The French Football Federation confirmed that France would make Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa in Knysna its base camp for the Fifa World Cup.
Pezula chairman Keith Stewart said "he was delighted that after months of negotiations and visits from the federation and Fifa, and following the World Cup draw in Cape Town, Pezula was set to become the home of the French team next year"
“This is a fantastic opportunity not just for Pezula but also for Knysna. I believe this event will herald a new chapter for Knysna as a destination.
“Les Bleus will bring a significant media contingent of about 200 accredited journalists with them, plus an entourage of followers that will fill up the town. The community will reap the benefits for many years to come.”
The team has booked the hotel exclusively for the World Cup. France, drawn in Group A to play South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay, will arrive at Pezula in early June.
Stewart said the federation was attracted by the privacy, security, luxury accommodation and superb facilities at the resort.
On Monday, Eden Fifa World Cup coordinator Andy Lamont said Japan and Paraguay had formalised their bases for 2010.