Paraguay will open their account in Cape Town against Italy. They will then travel to Mangaung/ Bloemfontein, a distance of about 1000kms, to play Slovakia. This journey will take you through the Karoo, which is known for its idyllic scenery and breathtaking wildflowers.
Travel options from Cape Town to Mangaung/ Bloemfontein
By plane: There are regular daily flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. A flight between the two cities takes approx. 1hr40mins.
By car: From Cape Town take the N1 North which will lead you straight to Bloemfontein city centre. The total drive will take approximately ten hours and on the way you will drive through the Northern Cape Province, Upingnton and a number of other small towns.
By bus: All intercity bus companies service the route between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Buses in Cape Town leave from the Strand Street bus station in the city centre and will take you to the Transit Centre at the Bloemfontein Tourist Information Centre, on 60 Park Road.
By train: The rail route is serviced on a daily basis. The Cape Town railway station has recently been upgraded and you will be able to catch a train at Adderly and Strand Streets in the city centre.
Following their match in Bloemfontein, Paraguay then travels to Polokwane to play New Zealand in their final group match. Driving, taking a bus or hopping on a train are all options if you are following your team to Polokwane. Another option is to catch a flight to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport from Bloemfontein Airport and then hire a car and drive the rest of the way.
Travel options between Mangaung/ Bloemfontein and Polokwane
By plane: While Polokwane has an airport, it is small and flights from Bloemfontein do not go there frequently. However, there are regular daily flights from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg. Once you have landed you can chose to either rent a car and drive to Polokwane or catch a bus, taxi or train to South Africa’s most northern city.
By car: Polokwane is approximately 770km from Bloemfontein. To drive there, take the N1 North. This will take you through Johannesburg and Pretoria en route to Polokwane. The drive should take you around seven and a half hours.
By bus: Buses arrive and depart from the Transit Centre at Bloemfontein Tourist Information Centre on Park Road. All of the intercity companies service this route.