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The countdown to next summer’s World Cup has begun

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The countdown to next summer’s World Cup has begun

December 01 2009
Claire Wrathall

FIFA makes the draw for next year’s World Cup finals on December 4, so there is no time to lose in making arrangements if you want to travel to South Africa next summer. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious private mansion with staff and armed security within striking distance of Soweto, where five first-round matches (including the opener) and the final will be played, or an elegant beach-front house in Cape Town’s vibrant Camps Bay, not far from its new glow-in-the-dark Green Point Stadium, the person to consult is the formidably well-connected Frances Geoghegan of Africa Travel (

She has the low-down on not just the desirable private rentals, but also the soon-to-open hotels, such as the Taj (pictured;, part of which has been converted from the former Temple Chambers and South Africa Reserve Bank on St George’s Mall in Cape Town.