Hotel in Midrand as their 2010 world cup base camp.
Mexico – Mexico, who will open the 2010 world cup against South Africa, will be in Johannesburg Thaba ya Batswana).
Nigeria – The Nigerian football team will be staying in Ballito in Kwa-Zulu Natal, at Hampshire Hotel. The team will use the Ashton International College Football pitch for trainings.
The Netherlands – The Dutch orange squad will set up camp at the Hilton in Sandton, Johannesburg.
New Zealand - The Serengeti Golf Estate in Gauteng will be the 2010 world cup base camp of New Zealand.
Paraguay - This team’s 2010 base camp first opted for the Point Hotel in Mossel Bay, but moved to Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. They will be staying at Woodridge Country Lodge.
Portugal: The Portuguese team will be seting up base camp at the Alley Hotel in Gauteng.
Serbia - Serbia had its eyes set on a hotel in Benoni, 30km from Johannesburg, as their 2010 base camp but only if the establishment fixes certain things. In the end, Serbia has chosen Auckland Park, Johannesburg, as their base camp. They will be staying in at the Sunnyside Park Hotel.
Slovakia is considers East London / Buffalo City as their 2010 base camp.
Slovenia: The Slovenian Football team will use the Hyde Park Southern Sun Hotel as theirt base camp for the 2010 world cup.
South Africa - Bafana Bafana will be based at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel in Sandton and train at Sandown High School, situated north of Johannesburg.
Spain - The Spanish football team will use the Potchefstroom University (North West Campus) as its base camp for the 2010 world cup.
Switzerland – The Swiss Football Association confirmed in December 2009 that the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark will be the Swiss base camp during the 2010 World Cup. The resort is situated about one hour outside OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
United States – The American team will settle at the Irene Country Lodge located between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Uruguay – The football team of Uruguay has chosen the Protea Hotel in Kimberley as their base camp.