The England cricket team is coming to South Africa for the 2015/16 season. It’s set to be an exciting summer for cricket fans, as the two sides battle it out over a 10-week tour that includes a four-match Test series, five One-Day Internationals and two 20Twenty Internationals!
England touches down in South Africa on 11 December 2015, and after a couple of warm-up games against an Invitational XI; the action steps up a gear with the traditional Boxing Day Test played at Kingsmead in Durban. Then it’s down to Cape Town for the New Year Test at Sahara Park Newlands, one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world.
Following that the teams head to the Highveld for the third and fourth Tests in Johannesburg and Centurion. Following on is the five-match One-Day International series played in stadiums across the country. And finally enjoy the fast pace and nail-biting moments of the Twenty20 games in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
You could watch the tour on your TV at home, the heating turned up high; or leave the grey skies of England behind and fly south to the South African summer. Imagine sitting out in glorious sunshine, watching world-class cricket followed by a few days on the beaches of Cape Town or a big game safari in the world-renowned Sabi Sands. Sound good?
This is the best time of year to visit South Africa, so you’ll need to start planning your holiday soon. Below is the breakdown of England’s tour itinerary, followed by a few ideas of top places to stay.
Sunfoil Test Series
- 26-30 Dec: First Test, Kingsmead, Durban
- 2-6 Jan: Second Test, Newlands, Cape Town
- 14-18 Jan: Third Test, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
- 22-26 Jan: Forth Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Momentum ODI Series
- 3 Feb: First ODI, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein
- 6 Feb: Second ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
- 9 Feb: Third ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion
- 12 Feb: Forth ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
- 14 Feb: Fifth ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
KFC T20 Series
- 19 Feb: First T20 International, Newlands, Cape Town
- 21 Feb: Second T20 International, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Cape Town: Four Rosmead (left) is a boutique guest house tucked away at the foot of Table Mountain, while Taj Cape Town (right) lies at the heart of the city on a lovely pedestrian walkway lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops.
Johannesburg: 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate (left) has the feel of an English country home in beautifully landscaped gardens. For city living, the luxurious 54 on Bath (right) is surrounded by the high-end shops, restaurants and art galleries of Rosebank.
Durban: we recommend staying just north of the city in beach-lined Umhlanga, conveniently close to the Kingsmead cricket ground. Here are top picks are the Oyster Box (left) with its colonial charm,, and the award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel (right).
Port Elizabeth: Radisson Blu (left) is a chic luxury hotel close to Port Elizabeth’s Blue Flag beaches, while No 5 Boutique Art Hotel (right) has 10 suites individually decorated in true Art Deco style.
Top Travel Itineraries: after watching the cricket, why not continue your holiday with this Cape Town, Garden Route & Malaria-Free Safari. Or make the most of your time in Southern Africa by exploring the top destinations of Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls.
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