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gathering with purpose

cultural city of Durban, the Olive Convention Centre is a world class conferencing facility. The centre offers a practical, user friendly and

Located in the heart of the vibrant multi-

technologically advanced meeting facility, with wireless internet in all venues.

The venue is versatile, flexible and seating can be configured for theatre style, classroom style and banqueting style. We offer professional food, beverage and décor to choose from. Each event we host is a truly unique experience for guests from 30 to 1 600.

81 Somtseu Road, Durban, South Africa T: +27 (0)31 337 1110 E: info@oliveconventioncentre.co.za W: www.oliveconventioncentre.co.za


SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau is a partnership special division of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and an initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and the Ethekwini Municipality. The aim is to promote the business events or business tourism services of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and metropolitan region of Durban. The vision of this organisation is to showcase Durban and KwaZuluNatal as the premier business tourism destination in Africa. Its mission is to aggressively identify and bid for small, medium and large ‘business tourism gatherings’ with researched potential of significant return on investment (ROI) and to passionately raise the level of awareness of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s wide range of business tourism venues and associated services. Dedicated convention bureaux have proved to be the key determinants of successful business tourism destinations as meeting planners regard convention bureaux as very important sources of impartial and objective information about destinations and details about meetings venues. The Bureau maintains an accurate register of all business tourism providers in the destination, and collects critical statistics on business tourism. Two of the most notable achievements of this entity over its six years of its existence have been the fact that it, together with a range of partners, have helped to secure over 60 bids for the city and province worth in excess of R3-billion. Furthermore, this entity assisted KwaZulu-Natal and Durban to be recognised as Business Travel Destinations Africa’s MICE Destination of the year for 2012 and 2013 and the World Travel Awards Leading African Business Events Destination for 2014 and 2015. For more information regarding various business tourism services and attractions of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, please make use of the interactive database search facilities on www.durbankzncb.co.za. Alternatively contact Gugu Mchunu on +27 31 366 7580 or email: conventions@dbnkzncb.co.za

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How we can help you… The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau, together with its partners offer support with: o Promotional materials o Educational trips and site inspections o Supplier information and quotations o Social programmes o Pre and post tours and incentive packages o Assistance with congress bids o Convention publicity and delegate boosting o Destination display and promotion o Information packs and welcome kits for delegates o Shuttle services o Identification of business event services and venues What we can do for you… The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau is able to: o Offer lead generation and tracking thereby assisting with the identification of business tourism opportunities. o Assist co-ordinating and producing bid documents and offers bid support with associations, meeting planners and venues. o Offer delegate boosting and marketing support for specific meetings. o Showcase the attractions and business tourism services of any region of KwaZulu-Natal from a business tourism perspective. o Assist with product development and accreditation. o Assist with impact assessments. o Assist with the coordination of your event.


WELCOME

Welcome

CONTENTS

MR SIHLE ZIKALALA, MPL KWAZULU-NATAL MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM I am pleased introduce the fourth edition of the KwaZulu-Natal Meetings Industry Guide. The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal is acutely aware of the important impact which business event delegate spend can have on the economy of our province. However, we also realise that the impact of such events extends way beyond this simple fact. One of the core benefits of hosting such events is that it builds the knowledge and capacity of our local population in important economic sectors and professional fields. Another benefit is that it stimulates leisure tourism and further business event or tourism opportunities. Research has revealed that as many as 20 - 40% of conference delegates that have a stimulating overall experience of the destination in which it is hosted, return as leisure tourists and very often with their family and friends. KwaZulu-Natal is an area renowned for its conservation efforts, natural attractions, pre-historical and historical sites, can provide that distinctive overarching experience which modern meeting delegates are seeking.

Welcome........................................... 3 Durban............................................... 7 Pietermaritzburg........................... 31 Battlefields....................................... 38 North Coast..................................... 42 South Coast..................................... 50 Ukhahlamba Drakensberg.................................... 59 Zululand............................................ 71 Elephant Coast............................... 77 Service Partners............................ 84 Teambuilding.................................. 92 Incentives......................................... 93 Directory........................................... 99 Pre and Post Conference Tours......................... 120 Facts and Statistics...................... 123 Sustainability................................... 125 Social Responsibility.................... 127 Transport.......................................... 128 Embracing Technology.............. 129

DISTRIBUTION

Besides the ICC Durban, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal has many other conference facilities for meetings ranging from 50 to 3000 delegates. There is significant economic benefit to hosting business events in the province, with Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau having helped to secure over 40 bids worth in excess of R4-billion for the city of Durban and province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Meetings Industry Guide is distributed at the following national and international trade shows: • Meetings Africa (Jhb) • EIBTM (Barcelona) • IMEX Frankfurt • IMEX Las Vegas • AIME (Australia) • SETE (Durban) This guide is available electronically on www.durbankzncb.co.za and www.azalea.co.za.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PRODUCTION, DESIGN & LAYOUT Azalea Promotions, PO Box 201288 Durban North, 4016 Tel: +27(0)31 564 3425 Email: lyn@azalea.co.za Designer: Lyn Grandemange EDITORIAL TEAM Tessa Buhrmann PUBLISHER / ADVERTISING Jenny Du Preez Tel: +27(0)31 564 9069 Email: jen@azalea.co.za PHOTOGRAPHY Cover pic: Ghost Mountain Inn Durban Tourism, South Coast Tourism, Enterprise Ilembe, Tessa Buhrmann PRINTING Paarl-Media KZN SOUTH AFRICA

DISCLAIMER

KWAZULUNATAL

The Durban and KZN Convention Bureau is not responsible for the advertising content in this guide. Advertising remains entirely at the discretion of the publishers Azalea Promotions. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of its content, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions that may occur.

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VENUES

Durban and KwaZulu-Natal mainly through its international conference centre, Durban ICC, has successfully hosted a range of significant conferences including: • Technology – Microsoft Conference • Industry – Sugar Cane Technology Conference - new technologies in the sugar industry; 2015 World Forestry Congress; 2015 World Routes Development Forum

Meeting Venues KwaZulu-Natal offers the incentive planner and conference organiser a vast selection of venues and experiences to choose from with facilities you would expect from a world-class destination. The following information will assist you in selecting your venue according to desired region and venue capacity.

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE This, the 3rd edition of The Meetings Industry Guide, ensures that all your business tourism events and meeting/ conference requirements are at your fingertips. The various regions that make up KwaZulu-Natal namely Durban, The Midlands, Drakensberg, Zululand, Elephant Coast, South Coast, North Coast and the Battlefields are colour- coded for easy reference, and within each region, registered venues are promoted. So whether it be a bush, berg, beach or battlefields location that you are looking for, KZN destinations each provide a unique and memorable experience. 06 | Meeting Industry Guide

This comprehensive business meetings planner also provides essential information on venues such as capacity and core characteristics to allow informed decision making. It also promotes professional service partners who are able to provide assistance with destination management, conference planning and incentive tours. A detailed directory lists contact information for both venues and service partners. Further information on suggested itineraries for pre - and post tours, as well as relevant facts, statistics, sustainability and transportation make the guide a comprehensive and essential tool for meetings planners.

• Medical – World Aids Conference; World Congress of Surgeon International Society Haematology Conference; International Congress for Electron Microscopy; International Society of Chemotherapy; International Nurses Conference; 2016 International AIDS Conference • Business – International Statistical Institute Conference; • Conservation – 5th World Parks Congress • Policy making – World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR); COP17/CMP7; Public Services International Congress; 5th BRICS Summit • Legal – International Bar Association • Sport – 2007 FIFA Preliminary Draw for the 2010 Football World Cup; 123rd Session of the International Olympic Committee Congress • Architecture – 25th International Union of Architects World Congress. Upcoming significant conferences include the Terminal Operations Conference 2017, the 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival, the 2017 Loeries Creative Week Africa Middle East and the 2018 International Association of Prosecutors.


DURBAN Durban is a cosmopolitan city, where visitors get to experience the sights and sounds of this typically African city which abounds with cultural diversity and multi-cultural traditions as well subtle sophistication and style. It is South Africa’s third largest city and the country’s most popular leisure destination, with golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s both alluring and fascinating, with a wealth of influences to entertain and enthral with traditional dancers, mystic fire-walkers and colonial heritage. Durban is perfectly located as the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal, with easy access to two World Heritage sites – the uKhahlamba Drakensberg and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park as well as game reserves, coral reefs and historic battlefields - all ideal destinations for pre- and post-conference tours. Its easy access from King Shaka International Airport, and privileged location on the eastern seaboard of Africa, makes Durban an obvious choice for conference planners, tourists and sports enthusiasts alike.

Durban Durban is most famous for its beaches, collectively known as the Golden Mile. Many of the beaches along its warm Indian Ocean waters are shark-protected, ensuring safe swimming and surfing. The vast stretches of golden sands and the newly revamped beach promenade offers ample space for walking, running and cycling. There are a number of restaurants along the promenade perfect for hosting welcome events and cocktail functions – The Cargohold, never fails to impress with its view into the uShaka shark tank as does a cocktail function ‘beneath’ the ocean at the USHAKA MARINE WORLD’s Sea World – the largest aquarium in Africa. The new Sky Venue on top of the Maharani Tower is a sophisticated space with sweeping views of the ocean and lends itself to gala cocktail functions, upmarket product launches and the like. Visitors to Durban will be spoilt for choice, when it comes to restaurants and nightlife, with a variety of clubs, theatres, bars and cafes available. Florida Road is a popular entertainment area with a variety of dining

options, in addition to being a WIFI hotspot zone. For something a little out of the ordinary visit The Chairman, a sophisticated jazz club on Durban’s infamous Mahatma Gandhi Street… or head to one a township restaurants like Max’s Lifestyle; Eyadini in Umlazi or Under the Moon in eNanda. Or head to the leafy suburbs of Kloof to MAKARANGA GARDEN LODGE for a conferencing venue set within thirty acres of botanical gardens, and the largest private collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa. Durban has a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from 4 –5 star beachfront hotels such as the Protea Hotel by Mariott Durban Edward; Coastlands Hotels and the popular Tsogo Sun Properties - SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI, Suncoast Towers and Southern Sun North Beach; to the GARDEN COURT MARINE PARADE, GARDEN COURT SOUTH BEACH as well as a number of selfcatering apartments. Durban has a number of boutique hotels that are perfect for smaller conferences or executive getaways such as

Sica’s Guest House with its colonial charm and leafy surrounds. The AHA RIVERSIDE in Durban North offers luxury accommodation as well as a stand-alone conference centre. The city has played host to numerous prestigious international conventions, exhibitions and events at its world class venues, particularly the DURBAN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE - which has been rated as one of the top 15 international convention centre’s in the world - and is a focal point of City’s business district. The 5-Star Hilton Durban, adjacent to the Convention Centre offers accommodation and additional meeting and banqueting facilities as does the nearby Olwandle Suite Hotel. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a stylish venue with a number of meeting options making it perfect for hosting a cocktail evening, banquet, launch, promotion or conference. And in addition to this it offers another dimension to teambuilding with its ‘Big Rush Big Swing’.

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DURBAN

THE GREATER DURBAN AREA IS GOVERNED BY THE ETHEKWINI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY AND INCLUDES THE CITY OF DURBAN AND SURROUNDING TOWNS EXTENDING FROM UMHLOTI IN THE NORTH, TO UMKOMAAS IN THE SOUTH AND INLAND TO CATO RIDGE.

THE OLIVE CONVENTION CENTRE, located close to the beachfront, is suitable for large conferences and exhibitions as its main auditorium has the seating capacity of up to 1400 delegates with a number of breakaway rooms. The GREYVILLE CONVENTION CENTRE, located at the Greyville Race Course - home of the famous July Handicap, has a number of venues offering a variety of configurations and options for meetings and events, including exhibitions and outdoor concerts. Utilising the Durban harbour adds another dimension to meeting facilities in Durban - from cocktail functions on an executive yacht to full scale conferences or incentives on a cruise liner. Situated just 15 minutes from the King Shaka International Airport and 15 minutes from Durban’s CBD is the suburb of Umhlanga. There are a number of upmarket hotels in the area that cater for both the business and leisure traveller such as the AHA GATEWAY HOTEL, GARDEN COURT UMHLANGA, the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge and Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel & Convention Centre. These are all conveniently located near the popular Gateway Theatre of Shopping. The prestigious BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL is situated on the shoreline adjacent to the luxurious Oyster Box

Hotel which overlooks the iconic lighthouse of Umhlanga. A new luxury addition will be the Radisson Blu Oceans Umhlanga Hotel located in the curvaceous Oceans Umhlanga development – construction is due to be completed in 2019. Just minutes away from the Umhlanga Ridge business area is the multifunctional KINGFISHER CONFERENCE CENTRE, overlooking the waters and fairways of the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Golf Estate. Just north of Umhlanga, and a convenient ten minute drive from the airport, is the SIBAYA CASINO & ENTERTAINMENT KINGDOM offering accommodation, the iZulu Theatre and a conference centre with facilities for anything from corporate board meetings to large conferences and teambuilding. Activities could include a guided canoeing trip on the uMgeni River with Durban Green Corridor, or head to iSithumba, a small village in the Valley of 1000 Hills, for some heart racing mountain biking – be introduced to Zulu craft and dancing at pheZulu Safari Park – Zulu meaning ‘up high or in heaven’. Visit the Station Drive Precinct where funky markets and food outlets rub shoulders with boutique shops, a craft beer brewery and gin distillery… or opt for a guided walking tour of the markets of

Warwick Triangle. Golf enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in Durban as amongst others, the city hosts one of the Top 20 golf courses in the world at The Durban Country Club. The Woza eNanda Heritage Trail, which promotes some of Durban’s most important historical sites, offers visitors a glimpse into history... visit Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘home’ – now a museum in the Phoenix Settlement north of Durban; the Ohlange Institute in Inanda, gravesite of Dr John Dube and where Nelson Mandela cast his historic vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections; or visit the Victoria Street Market with its Indian spice shops and traditional medicine market for a taste of trading the old fashioned way. No visit to Durban is complete without trying a legendary ‘bunny chow’ and Shisanyama - the Bunny Chow is a very simple affair consisting of a hollowed-out quarter or half loaf of bread filled with curry and is eaten with your fingers and the Shisanyama, which is meat barbequed over an open fire and is popular in local shebeens and township experiences – incentive visitors can absorb the vibe of the Rainbow Nation on a township tour pulsing with the life of both traditional and modern African life.

EVENTS: TOURISM INDABA – MAY A three day trade event that attracts well over 10,000 local and international delegates from the travel, tourism and related industries COMRADES MARATHON – JUNE The world Greatest Ultra Marathon, 89 km long – The route alternates every year from the capital city of Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban. It is characterised as the Ultimate

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Human Race, attracting in excess of 20,000 participants, with high international presence.

international and South African films, documentaries and short films.

DURBAN JULY HANDICAP – JULY In excess of 50,000 people gather at Greyville Racecourse to see and be seen at this prestigious day in the South African horse racing calendar.

TSOGO SUN AMASHOVA DURBAN CLASSIC – OCTOBER

DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – JULY A popular event that features

The Amashova Classic is the oldest ‘classic’ cycle race in South Africa with the first race held in 1986 with 150 cyclists. Now in excess of 10,000 cyclists compete, from serious competitors to recreational

participants –The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic is included in the UCI world cycling tour which determines world rankings. DURBAN FASHION FAIR – AUGUST An international showcase for South Africa’s established and emerging fashion designers, models, stylists a well as makeup artists.


DURBAN

Is a leading South African Tourist destination and is marketed globally by Durban Tourism, an official marketing unit that forms part of the eThekwini Municipality. Durban is a modern vibrant cosmopolitan city and its lifestyle, architecture and culture thrive on its warm sub-tropical climate. The strategic focus of Durban Tourism is to drive tourism and make it a key contributor to the local economy, thereby promoting economic upliftment for all its communities. Recognising that tourism is an industry that is never static, Durban Tourism is committed to building and defending the Durban brand, thus ensuring that it remains not only the national destination of choice, but also that of the global market.

VISION STATEMENT To position Durban as a preferred must visit tourism destination, providing a unique Durban experience supported by world class facilities and infrastructure.

MISSION STATEMENT To market Durban as a must visit destination to the domestic and international tourism markets, and in so doing achieve Economic development and facilitate job creation for the benet of all the people of the metropolitan region.

KEY FUCTIONS - Markets Durban to Domestic & international markets - To Establish and create a demand for destination Durban - Development of Durban Visitor Marketing Strategy - Tourism Development and Route Development - Building of Trade & Industry Partnerships - Promotion of the Durban Brand, Durban the warmest place to be - Coordination and management of Tourism promotion events - Attendance at national and international Tourism Trade Shows - Stakeholder Management - Tourism product quality assurance Management of Tourism related databases - Global digital marketing campaigns - Business Tourism - Meetings, Events, Incentives, Exhibitions (MICE)


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aha GATEWAY HOTEL Aha Gateway Hotel – affording guests direct access to the famous Gateway Theatre of Shopping appeals to both the leisure and business market. A wonderful and central venue for business men and women, the Gateway Hotel has become the preferred venue for conferences and business meetings. With 146 rooms, including 40 deluxe rooms, three junior suites, two paraplegic rooms and 12 sets of interleading rooms, the Hotel caters to the needs of every type of guest. Besides the delights of the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, guests can also relax at the Hotel’s well-stocked bar. Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Cycad A

60

36

10

40

50

Cycad B

40

27

10

30

40

Cycad A&B

100

63

36

70

90

Umdoni 1

120

63

20

60

150

Umdoni 2

240

120

20

120

300

Umdoni 3

120

63

20

60

150

Umdoni 1,2&3

430

250

20

300

600

Corner Boulevard and Twilight Drive, Gateway, KZN, South Africa, 4321 T: (0) 31 536 9200 F: (0) 31 536 9201 E: mkt@thegatewayhotel.co.za W: www.aha.co.za/gateway

AHA RIVERSIDE HOTEL HOTEL Five minutes from the city centre of Durban, with wonderful views across a magnificent green belt stretching from the Umgeni River to the Indian Ocean. The Riverside Hotel reflect resort life in, the city. One hundred and sixty – nine superbly appointed bed rooms, two Restaurants and a conference facilities have been designed to offer our guests a luxurious and relaxed environment.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom U-shape Banquet Dinner/ Cocktail (m2) Dance The Pelican Suites 245

250

140

50

65

180

160

250

Pelican Suite 1

81.6

60

40

20

30

40

30

70

Pelican Suite 2

81.6

60

40

20

30

40

30

70

Pelican Suite 3

81.6

60

40

20

30

40

30

70

Pelican Suite 4

88.9 120 70 25 30 90 50 100

Boardroom 1 18.0 25 20 10 15 10 Boardroom 2 57 30 25 15 20 30 20 40 All wheelchair friendly except Pelican Suite 4 and Boardroom 1 10 | Meeting Industry Guide

CONFERENCE The Aha Riverside Hotel is the ideal place to hold your next conference, with venues catering for groups of 10 to 250 delegates. The Aha Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel, ensuring conference delegates staying at the hotel easy access to their rooms should they so require.

