Located on the banks of the Crocodile River in the northeastern part of the country, Nelspruit lies about 330 kilometres east of Johannesburg and is one of South Africa's most important agricultural hubs.

This fertile valley boasts perfect climatic conditions for growing citrus and tropical fruit, including mangoes, bananas and avocadoes.

Population: 21,541

Altitude: 660 metres

Sightseeing: Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, covering a total of 18,989 square kilometres and boasts more than 140 different species. Shangana cultural village gives visitors a glimpse of the country's ethic and linguistic diversity. The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, formed more than 3,000 million years ago. Mac Mac Falls is a stunning natural spectacle, with its crystal clear waters plunging more than 65 metres.

Here's an interesting fact: Nelspruit is the hometown of defender David Nyathi, who played for South Africa's national team at the 1998 World Cup in France.

Local soccer clubs: Mpumalanga Black Aces (Premier League), Witbank Spurs (First Division).

World Cup climate: The city has warm temperatures, ranging from 23 C during the day to a low of 20 C at night.

World Cup stadium: The Mbombela Stadium is one of the newly built facilities for the 2010 World Cup, taking its name from the local municipality, which incorporates the city of Nelspruit. Mbombela is siSwati (one of the country's 11 official languages) and means "many people together in a small space."

2010 World Cup matches: Honduras vs. Chile on June 16; Italy vs. New Zealand on June 20; Australia vs. Serbia on June 23; and North Korea vs. Ivory Coast on June 25.