Sport Stadium Tours
Johannesburg Soweto Pretoria
Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria sport stadium tours.
Soccer City (FNB), South Africa’s Stadium of Stadium’s Loftus Versfeld and Orlando Stadium.
Ellis Park Stadium – Spiritual home of South African Rugby.
Sport Stadium tours
Ekala Eco Tours can supply stadium tours to all stadiums accordingly detailed on this page.
However if events are to take place in the stadium or has just taken place, stadium tours would not be available at those times.
We can do a combination of stadium tours on one day. Alternatively cover one stadium with other local historical or cultural tours.
Stadium Tours however do need to be specifically booked. As tours inside these stadiums are not accordingly included as a standard to our Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto tours.
Advance stadium tour bookings thus required.
Accordingly private, professional and reliable tailor made sport stadium tours.
Wanderers Cricket Stadium – Johannesburg
Originally built on the site of the current Johannesburg Railway Station.
Then later relocated to the current location of the Ellis Park Stadium.
Construction on the current Wanderers Cricket Stadium commenced in 1955.
With the first Cricket game taking place on the 16, 17 and 19 November 1956, between the then Transvaal and Natal.
Wanderers Cricket Stadium, although a Cricket Stadium, however was used for rugby games while the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium was being rebuilt.
South Africa and South America played an international at Wanderers in 1980.
The Wanderers Stadium has a capacity of 34 000 and hosted preliminary matches and then the final match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
R60-million has been spent on stadium upgrades as a result of South Africa’s return to International cricket in 1991.
This then included the Centenary Pavilion at the north end of the ground and the Unity Pavilion, on the south end of the ground.
The Memorial Pavilion, on the north-west side, was then completed in October 1994. While a year later the Western Pavilion was refurbished.
Within months of this the four 30-metre high floodlights were accordingly replaced with five new masts, each 65-metre high.
This then enabled the Wanderers Stadium to host its first day/night limited-over’s international – this between South Africa and Zimbabwe on 31 January 1997.
Consequently Wanderers is now regarded as one of the best stadiums in world cricket for day/night games.
Accordingly South Africa’s ultimate Cricket Stadium.
Thus visiting actual historical sites steeped in significant heritage.
Different Sport Stadium tour options are available – therefore with different durations and prices.
Further tour options to include with the stadium tour to create a full day/multi day tour:
- Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Motorised Tour
- Ann van Dyk – De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary
- Soweto Historical and Cultural tour
- Johannesburg Historical and Cultural tour
- Constitution Hill including Constitutional Court
- Freedom Route – South Africa’s Journey to Freedom tour
- Gandhi Tour – Mahatma Gandhi’s Johannesburg heritage tour
- Pilanesberg Safari
- Kruger Safari
- Elephant Sanctuary
- Monkey Sanctuary
- Pretoria Historical and Cultural tour
Soccer City (FNB), South Africa’s Stadium of Stadium’s.
SOCCER CITY STADIUM (FNB Stadium) – Johannesburg/Soweto
Largest stadium in Africa. Located on the border of Soweto and known as Soccer City, however the correct name is the FNB Stadium.
Renovation on the stadium started early in 2006 and then completed early 2010. Thus just before the opening of the 2010 soccer world cup.
Soccer City stadium was the show-piece venue of the World Cup, accordingly hosting both the opening and closing matches and ceremonies.
Design Features: African pottery and calabash (South African squash) inspired. Cost: R1.5-billion. Capacity: 97 400.
Soccer world cup featured matches: Two warm up matches accordingly before the opening of the world cup.
The opening match.
Five 1st round matches.
One 2nd round match.
One quarter final and then the final between Holland and Spain.
While future use – All purpose stadium:
Rugby – South Africa has played international games in the stadium.
Music events – Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen as well as U2 performed at Soccer City.
Soccer – numerous games having being played here since the Soccer World Cup.
Tours through the stadium – to be booked in advance as it is not always possible then to get into the stadium.
For a Johannesburg/Soweto tour, Ekala then does then stop outside the stadium as part of a day tour.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium – Pretoria
The stadium has significant historical sporting importance. Loftus Versfeld, located in Pretoria, is the home of Blue Bulls rugby franchise and additionally Mamelodi Sundowns soccer team.
Built in 1928 and then renovated several times, requiring only minimum upgrade for the 2010 world cup.
Design Features: Performance oriented stadium accordingly without design extravagances.
CAPACITY: 50 000. Soccer world cup featured matches: Four 1st round games then one 2nd round match.
ELLIS PARK STADIUM – Johannesburg
Built in 1928, Ellis Park has significant historical sporting importance. Spiritual home of South African rugby while having hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, which South Africa won.
Home to both the Gauteng Lions rugby franchise and then Orlando Pirates. Ellis Park is indeed a venue designed to intimidate visitors.
Steep, high seating with excellent acoustics, thus perfect for emotive fans.
Design Features: Located in the Johannesburg City centre. It is sharp-angled therefore imposing without obvious stylistic pretensions.
CAPACITY: 60 000. Ellis Park was then used during the Confederations cup in 2009 as the Soccer City stadium was not ready at this stage.
Soccer world cup matches thus featured:
Five 1st round matches
One 2nd round
Orlando Stadium – Soweto
Built in 1959, costing £37 500 and seating 24 000 people, with it being home stadium to the then Johannesburg Bantu Football Association (JBFA).
Orlando Stadium has additionally had as their home ground, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows.