T: +27 31 563 0600 E: sales@riversidehotel.co.za W: www.aha.co.za/riverside/


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BEVERLY HILLS The award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel is synonymous with elegance, gracious hospitality and intuitive service. The hotel boasts 89 beautifully appointed rooms – each with a private balcony and an uninterrupted view of the ocean. The hotel offers free WiFi, a fitness centre, a heated pool and a choice or 2 restaurants and a business centre. There are 4 conferencing venues, catering for groups of up to 80 delegates. The hotel’s conferencing team is available to assist with planning any event – be it a board meeting, banquet or conference. The conference rooms offer privacy and a full range of services, ensuring that every requirement is met.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Schoolroom Banquet

Cocktail

Boardroom

The Boardroom

46

-

-

-

-

12

The Plantation Room

136

80

30

60

90

-

Elements Café

100

-

-

45

60

-

Elements Mosaic Terrace

135

80

80

-

60

-

T: +27 31 561 2211 F: +27 31 561 3711 E: beverlyhills.reservations@tsogosun.com W: www.tsogosun.com/beverly-hills

DURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY The Durban Chamber Conference Centre is conveniently situated at the Lion Match Office Park with safe and secure access and parking. The Park is located off the busy Umgeni Road adjoining the Kings Park and Moses Mabhida Stadia, and both Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and the M4. The Conference Centre is located within the old factory building. In 2016 the Lion Match Office Park was the overall winner of the SAPOA 2016 Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence as well as the Heritage Award and joint winner in the Redevelopment category. There are three comfortable and affordable rooms for hire with a variety of packages available to suit every kind of function. The Conference Centre is also available after hours and weekends.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Indaba 1

68

60

30

25

50

70

Indaba 2

71

60

30

25

50

70

Indaba 3

72

60

30

25

50

70

Indaba 1&2 combined

139

120

50

45

100

120

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DURBAN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (DURBAN ICC) The Durban International Convention Centre boasts the largest column free, flat floor, multipurpose space in Africa coupled with state of the art technology. The facility is ISO 9001, 14001, 22000 and HACCP certified and was voted Africa’s Leading Conference Centre for the 13th year by the World Travel Awards. The Durban ICC is purpose-built, fully airconditioned and comprises six convention halls that are interlinked, but separate. Halls 1-3 are classic convention and meetings spaces whilst halls 4-6 double as convention and meetings spaces and as the flat floor space for the ICC Arena, the leading indoor sports and entertainment venue in Durban which accommodates up to 10 000 spectators. The Durban ICC Arena has full technical capacity for live broadcasts as well as house lighting suitable for TV production filming. The Centre is fully wi-fi enabled and there are two on-site generators which can fully power the centre in the event of power disruptions. Operable walls allow for venue flexibility, catering for plenary seating of up to 10 000 delegates and raked seating for 3 880 delegates. The 6 halls can be opened up to form one large venue of 9 250m2 of flat floor column free space and there are three outdoor courtyard venues of over 1 000m2. In addition the facility boasts up to 25 meeting rooms ranging from 43m2 to 396m2 and there is undercover parking for 1000 vehicles.

Room Name Size (m2) Hall 1 Hall 1A/1B Hall 2 Halls 2AF Hall 2BH/2C Hall 3 Hall 3A Hall 3B/3C Hall 4 Hall 4A/4B Hall 5 Hall 5AB/5CD Hall 6 Hall 6A/6B Meeting Rooms 11/12 Meeting Rooms 21/22

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1 480 724 2 769 690 690 2 346 1 472 437 1628 484 1 656 828 612 306 402 393

Cinema

Classroom

Banqueting

Cocktail

1 680 840 3 000 500 650 2 000 1 250 390 1 760 500 1 100 550 1 000 180 280 300

500 300 1 400 330 330 960 820 250 950 260 600 300 500 120 150 170

500 250 1 400 220 220 1 000 630 200 640 200 600 350 160 80 200 200

1 000 550 2 200 530 530 2 200 1 200 400 1 500 400 1 500 700 250 120 300 300

In addition to the Durban ICC facilities the adjacent Durban Exhibition Centre offers up to 13 200m2 of usable and flexible space across 2 halls. For large events there are other open spaces which can be used within the Durban ICC precinct where a variety of marquees and pavilions can be erected as required providing up to 33 000m2 of conference and exhibition space. Within the Durban ICC there is a Business Complex which includes banking and foreign exchange facilities, medical services, stationery and postal services.

45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban KwaZulu-Natal T: +27 (0)31 360 1000 F: +27 (0) 31 360 1005 E: sales@icc.co.za W: www.icc.co.za


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GARDEN COURT MARINE PARADE Ideally positioned on Durban’s beautiful Golden Mile beachfront, Garden Court Marine Parade offers guests a choice of 352 spacious and comfortably appointed sea-facing rooms with a host of amenities including free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, in-room tea and coffee facilities, 18-hour room service, and TV with select DSTV channels. The hotel also has a beautiful heated roof-top pool with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, a modern restaurant as well as a coffee shop and bar. There are 5 well-equipped flexible meeting and event venues which can host up to 350 delegates. These conference venues are ideal for hosting anything from smaller boardroom meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and other events. Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Schoolroom

Banquet

Cocktail Boardroom

DHS1

154 150 75 50 50 38

DHS1 & DHS2 (D)

308

DHS2

154 150 75 50 50 38

Glenwood

48 50 25

-

- 20

Glenwood & Hilton (D)

96

40

30

Hilton

48 50 25

-

- 20

Michaelhouse

50 -

-

- 14

350

100

220

150

50 -

150

80

40

T: +27 31 337 3341 F: +27 31 337 5929 E: gcmarineparade.reservations@ tsogosun.com W: www.tsogosun.com/garden-courtmarine-parade

GARDEN COURT SOUTH BEACH Garden Court South Beach is situated meters from the beach and in easy reach of the Durban International Convention Centre and Durban’s CBD. The hotel has 414 well-appointed rooms, each with amenities including conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room tea and coffee facilities. Rooms are available in a sea-facing or city-facing option. A buffet breakfast is served in the beautiful and modern Breakfast Room. The 3 fully equipped conferencing rooms can accommodate between 12 and 250 delegates in a variety of seating layouts. A variety of menus are available which can be tailored to accommodate dietary requirements and catering themes. Complimentary WiFi and secure on-site parking is available for all delegates.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Schoolroom

Banquet

Cocktail Boardroom

The Cabin

70

60

40

50

70

-

The Malibu Room

280

250

170

150

180

-

The Meeting Room

50

-

-

-

-

12

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T: +27 31 337 2231 F: +27 31 337 4640 E: gcsouthbeach.reservations@ tsogosun.com W: www.tsogosun.com/garden-courtsouth-beach


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GARDEN COURT UMHLANGA Ideally situated in uMhlanga Rocks, close to the Gateway Shopping Centre and popular uMhlanga beaches, this contemporary hotel offers a choice of 204 tastefully furnished sea or pool facing rooms. Amenities include free WiFi, air conditioning, in-room tea and coffee facilities as well as 18-hour room service. Guests can enjoy the heated outdoor pool, the Mnandi restaurant and the stylish Ukuphela bar. There are 4 well-equipped, flexible conference and meeting venues that can host up to 180 delegates. A variety of menus are available which can be tailored to accommodate most dietary requirements. Self-service business workstations, free WiFi connectivity and secure parking are available for all delegates. Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Schoolroom

Banquet

Cocktail Boardroom

Hluhluwe1

83 90 60

40

Hluhluwe1 & 2 (D)

168

100

Hluhluwe2

85 90 60

40

-

Mdloti

40 -

-

-

- 12

Mlazi

40 -

-

-

- 12

Umfolozi1

52 60 36

24

-

-

Umfolozi1 & 2(D)

112

50

80

-

Umfolozi2

60 60 36

24

-

-

100

120

140

72

- 150

-

T: +27 31 514 5500 F: +27 31 514 5501 E: gcUmhlanga.resevations@ tsogosun.com W: www.tsogosun.com/garden-courtumhlanga

KINGFISHER CONFERENCE CENTRE Kingfisher Conference Centre & Lodge is truly an executive’s sanctuary. Tranquil location, overlooking the waters and fairways of Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Professionally designed as a multi- functional conference venue. Elegantly appointed with state-of-the-art imported conference furniture. All conference rooms are wireless, air-conditioned with ample natural light. Maximum capacity of 200 delegates. Ideal setting for Conferences, Meetings, Product Launches, Training, Workshops, Cocktail Parties and Gala Dinners. Adjoining Kingfisher Conference Centre is Kingfisher lodge, which boasts 20 deluxe rooms & suites. Situated just 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and Durban CBD. Close proximity to the N2 Highway. Room Name Size U-Shape Classroom Theatre (m2)

Banqueting

Cocktail

Kingfisher

240 40 120 160 96 150

Jacana

45 21 30

40

24

30

Fish Eagle

40

30

16

20

Lakeview

63 25 33

50

40

80

14

21

T: +27 (0)31 502 2850 F: +27 (0)31 502 2857 E: info@kingfisherconference.co.za W: www.kingfisherconference.co.za

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GREYVILLE CONVENTION CENTRE Greyville Convention Centre, situated in the iconic Greyville Racecourse, has a host of options for your conferencing and Function needs. With eight beautiful venues to choose from, ranging from 50 to 1000 occupancy and up to 10 000 in the outside area there is plenty of choice. Greyville Convention Centre offers full sensational catering with a range of food options. Secure on-site parking and many other added features so you’ll never need to worry about your choice of venues again! They have magnificent views of the Royal Golf Course, Greyville Race Course and the magnificent Durban Sky Line, giving your guests the perception of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, whilst offering them the convenience of being close to all major access routes in and out of Durban. The venues are completely multi-flexible and can be modified for an array of events with unique specifications. From exhibitions on a grand scale to more intimate boardroom meetings this is what sets Greyville Convention Centre apart. The incredible event Team are on hand to offer friendly, professional advice and planning, eliminating the stress from your function and leaving you free to deal with your priorities. Gone are the days of limited setup times, bad service and exorbitant costs for the staging of events. Greyville Convention Centre offers a competitive priced solution that places the needs and scheduling of its guests as the primary concern. The team look forward to hearing from you soon!

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroon Banqueting

Silver Ring

1488

Champion

1280 600 600

Sea Cottage

666

300

300

Saddlers Arms

182

50

25

Centenary

390 200 150 80

150 220

Palm Court

759

300

300

100

400

650

Classic Room

294

300

200

50

200

300

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1600

1200

Cocktail

-

900

1500

-

550

600

100

300

400

25

50

100

T: +27 (0)31 314 1695 E: gccinfo@goldcircle.co.za W: www.greyville.durban


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Par Excellence Venue The Greyville Convention Centre is an events venue par excellence, which has been founded within the historically acclaimed, well-renowned and highly esteemed Greyville Race Course in Durban. Synonymous with style and for being home to the annual Durban July races, having hosted Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and number of other dignitaries from around the world, all just adds to the excitement, glamour, history and appeal of the Greyville Convention Centre. Boasting 25 years of experience, being an iconic landmark along with a number of well lit, excellently catered and outfitted conference rooms, halls and venues; The Greyville Convention Centre is a multi-venue setting that offers the perfect location for corporate events, weddings, launches, conference facilities, exhibitions, meeting rooms and so much more. This places us on the map as one of the preeminent convention centres in South Africa. Not content to present just a “pretty face� The Greyville Convention Centre provides a space for the grand meeting of minds from wedding planners to exhibition experts, floor planners, banqueting and catering experts and project managers. All of this is done with the express intention and purpose of collaborating to bring you the best possible event.

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MAKARANGA LODGE Makaranga Garden Lodge is the ideal setting for small to medium sized conferences, offering unique and tranquil settings while also having the latest up to date technology. We have four conference rooms, ranging in size, to cater for any conference, presentation or exhibition need. With our onsite restaurant and accommodation, delegates from near and far can feel secure in the knowledge that they will be well looked after during their stay with us. Standard Day Conference Package (DCP) includes tea/coffee/pastry on arrival as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea/coffee/ snacks; a two-course lunch; venue hire; pencils with note pads, mineral water and mints. Open WIFI and a drop down screen together with a flip chart with markers are also included. Sound equipment, data projector, DVD, video and video conferencing is available at an additional charge. 24 hour overnight conferencing package, which includes standard DCP, plus accommodation on a dinner (set menu), bed and breakfast basis is an option. Team building opportunities exist in abundance in the gardens of Makaranga. There are perfect settings, including an authentic Japanese Garden for Yoga, Tai Chi or any of the eastern arts that allow the mind and soul a workout. We can arrange refreshments for breaks in your customised team event. The Gardens also lend themselves to teams painting or photographing the surrounds and using this as an interpretation exercise.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Sibeko Hall

160

100

-

140

140

Sibeko 1

80

50

40

50

50

Sibeko 2

80

50

40

50

50

Imbizo 20 12 20 20 20 Boardroom 1

-

-

8

8

-

Boardroom 2

-

8

8

8

-

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1A Igwababa Road, Kloof T: +27 (0)31 764 6616 E: events@makaranga.com W: www.makaranga.com


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Creating Moments Be prepared to be enchanted and ready yourself to experience a whole new world of magic delivered with impeccability. In the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, fifteen minutes from the bustling city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart, the Makaranga Garden Lodge complete with hotel, restaurant and wedding/conference facilities. No other place can boast a more wonderful setting for work and leisure guests, young and old, mobile and immobile, day visitors or long term stays. Rest assured you will be changed for the better for having experienced Makaranga. Thirty acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest private collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures. The interiors provide a visual feast of original art and dĂŠcor making Makaranga a sensorial experience no matter the weather.

1A Igwababa Road, Kloof T: +27 (0)31 764 6616 E: events@makaranga.com | W: www.makaranga.com

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OCEANIC Host your conference or event with the warm shores of the East Coast on your doorstep – Oceanic is just metres from Durban’s famed Golden Mile and all the buzz that the city has to offer. Located just 30-minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport, the property’s 27 comfortable high-rise suites, with accommodation for 104 guests, Jacuzzi, steam room and entertainment facilities make this the ultimate city spot for any event. Our versatile function venue is able to host up to 120 delegates for full- and half-day event packages for all your conferencing and teambuilding requirements. The hotel pool deck, braai area and capable catering team make this chic, central and vibrant venue in the heart of the city ideal for large gatherings, intimate dinners, brainstorming sessions and awards evenings. Whether for a large, or more intimate occasion, make your conference one to remember thanks to our prime beachfront location, excellent venue configurations and professional staff who are ready to cater to your every whim. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Gala Events • Talent Shows & Pageants

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

La Vita 1

-

-

-

-

-

La Vita 2

50

-

-

-

-

La Vita 3

-

-

120

-

-

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-

20 John Mcintyre Rd, Durban T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.com W: www.theoceanic.co.za


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Welcome to Oceanic OCEANIC is situated within walking distance of Durban’s beachfront, and is a mere 35km from King Shaka International Airport. This property boasts 27 luxury high-rise apartments, state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a stylish restaurant offering divine Italian cuisine and room service, Jacuzzi and entertainment facilities for guests. Visitors can gather around the communal braai and swimming pool to unwind. Oceanic is ideal for those looking to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy all the fun-filled activities Durban has to offer. Our luxurious, fully-equipped and serviced apartments offer all the amenities needed to ensure a comfortable stay. These comfortable 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments are equipped to cater for all your holiday requirements with a full kitchen, telephone, TV/M-Net/DSTV and air-conditioning. Certain to have something to suit your culinary requirements, Oceanic’s inhouse restaurant, La Vita, provides a charming, informal setting with a splash of Italian flair. Don’t miss out on their delicious pizzas! Durban’s Golden Mile beach boulevard nearby is popular amongst walkers and cyclists, and is geared for action with restaurants, a skate park, markets and safe swimming beaches. This iconic walkway is just a short stroll from Oceanic. Only 5kms south of Oceanic lies Wilson’s Wharf, a picturesque yacht mooring, which is home to an assortment of eateries overlooking the harbour. Catch a catamaran ride out along Durban’s coastline with Hakuna Matata Charters for under R250.

