South Africa World Cup

The 2010 World Cup will help me fulfill a few life goals…1st off my borrowed motto from my friend Fabian that “i will go to every World Cup from here on out”.  During this trip I will knock out a few more….quick itinerary of our trip:

Our group:

  • Dave “Schif/Sherbet/Schurbit/Surebet/Enzo” Schifrin – former Fram soccer teammate who now calls Scottsdale home.  known for his long throw-ins, inability to not slip & desire for debate
  • Brian “China Doll” Mackerer – current Fram soccer teammate who came out of retirement despite 1000’s of injuries, a marriage & a little baby-girl.  Super Sweeper as I call him was a surprise participant for this trip but finally committed to join the adventure
  • Ceara – The Girlfriend as she is known to Schif…our 1st meeting will be in Durban on June 12th but I feel like I’ve known her for years just by her being on our planning emails…looking forward to learning her yoga skillz
  • Brody – Schif’s college buddy who resides in Abu Dhabi and will be joining us a few days into our trip

The itinerary:

  • Schif & Ceara hit the Dark Continent via Dubai a few days before the rest of us to hit Kruger National Park
  • June 9th:  Brian & I fly out of LA that night…me via London on Virgin Atlantic, him via Dubai on Emirates.
  • June 11th:  BMack & I arrive in Johannesburg & immediately jump on a plane to Durban, pick up our VW mini-van & check in to our B&B in Uhmlanga (pronounced Uhm-shlanga) just north of Durban city center on the beach.  our B&B – www.africandreamz.co.za
  • 12th: recover from 2 days of flying, pick up the Schifrins from the airport & watch the big USA vs England game…come on US!
  • 13th: tix to the Germany vs Australia match in Durban’s fantastic ocean-side stadium…Deutchland uber alles!
  • 14th: head to Hluhluwe-Imfolzi Game Reserve a few hours north of Durban in the land of Shaka Zulu for 2 nites at Hilltop Camp (www.places.co.za/html/7869.html )…its in a malaria zone but its low threat in winter plus i have mosquito repellent & will be taking malaria pills.
  • 15th: check out the Big 5…no not the sporting goods store, the 5 most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa:  lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino…plus maybe see some Nile Crocodiles at nearby St Lucia Park.
  • 16th:  back to Durban for 1 nite at B&B in Morningside area…and possibly get to the Spain vs Switzerland game – our B&B: www.theneukguesthouse.co.za
  • 17th:  early departure for flight to JoBurg or Jozi.  Brian & I are staying at one of his buddy’s apts in Krugersdorp area; Schif & Ceara are in a Sandton B&B…BMack & I hit Argentina vs South Korea at Soccer City in early afternoon…could be the most high-paced game in the whole tournament…Messi & Tevez!
  • 18th:  Brody joins the crew…all of us hit USA vs Slovenia at Ellis Park…3 pts USA!
  • 19th:  go to Cameroon vs Denmark in Pretoria…torn who i root for.
  • 20th:  early flight to Cape Town but head to Stellenbosch for wine country for the day/nite.  our B&B is www.rustenbosch.com
  • 21st:  drive to Hermanus for 1 night…land-based whale watching capital of the world & stay at www.hermanusbackbackers.co.za
  • 22nd:  one of my top goals in life gets fulfilled…Mom dont read this:  cage-diving with Carcharodon Carcharias aka the Great White Shark!  our tour is with the legendary Brian McFarlane (www.sharkcagediving.net ).  Shark Alley off Dyer Island  is probably the best place in the world to do this and the spot where you may have seen Air Jaws on Discovery Channel/Shark Week…amazing. 
  • after this adventure and hopefully having seen the Big 7 (Southern Right Whale & Great White added in…plus if i get to see a Nile Croc in KwaZulu Natal that will make my Big 8 ) we drive back to Cape Town and check into our sweet apartment right in town (www.flatrocksuites.com)
  • 23rd:  still to be determined.  our options:  Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach to check out the Jackass Penguins, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Camps Bay or Robben Island where Mandela was jailed.  and then USA vs Algeria at 4pm local time…i’m calling a win to top the group.
  • 24th:  Mackerer flies out early for return to US…i have 2:30 flight to JoBurg for flight back to US via London
  • 25th:  back in the USA
  • 26th:  Chivas USA hosts FC Dallas

I have added some more pics from South Africa below…to see all of them hit my Google pic page at: https://picasaweb.google.com/115038435497715174781/2010WorldCupSouthAfrica?feat=email

Durban - on the beach in Uhmhlanga

walk into stadium for Germany (4) vs Australia (0) in Durban

Giraffe at Hluhluwe/Imfolozi reserve

Brian...err Baboon

our little buddy at our Umhlanga B&B

Brian loves gators...

Brian & I heading into Argentina-South Korea game at Soccer City JoBurg

inside Soccer City

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