More than just a rugby player, Siya Kolisi is a true icon in South Africa. The first black captain in the history of South African rugby, he was the one who led the Springbok national team to the world title in 2019 and… in 2023!
The South African Tourist Board, which has just launched its brand new marketing campaign “Live South Africa!” », made Siya Kolisi its new ambassador to wear the colors of the destination. Immediate embarkation in the footsteps of Siya Kolisi: discovery of the 5 emblematic places and the key moments which shaped her life and marked her journey.
Gqeberha: the birthplace of a legend
Siya Kolisi’s hometown, Gqeberha – formerly Port Elizabeth – is the origin of the South African rugby star’s exceptional career. This charming coastal town, at the eastern tip of the famous “Garden Route”, is renowned for its beaches, national parks and historic city center. Also called “the city of friendship”, Gqeberha offers an authentic and warm insight into South African culture. You can discover the places that marked Siya’s youth, including the prestigious Gray High School and the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium where he began his professional career.
Mossel Bay: the start of an epic
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Gqeberha, it was in Mossel Bay that he was first spotted as a young rugby prodigy when he was only 12 years old. Visitors will be able to explore this small seaside resort, and enjoy its golden beaches and the many water activities that make it one of the country’s coastal pearls.
The Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit: his arrival in the national team
On June 15, 2013, Siya made his debut for the South African national team at the Mbombela Stadium, located in Nelspruit. By taking a guided tour of this stadium, travelers have the opportunity to discover an emblematic place in the history of South African rugby. The journey continues in the town of Nelspruit, gateway to the Kruger Park and its many neighboring game reserves.
Stellenbosch: love and family
In 2016, Siya celebrated his wedding to his wife Rachel in Stellenbosch. For what ? No doubt for the undeniable charm of this picturesque town which offers endless possibilities to travelers: tastings in the heart of world-renowned vineyards, walks and hikes through its valleys and wooded hills or even horseback or bicycle rides along of the Eerste river. Between its historic center, its green orchards and its nature reserves, Stellenbosch and its surroundings are full of tourist activities.
Durban: the city of new challenges
In 2021, Siya signed with the Durban Sharks team. This dynamic city on the Indian Ocean, with a subtropical climate, offers travelers a variety of cultural, sporting and life-size experiences: visit to the Phansi Museum, segway ride along the “Golden Mile”, discovery of its botanical gardens lush, etc. Gastronomically, Durban is deeply marked by Indian and Zulu cultures. It offers its guests the most delicious cuisine. Finally, for the more sporty, the city is also famous for its unique surf spots in the world!