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THE OLIVE CONVENTION CENTRE The Olive Convention Centre has become a firm favourite in the conferencing and event arena, largely due to its placement within Durban’s Golden Mile and proximity to hotels, beaches and tourist attractions. The Centre offers a practical user friendly and technologically advanced meeting facility. The Olive Theatre seats 1500 guests whilst the Banqueting Hall can seat over 700 guests, with the added value of break-way rooms for plenary sessions and other meetings. Very versatile in its configurations, the venue has several large banqueting halls as well as seven meeting rooms and four board rooms to choose from. High speed reliable wifi installation to be completed by August 2017.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Hall 1 (Olive Theatre)

1560

1500

900

-

300

420

Hall 2 (Banqueting Hall)

1365

1000

450

-

700

830

Hall 3 (Hall of Learning)

378

420

210

-

320

410

81 Somtseu Road, Durban, South Africa T: +27 (0)31 337 1110 E: info@oliveconventioncentre.co.za W: www.oliveconventioncentre.co.za

* Additional halls and Smaller rooms available - see the back pages for more details

THE OYSTER BOX THE OYSTER BOX - THE LEGEND...LIVES ON Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, with views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the 86-room Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Renowned for its cuisine, guests can choose to dine casually in the ‘Ocean Terrace’; the fine-dining ‘Grill Room’, sunken ‘Wine Cellar’, sumptuous ‘Palm Court’, rooftop ‘Lighthouse Bar’ or the contemporary ‘Oyster Bar’, serving freshly plucked oysters. The Spa, set in lush, tropical surroundings, offers the widest range of wellness and beauty treatment options. KZN’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and a popular business venue.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Union Castle Room

44.28

20

12

14

20

25

Colony Room

67.32

20

15

20

30

30

Shell Room

92

40

25

20

40

50

Pearl Room

208

150

100

30

120

150

107.12

70

40

25

50

80

Durban July Room

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2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga T: +27 (0)31 514 5000 F: +27 (0)31 514 5100 E: info@oysterbox.co.za W: www.oysterboxhotel.co.za


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A Truly Unique Experience The Olive Convention Centre, situated in close proximity to Durban’s Golden Mile of beaches and hotels boasts amazing conferencing venues ranging from the Olive Theatre to the Banqueting and Exhibition Hall, Hall of Learning, a variety of breakaway rooms, Meeting Rooms and VIP Boardrooms. The venue has over 5 000sq metres of convention, exhibition and special event space. This state of the art technologically advanced business and conference centre noted for its amazing acoustics and lighting, has hosted International motivational speaker, Robin Sharma and X Factor South Africa, amongst a large contingency of Government and Corporate eventing. 2000sq metres of the premium ICE ARENA, one of the largest in AFRICA, with world class facilities will be a welcomed new tourism product to the City of Durban. Olive offers a great variety of menus to choose from ranging from our Standard Menus, to Speciality and Premium Menus, a taste to suit every palate. High speed reliable wifi installation to be completed by August 2017. Our friendly and professional team are always at your service and are available to attend to your requirements. Contact +27 (0)31 337 1110 or email: info@oliveconventioncentre.co.za or check out the website: www.oliveconventioncentre.co.za

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MAGICAL EXPERIENCES AND EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS AT SIBAYA Conveniently situated 10 minutes from King Shaka Airport and five minutes from Umhlanga, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom (Sibaya) is a magical Kingdom that has become one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier and most popular hubs for events, entertainment, conferences, holidays and dining. With expansive views over the warm, Indian Ocean as well as inland views over the beautiful rolling hills of Zululand, guests get the best of nature combined with cutting-edge facilities, and world class service incorporated into the one exciting venue. Sibaya is proud to announce the opening of its world-class Sun Park. The facility offers unmatched flexibility, variety and cost-effectiveness. Sun Park is a permanent, flexible structure built around a sophisticated grid that provides all the amenities required for events including electricity, plumbing and Wi-Fi. The infrastructure can be transformed into any configuration with endless customisations to suit all event types. The resort features two quality hotels; the 3-star Sibaya Lodge and the luxury Royal Sibaya Hotel, where out-of-town delegates can stay over in beautifullyappointed rooms. Sibaya is renowned for its leisure, dining and entertainment offerings, including five diverse restaurants, live entertainment, the Mangwanani spa and state of the art gaming and complimentary parking for 2200 vehicles. The vibrant casino floor boasts a wide selection of slots and table games, while the iZulu Theatre stages a myriad of comedy shows, music concerts and other events. Sibaya’s Krakatoa night club is a heaving venue that hosts regular themed evenings and top DJs. For more information visit www.suninternational.com or to book your corporate event call 031 580 5170 or email: sibayabanqueting@suninternational.com Like Sibaya on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ yoursibaya or follow us on Twitter @SibayaCasino


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SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI The conference and meeting venues can host up to 500 delegates and can be configured to host a range of events including intimate boardroom meetings, cocktail functions, workshops, seminars, training sessions, conferences as well as product launches. Sky - a spectacular venue on top of the Maharani Tower, offers breath-taking sea and city views. Sky offers an incredible business venue for a conference, launch or themed evening event, catering for up to 150 people, with a main floor space of 293m², an extensive stage, lighting as well as sound production equipment and facilities. A team of professional banqueting staff are available to assist in organising the perfect function with specialised menus and detailed planning. For ease and convenience, self-service work stations, free WiFi connectivity and secure parking are available for all delegates. The hotel has 734 stylish and modern guest rooms equipped with en-suite bathrooms and satellite TV. Choose between executive rooms, family rooms, four magnificent presidential suites and three stunning penthouses.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Schoolroom Banquet Cocktail Boardroom U-Shape

Boardroom 19 - - 10 Congella 95 60 50 40 80 - 25 East Ilanga 67.2 50 30 40 40 - 20 Great Ilanga 420.4 500 400 350 500 - 90 North Ilanga 67.2 50 30 40 40 - 20 Sky 293 - - 120 150 - Small Ilanga (D) 238.6 100 60 80 150 - South Ilanga 82 30 15 40 50 - 15 Suite 1 112.5 60 50 40 50 - 25 Suites 1-5 564 - - 400 500 - Suite 2 100 50 40 40 50 - 20 Suite 3 100 60 50 40 50 - 20 Suite 4 100 50 50 40 50 - 20 Suite 5 175 100 80 80 100 - 30 Tugela 292 200 150 150 200 - 50 Umgeni & Congella (D) 142 80 60 60 100 - Umgeni Room 42 30 20 20 30 - 20

The hotel offers an exciting range of 6 restaurants including bars and lounges where guests can enjoy great food and beautiful scenery. To relax there are 3 heated swimming pools, 2 gyms, a luxury spa and a hair & beauty salon. Attractions and facilities in close proximity include uShaka Marine World, Suncoast, the ICC, the Durban CBD and Moses Mabhida Stadium. Contact us today to find out why Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is the premier business conference venue in Durban.

63 Snell Parade, Durban, 4001 T: +27 31 362 1300 F: +27 31 332 5527 W: www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/ elangeni-and-maharani

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Enjoy the Ultimate in Beachfront Accommodation SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI, DURBAN Situated on the spectacular Durban beachfront, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is undoubtedly the brightest star on the Golden Mile. The city’s finest beaches lie metres away from the 7km promenade and many other local attractions. Whilst leisure travellers favour the hotel for its location, family-friendly facilities and attention to detail, business travellers will also find plenty to add to their comfort at this stylish hotel. With a variety of restaurants, bars, conference venues, amenities and entertainment areas, delegates have many reasons to relax and unwind amidst the inviting atmosphere of the hotel.

63 Snell Parade, Durban, 4001 T: +27 31 362 1300 F: +27 31 332 5527 W: www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/ elangeni-and-maharani

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THE PALACE The Palace is in a prime position to host your next event – whether it’s a business conference, celebratory banquet or intimate wedding, its central location along Durban’s Golden Mile is unrivalled. With an elegant setting, overlooking the swimming pool area and just a few steps from the Sun Lounge, offering sprawling views over Durban beachfront, you will be hardpressed to find a more chic and modern eventing venue. Pesto, onsite, is a treat at any time of the day – breakfast, lunch or dinner – boasting a selection of fine Mediterranean-inspired dishes to please your delegates or potential clients. Choose The Palace conferencing room, with capacity for 80 guests, for elegant half- and full-day event packages for all your conferencing or teambuilding needs. Our team of professional event convenors is on-hand to see to your conference requirements, whether it be a poolside affair, beach extravaganza or elegant dinner in our restaurant or conferencing venue. The adjacent beach provides a perfect place to entertain your team or unwind. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • Hen and Stag Events • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Baby Showers • Gala Events

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Conference Room 1

30

20

15

30

40

Conference Room 2

40

30

20

40

50

211 O.R. Tambo Parade, Durban T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.thepalaceresort.co.za

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Magnificent Views THE PALACE holds pride of place on Durban’s Golden Mile, just half an hour from King Shaka International Airport. Luxury high-rise suites feature views over the Indian Ocean shoreline, and offer easy access to all of the action of Durban, one of Africa’s busiest port cities, while a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam room complete the picture. The onsite restaurant, Pesto, provides dining with a Mediterranean flair, and the in-house Spa adds an extra element of luxury to any stay at this art-deco inspired property. Accommodation at The Palace, for up to 270 guests, is available in four variations and is decorated in a contemporary and welcoming style with cool colours, rich wood accents and modern appliances. You will find yourself fully equipped with all the essentials you may need for a sublime, seaside holiday. Pop on up to the 5th floor and kick back in the modern, luxuriously furnished Sun Lounge. Here you are able to order light meals, speciality coffees, teas and more. Choose a comfortable couch and relax with a midday snack or afternoon refreshment! La Vita Spa, also on the 5th floor, provides a worldclass spa facility for guests to enjoy a wide range of wellness massages, anti-ageing treatments, manicures, pedicures, plus a great gift collection. Available to men, women and children. The facility includes treatment rooms, a relaxation area, Jacuzzi and sauna, and extended opening hours.

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USHAKA MARINE WORLD Situated at the end of Durban’s Golden Mile, uShaka Marine World provides a function venue that is unique and irresistibly charming. With our tailor-made menus to suit ones every need, we offer excellent catering and efficient friendly service within a breath taking setting. Whether it be a corporate cocktail or dinner function or a Corporate family fun day, relax and enjoy the perfect function here at uShaka Marine World. Looking for a party with a difference? Why not try uShaka Marine World…… uShaka will set the scene for your special day with a host of venues and menu’s available to cater for your every need. Let us take care of the details while you relax and celebrate your day! Are you having an external function or special event? Boasting world-class chefs, uShaka Marine World will tailor-make a menu to suit your needs. With a host of catering options to choose from (Halaal Accredited Kitchen), we’ll make you the talk of the town! Live out your true love story! Ensure your wedding day is nothing short of perfect. Standing atop the Phantom Ship with the sun setting behind you as the sound of the ocean surrounds you. At uShaka Marine World, we want your wedding day to be beyond your dreams. Offering a variety of ceremony and reception venue, within the most picturesque setting, you can say “I do” in style.

Room Name Size (m2) Ship Wrecked Aquarium Cargo Hold Restaurant

Banqueting

Cocktail

220 150

1200 150

1 King Shaka Avenue Point Durban 4001 T: 031 328 8000 E: wmcmahon@ushakamarineworld.co.za anaidoo@ushakamarineworld.co.za W: www.ushaka.co.za

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Make your event an Adventure One of Africa’s most celebrated playgrounds, uShaka Marine World in Durban, is a world- class entertainment and tourism destination, as well as being the ideal venue to host company events, birthday parties, product launches, weddings and year-end functions. Its many exciting attractions - including encounters with ragged-tooth sharks, dolphins and penguins to adrenalinpumping water rides, decadent dining, unique shopping and cutting-edge entertainment, its new Sea Animal Encounters Island and Rope Adventure Park - also make it a perfect choice for adventurous team-building exercises.                                                     When it comes to exotic locations we have a number of options available from the Phantom Ship’s Cargo Hold, our unique shipwreck-themed aquarium or even Wet n Wild, a fantastically fun venue which can cater for intimate groups, weddings as well as corporate functions, while uShaka beach is a hot spot for team building events and group fun, offering everything from beach games to kayaking and surfing.

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With its lush vegetation, indigenous African themes and aquatic venues, uShaka Marine World promises to delight and surprise customers in all areas of its offering– from a variety of food and beverage options, specialised themed functions to team-building adventures and sensational weddings. The Banqueting Team is on hand to help you plan your special function and advise on Corporate Packages and Cocktail functions to suit any of your event needs. For more information or bookings call 031 328 8000.

1 King Shaka Avenue Point Durban 4001 T: 031 328 8000 E: wmcmahon@ushakamarineworld.co.za anaidoo@ushakamarineworld.co.za W: www.ushaka.co.za


PMB/MIDLANDS Set amidst the forested hills and rolling countryside of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is the charming city of Pietermaritzburg. Visits by the likes of Gandhi, Mandela and Queen Victoria - the Comrades and Dusi Marathons as well as its museums, art galleries, quaint antique shops, markets and a special style of country living are some of the things that make the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands region of South Africa well-known. The Midlands landscape is soft and green, dominated by pastures and forests, and dotted with waterfalls, lakes, dams, and villages. This region offers an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts and crafts, artisanal produce, sublime spas and world-class restaurants, with a wide range of adventurous, natural and historical pursuits.

Midlands

PIETERMARITZBURG

Pietermaritzburg, the second largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, is the administrative capital of the province. It is conveniently situated approximately 80km inland from the city of Durban and is an easy 40 minute drive from Durban and a leisurely two hour drive to the Drakensberg. Pietermaritzburg offers a number of venues ranging from small and intimate with boardroom facilities such as the Protea Hotel Hilton to larger conference venues such as the Golden Horse Casino Hotel which can accommodate up to 500 cinema style. The Royal Agricultural Society Show Grounds have up to 8,500 square meters under cover in their 22 conference rooms, and an additional 10,000 square meters of open exhibition space. Its hosting of The Royal Show dates back to 1851, and is the continent’s largest mixed exhibition with a foot-flow in excess of 100,000 people. The University of KwaZulu-Natal and other educational facilities in the region also offer a variety of conference facilities.

It is a contemporary African city that speaks of Zulu, Boer, British and Indian influences, it is a cultural treasure trove brimming with diversity and colour, and offers various cultural activities that lend themselves to being incorporated into a conference programme. Take in the many heritage sites on a walk through the city’s historical centre and enjoy the architecture and history of the town. One of the highlights of the town is the City Hall, built in 1893. It is reputed to be one of the largest all-brick buildings in the southern hemisphere. The organ housed here is huge and is still used for recitals and concert recordings. Pietermaritzburg is a popular events city, some of the international sporting highlights include the annual Dusi Canoe Marathon which starts in the City and ends in Durban, as well as world-renowned annual Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, which

attracts in excess of 20 000 participants. Another successful event, to be hosted annually, is the Mandela Day Marathon which ends at the Mandela Capture site outside Howick. Pietermaritzburg has also become a popular choice for UCI (International Cycling Union) World Class cycling events in the disciplines of Mountain Biking and BMX. The permanent BMX track venue at Alexandra Park located in the suburb of Scottsville is the legacy project of three successful years of hosting the prestigious BMX World Championships. Furthermore, the city very successfully hosted the UCI MTB World Championships and Masters event 2013. Other attractions include the annual Art in the Park South Africa’s premier outdoor art selling exhibition held in the SANBI KZN National Botanical Garden; Cars in the Park, a popular gathering of vintage cars held in Ashburton as well as the Witness Garden Show, which is often referred to as South Africa’s ‘Chelsea’.

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PMB/MIDLANDS THE PIETERMARITZBURG AND MIDLANDS REGION IS GOVERNED BY THE UMGUNGUNDLOVU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

The Midlands offer excellent boutique hotels, guest houses and country lodges – many restaurants with tea-gardens and fabulous cuisine. There are historic landmarks, artist studios and ‘shop till you drop’ opportunities to take home the perfect hand-crafted gift. Freshly roasted coffee and cheese cake, deliciously creamy Swiss-styled local goat’s cheese and local wine or craft beer… and some of the finest adventure, relaxation, authentic experiences and in South Africa. The Midlands Meander route is a delightful shopping and browsing side-trip, including numerous antique shops, art galleries and arts and crafts studios with the potential of turning every visit into a truly memorable experience. Many of the accommodation facilities of this region have ideal venues for small to medium sized meetings and executive getaways as well a variety of banqueting options. Looking for a day spa, destination spa or health spa? Incentive visitors will be spoilt for choice as the Midlands offers some of the finest spas South Africa has to offer, providing sophisticated spa seekers with an enviable range of treatments and rituals using the world’s favourite spa products alongside

traditional African treatments. Fordoun Hotel & Spa near Nottingham Road is perfect for an executive getaway or small conference of up to 60 delegates - its style, luxury and internationally acclaimed spa make it ideal as an incentive destination, and can easily be paired with an adventure activity in the area. As can the nearby BRAHMAN HILLS, with its range of venues catering for smaller executive meetings and strategy sessions, to conferences of 380 delegates. In addition, the expansive country location makes it ideal for teambuilding and the Brahman Spa is a great add-on for delegates. Having been rated as the ‘best safari spa’ in Africa, the Karkloof Safari Spa near Pietermaritzburg certainly offers incentive delegates a sublime spa experience, coupled with gourmet dining. INSINGISI LODGE & SPA, in the southern Midlands region, is located close to Durban and Pietermaritzburg and is ideal for smaller conferences.

fishing waters in South Africa found in the Midlands. The forests and hills offer memorable mountain biking and 4x4 trails or abseil the 107m drop down the Howick Falls. Get wet as you go tubing or kayaking down the Dusi River or white water rafting on the magnificent Umkomaas River, said to be second only to the mighty Zambezi.

If it’s an adrenaline-charged adventure you want, Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands is the place to be. The city and surrounds offer thrills on land, water and in the air. For teambuilding, the Karkloof Canopy Tours is very popular but so is the fishing, with some of the best trout

This region has much to offer the conference delegate or incentive visitor – cultural experiences, adrenalin pumping activities and sublime spas as well as absolutely memorable moments.

No visit to the KZN Midlands is complete without visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Apartheid Museum – the spot where Mandela was arrested in 1962. The steel sculpture and exhibition an inspiration and poignant reminder of South Africa’s journey to democracy. Let this inspiration infuse your next meeting at their intimate conference centre. Nearby is the Zulu-Mpophomeni Tourism Experience, where visitors are introduced to local history, traditional culture and vibrant township life.

EVENTS: THE MIDMAR MILE – FEBRUARY

THE ROYAL SHOW – MAY/JUNE

MANDELA DAY MARATHON - AUGUST

The annual Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open-water swimming event and draws thousands of competitors from recreational swimmers to serious local and international athletes and Olympic medallists.

The Pietermaritzburg Royal Show attracts visitors from far and wide and has approximately 13 different exhibition halls and 350 exhibitors ranging from crafts and homeware to agricultural exhibits and events to entertainment.

This 42.2km marathon is an annual event that starts at the Manayi Hall in Edendale (the last gathering that Mandela addressed prior to his arrest) and finishes at the Capture Site in Howick, the place he was arrested.

DUSI CANOE MARATHON – FEBRUARY This three day canoeing event between Pietermaritzburg and Durban takes place on the Msundusi River (more commonly known as the Dusi) and features local as well as international paddlers.

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COMRADES MARATHON – JUNE This 90 kilometer annual event takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and is considered to be the world’s greatest ultramarathon. The direction of the race alternates between the two cities.

THE WITNESS GARDEN SHOW – SEPTEMBER This four day event, the biggest garden show in southern Africa, is held at the Royal Showgrounds in September. There are inspiring gardens, a gourmet food hall, and a variety of events and entertainment.


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BRAHMAN HILLS LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE MULTIFUNCTIONAL CONFERENCE DESTINATION? Situated in the midst of the 1000 hectare Blue Crane Reserve, The Agility Hub at Brahman Hills is just that – agile. From high-level board meetings to interactive conferences. Innovative space management allows walls and doors to be stacked back, furniture to be moved and spaces to be opened and closed to perfectly accommodate your event, making The Agility Hub the first truly multifunctional venue in the Midlands. Brahman Hills also has a number of other conference rooms and venues, as well as a variety of breakaway and after-hours options, which make the hotel one of a kind. Conference venues range from small and intimate settings, catering for groups of 20, all the way to the other end of the scale to an impressive 400 pax. The venues are fitted with data projectors and screens, with full black out capability and all have their own ablution facilities. A highly experienced team of conference coordinators are on hand to ensure the smooth running of events at all times. Accommodation: 120 pax (shared) in the hotel 54 pax (shared) in the self catering cottages Conference delegates can enjoy the rest of the facilities at the hotel, which include Copper and 89 on Copper (the underground bar and wine cellar) as well as the Brahman Hills CafÊ and The Stables Restaurant after hours. Down time offers a lot of other options including The Spa at Brahman Hills, which is to be found in the Blue Crane Nature Reserve, while in the surrounding area there is quad biking, hiking, horse-riding, game viewing, fishing, hot air ballooning and the famous Midlands Meander.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting 400

Glass House

468

Lake House

176 200 80 40 80 120

Agility Hub

252 120 40 40 80 120

Nguni Room

100

40

200

30

100

14

400

Cocktail

30

400

40

W: www.brahmanhills.co.za T: reservations: 033 266 6965 E: reservations@brahmanhills.co.za Facebook: Brahman Hills

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Welcome To Brahman Hills Situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, Brahman Hills makes for an authentic country escape. Brahman Hills has evolved from the old Windmills hotel and has undergone an extensive renovation. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Midlands, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re far from the madding crowd. Yet, being just a stone’s throw away from the N3 highway, Brahman Hills is accessible and central to the famous Midlands Meander, which makes it the perfect destination for your dream wedding, conference or getaway. With either hotel or self-catering accommodation available, along with a range of destination venues, including two restaurants (89 on Copper and Brahman Hills Café), coffee bar, eventing venues seating from 20 to 400 people, a cellar and underground bar, Brahman Hills is now a destination of choice. Discover all it has to offer, from the abundant wildlife to spectacular views, and for the guests who select the Self Catering Cottages on the Blue Crane Nature Reserve, the wildlife is literally on their doorsteps. The Brahman Hills team has evolved with the property through a complete facelift in 2015, creating a country home away from home that promises real experiences, with real people in the tranquil surroundings.

