Easy access to Mpuma for World Cup tourists

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga's tourism authorities have assured 2010 FIFA World Cup tourists to the province that there would be safe and convenient routes into the province during the tournament.

The one option of travelling to Mpumalanga is by using the recently upgraded and very well-maintained N4 national highway.

"By driving, you will also enjoy spectacular views," said Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency (MTPA) chief executive Charles Ndabeni. "But the N4 isn't the only option. Road conditions throughout the province are generally good with many scenic and alternate routes for the more adventurous. "

There is also a short Comair flight with competitive pricing to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. The 40-minute flight departs at 10:10 every Sunday to Friday from OR Tambo and returns at 12-noon from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

The first World Cup match at the Mbombela Stadium is a Group H clash between Honduras and Chile on 16 June, followed by matches between Italy and New Zealand (20 June), Australia against Serbia (23 June) and two days later, when North Korea play against the Ivory Coast.

"During the tournament, we plan to showcase our scenic beauty, as well as introduce to international visitors our diverse culture, Ubuntu values and African hospitality.

"Mpumalanga is a destination with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, culture and heritage. The beauty of our province has won the hearts of many international and domestic tourists and is set to do so again during the World Cup," said Ndabeni.