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30 Oct

Have a Cracking Cricketing Christmas – South Africa v England Test Series

South Africa: Christmas Cricket and Beyond. Where To Go and What To Do Away From The Cricket Pitch

Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

The last time England’s cricket team toured South Africa was way back in 2009 – 2010, when the tournament ended 1 – 1. Grab the opportunity to once again be back in the land of sun, by booking your Christmas trip to South Africa and witness sporting history in the making.

The festive season is a busy period, so be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance well in advance of your trip. Once this is out of the way, you can spend time planning your adventure. Read on to find out more about England’s upcoming matches and the best places to explore whilst you’re in the area.

The Matches

The sport kicks off on Boxing Day, where England will start a four-match Test series in Durban. On 2nd January, the team will head to Cape Town for the next four match Test. The England team will then move in to Johannesburg and Centurion for the last two four-match Tests, taking them up to 26th January.

From 3rd February, England will play a series of five one day matches, finishing with two Twenty20 matches; one each in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The last time the two cricket teams met was three years ago, back in 2012, when England were beaten 2 – 0 by South Africa. Hopefully England’s luck will have changed for their next encounter.

Christmas in South Africa

South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so Christmas time is during the country’s summer months. Typically, temperatures range between eighteen and twenty-five degrees Celsius, meaning you can be sure of a warm and pleasant trip.

Must-Sees

Obviously, the cricket will be on your itinerary, but don’t forget to make time for these unforgettable South African tourist destinations too.

Durban: This is the biggest city in South Africa. The Durban region is popular amongst South Africans and has become even more of a tourist destination since its redevelopment in 2010 for the World Cup. The ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront is the perfect place for catching some morning sun whilst on a jog or watching the world go by as you enjoy an ice cream. Don’t forget to check out Durban’s popular aquarium too.

Kruger National Park: It would be a crime to visit South Africa and not venture to Kruger National Park. This particular park is one of the largest in South Africa and offers a huge range of animals, including lions, leopards, rhino and elephants. Sign yourself up for a morning bush walk, with an experienced guide, before booking out a trip on a 4×4 and exploring the park with the wind in your hair. You can wrap up the visit with an unforgettable trip in a hot air balloon, to see the park from a totally different point of view.

KwaZulu-Natal: The Christmas period in South Africa is always busy. Most of the country is on holiday during this time of year, so some of the most popular areas will be filled with tourists. However, this can make for a vibrant and exciting experience. KwaZulu-Natal is no exception. As South Africa’s third smallest province, this coastal area is known for its beautiful beaches and its breath-taking mountains. The east side of the province is home to iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with unusual landforms. The habitat is home to a wealth of South African marine life.

South Africa offers a wealth of enjoyment over the Christmas period. And having the chance to see England play in one of their most important tournaments will be the perfect icing on your Christmas Cake. So what are you waiting for? Check those flight times, buy some test match tickets and book your Christmas trip of a lifetime.

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