W: www.brahmanhills.co.za T: reservations: 033 266 6965 E: reservations@brahmanhills.co.za Facebook: Brahman Hills


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FORDOUN Fordoun is an Award winning Boutique Hotel and Spa which offers a conveniently located destination, luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service, a superior fine dining restaurant, with a conference centre ideal for smaller groups. The conference room can accommodate up to 60 delegates cinema style, or 34 delegates boardroom style. Fordoun’s popularity is largely due to the service the group will receive; with smaller groups, individual and group requests can be afforded specific attention. Just over an hour from Durban and a mere half an hour from Pietermaritzburg, Fordoun offers delegates an accessible venue that delivers great food and service, with facilities that will help add value to any conference.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Norms Hall

120

60

40

40

60

70

Green Room

30

15

10

10

15

20

R 103, Nottingham Road T: +27 (0)33 266 6217 F: 086 603 8778 E: reservations@fordoun.com W: www.fordoun.com

INSINGIZI LODGE AND SPA iNsingizi Lodge and Spa is situated on a small game farm in the middle of the rolling hills of the Southern Midlands. Our 9 chalets and 7 bedroom farmhouse are private and comfortable – perfect for spending time away from it all. Our conference room with free wi-fi is just one of the many areas you may choose to have your meetings – what could be better than sitting on our covered deck, overlooking a small dam, while you strategise for the year ahead? We pride ourselves in our attention to detail and ensuring that your conference is all about you and reflects your personality or that of your business.

The game reserve or cycle track is perfect for a little team building while the spa offers a little pampering. Trust us to ensure that your function is one nobody forgets.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2) Conference Room

50

30

* Lots of break away and other areas that can be used

20

-

Cocktail 60

T: 083 414 1932  E: info@insingizi.co.za   W: www.insingizi.co.za

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MIDLANDS SADDLE AND TROUT With a restaurant providing comfort cuisine and a great wellness centre, Midlands Saddle and Trout is the perfect setting for a countryside conference, wedding or function. Our conference venue hosts up to 80 people and we offer the option of hiring a marquee, with capacity for 400 guests, where personalised catering options and menus can be arranged. Enjoy being surrounded by rolling green pastures and fresh country air in the tranquil setting of the Midlands. Your delegates or potential clients will find plenty of opportunity for relaxation before or after high-profile meetings and events. Our extremely capable, hands-on team, which includes dedicated event planners, will assist with your every need, catering to all your full- or half-day conferencing requirements, as well as arranging luxury overnight accommodation for up to 296 guests. Teambuilding activities include hiking, horse-riding through the countryside, relaxing by the pool, enjoying an afternoon beverage at the bar, meandering the Midlands and fire-side get-togethers. Midlands Saddle and Trout is the perfect destination for any luxurious function. Our supportive staff will be there to assist with your every need while you and your guests relax in country style. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions •Data Projector • Lectern • PA System •Microphones • Projector Screens

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Conference Room

-

Boardroom

- - - 14

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80

60

-

48

152 Hidcote Road, Hidcote, Mooi River T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.midlandssaddle.co.za


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Great Cuisine & Wellness Situated near Mooi River, just 60km from Pietermaritzburg, MIDLANDS SADDLE AND TROUT offers 59 fully-equipped luxury chalets in several configurations. Comfortable and boasting great cuisine and a wellness centre, it is the perfect setting for a wedding or other functions. There are entertainment facilities for the whole family, both on and off the resort. Midlands Saddle and Trout is ideal for those looking to relax in the countryside, explore the Midlands Meander or enjoy all the exhilarating activities on offer - ranging from canopy tours to candle dipping, horse-riding and much more. The sumptuously furnished, serviced chalets are equipped with every amenity to cater for a family holiday. At Midlands Saddle and Trout Resort, you have a choice of one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom chalets with washing machine, TV, WiFi, microwave, fan and fireplace. Selected chalets have a second bathroom for your convenience. There are spa baths in the one bedroom chalets and all the chalets have a private patio with a built-in braai and sweeping views of the hills. A range of tasty treats is available all day at the cosy restaurant situated close to our pool. Enjoy legendary toasted sandwiches and our “Giant Burger.� Our bonfire evenings are an unforgettable experience, so book at Reception when you arrive to avoid disappointment. La Vita Spa onsite provides a haven for guests to enjoy a wide range of wellness massages, anti-ageing treatments, manicures and pedicures, available to men, women and children. The facility includes single and couples treatment rooms, extended trading hours, a relaxation area, and a steam room, plus a great gift collection.


The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields boast the largest concentration of significant battles and war-related sites in South Africa – with 82 battlefields, museums, old fortifications and places of remembrance this region offers the conference organiser an exciting canvas with which to plan an interactive and memorable meeting or incentive. Walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists – Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha – men who played a part in the history of the KwaZulu-Natal. In addition to battlefields and legends, this region offers Zulu culture, game reserves and a variety of adventure activities from horse riding and mountain biking to hiking and white water rafting to list just a few.

Battlefields The Battlefields region is a comfortable threeto four hour drive by vehicle or coach from Durban, and is worth the journey as this is where history comes to life. Your delegates will be captivated as the expert historians and storytellers tell of the fateful battles of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River, amongst others of the Anglo-Zulu War. The Anglo-Boer War, a war between the Boer and the British (also known as the South African War), is best represented by the Battle of Spion Kop. This is the most famous and futile battle of the South African War - one that turned out to be the longest, bloodiest, and costliest fought by Britain for nearly 100 years. A number of boutique style lodges and in the Battlefields region offer facilities for smaller executive conferences and teambuilding facilities, such as SPIONKOP LODGE, Isandlwana Lodge, Fugitives Drift Lodge and Rorkes Drift Lodge. There are a number of outstanding battlefield tours, with knowledgeable guides available to talk delegates through the secrets

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and sorrows, strategies and despairs of these great battles – team building and meetings can easily be themed around battlefield lessons which can potentially be mirrored in the boardroom. The Black Rock Casino in Newcastle has a conference centre that can accommodate up to 200 delegates and is also the ideal venue for themed launches and events. The Royal Country Inn situated in the town of Dundee in the heart of the battlefields, offers modern accommodation, old-world charm and conferencing for up to 60 delegates, and on the outskirts of town is Battlefields Country Lodge, with four venues suitable for medium sized conferences as well as events. Set amongst giant granite boulders the Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort, located near Vryheid, offers not only a number of conference venues and teambuilding, but opportunities for delegates to be inspired and refreshed in the beneficial waters of the hot springs.

In addition to battlefields the region has a number of small game and eco-reserves, such as the Isibindi Eco-Reserve – Isibindi Zulu Lodge is ideal for small executive getaways and incentives. The Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a 22,000 hectare Big 5 reserve near Ladysmith, is a comfortable four-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg and three-and-a-half hours from Durban, making it the ideal venue to host delegates from both cities - and the 1.2km landing strip suitable for light aircraft or helicopters makes getting there even easier. There are a number of luxury lodges to choose from each with their own unique charm, from the luxury tented Springbok Lodge to the intimate Esiweni Lodge with panoramic views over the Sunday River. A number of them offer facilities for small to medium executive style meetings and events and can easily be incorporated into an incentive itinerary offering great opportunities to ‘wow’ incentive delegates.


THE BATTLEFIELDS REGION COMPRISES THE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES OF AMAJUBA AND UMZINYATHI.

There are several self-drive Battlefield Routes that enable visitors to optimise their visit to this region’s historic towns and sites. Knowledgeable, friendly and accredited local guides are available and guarantee hour upon hour of captivating company. These routes include options such as world-class game reserves, heritage sites, battlefields and Zulu culture and tradition as well as stunning scenery, warm mineral fountains, fly fishing and birding. The town of Ladysmith is home to the Ladysmith Siege Museum, acclaimed as one of the best South African War museums in South Africa, and the ideal start to a visit in this region. The comprehensive display sets the scene for visitors to appreciate the historical ‘walkabout’ around the town as well as the surrounding battlefield sites, including those of the Battle of Colenso and of uThukela Heights. The Newcastle area offers insight into the battles of the Anglo-Boer War of 1881 and includes interesting sights such as Fort Amiel Museum, Hilldrop, the house of Sir Ryder Haggard, and O’Niel’s Cottage Museum

at the bottom of Amajuba Mountain. There are a variety of historic sites and monuments that commemorate heroes like Gandhi, King Dinuzulu (the old prison) and Mac Maharaj (his residence) amongst others. At the Carnegie Art Gallery contemporary South African art works can be viewed and a well-stocked shop with local craftwork and the unique Isiphethu fabric art is available. The townships of Madadeni, Osizweni and Blaauwbosch provide a unique cultural experience and historic sites connected to Nelson Mandela, Chief Albert Luthuli and other local heroes. Other towns nearby are Utrecht, the ‘Town within a Game Park’, and Dannhauser both ideal should birding and fly fishing be part of the itinerary. Incentive visitors to the region can get a taste of Zulu culture and heritage at the Talana Museum in Dundee. The Kwakunje Cultural Village, where visitors are invited to experience Zulu cultural life as it was and how it is changing. Hear the tales, explore the culture and enjoy traditional meals as you absorb the sounds and sights of life under the African sun.

Visitors to the Talana Creative Cluster will be able to interact with the crafters and in certain areas, be able to choose colours and patterns and work with the producer, to make their own special product to take away with them. Conference delegates and incentive visitors will be able to experience weaving, beading, glassblowing, pottery, sewing, traditional plants, Zulu culture and lifestyle - traditional Zulu beading in a variety of fashions and in different applications and African pottery and crafts that reflect African traditions and heritage. There are numerous activities for adventurous teambuilding; these include white-water rafting down the rapids of the mighty Thukela, or kloofing if the river level is low, hiking or mountain-biking in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, or even horseback riding in the hoof prints of Victorian soldiers. Other more relaxed corporate pursuits include a round of golf on one of the 9- and 18-hole courses or trout fishing in the cool waters near Newcastle.

EVENTS: BATTLE OF SPIONKOP COMMEMORATION – JANUARY

BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA COMMEMORATION – JANUARY/FEBRUARY

TALANA LIVE (DUNDEE) – CLOSEST WEEKEND TO 20 OCTOBER

The Battle of Spionkop is commemorated annually on the 24 January with the laying of wreaths by the British High Commission. This battle was one of the most futile fought in the South African War (1899 - 1902), a war fought between the Boers and the British. It was a day of bloodshed that saw no victor, a day that cost the British some 1,200 casualties and the Boers some 300.

The commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana takes place annually at the end of January or early February. A 25,000-strong Zulu Impi defeated British forces camped at the base of the Isandlwana hill making this battle on 22 January 1879 the single biggest defeat of the British in Africa during Queen Victoria’s reign. Today cairns mark the graves of the fallen British soldiers and an impressive bronze sculpture that of the Zulu impi.

Annual event – re-enactments of Battle of Talana, historical talks, vintage cars, stalls and ghost hunt. NEWCASTLE AIR SHOW – MAY/JUNE This is a weekend of sky-high thrills for young and old aviation enthusiasts. From masterful aerobatic flying displays to jets and helicopters.

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SPIONKOP LODGE SPIONKOP LODGE offers DAILY CONFERENCE PACKAGES Rates include exclusive use of the Conference Venue (from 08h00a.m. to 17h00), TV, Video Machine, Overhead Projector and Screen, Whiteboard and Markers, Pen and notepad, Mineral water per delegate & peppermints per table. On Arrival: Teas, coffees and muffins Mid-morning break: Teas, coffees and homemade biscuits Lunch: selection of menus available Afternoon-Break : Teas, coffees and biscuits Located just twenty minutes off the N3 linking Durban and Johannesburg, two and a half hours from Durban and three and a half hours from Johannesburg.  

SPIONKOP LODGE also offers an amazing range of INCENTIVE and TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES (see advert on pg64) Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2) Churchill Centre

68

80

30

30

Cocktail

60

60

T/F: +27 036 488 1404 - Lynette Heron C: 082 573 0224 E: spionkop@futurenet.co.za W: www.spionkop.co.za

THE ROYAL COUNTRY INN The Royal Country Inn in Dundee combines the benefits of modern accommodation with an oldworld charm and offers true country hospitality and excellent cuisine. Set in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields route, the Royal Country Inn is ideally located for a meeting place halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. It also provides a convenient base from which to explore the rich history of the surrounding area. The Inn has a total of 32 bedrooms available and can accommodate a total of 60 guests.

Room Name Size Cinema (m2) Main

80

U-Shape Boardroom Banqueting 60

-

Saloon 30 20 -

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Cocktail

-

-

-

-

61 Victoria Street, Dundee T: +27 (0)34 212 2147 F: +27 (0)34 218 2146 E: reservations@royalcountryinn.com W: www.royalcountryinn.com


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Incomparable Hospitality Where military history, game drives and bush walks are complemented by stunning sunsets and incomparable hospitality. Raymond and Lynette Heron, owners of Spionkop Lodge offer guests the perfect place to explore the battlefields, berg, bush and birds of this part of KwaZulu-Natal. And if it’s battles you’re interested in, Raymond, who is often referred to as ‘a walking historical gold mine, a gifted raconteur and showman supreme’, will vividly bring to life the ‘adventures, misadventures, tales of cowardice and derring-do of those frantic days’ (read more on pg 64). But there’s so much more to do here than just soak up history… an early morning game drive in the 700 hectare game farm, offers the opportunity of seeing a variety of game, including numerous species of antelope, zebra, rhino and giraffe; feel the wind in your hair as you head out into the bush on horseback or go boating on the Spionkop Dam where bird watchers will delight in the variety of water birds and where the African sun offers spectacular sunsets – all wonderful activities to add to your conference schedule. You’ll be accommodated in comfortable and tastefully furnished stone cottages with terracotta-tiled verandahs, amazing views and overhanging green roofs decorated with traditional white “broekie lace”. The original turn-of the- century 1899/1900 farmhouse has been splendidly restored and comprises a lounge, cosy bar, and a huge dining room with Oregon-pine floors and furniture, picture windows and wooded decks overlooking the surrounding hillsides. There’s a small well-equipped conference centre, a stunning pool and lots and lots of space. A great space to wow your delegates with a traditional braai and spectacular views.

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NORTH Just north of Durban and a stones throw from the King Shaka International Airport is the Zulu Kingdom’s North Coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast. This region offers luxury, beauty, sport and history – an unspoilt natural environment with a lush tropical coastline and the warm Indian Ocean. It is a malaria-free region of infinite beaches and gentle rolling hills covered in sugar cane, a place to indulge the senses – with sublime spa’s, great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Tee off on one of the North Coast’s excellent golf courses or enjoy a birds-eye view of this magnificent coastline from on a micro-light flight.

photo’s Enterprise Ilembe

North Coast

The North Coast, with the seaside town of Ballito as its hub, is well located with easy access to both Durban and the game reserves of Zululand and the Elephant Coast. This region offers visitors a variety of modern facilities at seaside hotels and resorts as well as boutique hotels, many of them with meetings facilities. And its natural setting provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventures from horse riding and hiking, surfing and fishing to mountain biking and micro-lighting. Incentive visitors can work up a sweat in the morning on one of these adventure activities and then relax at the spa in the afternoon before a night out on the town. Just five minutes from Ballito is the Canelands Beach Club, an exclusive private residence positioned directly on the beach at Salt Rock, offering small meeting and banqueting facilities.

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This is the playground of bottlenose dolphins, which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year. Whales can also be spotted from boats as well as from shore on their annual migration to the waters off Mozambique for the summer. On the outskirts of Ballito is eBandla Hotel and Conference Centre – eBandla being the Zulu word for ‘the forum venue’. Located in Dube Tradeport at the King Shaka International Airport, is the 300 seater LATITUDE CONFERENCE CENTRE. Its proximity to the airport makes it ideally situated for quick fly-in meetings – plans are afoot to expand these conferencing facilities. The luxury boutique OCEAN REEF HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE in Zinkwazi offers 180 degree beach views, direct beach access and conference facilities for up to 60 delegates. Situated within an abundant forest

environment is the Zimbali Coastal Resort, an up-market residential estate, lodge and golf course. Zimbali – Zulu for ‘valley of flowers’ is an unspoiled region and nature lover’s wonderland. With dappled shadows from the lush vegetation and cool breezes from the Indian Ocean, Zimbali is a wonderful canvas for the inspired event planner. A variety of meeting facilities are available at both the FAIRMONT ZIMBALI LODGE AND RESORT. This region boasts some of the finest golf courses in the Southern Hemisphere – golfers visiting this region will be spoilt for choice with no less than six golf courses of varying standards of difficulty available. The Zimbali Golf Course is amongst the top 10 courses in South Africa in terms of the ultimate golfing experience and a must visit to any keen golfer accepting the challenges of narrow fairways and bunkers surrounding the greens.


NORTH

THE NORTH COAST IS GOVERNED BY THE ILEMBE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY.

A fascinating cultural mix exists in this region that was once part of the great Zulu empire built by King Shaka. This was created by the subsequent wave of adventurers moving into the area, from the arrival of colonialists, the French Mauritian sugar cane growers to the indentured Indian labourers. The historic Collisheen Estate is set amongst magnificent old trees near the quaint little sugar farming village of Umhlali, and only 12 km from the King Shaka International Airport. It offers conferencing and banqueting for up to 400

people. Also on the Estate is the adventure centre Sugar Rush Park, offering mountain biking, trail running and other activities and lends itself to teambuilding activities and outdoor events – including music festivals. For a touch of Africa, the Rain Farm Game Lodge offers facilities for small meetings and team building. For culture and history, visit historic battle sites such as the Ultimatum Tree, Ndondakusuka or Fort Pearson, or visit the burial place of the

great Zulu King at Kwa-Dukuza. For insight into the liberation struggle in South Africa a visit to the Luthuli Museum, home of Nobel Laureate Chief Albert Luthuli, is a must. Zulu hospitality is warm and the people friendly, and they are proud to show you their heritage. This region is also home to a large Indian community, so look out for their temples, sample their spicy foods or shop for fresh produce at any of the numerous markets. This area abounds with opportunities for memorable adventures, cultural interactions and teambuilding.

