Base camps

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.


43 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Loraine  |  12/01/2010 at 12:24

    Who is going to be based in Cape Town? Has any country indicated they are interested in Cape Town?

    • 2. Miriam Mannak  |  12/01/2010 at 12:46

      According to the City of Cape Town, there is lots of interest, but it seems no one has made a move yet. As I am on the City’s media list, I am sure that once a country has made a decision I will get a press release which I obviously will share with you guys. Watch this space! 🙂

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  • 4. Loraine  |  20/01/2010 at 13:19

    Heard on news that France has chosen their location for their base camp. Where is it? Heard that CT is having talks with Portugal to try and get them to come yo Cape Town. Any further news fro Cape Town?

    • 5. Miriam Mannak  |  20/01/2010 at 14:43

      France will be based at Pezula in Knysna. No confirmations yet for Cape Town. I expect more news in the course of this month and in February – the deadline to pick base camps is january 31.

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  • 8. Loraine  |  02/02/2010 at 13:52

    Has any team yet chosen Cape Town for their base camp? I am aware that there were talks with some teams to persuade them to come to Cape Town. Please update us on this info. Thanks

    • 9. Miriam Mannak  |  02/02/2010 at 14:29

      It seems there will be no base camp in Cape Town. But I will keep an eye on it regardless …

  • 10. Miriam Mannak  |  02/02/2010 at 13:55

    Thank Loraine, for your question. As far as I know, there is no new info on who has chosen Cape Town as their base camp. The deadline expired Jan 31, which is 2 days ago. But I will look into it and post a story as soon as I know.

  • 11. Eric  |  02/02/2010 at 14:01

    Can you tell me where Nigeria, Greece and North Korea is based?

    • 12. Miriam Mannak  |  02/02/2010 at 14:04

      At the moment I have no idea yet as the information has not been made public. But I will post a story on my blog as soon as I know.
      By the way, it seems there will be no base camp in Cape Town. I will look into those rumours.

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  • 14. Eric  |  10/02/2010 at 11:08

    I just heard that Greece and Nigeria will be based in Durban and North Korea in Pretoria. Are there any truth in these?

    • 15. Miriam Mannak  |  10/02/2010 at 17:53

      I just added a post with the base camp of Greece. I have no clue where Nigeria will stay, but will keep my ears open. .

  • 16. Miriam Mannak  |  10/02/2010 at 11:10

    I will ask around and let you know!

    • 17. Eric  |  11/02/2010 at 10:14

      Thanks!! Where do you get this infos anyway?
      Please keep your ears open for Korea DPR as well ^^

  • 19. Gary  |  12/02/2010 at 14:29

    Nigeria will be based in Ballito, KZN North Coast at Hampshire Hotel, and use the Ashton International College Football pitch.

    Greece & Cameroon will be based in Umhlanga, KZN North Coast.

    • 20. Eric  |  12/02/2010 at 16:44

      Is Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga?

    • 22. Miriam Mannak  |  12/02/2010 at 16:48

      Thanks for this – I will add them to the list

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  • 25. uberVU - social comments  |  25/02/2010 at 14:36

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by miriammannak: Planning to stalk your soccer team during the 2010 world cup but no clue where they are staying> Well I do! 🙂

  • 26. Xolani Tame  |  30/03/2010 at 17:24

    Can you support me with the base of each country where their choose to stay for the duration of hte world cup 2010.

    In which provinces their choose.

    • 27. Miriam Mannak  |  06/04/2010 at 10:46

      I have made an extensive list of base camps – with the cities.

  • 28. capetownworldcup  |  07/05/2010 at 08:15

    I heard that there will be no base camp in Cape Town due to Cape Town being below sea level which would not give good training conditions in such an important tournament.

    • 29. Miriam Mannak  |  11/05/2010 at 10:35

      Apparently that is one of the reasons. Another reason is that Cape Town is relatively far from the other cities, and especially Johannesburg 9which hosts the bulk of the matches).

  • 30. maria ascencao  |  21/05/2010 at 14:19

    Hi, just want to make sure if news doing the round is true. Will Portugal be having an official traing session in the Magaliesburg training camp on sunday 6th June? and is it open to the public for viewing?

    • 31. Miriam Mannak  |  23/05/2010 at 15:42

      Dear Maria,
      I have no idea, but will have a look into it.
      Thanks for the heads up,

  • 32. Lebo More  |  06/06/2010 at 23:21

    Hi Maria and Miriam, yes Portugal had an open training session today in Magaliesburg. It was fabulous and the people of Mogale City and the sourroundings came in their large numbers to give support. Cameras were flashing left, right and centre. Portugal flags flying everywhere.

    • 33. Miriam Mannak  |  07/06/2010 at 09:30

      Sounds fantastic!!! As no teams are based in Cape Town, we will probably not have any training sessions, unfortunately …

  • 34. Brenda  |  08/06/2010 at 11:09

    Does anyone know where teh Portugal team is stayign when they in dbn??????????

    • 35. Miriam Mannak  |  08/06/2010 at 11:23

      They probably fly back and forth, from games to base camp. This has to do with security, I think.

  • 36. Manelisi Mbuli  |  08/06/2010 at 22:28

    Well as usual the Eastern Cape has failed….no team is intrested on having a base camp in E.C.Nothing ever seens to go right in my beautiful lovely province only thanks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the stadium neh!

  • 37. Lebo More  |  08/06/2010 at 23:32

    Yes Miriam you are correct. Portugual throughout they world would be permanently staying in Valley Lodge in Magaliesburg, Mogale City. They would be flying and bus riding day in and out.

  • 38. nikki  |  11/06/2010 at 09:36

    please can u tell me when spain is coming to durban for their first match and where will they be staying and training?

    • 39. Miriam Mannak  |  11/06/2010 at 20:44

      Have a look at the match schedule I have put up. They will be staying at their basecamp (which means they will be flying back after the game)

  • 40. lisa  |  14/06/2010 at 15:09

    any one know where the Italian team is staying in Cape Town on the 13th and 14th? are they leaving cape town on the 15th already ?

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  • 42. Sara  |  20/06/2010 at 22:03

    Hi.. do you know whether any of the teams will be visiting Cape Town shopping centres, or places in Cape Town-a.k.a gyms,restaurants etc. or if they have decided to have open training sessions here?
    I live in Claremont and today Korea DPR passed by my place, was so excited. and the other day David Beckham was in Virgin Active in Claremont, but i missed that.

    • 43. Miriam Mannak  |  21/06/2010 at 09:26

      Unfortunately I am too busy to keep track of what the teams are doing in their spare time. I do not have a direct line to them. I am more focused on hard news, really.


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