If you’re a sports fan and you’re keen to get in on the action while exploring Africa’s diverse countries, you won’t be disappointed. This is a continent boasting some of the world’s most passionate aficionados. Whether you’re in the throes of planning a personalised South Africa holiday or you plan to visit Zimbabwe or Kenya, you’ll never be too far away from an event of some sort. Here are some top tips to help you plan a sporting tour of Africa.
Test cricket in Zimbabwe
Take a day out from exploring Zimbabwe’s stunning landscapes to watch a game of cricket. Zimbabwe are one of the best test teams in Africa and you’re guaranteed a lively match and electric atmosphere if you join the huge crowds in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe are a recognised test team, and you can expect a high level of quality, plenty of impressive shots and some pretty spectacular fielding too. Check fixtures before you travel and book tickets to avoid disappointment. Potential opponents include the West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa.
Rugby union in South Africa
South Africa has an excellent club competition, but it’s also a world leader on the international scene. The Springboks boast a lengthy list of awards, prizes and titles and they play with flair and energy. Watch out for crunching tackles, darting, weaving runs and plenty of heart and spirit. Rugby union is very popular in South Africa and test matches sell out quickly, so buy tickets in advance. The national squad has no permanent home and matches take place around the country in cities such as Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. If the Springboks aren’t in action, check out the fixture list for the Super Rugby league or the Pro 14, which is an international competition with teams from Wales, Scotland, Italy, Ireland and South Africa.
Football in Kenya
The Kenyan football team hasn’t set the world alight with recent results, but football remains the most popular sport. Kenya is renowned for its beach resorts and incredible safari holidays, but it’s also a great place to be a sports lover. Football is played everywhere and you’ll also come across basketball and volleyball matches, as well as running competitions. If you’re keen to see a football match and support a local team, Nairobi is the place to be. Tickets are inexpensive and there’s always a great atmosphere. The Kenyan national team is based at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. The team competes in competitions such as the Africa Cup of Nations. Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup, but there are hopes to get there one day.
If you’re a sports lover, you won’t find it difficult to find a match or a game in Africa, no matter which country you’re in the midst of discovering. If you’re planning a sports tour, it’s well worth taking a look at international fixtures and trying to get tickets. Failing that, there are some fantastic national and local competitions you can enjoy.