EVENTS: THE BALLITO PRO - JULY The internationally recognised BALLITO PRO surfing competition takes place at Ballito’s Salmon Bay and Surfers beaches. In addition to this action packed surfing event, an impressive selection of popular SA bands will entertain the crowds with a two day concert, which is free to the public, at Salt Rock. The concert includes acoustic and rock nights.

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FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT An unspoiled shoreline, rolling hills and lush flora have come to define the Zimbali Coastal Resort region. Set along South Africa’s sublime east coast, nestled between a forest reserve and a shimmering sea, the resort’s exquisite natural beauty is dotted with pockets of urban flair and enhanced by the rich Zulu heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a premier conferencing destination offering impeccable facilities and world-class standards of delivery. Engaging service, unparalleled presence and a taste of all things authentically local will make your next strategic session a memorable occasion. Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a haven of luxury with 154 rooms, eight tantalising food and beverage experiences and an internationally acclaimed Willow Stream Spa. The Marula Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 520 guests while the more intimate Sanderling Boardroom can host up to 12 guests. Experience a magnificent round on the Tom Weiskopf designed, championship 18 hole golf course, spend the day on sun-drenched beaches or spend time on a serene forest trail. Take your business to where unspoilt forests meet a shimmering sea and turn your special conference moments into memories.

Room Name Marula

Theatre Classroom Boardroom U-shape Cabaret (8 pax) Rounds (10 pax) Cocktail 120 90 36 27 72 90 120

Acacia

120 90 36 27

72

90

120

Syringa

198 108 60

42

96

120

150

Hibiscus

220 144 68

50

120

160

200

Foyer

- - - - -

MASH

700 498

Sanderling

30 20 12 10

-

-

- 180

416

520

550

-

10

-

Imbali

15 10 6

9

Coral Tree Deck

250

180

-

-

160

Coral Tree PDR

-

-

-

25

-

OSA

80 - 24 - 50

70 80

OSA Vinum

-

-

-

-

* MASH Venue capacity includes a stage of 3m x 3m

-

-

-

-

-

200

250

-

60

5 Corkwood Drive, Zimbali Coastal Estate, Ballito, 4420 Phone: (032) 538 5000 Fax: (032) 538 5001 E: zim.sales@fairmont.com W: www.fairmont.com/zimbali-resort/

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Relax & Unwind at Fairmont Zimbali Resort Fairmont Zimbali Resort, situated inside the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Estate, offers the utmost in stylish comfort and unrivalled service. Located 5 minutes from the bustling holiday town of Ballito, 20 minutes from Umhlanga and 30 minutes from Durban, Fairmont Zimbali Resort provides easy access to the province’s attractions, and is located a convenient 16km from King Shaka International Airport. Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a luxury 5-star hotel situated ideally on the North Coast beachfront. Eight contemporary dining and entertainment venues offer a dazzling range of appetizing options to tantalise your taste buds. With a selection of light to full-course meals, local delicacies and ethnic dishes, you are assured of a memorable experience. Whether you are looking for a formal dinner or casual pizza next to the pool, Fairmont Zimbali Resort is the perfect destination for any occasion. Relax and unwind at our Willow Stream Spa or increase your heart rate with an exhilarating workout at the Health Club; situated at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. Children can be entertained at the Y-Univers Kids Club, while you enjoy a round of golf at the Zimbali Country Club. Whether you’re visiting Fairmont Zimbali Resort for business or pleasure, an unforgettable South African experience awaits.

5 Corkwood Drive, Zimbali Coastal Estate, Ballito, 4420 Phone: (032) 538 5000, Fax: (032) 538 5001, E: zim.sales@fairmont.com W: www.fairmont.com/zimbali-resort


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LA MONTAGNE RESORT HOTEL & SPA Our sublime location on the shores of Ballito’s popular Willard Beach and the wide range of onsite facilities is guaranteed to take your conference or function to the next level. Just 20 minutes away from King Shaka International Airport, La Montagne boasts two restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisine, a great in-house wellness retreat, a live supper theatre club, swimming pool with lifeguard and magnificent seaside sundeck, ensuring you will never lack reasons to host your next conference or event here. With several conferencing venues, which host up to 150 delegates, La Montagne offers sophisticated half- and full-day conference packages, teambuilding and banquets. A dedicated events team is on hand to assist you with planning these elegant functions. Business guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Ballito with a beverage on the sundeck or a walk along the adjacent promenade during breakaway moments, while a refreshing spa treatment completes any stay. Well-appointed overnight accommodation, with capacity for 400 guests, can be arranged according to your budget and superb catering opportunities are on offer. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Gala Events • Talent Shows & Pageants

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Johnny Walker

-

130

100

50

80

120

Crayfish Inn

-

40

30

20

40

40

Pumpkin Theatre

-

130

110

60

100

120

The Deck

-

30

30

100 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.lamontagne.co.za

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Seaside Enjoyment This superb resort presents every opportunity for seaside enjoyment, with a large range of facilities and services on-hand, which have made LA MONTAGNE a family favourite, year after year. The resort also boasts superb wedding, conferencing and banqueting facilities, and specialises in themed evenings and special activities. Offering breathtaking views over the balmy Indian Ocean, La Montagne is located in the charming seaside town of Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. It features 120 luxury terraced apartments which are furnished in impeccably lavish style. The modern, fully-equipped and air-conditioned apartments have all the essentials to guarantee a memorable holiday. The resort features studio units, two- and three-bedroom apartments and two opulent penthouses, all with stunning sea views. The well-appointed open plan dining and lounge area includes a mini kitchenette to complete your comfort. The patios are equipped with a built-in braai, while the TV with DSTV channels will ensure that you never miss your favourite movies or sporting events. La Vita Spa onsite provides a world-class facility for guests to enjoy a wide range of wellness massages, anti-ageing treatments, manicures and pedicures. Available to men, women and children, with the added bonus of a great gift collection. The facility includes a relaxation area, Jacuzzi, and sauna. Our kiddie’s entertainment programme, aided by our blue and yellow mascot, Fred First, keeps the youngsters amused throughout your stay with games, singing, dancing, competitions, crafts and activities for all ages. Youngsters can also sign up for the Fred First Club to receive their own goodie bag and regular newsletters.

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LATITUDE CONFERENCE CENTRE Situated within 3 minutes from the King Shaka International Airport in Dube City, the 4 Star graded Latitude Conference Centre provides conference and function facilities for up to 350 persons. With various seating configurations and rooms that can be utilised for both conference and break-away sessions, this venue is fast emerging as a preferred venue of choice and convenience in the Airport precinct. A modern venue with free Wi-Fi and airport shuttles – the venue boasts sufficient open parking and is the ideal destination for your next corporate or leisure experience.

Room Name Size (m2) Executive Luthuli

Cinema

Classroom Boardroom

57.5 -

-

60 60 54

Banquet

Cocktail

16

-

-

24

50

50

Mandela

88.5 90

72

36

60

70

Gandhi

88.5

72

36

60

70

Dube

70.5 72

60

30

60

60

300

-

250

300

90

All Venues (Total Capacity)

350

* Excluding Executive Boardroom

Ground Floor, 29 Degrees South, 7 Umsinsi Junction, Dube City, La Mercy, 4399 T: 032 814 0340 F: 032 814 0313 E: denisha@calypsogroup.co.za W: www.latitudedurban.co.za

OCEAN REEF HOTEL Specialises in functions: Birthday Parties, Weddings, Year End Functions, Baby showers, Engagement Parties etc. We pride ourselves in service excellence and we cater to your every requirement so that your day is special. Our fully inclusive conference package includes: • Bed and breakfast • Full day conference • Two tea breaks • Lunch & dinner For your meeting we offer: • A private venue • Bottled water • Ocean reef hotel pens & pads • Flipchart and pens and • White board and markers

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2) Conference Room

68

60

36

40

50

Cocktail 60

T: +27 (0)32 485 3776 or +27 (0)32 485 3065 E: reception@oceanreefhotel.co.za W: www.oceanreef.co.za Meeting Industry Guide | 49


SOUTH From subtropical forests, blue lagoons, golden beaches and rocky coves, to the warm Indian Ocean and sunny weather – this is what makes the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast such a popular destination. There’s no doubt about it - visitors are spoilt for choice in this relaxed region that lies between Durban’s cosmopolitan ‘buzz’ and the Zulu Kingdom’s southernmost reaches. This coastline is a haven of unique and less-explored places, set amidst rolling hills and fringed by palm fronds and wild strelitzias. The outdoor pursuits range from golf, to hiking, mountain biking, diving, whale watching and a range of activities in between.

photo: South Coast Tourism

South Coast Popularly known as the ‘Golf Coast’, this scenic region has a comprehensive selection of attractive and challenging golf courses. All in all, there are 10 courses situated close to or directly at the Indian Ocean. The fairways are lined by lush subtropical vegetation with some courses having their own access to the beach. Compared to other regions in South Africa, the green fees on the South Coast are relatively moderate and the golf estate accommodation is generally – despite the most luxurious appointments – not very expensive. The Selborne Golf Estate & Spa offers not only an 18-hole championship golf course, but luxury accommodation in the beautifully restored historic hotel, as well as a variety of conference and event facilities. Further south the San Lameer Resort Hotel and Spa, set in the beautiful San Lameer Estate with its 18-hole championship golf course, is suited

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to corporate getaways, small meetings and strategy sessions. It offers great teambuilding opportunities, corporate golf days and adventure outings. The South Coast is affordable both as a business and family destination, with accommodation varying from up-market hotels, resort style hotels, boutique hotels to luxury B&B’s and guest houses. South Coast beaches, seven of which have Blue Flag status, offer something for everyone, golden sands, tidal pools and beaches for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. The Pumula Beach Hotel, with its stunning views of the Indian Ocean is situated 100kms south of Durban, its seaside location and indigenous coastal vegetation makes it an ideal venue for relaxing, stress free small to medium sized conferences as well as beach activities. Further south The Estuary Hotel, set on the picturesque estuary

and a stone’s throw from the beach, is ideal for corporate getaways, strategy sessions, small meetings as well as teambuilding. There are a number of shops and farm-stalls offering the abundant produce of the South Coast. Crocodile farms, banana plantations, candle factories and handmade crafts all add to the feast of local activities and produce on offer. The very popular Mac Banana Estate near Port Edward offers a variety of teambuilding options, from banana tours and quad biking to an 18-hole miniature golf course. Feast on locally grown nuts or savour the strong aroma of freshly ground coffee – locally grown, harvested and processed at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. The Leopard Rock Chalets and coffee shop overlook the spectacular Umzimkulu River in the Oribi Gorge and is a unique setting ideal for small functions.


SOUTH THE SOUTH COAST IS GOVERNED BY THE UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY… UGU MEANS ‘COAST’ IN ZULU.

photo: South Coast Tourism

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa located in the Oribi Nature Reserve is the perfect spot for an executive getaway or incentive with a number of teambuilding options nearby – attempt an exhilarating swing into the gorge, try the world’s highest abseiling site, and in the rainy season (November to April) whitewater rafting is an option. Further inland and surrounded by breath-taking indigenous forests is the ANEW HOTEL INGELI FOREST AND SPA. This comfortable country styled lodge caters for small to medium sized events and with its mountain biking and trail running trails, offers a wonderfully ‘wild’ canvas for teambuilding. Or how about some action teambuilding at Dezzi Raceway near Shelley Beach. Scuba diving is a popular activity on the South Coast with excellent deep-sea diving areas at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks, the resting place for a number wrecks. Wreck diving has added a significantly interesting dimension to this

kilometre-long underwater wonderland that attracts not only a wide variety of fish, but also many Ragged-Tooth sharks, offering an aweinspiring and surprisingly safe adventure. In addition to open water shark diving, a popular adventure activity on the South Coast is shark cage diving, with a number of operators offering this activity. The Kapenta Bay Resort and Conference Centre is set right on the beach and offers two conference rooms, the larger of the two having a capacity of 300. Several diving reefs are in easy reach of Kapenta Bay including Protea Reef, Salmon Reef and Boboyi, making this an ideal venue if diving is to be part of the teambuilding activities. Should diving be a little too adventurous, experience the delight of the ocean on a sea excursion and possibly share in the enchantment of watching dolphins frolic and swim around the boat and possibly spot whales in season (May to November). Every winter, there is the phenomenon of the Sardine

Run or ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’, as it has been named, which sees thousands of visitors flock to the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in the hopes of witnessing pockets of sardines come to shore. Regardless of whether they beach or not, a spectacular number of dolphins, sharks, whales and seabirds follow the impressive body of sardines as they move along the coast. Head inland and you’re into traditional Zulu territory, and with it, the chance to witness first hand all the song and dance of a living culture. Traditional cultural tours are available through local tour operator Thembela Tours – visitors are able to meet and interact with people doing day-to-day life in the communities and homes. Getting to the South Coast is now easier than ever with CemAir’s daily flights to Margate from O.R. Thambo International Airport – alternatively the South Coast is an easy 2-3 hour drive from King Shaka International Airport.

EVENTS:

SOUTH COAST BIKE FEST - APRIL

SARDINE FESTIVAL – JUNE/JULY

This is when the biking elite head for Margate to enjoy SA’s biggest biking music lifestyle festival featuring extreme action sports and the hottest music acts.

A number of mountain bike races, fun beach events and the Ugu Jazz and Cultural Festival take place during the winter months to coincide with the ‘Sardine Run’.

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ANEW HOTEL INGELI FOREST AND SPA Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest & Spa is Nestled below the Ingeli Mountain range near Kokstad and only one hour from the South Coast. The Resort offers 44 comfortable rooms all with their own patios, fine food and outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running, tennis and adventure mini golf. Full conference facilities are available and each venue can be adapted to suit a variety of requirements. We offer special packages for Corporate and Government clients as well as team building packages. Perfect for families, adventure seekers, conferences and weddings. A place to refresh your soul.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom U-Shape (m2)

Banqueting

Cocktail

150

150

Pelindaba 150 120 60

90

90

Boardroom 20 10 10

10

10

Chapel 100 70 40

60

60

Nkulu Ndaba

200

180

100

T: 039 553 0600 E: reservations@ingeliforest.co.za / functions@ingeliforest.co.za A: No 3792 Mackton Farm between Harding and Kokstad, R56 Weza W: www.anewhotels.com

UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE At this award winning coastal venue, Umthunzi Hotel & Conference will have you and your group talking for years to come. Umthunzi, with its wide panoramic sea views and ideal position for “bleisure” conferencing and for wonderful functions, has a variety of choice. There are 3 venue rooms, an intimate boardroom, breakaway rooms and a stunning Terrace Deck that flows from the fabulous 30˚ South Restaurant. Enjoy accommodation in 49 Deluxe rooms + the amazing Milkwood Suite. Delegates & guests will receive a turnkey service from dedicated staff making your conference, function or event a thoroughly enjoyable and productive one!

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Wild Fig

135

120

100

40

100

120

Bell Palm

±74

60

50

20

50

60

Little Fig

45

16

-

12

-

16

Milkwood

120 120

40

-

50

120

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T: +27(0)39 695 0852 F: +27(0)39 695 0858 E: reservations@umthunzi.co.za W: www.umthunzi.co.za


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MARGATE SANDS Margate Sands is perfect for those seeking a relaxed, seaside location to host a special function or destination conference for up to 50 delegates. Situated on Margate’s popular North Beach just over an hour south of Durban, this high-rise development, which boasts excellent sea views, consists of 63 luxury 3-bedroom apartments. This award-winning resort is perfectly located and equipped for small functions, and boasts excellent opportunities for socializing, with many restaurants, pubs and sports right on your doorstep. The Wellness Spa and entertainment facilities are also key attractions at Margate Sands, and the resort’s proximity to the beachfront means that the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are just a few steps from your door. Margate Sands offers full- and half-day conferencing packages, combined with luxurious sea view accommodation. Facilities include pool-side braais and beachfront access. Elegant cocktail parties or conferences can be organised by our highly capable team, either poolside or in our functions centre, so be sure to have your next cherished event at Margate Sands. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Gala Events • Talent Shows & Pageants

Room Name Size (m2) Conference Room

-

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail 50

40

30

40

40

William O Connor Drive, Margate T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.margatesandsresort.co.za

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Luxurious Accommodation Situated on Margate’s popular main beach just 153km south of Durban, this high-rise development consists of 63 luxury 3-bedroom apartments overlooking the Indian Ocean. MARGATE SANDS is perfect for those seeking a fun-filled getaway along the warm South Coast. Here you can unwind by the pool, enjoy the games room and adventure golf or indulge yourself with a relaxing treatment at the Wellness Spa. The luxurious, fully-equipped, spacious apartments offer all the amenities needed to ensure a memorable holiday. All apartments are air-conditioned, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, accommodating up to eight guests comfortably, with a double bed in the main room, two single beds in the second and third bedrooms and a sleeper couch in the lounge. The apartment has a comprehensive range of appliances, including a microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. One undercover parking bay is provided per apartment, and a limited amount of additional parking can be reserved in advance at a nominal fee.​ La Vita Spa onsite provides a haven for guests to enjoy a wide range of wellness massages, anti-ageing treatments, manicures and pedicures, available to men, women and children. The facility includes single and couples treatment rooms, extended trading hours, a relaxation area, plus a great gift collection. The adjacent North Beach, with dedicated lifeguards, is a very popular bathing beach. Restaurants, swimming pools, a seasonal super tube and funfair, as well as a grassy recreational park nearby, all make this area ideal for family entertainment.


