Wolfsburg - The countdown's begun for the Rückrunde opener between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München on 30 January.

The second-placed Wolves have 11 points to make up on the league leaders and will soon travel to Cape Town, South Africa, to help get them in the best possible shape for the task.

Rigorous schedule

Dieter Hecking's men are scheduled to spend a week in the Rainbow nation, where - from 11-18 January - they'll be squeezing every last sinew out on the training pitches of South African Premier Soccer League outfit Ajax Cape Town.

Wolfsburg will also tackle their gracious hosts in a friendly on 14 January, before taking on Chippa United four days later, 750 kilometres east in Port Elizabeth. It'll be the second time in as many years Ajax Cape Town have met German opposition, having edged out VfB Stuttgart during the Swabians' eye-opening South African tour last January.

South Africa's second-most populous city is a veritable treasure trove when it comes to things to do. A cable car ride up Table Mountain is a must, as is abseiling back down, while no trip to Cape Town would be complete without a day trip to Robben Island - synonymous with the late Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years in its maximum security prison.