Additionally Orlando Stadium was the intended destination of the June 16th 1976 march from Vilakazi street by the students of Soweto schools.
Then protesting against Afrikaans tuition.
R280-million revamp to the Stadium began in May 2006.
Then with the new contemporary designed stadium reopening on 22 November 2008.
The Stadiums capacity was significantly boosted to 40 000. Orlando Stadium is easily accessible for the disabled. With no stairs between the tiers and 280 wheelchair friendly seats.
Apart from countless Soweto derbies, the Orlando Stadium has hosted athletics meetings, boxing matches, as well as jazz festivals and concerts.
Orlando Stadium has bared witness to many notable moments in South Africa’s history.
Including the struggle hero, Walter Sisulu memorial service at the Orlando Stadium in 1993, attended by both Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela.
Rand Stadium – Johannesburg
Rand Stadium, located in Rosettenville, a suburb located in Southern Johannesburg.
The Stadium was constructed in 1949 at a cost of £60,000, with an then capacity of 15,000.
First renovations in 1964 and additionally in 1976 that saw flood lighting used for the first time.
Had it not been for the 2010 World Cup, the Rand Stadium would have then been demolished in 2006.
The Rand Stadium underwent a R76-million facelift, while retaining the original look and feel of the stadium.
Proudly retaining its old scoreboard, hence a reminder of the stadium’s history.
Then reopened in August 2008 and used as a training field for teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Capacity: 28 000, in two tiers.
Private collection and drop off – then supplied as a fully guided professional Sport Stadium tour. Thus covering en-route as may be possible from collection to drop off. As a result, not simply a point to point transfer with a driver.
Private – professional – fully guided sport stadium tours.
Different tour/safari options available - historical/cultural/wildlife - structured around your requirements and timing to create a multi day local tour package:
- General local Johannesburg/Pretoria tours and safaris Pilanesberg and Kruger
- Mine Tours - gold and diamonds - surface and underground.
- Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Motorised Tour - Shafts, Kimberlite dumps, slimes dam, big hole to new operations.
- Mine Historical Tour - Cullinan Diamond village to early operations including the black worker compound.
- Cullinan Diamond Mine Underground tour - only opportunity for an underground tour in a working mine - underground with the working shift.
- Gold Mine tours - Johannesburg gold history - over 130 years of Johannesburg as one of the biggest gold producers in the world.
- Ann van Dyk - De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary - cheetah and wild dog experience.
- Elephant Sanctuary - an interaction tour that is compatible with wildlife conservation.
- Monkey Sanctuary - Experiencing primates in a natural environment - NO interactions with these primates.
- Ekala Eco Bird tours - South Africa – one of the most desirable birding areas in the World.
- Soweto Township Cultural tour - Ekala does not invade people's privacy.
- Alexandra Township tour - part walking tour and part tour in an Alexandra Taxi.
- Lesedi cultural village - Living African Culture - Colourful Culture Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Sotho and Ndebele.
- Soweto Historical tour - early 1900's establishment, through the Apartheid struggle with the major events that played an important part of our history - not only for Soweto but South Africa as a whole.
- Johannesburg Historical tour - from farm land to the world's biggest gold producer to the backbone of South Africa.
- Freedom Route - South Africa’s Journey to Freedom tour including the life of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against Apartheid.
- Gandhi Tour - Mahatma Gandhi’s Johannesburg heritage tour.
- Liliesleaf historical site including Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Rivonia Trial. Nelson Mandela and others involved in the Rivonia trial and general opposition to Apartheid.
- Pretoria - Historical tour - Colonialism - Boer/British to democracy tour.
- Battlefield tours - South Africa Battlefield Route Tour – Anglo/Boer and Anglo/Zulu and Voortrekker/Zulu
- Pilanesberg Safari - full day private safari or overnight/multi day safari
- Kruger Safari - private safaris with the greater Kruger National Game park.
Other Professional tours:
- Constitution Hill including Constitutional Court - Old Fort to Prisons and the Constitutional Court Complex.
- Paleontology tour - Cradle of Humankind including both Maropeng and Sterkfontein Cave with current finds and activities.
- Panorama route tour - en-route to or from the Kruger.
With Ekala – thus far more than simply a set time sport stadium tour
Superior photographic opportunities, paired additionally with highly experienced professional guides.
Thus providing a unique experience.
Ekala Family & Guides
Ekala family & tour guides
We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa.
Thus we focus were our experience and expertise lies – in South Africa only.
Highly Experienced Guides
Accordingly with our vast experience and expertise, we will bring the tour to life.
Additionally sharing our love and knowledge of South Africa.
Ensuring as a result, you leave full of the best memories.
Private sport stadium tours
Thus Ekala will endeavor to personalise your tour package according to individual requirements/interests as well as available time .
Furthermore Ekala personally conducts and organises all our stadium tours
As highly experience and professional guides.
Consequently you get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s wildlife, history and diverse cultures.
Thus the best South African Experience
Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s national assets.
A sport stadium tour to remember for the right reason
Sport Stadium tour prices
No prices on our website as a result of the unique, individual and specialised requirements for each tour we supply.
Thus Ekala structure our tours/safari’s around our client’s individual requirements.
So if time is limited
We thus structure the Sport Stadium tour from arrival to departure – including airport collection and drop off.
Accordingly using all time available as a fully guided professional tour.
Consequently not simply a point to point mixed group drive around.
As a result, tour quote based on your specific requirements.
Ekala’s stadium tours can then be adapted to the client’s individual needs.
Accordingly we accommodate specific and personal requirements.