SOUTH

PUMULA BEACH HOTEL Pumula Beach Hotel is spectacularly situated alongside the Warm Indian Ocean, only a 100km’s South of Durban and surrounded by indigenous coastal vegetation, this makes for an ideal Venue for relaxing, stress free Conferences. Charming and intimate, the highest levels of personal service and excellent cuisine are provided. In addition to this a selection of comfortable accommodation is available, which includes both family and double/twin rooms with sea or garden views. For Conferences and Teambuilding with a difference, Pumula Beach Hotel boasts two conference venues and each venue varies in size we can comfortably accommodate up to 140 delegates. All the conference venues are fully equipped with AV equipment, air-con, fixed screens and all your standard conferencing equipment. Pumula Beach Hotel boasts a variety of activities which include a heated swimming pool, volley ball court, 18 hole putt putt course, outside chess set, lovely grounds for teambuild, blue flag status beach.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema School Room

U-shaped

Intshambili 138.6 140 99 Amawele

142.56

120

90

48

Banquet

Cocktail

96 -

60 - Double U (66)

67 Steve Pitts Road Umzumbe, 4225 T: +27(39) 684 6717 F: +27(39) 684 6303 E: reservations@pumulabeachhotel.co.za W: www.pumulabeachhotel.com Meeting Industry Guide | 55


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Pumula Beach Hotel where you can mix business and pleasure

Pumula Beach Hotel is located on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast, famous for its golden beaches and balmy weather, its variety of marine life which includes schools of dolphins, whales and the annual sardine run. With its stunning views of the Indian Ocean and lush indigenous coastal vegetation, is an easy 100km drive from Durban making it an ideal coastal conferencing venue and incentive destination. Its direct access to one of the South Coast’s six Blue Flag beaches and variety of activities offer delegates a range of options for teambuilding and leisure. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the nearby golf courses, play a game of pool in the pub, go on an extreme ocean safari adventure or relax next to the heated swimming pool. There are two fully equipped conference venues – the largest seating up to 140 delegates. The standard equipment is available: overhead projectors, data projector, flipchart - with paper & pens are provided, TV & VHS VCR, DVD and podium. A note pad and pen for each delegate is also included. Guests are accommodates in a selection of comfortable well appointed airconditioned hotel rooms set within pretty gardens overlooking the ocean. The world class cuisine is complemented by optional extras such as special Mongolian barbeques, Spit braais and potjie-kos evenings. A variety of entertainment options are available and include pub evenings, discos, bands ensure that delegates will play as hard as they are work. With years of experience, let the Pumula team handle your next product launch, conference, teambuilding event, special gala dinner or exotic themed evening.

For more information call +27(39) 684 6717 or check out www.pumulabeachhotel.com

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SELBORNE GOLF ESTATE HOTEL & SPA Located on the sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, with its origins rooted in our rich heritage, Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa features a Wellness Spa, fine dining, a worldclass golf course, as well as a wedding chapel and full conference facilities. Selborne Estate boasts a beautifully restored historic hotel with capacity for 98 guests, and a variety of highly sophisticated conference and eventing amenities, that can be stylishly combined to add charm to any event for up to 100 delegates. Our dedicated, experienced team will provide for your every need, tailored to your budget. From half- or full-day conference packages and teambuilding, to weddings and banquets, we do it all. The estate features a magnificent Manor House, 18-hole championship golf course, worldclass La Vita Spa, wedding chapel, The Lord Selborne Fine Dining Restaurant, The Terrace for casual dining, Barker’s Bar, the Hunter’s piano lounge, a sparkling outdoor pool, lush coastal gardens, private beach club and tennis courts, ensuring that your delegates or guests will relax in ultimate comfort and luxury.  • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Stag Golf Getaways • Bachelorette Events • Product Launches • Wedding Services • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Gala Events • Talent Shows & Pageants

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Fish Eagle

-

Kingfisher

- 50 40 20 50 60

60

Lourie

- 50 40 20 50 60

Kingfisher & Lourie

-

100

40

80

20

-

60

100

60

120

Old Main Rd, Pennington T: +27 (0)39 688 1800 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.www.selbornehotel.com/

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Traditional Charisma At Selborne Hotel we offer a range of delightful dining options, from the relaxed atmosphere of The Terrace, to the more formal elegance of The Lord Selborne Restaurant, and the convivial atmosphere of Barker’s Bar. The most prominent feature and prized offering at Selborne is our world-class 18-hole, par 72 golf course. The exemplary course has been masterfully crafted to offer a challenging round, while golfers can take in unhindered sea vistas at nearly every hole. Its beauty has been compared to that of Augusta, and the challenges that may be found here have been the downfall of many players during the Sunshine Tour.

THE SELBORNE HOTEL, built in 1954, is characterised by its traditional charisma, prestigious history and distinguished reputation as an elite golfing estate, offering modern comforts along with the charms of a bygone era. Beautifully restored, Selborne Estate now boasts a championship golf course, fine dining, world-class spa, conferencing, chapel, private beach club and premium accommodation. Be swept away by the lush, forested surroundings of the hotel, creating a positively serene retreat for all guests. Our rooms feature patios and balconies, electronic laptop-sized safes, LED TV with selected DSTV channels, air-conditioning and beautiful ceiling fans, a luxury turn-down service, spacious bathroom with separate shower and bath facilities, coffee and tea making facilities, a fully stocked minibar, in-room dining, a pillow menu, bath menu and Golf Clubhouse lockers.

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Alternatively, clear your mind with a day of indulgence at our onsite Wellness Spa, which is fully-equipped with a sauna, express gym and four private treatment lounges. Treat yourself and a loved one to our truly rapturous spa therapies such as exotic facials, Swiss body wraps and non-surgical facelifts in the capable hands of welcoming and highly professional staff. Our spa is open 7 days a week, from 8 am to 10 pm.


DRAKENSBERG The awe inspiring Drakensberg Mountains, just by virtue of topography, is an adventurer’s paradise and offers a wealth of outdoor activities to satisfy all fitness levels and age group. This 243 000 hectare mountainous region, named ‘Ukhahlamba’ by the Zulu people, well deserves its international status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers massive cliffs towering over riverine bush, lush evergreen forests and cascading waterfalls and mountain streams as well as hiking paths that invite exploration. This area of seasonally snow-capped peaks, sheer cliffs and deep gorges and rolling hills offers memorable experiences and activities to suit everyone, from the adrenalin rush of tubing down the mighty Thukela to a leisurely round of golf.

Drakensberg UKHAHLAMBA

The Drakensberg is one of 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to have achieved this status on two accounts – its wealth of rock art (cultural) and exceptional natural beauty and diversity of habitat (natural) – and is one of the world’s most important examples of an erosional mountain range. The Drakensberg is divided into three regions, southern, central and northern Drakensberg, and all three regions are easily accessible by road which makes the transportation of delegates uncomplicated. Visitors to each of these regions have a wide variety of venues to choose from, ranging from luxury boutique hotels ideal for executive breaks, hotels catering for larger groups with onsite teambuilding facilities, to picturesque ‘camps’ with chalets set in the mountains. Incentive planners will be spoilt for choice with

any number of options available when planning a ‘must-do’ memorable event. The SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities; from trout fishing, and hiking to 4x4 excursions. The Premier Sani Pass Hotel caters for medium sized conferences and is the ideal start for traversing the highest pass-road in South Africa by 4x4. This route takes visitors along the upper Mkomazana River up Sani Pass to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level) – here delegates can enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Or experience the awesome Drakensberg on horseback. From hour-long rides in the foothills to a three-day expedition into Lesotho in the safe hands of a local guide and a sure-footed Basotho pony.

Selecting a country lodge or guest house for your conference invariably offers a more bespoke option, with them likely to be more flexible with regards to meals, activities and even the location for meetings, e.g. elsewhere in the lodge or in the gardens. For a venue offering on-site golf, the Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort is ideal. The Sisonke Stimela (which is Zulu for ‘steam train’), operates at various times of the year, taking passengers on a historic journey past Trappist Missions, local communities and aloe clad hillsides that are spectacular during their flowering period in the winter months. To experience the world of Alan Paton’s ‘Cry the Beloved Country’, a steam train journey on the Paton Express will delight historians and steam train enthusiasts alike.

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THE DRAKENSBERG REGION IS GOVERNED BY THE UTHUKELA AND SISONKE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES.

The CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT, located in the CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG, has the capacity to seat up to 1400 delegates in its largest meeting room and up to 1000 in its second largest, making it the largest conference venue in the region. It has a number of smaller venues and breakaway rooms ideal for smaller more intimate meetings. For smaller conferences, and teambuilding options the DRAKENSBERG SUN RESORT, Witsend and Champagne Castle Hotel are ideal. Located nearby is the Drakensberg Canopy Tour which is also great for teambuilding and corporate events. This region is a mecca for the adventurous and offers a number of teambuilding options… go rock-climbing or feel the adrenalin rush provided by abseiling, kloofing and white water rafting, take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride to view the majestic peaks from above - a great ‘wow’ experience to include in an incentive itinerary. This part of the Drakensberg is home to the world renowned Drakensberg

Boys Choir - visit the school to hear the Choir perform (their schedule permitting), or invite them to perform at a gala dinner or special event. This area also boasts a significant wine estate, the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate, which is ideal for small conferences, wine tasting and special events. The DIDIMA CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, with its blend of ancient cultural heritage and modern facilities, offer a spectacular mountain view from its main auditorium which has a seating capacity of 120. In addition to this its close proximity to the CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL, which also has conference facilities, ensures that delegates can be accommodated between the two venues. Seek out ancient Bushman rock art, evidence of the San people who lived in the area long time ago. These paintings are one of the Drakensberg’s greatest cultural treasures, with some 20 000 individual rock paintings having been recorded at 500 different sites between Royal National Park in

the north and Bushman’s Nek in the south. The NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG is home to the spectacular Amphitheatre, which is possibly the most photographed feature of the region, as well as the source of the Tugela (uThukela) River which plunges some 950 metres over the edge of the Mont-aux-Sources Plateau in spectacular fashion. This region has a number of options catering for medium to small conferences such as AHA ALPINE HEATH RESORT, with its breath-taking mountain views, teambuilding and adventure. Adrenalin junkies will appreciate the close proximity of All-Out-Adventures, an adventure company offering guests and delegates breath-taking experiences and teambuilding events. The Mweni Cultural Centre offers a glimpse into local culture and the option to purchase hand crafted goods and medicinal plants. The centre also provides accommodation and a range of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, horse riding, and bird watching.

EVENTS: MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL –

ROYAL DRAKENSBERG MTB

MUSIC FESTIVAL – APRIL

EASTER WEEKEND

CHALLENGE – MAY

Presented by the Drakensberg

Splashy Fen, held in Himeville

Held near Bergville in the

Boys Choir School, this four day

near Underberg, is the longest

northern Drakensberg, this is a

event over the last weekend in

running music festival in the

fun-filled weekend with races

April is a celebration of choral

country. This annual event brings

for all fitness and experience

music in South Africa. In addition

thousands of people together for

levels. The event culminates in

to the Drakensberg Boys Choir,

what has become the ultimate

the 45 kilometer MTB Classic

the event hosts a number of local

outdoor music experience.

with its mountain biking offering

South African musicians.

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spectacular views.

CREIGHTON ALOE STEAM TRAIN & HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL - JULY Enjoy an amazing three hour return steam train ride from Creighton alongside the Ngogwaan River through hillsides ablaze with flowering aloes. In addition to this there is an accompanying MTB and trail run during one of the weekends.


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AHA ALPINE HEATH RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre is ideally located midway between Durban and Johannesburg, set amidst the magnificent Drakensberg mountains. This popular resort offers superb accommodation, fine cuisine, Fun Crew activities and quality wedding and conference facilities. The 100 luxuriously appointed, fully equipped chalets, promote efficiently networking with work colleagues. Each chalet is equipped with a telephone, good cellular reception, satellite TV, a comfortable lounge, patio, fireplace, self-catering kitchen and dining area. Should you book all 100 chalets, we guarantee exclusive use of the resort and its facilities. aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre offers conference delegates a variety of dining options. Guests have the option to savour the beautiful surroundings and delicious dishes served banquet style at the Umziki all-weather Boma on the dam; relax in an intimate setting and enjoy tantalising culinary delights of the restaurant or even choose to dine at the Circle on the Square which is set around the village square. Having a variety of conference rooms at the resort also means there is never a need to rush your event because the room needs to be used for another function. We pride ourselves in hosting unforgettable conferences tailored to meet your needs. Our conference venues also come with free WIFI access and good cellphone reception.

Room Name Size (m2) Arbousset Boardroom

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

±271 300 200 84 - -

80

200

300

15

-

-

Sutherland

33.7 30 20

20

30

30

Gardiner

33.7 30 20

20

30

30

Kelly

33.7 30 20

20

30

30

Lammergeyer

±291 350 200

80

200

300

Lama & Lamb

±124

50

70

120

-

80

50

Chapel

55 50 20

20

Boma

- - -

- 220 -

aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre has so much to offer our guests and with all our years of experience in conferencing, we know how important it is to be flexible. We encourage you to use our SMS-programme to send groupdefined messages to all delegates keeping them up to date with the key happenings during your conference. Our goal is to be the Entertainment and Conference capital of the Drakensberg, so let us help you make your conferencing dreams a reality. All delegates that form part of a group booked on the special All Inclusive Conference Package rate will receive a handmade bracelet in support of the Reach for a Dream Foundation.

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D119, Off Old Cavernberg Road Jagersrust, Northern Drakensberg T: 0870 7508 62/ 036 438 8510 F: 086 612 6774 E: confer@alpineheathco.za/ banquet@alpineheath.co.za W: www.aha.co.za/alpineheath

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Quality Conference Facilities

The aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre, situated in the Northern Drakensberg area, is renowned for its breath-taking views, luxurious accommodation, a wide variety of activities, fine cuisine and amazing wedding and conference facilities. Set mid-way between Johannesburg and Durban, this resort presents the perfect setting to do business differently. With 100 luxurious chalets fully equipped with telephone facilities, satellite TV, a fireplace, a patio, a comfortable lounge, good cellular phone reception, self-catering kitchen and dining area, the resort is an ideal place to network and connect with colleagues against the backdrop of its beautiful surroundings without compromising any business activities. The elegantly positioned conference rooms provide enough space to accommodate large groups of people, as well as the privacy to conduct business without noise distractions or continuous movement. The wide variety of dining options on offer also ensures that everyone’s dietary needs are catered for while free wifi access and good cellular reception make sure that delegates are still reachable during the course of the event or meeting. In addition to the facilities and the various activities on offer, members who form part of a group booked on the special All Inclusive Conference Package rate will receive a handmade bracelet, in support of the Reach for a Dream Foundation. At the aha Alpine Heath we pride ourselves on creating a tailored conferencing experience within which deals are done and memories are made. Our aim is to establish ourselves as the entertainment and conferencing capital of the Drakensberg, and as such all our effort goes into ensuring that our guests enjoy their stay, be it for business or for leisure. So for your next conference or company event, book your stay at the aha Alpine Heath Resort and experience business our way.

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BUSHMAN’S NEK BERG AND TROUT RESORT Head for the hills and you will find one of First Group’s most prized properties – Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort, in the Southern Drakensberg. With its pretty mountainous backdrop, comfortable accommodation for 250 guests and an assortment of onsite diversions, this resort is the ideal destination for a conference or eventing function with a difference. Choose Bushman’s Nek for half- or fullday conferencing packages for up to 120 guests, and enjoy the vast panoramas of the Drakensberg mountains and the fresh country air. Our dedicated and experienced team is on hand to exceed your expectations, making Bushman’s Nek the ideal destination for a teambuilding exercise par excellence. Delegates and potential clients have many interesting activities to choose from, including trying their hand at archery, paintball, horse-riding and other organized activities during your event, and even relaxing with a spa treatment afterwards. Against the backdrop of the Southern Drakensberg, the picture-perfect Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort is awaiting your call to host your next function. • Conferencing Events • Corporate Teambuilding • Product Launches • Wedding Receptions • Cocktail Parties • High Teas • Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations • Children’s Parties • Gala Events • Talent Shows & Pageants

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Conference Room

-

150

120

60

120

100

Pool Deck

-

-

-

-

40

50

Bushman’s Nek Road, Underberg T: +27 (0)31 717 7591 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.bushmansnek.co.za

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Picture-Perfect Resort BUSHMAN’S NEK BERG AND TROUT RESORT, situated in the picture-perfect foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, offers a selection of luxury hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and rustic log cabins, ranging from comfortable 2-sleeper suites to spacious 3-bedroom, 8-sleeper apartments. With a restaurant serving delectable cuisine, a Wellness Spa, horse-riding, paintball, conference and wedding facilities and loads of entertainment for the whole family, Bushman’s Nek is bound to captivate your imagination and quench your thirst for outdoor adventure. Tantalize your taste buds at The Bushpot restaurant onsite, which serves an array of delectable treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try one of the great weekly specials and Sunday buffet or just pop in for a quick bite; the Bushpot is sure to have something to suit your taste. You may choose to pamper yourself with a La Vita Spa treatment or massage, either in one of our sumptuous treatment rooms or al fresco on the deck, offering majestic views and pure indulgence in the fresh mountain air. Bring out your best with one of these luxury indulgences! Alternatively, challenge the family to a round of golf on our awesome adventure golf course for 9 holes of family fun! Our course features natural-look rocks, pools and Astro turf for a realistic putting experience. If that weren’t enough, the Underberg area is also a favourite among fly fishermen, with the perfect climate for large trout to thrive. We have a trout dam onsite, with equipment for hire, or you can bring your own. Try out this relaxing and rewarding pastime while staying with us.

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CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL We have 9 conference venues of various seating capabilities which can seat a maximum of 220 delegates. We have up-dated conference equipment with air-conditioning FREE wi-fi, as well as breakaway rooms, secretarial, printing & photo state services. We have 104 rooms in total ranging from standard, luxury to executive rooms’ all en suite with private patios. We are famous for our buffet style restaurant, great service and hospitality. Facilities include 2 Bar’s one a cocktail bar Alberts Bar and Harry’s Bar a sport’s bar with snooker, darts and big screen tv for watching sports. We have a wellness spa centre, fully equipped gym and swimming pools heated and cold. Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Umlambonja

214,5

200

180

66

180

220

Cathedral

66.0

40

32

24

32

60

Ndedema

66.0 40

32

24

32

60

Xeni Boardroom

28.0

Nyosi

51.5 30

24

20

40

Cathedral/Ndedema

132.0 80

68

40

64

120

Ndedema/Nyosi

119.5 70

60

36

60

130

Cathedral/Ndedema/Nyosi 180.0 150

120

60

110

220

Mafifiyela

48

24

40

80

105.0 80

There is a choice of various theme evenings and team-building activities to choose from as well as various utdoor activities include 9 hole golf course.

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T: +27 (0)36 488 1888 F: +27 (0)36 488 1889 E: marketing@cathedralpeak.co.za W: www.cathedralpeak.co.za

THE NEST HOTEL “The Nest Hotel is a delightful family run country hotel situated in the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This special place is steeped in history and adventure. Come and stay with us and experience our delicious country style food, spectacular gardens, wonderful facilities, relaxing accommodation, friendly staff and exquisite views over the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Our modern double volume Conference Centre has underfloor heating, air conditioning, wifi and a private bar. Since we are situated in the “Adventure Capital” of the Drakensberg numerous exciting Team building opportunities are available!”

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Conference Centre

221

120

80

50

100

200

Billiard Room

44

-

-

22

-

-

Cane Lounge

135

50

40

26

60

120

T: +27(0)36 468 1068 F: +27(0)36 468 1390 E: events@thenest.co.za W: www.thenest.co.za Meeting Industry Guide | 65


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CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT Situated in the Central Drakensberg at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg Mountain range, just 4 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban, Champagne Sports Resort is the perfect haven for a relaxing leisure getaway or an unforgettable conference with a difference. Champagne Sports Resort can now accommodate up to 750 delegates sharing when utilising our recently refurbished hotel with 152 hotel rooms including 4 Presidential Suites, 24 family rooms and the balance being inter-leading, double and standard rooms. The resort also boasts 91 beautifully appointed self-catering chalets the majority of which are 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms. We have a total of 16 conference venues with the largest accommodating up to 1350 delegates. On-site facilities include our top 35 ranked 18 hole championship golf course which has been rated as SA’s most beautiful course in recent years with our clubhouse rated in the top five 19th holes in South Africa. Our Wellness Centre includes an upmarket Salon with 4 treatment rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium. The resort has a wide array of sporting activities Room Name Size (m2)

Theatre Classroom U-shape Banqueting Cocktail

including 5 tennis courts, 5 swimming pools, volleyball court, basketball court, squash court,

Buttress

1200 1400 1040 145

900

1040

bowling green & putt putt to name a few.

Sentinel

790.4 1000 645

120

660

645

“So whether you are wearing your golf cap or

Monks Cowl

454.2

90

300

320

your thinking cap, there is no better place to find

Summit

395.1 400 270

84

260

270

inspiration”

Ondini

177.4 200 130

48

150

130

Zunckels

155.5 200 140

60

120

140

Turret

127.5 130

90

48

80

90

Amphlett

113.5 105

78

42

50

78

Inthaba

102.2 110

60

30

50

60

Cathkin Arms Bar Extention

98.99

60

48

60

60

Injasuti

77.53 60

30

24

40

45

Sterkhorn

42.49 50

24

18

30

24

Boardroom Greys Pass

25.16

25

20

18

-

-

Boardroom Dragons Back

25.16

25

20

18

-

-

Boardroom Eastmans

25.16

25

20

18

-

-

Boardroom Ships Prow

25.16

25

20

18

-

-

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550

125

320

R600 Central Berg Rd, Winterton T: +27 (0)36 468 8000 E: conferences@champagnesportsresort.com W: www.champagnesportsresort.com


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The Perfect Place for Work and Play... Following recent resort developments, Champagne Sports Resort can now accommodate up to 750 delegates at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. The 40 new hotel rooms and 4 new luxurious executive suites enables us to offer a total of 152 hotel rooms and 91 time-share chalets of which the majority are 3 bedrooms. We are also proud to announce completion of the new BUTTRESS Conference and Exhibition Centre as well as 4 new boardrooms. Champagne Sports Resort now offers a total of 16 conference venues including the new state of the art Buttress Centre with a floor space of 1200m2 (usable area) which seats up to 1400 delegates and banquets 950 guests at round tables. Other venues include the Sentinel Room which seats up to 1000 delegates, the Monks Cowl centre seating up to 550 delegates, the Summit Room seating up to 400 delegates and the more intimate venues ranging between 150 delegates down to the private boardrooms seating up to a maximum of 20 people. Conference equipment includes the most up to date equipment with Crestron hand held controls through the bigger venues and all standard equipment through the smaller meeting areas. Delegates have internet access in the hotel and all venues and can utilise the business centre across from the new coffee shop. Other recently completed additions to the resort include an extended dining room and largely expanded buffet, a new Wellness Centre and coffee shop with adjoining lounge. Our new buffet and dining areas comfortable feed up to 700 guests with little queuing and complimented by an outstanding food offering rapidly gaining a reputation in the hospitality industry. The Wellness Centre includes an upmarket salon and well fitted gymnasium. The salon has five treatment rooms, comfortable change rooms and a relaxing rest area with cane loungers which look up at the Champagne and Cathkin peaks. The gym is fully equipped for all forms of exercise including general cardiovascular and weight training. Nestled within this spectacular leisure, conference and time-share resort is the magnificent clubhouse which overlooks a hidden golfing masterpiece. The top 30 ranked 18 hole championship golf course has been rated as SA’s most beautiful golf course in recent years with the clubhouse rated in the top five 19th holes in South Africa. So whether you are wearing your golf cap or your thinking cap, there’s no better place to find inspiration!

R600 Central Berg Rd, Winterton T: +27 (0)36 468 8000 E: conferences@champagnesportsresort.com W: www.champagnesportsresort.com

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DIDIMA CONFERENCE CENTRE The state-of-the-art conference facility seats 140 delegates and a large breakaway facility with a full height glass wall framing the splendour of Cathedral Peak. 1. Didima Conference Centre has two auditoriums and a boardroom. 2. The auditoriums are equipped with state of the art conference equipment. 3. The Conference Centre is versatile, spacious, airconditioned 4. The thatched complex offers a cinema style seating for 140, a lecture style for 100, a boardroom style for 30 , single U-shape for 36 and Double U Shape for 60 people. 5. 15 Seater boardroom Let ideas expand beyond the office • Bordering on the upper Thukela area north and east, Lesotho in the west and Monk’s Cowl in the south, this section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is 32000ha in extent. • The magnificent Didima Valley contains many examples of San rock art, a wide selection of plants and animals in the extensive grasslands patches and is a hiker’s paradise. • Didima Conference Centre is situated within the magnificent mountain setting of the Didima and Cathedral Peak Valley, a unique blend of modern luxury and ancient cultural heritage.

45050 Each SMS costs R10.00 Free SMSs do not apply.

Activities • River fishing • Walking and hiking trails • Guided trails , Bushman paintings and a variety of scenic destinations • San Art rock in-camp trail • Braais at the gazebo • Sundowner walks • Mountain streams with rock pools within walking distance to the resort • San Art interpretive centre • Swimming pool and tennis courts • Curio shop and Eland View Restaurant

Accommodation • Didima Resort features accommodation of 62 two- bed luxury chalets, 2 four-bed chalets, A two-bed honeymoon suite and a six-bed bungalow. • The two-bed chalets are back to back and can be converted into a four-bed family unit. • All accommodation at Didima Resort boasts satellite television and cosy fireplaces.

The Perfect Intimate Wedding Make your big day perfect with unlimited privacy, breathtaking scenery, birdlife, wildlife, scenic trails, luxury accommodation, delicious meals and personalised service. Go Wild. Book your wedding with us! Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting

Cocktail

Upper Level

11 x 13.6

120

120

30

120

100

Lower Level

11 x 13.6

120

120

30

120

100

100

100

San Art Auditorium

Boardroom 18 18 18 18 20

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To Book Call T: +27 (0)36 488 8000 F: +27 (0)36 488 1346 E: didimaconf@kznwildlife.com W: www.kznwildlife.com Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com


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DRAKENSBERG SUN RESORT Situated high in the Central Drakensberg Mountain, the Drakensberg Sun Resort blends in with the dramatic landscape offering visitors breathtaking views. It’s location, only 4,5 hours from Johannesburg and 2,5 hours from Durban, makes this the ideal getaway destination for groups. The conference centre can be divided into three rooms of varying sizes which can seat from 20 up to 200 people. Tailormade events and fully inclusive conference packages are available with the chef on hand to assist with speciality themed menus. The resort is ideal for teambuilding and offers a “conferences with meaning” programme that involves teambuilding activities that work with the local community. There are many experiences unique to this region, including the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir or an exhilarating Tree Top Canopy Tour. Other leisure activities on site include horse riding, canoeing, sunset boat cruise, trout fishing, hiking trails and much more. The Resort also boasts an Eco-Spa for some extra relaxation and pampering. The resort has 78 spacious and recently refurbished bedrooms all with mountain views and well appointed facilities including complimentary WiFi. Dining is enjoyed in the Lakeview Restaurant serving traditional home-style buffet breakfasts and dinner whilst the Terrace with its endless views over the property serves a light lunch menu and beverages. The Grotto bar and lounge is a popular early evening meeting place where guests can unwind after the day’s activities.

Room Name Size (m) Summit Rooms 1, 2 & 3 combined

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting

Cocktail

294

200

180

-

180

250

Summit Room 1

145.50

150

70

-

60

100

Summit Room (2 & 3)

145.50

150

70

-

60

100

Summit Room 2

87.50

50

40

-

30

40

Summit Room 3

57

30

20

-

20

15

Boardroom - - 10 -

Off R600, Central Drakensberg KwaZulu-Natal T: +27 (0)36 468 1000 E: drakensbergsun.reservations@tsogosun.com W: tsogosun.com

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Drakensberg Sun Resort offers a host of activities Drakensberg Sun Resort offers conferences facilities that are warm, rustic and inviting and can cater for a variety of events, ranging from seminars to private dinners. Tailor-made packages and menus are available as well as fully inclusive conference packages and exciting team building options. A selection of community driven team building activities can be arranged for those wanting to enjoy an interactive experience that gives directly back to the local community. For something different enjoy outdoor breakaway sessions which are available on bean bags next to the lake, or have a team lunch on a private island with a backdrop of the mountains. Other options for groups that are unique to this beautiful region include the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, who host regular concerts at the school or alternatively will perform a private concert at the hotel under the African skies. Some of the best hiking and horse riding trails are located around the resort which can be combined with a scrumptious themed picnic lunch. For the more adventurous take in a Tree Top Canopy tour through the indigenous forests. Take the stress out of planning your event, conference or team build – make your booking at Tsogo Sun’s Drakensberg Sun Resort. Contact +27 (0)36 468 1000 for more info or check out the website: www.tsogosun.com. 70 | Meeting Industry Guide


ZULULAND The Zululand region comprises the ‘Zululand Coast’ and the inland area generally referred to as the ‘Heart of the Zulu Kingdom’. The Zululand Coast’s golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Stretching inland are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, as well as grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty mountain peaks create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility – interrupted only by a plethora of birdcalls. The fascinating culture of the Zulu people, rich in tradition and symbolism, is visibly evident in this captivating region.

Zululand The harbour city of Richards Bay is situated just a two hour drive north of Durban. It boasts South Africa’s largest harbour, wonderful wetland scenery, dune forests and unspoilt beaches. Richards Bay’s rapid commercial and industrial development have resulted in a bustling business centre and lively tourism offering. The Tuzi Gazi Waterfront is situated west of the beaches and has a vibrant atmosphere, shops, pubs, restaurants and walk-on moorings and great views. Located on the Waterfront is the Protea Hotel by Marriot offering conference and banqueting facilities – the conference centre, which seats 100 has great views over the bay and yacht moorings. Just north of the Waterfront in the suburb of Meerensee are a number of guest houses and lodges catering for smaller more intimate conferences and events, such as The INDABA LODGE RICHARDS BAY which features an executive boardroom catering for up to 50 delegates. Nearby is the Premier Hotel The Richards with five venues seating between 15 and 150 delegates. Located in the Richards Bay CBD is the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre, a shopping destination offering a variety of

restaurants and retail outlets. This coastal area which is known for its ‘summer year round’ climate is fast becoming a sought after destination for national sporting events from triathlon, open water swimming, cycling and mountain biking to running and walking and has also hosted a number of World Triathlon events. In addition to this Richards Bay has become a popular kitesurfing destination due to the consistent north-easterly winds. Additional meetings activities include game drives, beach activities, forest walks or a round of golf. Thula Thula Game Reserve, near Richards Bay, offers conferencing and teambuilding activities which include bush walks and interactive game drives. The Umfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort in Empangeni located just off the N2 highway, inland from Richards Bay, is a vibrant Zulu themed facility and offers a fantastic choice of conference, exhibition, banqueting, teambuilding and business facilities for medium sized conferences. Other venues in the area include the Zululand University, Imbizo Conference Centre, and numerous hotel and conference venues, accommodating up to 400 delegates.

The ‘Heart of The Zulu Kingdom’ echoes the past in many ways and is a reminder of the rich history of Zululand which has nurtured the growth and development of the Zulu nation. This land also witnessed one of the greatest challenges to the supremacy of the British Empire during the tragic but heroic days of the Anglo-Zulu War - challenges that can be incorporated into any teambuilding exercise or strategy meeting. But the ’Heart of the Zulu Kingdom’ is more than just a place. It is where the visitor to Zululand can feel its powerful presence in the people’s immense pride in their own heritage and culture... from the Seven Kings, who lie buried at the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park, to the Big Five. Central to Zulu culture is Nongoma, the royal City of Zululand, where among the attractions are tours of the royal palaces and experiencing Zulu dancing and the traditional way of life. Visitors are enchanted by the atmosphere of the town, the rural simplicity of the people and the informal trading that plays such an important part in their lives. The Nongoma Inn on the outskirts of town offers comfortable accommodation and a conference venue. For conferencing in Ulundi, the Garden Court Ulundi hosts up to 90 delegates.

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ZULULAND COMPRISES TWO MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS, KING CETSHWAYO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY (ZULULAND COAST) AND THE ZULULAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY (HEART OF THE ZULU KINGDOM).

There is an extensive network of nature reserves and game parks ensuring an abundance of flora and fauna to delight the visitor – from several hundred bird species, many species of antelope, hippo, cheetah, giraffe to the Big Five...lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. There are a number of luxury game lodges such as Amakhosi Safari Lodge and Pakamisa Private Game Reserve that offer a variety of conferencing facilities from boardrooms catering for executive getaways, to great bush venues – ideal for incentives. Heading further inland, is the magnificent and increasingly popular Ithala Game Reserve. Situated outside Louwsburg in Northern KwaZulu-Natal at the foot of the Ngotshe Plateau, Ithala offers an abundance of diverse wildlife breathtaking sights and mountain views, and the NTSHONDWE RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE. Accommodation is available in chalets and bush camps and

EVENTS:

the thatched state-of-the-art venue caters for a maximum of 130 delegates. There is a 1.2km tarred airstrip, and a tarred access road capable of carrying 48-seater coaches and is an approximate four hour drive from Durban. A number of activities are available for relaxation during a busy conference programme, including open-vehicle game drives and guided walks where one may encounter elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, giraffe, kudu, tsessebe, waterbuck and eland. Cultural tourism is inextricably linked to economic upliftment, and previously disadvantaged communities are applying their traditional skills to meet visitor’s interests. Many tourist destinations offer insightful opportunities to experience living Zulu culture at first hand… incorporate a traditional Zulu experience into your conferencing with aha Shakaland, where delegates are accommodated in traditional beehive huts, and

THE ZULU KINGS REED DANCE (UMKHOSI WOMHLANGA) SEPTEMBER During the first weekend in September, thousands of Zulu maidens gather at King Goodwill Zweluthini’s royal palace for the Zulu Reed Dance. The Reed Dance is a colourful and cultural celebration that promotes respect for young women and preserves the custom of keeping girls as virgins until marriage.

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immersive cultural experiences such as beer making, spear throwing and Zulu dancing can be incorporated into events. Infrastructure in Zululand is well developed: Richards Bay is an easy 55 minute direct flight from Johannesburg on SA Express, which operates three flights per day Monday to Friday and once per day over the weekend. For international flights arriving at King Shaka International Airport, the Zululand Coast is an easy 90 minute drive away. The northern part of Zululand is an easy two to three hour scenic drive from Durban. Alternatively you can fly into the modern airport at Ulundi. Federal Air operates four flights per day between Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi, Mondays to Fridays or you can charter a flight into Mkuze Airport near Pongola if you want to be closer to the game reserves and lodges in the northern part of the district.


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HILLTOP RESORT The award-winning Hilltop Camp, in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside.

45050 Each SMS costs R10.00 Free SMSs do not apply.

Hilltop Camp - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park, the oldest in KwaZulu-Natal, was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in the early nineties, and today accommodation at Hilltop ranges from a luxury lodge to a variety of superbly appointed selfcatering accommodation facilities. Hilltop Camp includes an a la carte restaurant and bar/lounge as well as a gift/curio shop selling authentic African art and basic necessities. Hilltop Camp’s Mpunyane Restaurant offers a full English buffet breakfast every day. Lunch is usually a la carte. Dinner are either a hot and cold buffet or a traditional braai(barbeque) depending on the weather. Dinner arrangements do change according to guest profiles and holidays. Accommodation at Hilltop Camp Hilltop offers a variety of self-catering accommodation. All units are serviced daily. Chalets & Rondavels: • 2-Bed Rest Huts (Rondavels) with communal ablution and -kitchen facilities; • 2-Bed Chalets, fully equipped for self-catering; • 4-Bed (2 bedroom) Chalets, fully equipped for self-catering; • 2-Bed Chalets, WITHOUT kitchen facilities (these units are not equipped for self-catering) and are within close proximity to the main reception area where the restaurant is. The self-catering chalets are fully equipped with linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, stove, refrigerator and cooking utensils. Each bedroom has 2 single beds (no double beds in the chalets or rest huts).

To Book Call T: +27 (0)35 562 0848 F: +27 (0)35 550 9064 Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com

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INDABA LODGE RICHARDS BAY If you are looking for a venue that stands out from the rest, you’ll be thoroughly impressed with what Indaba Lodge Richards Bay has to offer. Nestled in the leafy suburb of Meerensee and only 2-hours north of Durban, the Indaba Lodge Richards Bay is sure to delight both the Business & Leisure Traveller. Much like the Harbour City of Richards Bay which seamlessly combines Industry & Tourism; the 66-bedroom Indaba Lodge is ideally located for both the Corporate and Leisure Traveller within easy reach of the CBD, Airport, Harbour and Waterfront; and a mere 5-minute walk to Alkantsrand Blue Flag Beach. The hotel features a modern Executive Boardroom and a conference venue seating up to 14 and 50 delegates, respectively. Each venue includes complimentary Wi-Fi, are fully airconditioned, with conference packages including a selection of delicious snacks, lunch in Trevallys restaurant, refreshments and standard conference supplies. Our professional and experienced staff will ensure that all arrangements are in place to make your time with us as productive and pleasant as possible. DAY CONFERENCE PACKAGE INCLUDES . Arrival Tea / Coffee & Rusks . Mid Morning Tea / Coffee & Snacks . Buffet Luncheon . Afternoon Tea / Coffee & Biscuits . Room Hire of Plenary Room . Pads, Pens, Mineral Water & Refreshments . Free Parking . Wi-Fi Throughout

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting Cocktail

Executive Boardroom

16

Conference 1

30

20

15

Conference 2

80

35

24

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50

80

Launder Lane, Meerensee T: +27 (0)35 753 1350 F: +27 (0)35 753 1361 E: sharon@indabahotel.co.za W: www.indabalodgerichardsbay.co.za


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Your Home Away from Home

On arrival at Indaba Lodge Richards Bay, one immediately appreciates the deep shade created by the towering Leopard Trees which frame the modern façade of the hotel. A warm welcome with friendly smiles and an ice-cold beverage awaits you as you enter the cool, spacious interior of the hotel before being whisked to your en suite room. All rooms are non-smoking and accommodation is stylish, well-appointed & fully air-conditioned - a must to beat the muggy humidity of the summer months. Feeling peckish? No need to leave the comfort of the hotel with the popular Trevally’s Restaurant offering a seasonal Dinner Buffet and delicious Bistrostyle a la carte menu which will please even the most discerning guest. For a more informal option, enjoy a delicious light meal on the deck or a Craft Beer or Sundowner Cocktail at our ice-top bar. The Indaba Lodge also boasts a pool deck with braai facilities – perfect for a casual gathering or to prepare that freshly caught Dorado from your Deep Sea Fishing Trip. Braai Packs and traditional accompaniments can be arranged with our kitchen. We look forward to welcoming you to Indaba Lodge Richards Bay – your home away from home.

Launder Lane, Meerensee T: +27 (0)35 753 1350 F: +27 (0)35 753 1361 E: sharon@indabahotel.co.za W: www.indabalodgerichardsbay.co.za Meeting Industry Guide | 75


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NTSHONDWE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE Ntshondwe Resort & Conference Centre Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal Why choose Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife conference centres? Because we have it all, and more...

45050 Each SMS costs R10.00 Free SMSs do not apply.

We have the freshest of air, an abundance of diverse wildlife, the best adventure tracks and trails, most breathtaking sights and mountain views, but most importantly, we have a thatched state-of-the-art conference centre in magnificent surroundings. Situated outside Louwsburg in Northern KwaZulu-Natal at the foot of the Ngotshe Plateau. A Convergence of Business and Adventure Delegate Accommodation ‘Winner of three consecutive AA Travel Guides & SAA Resort of the Year awards’ • Sixty-eight charming chalets equipped with DSTV cater for delegates. • Chalets have two single beds, a bathroom en suite and a quiet study nook Activities and Amenities As for relaxation during a busy conference programme, • Open-vehicle game drives, guided walks where one may encounter elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, giraffe, kudu, tsessebe, waterbuck and eland • Self-guided trails for the energetic • The team at Ntshondwe will tailor make your wedding or conference to fulfil your dreams and objectives which could include bush braais or boma braais, game drives, champagne breakfasts or a sunset reception overlooking the Phongola River. • There is a 1.2km tarred airstrip • Tarred access road (capable of carrying 48-seater coaches) to the resort. • 4 1/2 to five hour drive from Johannesburg and 4 hours from Durban.

To Book Call T: +27 (0)34 983 2540 F: +27 (0)34 983 2566 E: ntshondwe@kznwildlife.com Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com

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ELEPHANT The Elephant Coast must be one of South Africa’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas - dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees; lush ferns and wild orchids; wild date and Lala palms dotting the landscape; swamp forests with tangled masses of greenery; mountainous sand dunes, thick coastal forest, pristine beaches, lakes and ocean as well as African bushveld with its thorn trees and abundance of wildlife. It incorporates the best of both land and sea safari experiences with its world-class conservation areas that include the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first proclaimed World Heritage Site, and Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. With this diversity, and wide range of facilities for both conferencing and incentives, meeting planners are spoilt for choice.

Elephant Coast The Elephant Coast, which stretches from the iMfolozi River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north, is easily accessible from Durban (just a three to four hour drive from King Shaka International Airport) as well as Swaziland, Mozambique and Mpumalanga. Or fly from Johannesburg into Richards Bay and take a coach form there. The tourism facilities in the region are ideal for incentives and small to medium sized corporate, association and government related meetings. There are dozens of game reserves, beautiful beaches, deep sea fishing and diving on a number of reefs, mountain trails, cultural activities and historical sites. This is one of the few destinations where a visitor can see the ‘Big Five’ before breakfast, watch dolphins and whales before lunch, explore the depths of the ocean in the afternoon and go turtle tracking after dinner. Not only is the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park credited

with saving the once endangered white rhino, but it is also home to many species of antelope as well as large populations of elephant, buffalo and giraffe and predators such as the lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard and offers a range of accommodation, such as HILLTOP RESORT. Both the award winning Thanda Private Game Reserve and Phinda Private Game Reserve offer abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats, a wide range of activities and fabulous hospitality, all of which make them perfect options for an executive getaway or incentive. There are a number of other private game reserves in the region, such as GHOST MOUNTAIN INN in Mkuze, which is ideal for small to medium sized conferences as well incentives. Located on the outskirts of Hluhluwe is the ANEW HOTEL HLUHLUWE, ideal for small to medium sized conferences with three venues seating up to 100 delegates.

Situated within the Pongola game reserve and at the foot of the Lebombo Mountain range is beautiful Lake Jozini, also known as the Pongolapoort Dam. It is the southernmost point in Africa where the ferocious tiger fish is found making it an unusual destination for both meetings and incentives. Located on the banks of the dam is the JOZINI TIGER LODGE & SPA, which offers conferencing facilities capable of accommodating up to 220 delegates, and Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge, ideal for small conferences and teambuilding – both offer spectacular views across the lake and the surrounding mountains and game reserve as well as a number of activities including tiger fishing, game drives, birding, boat cruises as well as a spa. The Shayamanzi Houseboat (of which there are two) is a great option for corporate getaways and teambuilding – nothing like a friendly fishing competition with a difference!

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ELEPHANT

THE ELEPHANT COAST REGION IS GOVERNED BY THE UMKHANYAKUDE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first proclaimed World Heritage Site, has together with Mozambique been protecting Africa’s first trans-frontier marine conservation area since 2009. Within these protected areas lies one of the world’s most important reserves of marine life, its sea and pristine beaches providing the ideal location for marine adventures, offering scuba diving, snorkelling and angling as well as the possibility of seeing Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. During the summer months, generally from November to end February, a few selected lodges in the Maputaland Marine Reserve, such as Rocktail Beach Camp and the luxurious Thonga Beach Lodge, offer guests the privilege of a turtle experience in the company a resident turtle expert to help monitor the turtles’ behaviour and nesting numbers – this makes an inspiring and memorable addition to any incentive. In addition to marine activities, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, now a ‘Big Five’ reserve, offers wonderful game viewing, bird watching, canoeing and even mountain biking opportunities. Within the Kosi Bay Nature

Reserve, which surrounds the beautiful Kosi Bay lake system, is a tropical paradise of crystal clear water, marshland, swamp and coastal forests that is home to about 250 species of bird. Opportunities abound in this region for incentive visitors to get ‘up close and personal’ with Africa’s wildlife in a meaningful way by partnering with researchers in conservation efforts. These include turtle, rhino, leopard and even whale-shark tracking with the purpose of attaching tags or collars for research purposes – a reef off Sodwana Bay is home to the only known coelacanth colony shallow enough to be scuba-accessible and is the subject of much research. The town of St Lucia is surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - with its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park supports more species of animal than many of the better known parks and deltas in Southern Africa… and it’s not unusual to find hippos strolling through town! The ST LUCIA ECO LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTRE, with its 100 seater conference venue, is located in close proximity to the St Lucia Estuary, the Indian Ocean as

well as the Park, making it ideal for interactive conferencing, teambuilding and events. For larger events the St Lucia Town Hall is ideal for conferences with up to 300 delegates. The Advantage Cruiser, operated by St Lucia Tours & Charters, is a spacious double-decker passenger ferry offering hippo and crocodile estuary cruises, and lends itself to lunches and sunset cocktail functions. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, walking trails, horseback safaris or canoe trips are all options that are available. A number of community initiatives, including home-stay accommodation, game reserves, locally trained guides, and the making and selling of crafts enable the local people to participate in the natural wealth of the Elephant Coast thereby enriching visitors’ experiences of the cultural history and life of the area. Be sure to schedule in some time for shopping at the many fresh produce, craft and curio markets, such as the Zamimpilo Community Market along the main route near Hluhluwe, or the Siyabongo Centre near the estuary bridge on the outskirts of St Lucia.

EVENTS: ISIMANGALISO MTB UNPLUGGED – SEPTEMBER The annual 4-day iSimangaliso MTB Unplugged mountain bike ride aims at raising awareness and funds for the conservation of rare and endangered species within this World Heritage Site. The race takes bikers through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Phinda Private Game Reserve using existing management tracks and animal paths, and cyclists are likely to see wildlife and birdlife too.

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TURTLE TOURS – NOVEMBER TO MARCH WHALE WATCHING – JULY TO NOVEMBER From July to September the whales move north on their way to their breeding grounds off the Mozambique coast and from September to November they return, heading for the nutrient rich waters of Antarctica.

During the summer months, generally from November to end February, a few selected lodges in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and licensed tour operators offer guests the privilege of a turtle tracking experience. Laying generally occurs from November to January and hatching from January to March.


ELEPHANT

ANEW HOTEL HLUHLUWE & SAFARIS Set in the magnificent Elephant Coast is the 3-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe and Safaris. The Hotel offers 81 hotel rooms and a five star selfcatering lodge. The Idyllic African Centrepiece is nestled between the Hluhluwe Game Reserve - home to the Big Five, and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. Add a wild side to your conferences with a choice of four conference venues seating up to 180 Pax and enjoy a dining experience in our Boma area while being entertained by a Zulu dance show. The hotel also offers open vehicle game drives through Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom U-Shape (m2)

Banqueting

Cocktail

Inyathi Boardroom

44

18

18

12

12

20

Iwa Conference Room

64

50

40

24

40

40

Ndlovu Conference Room

176

120

72

51

100

100

60

35

20

40

40

Obhejane Conference Room

* Ndlovu and Obhejane open into big Conference Venue seating 180 pax.

T: 035 562 4000 E: banqueting@hluhluwehotel.co.za / reservations@hluhluwehotel.co.za A: 104 Main Road, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa W: www.anewhotels.com

THE ST LUCIA ECO LODGE It’s hard to beat both as a destination and venue. The Lodge accommodation is serviced daily and consists of a large bedroom cum lounge, full bathroom & shower, fully kitted out kitchenette and verandah with garden furniture. All Lodges have ceiling fans and are air conditioned, with individual balconies. The front facing rooms offer sweeping views over the Wetlands and Indian ocean. Equipped for self catering or dine in our restaurant (dinner catering for 2 or more guests only). Our conference facility is a 1200 square metre facility which includes a 80 seat Hog and Hippo Bistro including outdoor seating.

Room Name Size Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting (m2)

Cocktail

Eco Auditorium

90

72

36

n/a

n/a

Hog and Hippo Bistro

n/a

n/a

n/a

60-120

80-140

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GHOST MOUNTAIN INN At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting for your next meeting, conference or event. In addition to a variety of venues available, the surrounding area offers a wealth of scenic beauty, Big 5 wildlife and activities all to be enjoyed with our warm Zululand hospitality. The hotel offers 550 square meters of indoor function space that combines the stylish comfort of Zululand’s Finest Country Inn with fully equipped facilities needed for any meeting or event. The Ndumu Conference Centre is the largest venue that can accommodation up to 150 delegates or be divided into two separate venues for smaller meetings. It offers a private foyer, patio and courtyard for coffee breaks, cocktail parties or outdoor gatherings. The expansive lawns and giant fig tree offer the ideal venue for a romantic garden wedding or event with a banquet of up to 160 people. For delegates wanting to add something special to their function or to experience more of the region, Ghost Mountain Safaris offers a variety of choices including Game Drives, Boat Cruises, Tiger Fishing and Cultural trips. Alternatively, for those wanting to relax there are a variety of soothing treatments on offer at the Ghost Mountain Spa. Customised packages and individualised menus are available in addition to full and half day packages. The Ghost Mountain Inn is easily accessible from Gauteng, Durban, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Room Name Size (m2)

Cinema Classroom Boardroom Banqueting

Cocktail

Ndumu A & B

167

160

95

-

120

-

Ndumu A

83

80

50

30

60

-

Ndumu B

83

80

50

30

60

-

Ndumu Foyer

24

-

-

-

-

-

Ndumu Patio

63

-

-

-

40

-

Ndumu Courtyard

140

-

80

-

100

-

Mtwazi Private Dining

63

60

35

20

48

-

Fig Tree Garden

-

-

-

-

200

-

-

120

-

Restaurant

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210 180 120

Fish Eagle Road Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal Republic of South Africa T: +27 (0)35 573 1025 E: gmi@ghostmountaininn.co.za W: www.ghostmountaininn.co.za


ELEPHANT

Explore the Spirit of Zululand Situated in picturesque northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Ghost Mountain Inn has been offering warm Zululand hospitality since 1962. Today this intimate, privately owned 4-star hotel offers superb facilities to host a variety of meetings, conferences, events or getaways. It is also in the ideal location from which to explore the array of Big 5 wildlife and coastal reserves of Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. With over 500 square metres of fully equipped indoor function space there are several options for meetings and functions. However, the outdoor options offer something different. The expansive gardens and giant old trees are the perfect area for a special occasion and dancing under the stars. The boat on Lake Jozini can be used for Tiger Fishing or for a small function space. Alternatively, the cricket oval next door offers a fun alternative for team building. To compliment the work sessions, nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers with Ghost Mountain Safaris. While the Ghost Mountain Spa offers a range of Dermalogica skin and Terres D’Afrique body treatments. The Ghost Mountain Inn can accommodate up to 170 delegates in 74 guestrooms that include three large Suites. All rooms feature private patios, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, minibars and safes.

For more information visit www.ghostmountaininn.co.za, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ Ghostmountain or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @GhostMtn

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JOZINI TIGER LODGE & SPA (NORTHERN ZULULAND – SOUTH AFRICA) Situated in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, with its rich heritage and untamed natural beauty, Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is the perfect luxury getaway in the heart of nature. Incredibly positioned along the banks of the picturesque Lake Jozini, and backed by the splendour of the Lebombo Mountain range, the Lodge boasts superb facilities, with 70 luxury rooms including a Mangwanani Spa, gym, rim-flow swimming pool, exceptional dining experiences, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, and a wide range of activities for all ages. Easily accessible from both Durban and Gauteng, and surrounded by a host of World Heritage Sites and Nature Reserves, Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is ideal for weekend getaways, extended family holidays, conferencing, incentives, weddings, team building and International tour groups. Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa boasts impressive conferencing facilities in its iSilo Conference Centre, capable of accommodating up to 250 delegates. The design of the Conference Centre’s stacking door system enables multi-configuration flexibility, breaking the main venue into three smaller venues depending on your requirements.   Further to this, the Lodge has three smaller boardrooms located above the Conference Centre, aptly named after the tribal families governing our local area. These boardrooms are ideal for smaller meetings and intimate functions. To personalise your experience, the Lodge can assist with a host of food and beverage items, and offers uniquely designed lunch & dinner menus for all Day Conference Packages. Custom business lunch & dinner menus are available on request. Specialty menus, are not on offer with the standard package, however can be arranged at an additional cost.

Room Name Size Cinema (m2)

U-Shape Boardroom Banqueting

Cocktail

Isilo 1, 2 & 3

244.8

200

180

-

180

-

Isilo 1

83.2

90

60

-

60

-

Isilo 2

84

90

60

-

60

-

Isilo 3

78.48

90

60

-

60

-

Gumede

38. 40

27

-

-

-

Myeni

21.2 -

-

10

-

-

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1 Main Road, Jozini, 3969 T: +27 (0)35 572 1020 F: +27 (0)35 572 1114 E : reservations@jozinitigerlodge.co.za W: www.jozinitigerlodge.co.za


ELEPHANT

Stunning Views

JOZINI TIGER LODGE & SPA offers 70 luxury guest rooms, accommodating 182 people through a combination of 44 Classic Rooms, 21 Family Lofts, 3 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Executive Suites. All rooms offer unsurpassed comfort and style with breath-taking views over Lake Jozini, offering a peaceful environment to soak in our beautiful views. Each room has been tastefully decorated to give a residential feel, with a classy touch of Africa. All rooms at the Lodge are fully air-conditioned and boast spacious en-suite bathrooms, offering a shower and bath. Other amenities include satellite television, a tea and coffee station, a work desk, telephone, safe and bar fridge, which is stocked on request. Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is the perfect location to conduct team building activities as part of your next conference, offering a host of options designed for all ages. The aim is to ensure improved teamwork and communication through play and lots of fun! Re-energise and regroup your company the right way. Activities offered include canoe trips, kayaking, peddle boats, river rafting, fishing trips, fishing competitions, abseiling, sundowner cruises and a host of specialised team building activities. Part of the splendour that is Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa, is it’s African themed Mangwanani Spa, bringing together a unique sanctuary of luxurious wellness and relaxation, with a rare traditional African experience.

1 Main Road, Jozini, 3969 T: +27 (0)35 572 1020 | F: +27 (0)35 572 1114 E : reservations@jozinitigerlodge.co.za W: www.jozinitigerlodge.co.za Meeting Industry Guide | 83


SERVICE PARTNERS

A successful conference or event relies on much more than just the perfect venue. This guide provides a selection of professional conference organisers, audiovisual specialists, coach hire companies, tour operators and a number of other suppliers that are fundamental in the delivery of a successful event. KEY: AVS - AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES DMC - DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY ITO - INCENTIVE TOURISM ORGANISER PCO -PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER TRANSPORTATION

Service Partners EVENT MANAGEMENT

EVENT RSVP & GUEST MANGEMENT SOLUTIONS - “WE MAKE YOUR EVENT GEL”

GEL Events’ core business is to provide a cost-effective, integrated event guest logistics service, commencing from an on-line invitation process through to on-site registration management on the day for any event, exhibition, conference, gala dinner, networking meeting or workshop. GEL’s target marketing includes professional conference organisers, corporate companies hosting client interaction functions and other celebratory events.

Our vision is to become the “go to” company for event managers wanting to streamline their guest logistics.

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EVENT MANAGEMENT

TRANSPORT

SERVICE PARTNERS

CleanEvent Services increases revenue for its clients by enhancing their customer’s experience.

Tel: +27(0)21 671 7434 E: aslam.yusuf@CEworld.com www. CEworld.com

BBBEE level 2 provider

We specialise in providing cleaning and other soft services for sports, leisure, entertainment and retail venues, ensuring an exceptional experience for our client’s guests every day.

TRANSPORT

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PCO

Who WE ARE

We are Event Producers based in Durban. From initial concept to the final delivery,

we strive for consistency in telling your story.

What

WE OFFER

Our team will spec and source ALL the elements that make up your event. Whether its small cocktail party, conference or a massive gala dinner, our experienced team knows just what it takes to make your event the success that you want it to be. We can produce original, bespoke entertainment productions using local artists as well as book and manage star acts. We will also spec all of your technical requirements for you. Gala Banquets, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Product launches, Festival, Fashion Shows. We have done it all.

Event

MANAGEMENT Gala Dinners | Award Ceremonies Product Launches Corporate Functions | Event DĂŠcor Festivals & Roadshows Technical, Audio Visual & Audio Production Fashion Shows | Conferencing

Tel:+27 31 261 1136 | Mobile: +27 82 553 5610 Email: Info@makuluevents.co.za Website: www.makuluevents.co.za


SERVICE PARTNERS

Original, Bespoke Event Solutions

Makulu Event Producers are a full service boutique event production agency with a presence in Johannesburg & Durban. From product launches to conferences, gala dinners to award ceremonies, your guests deserve an experience worthy of their time and your reputation. With more than 15 years of award winning experience, we supply the creative and logistical solutions for your event. With first-hand experience in the commercial entertainment world, Makulu is poised to make YOU shine. Imagination is just as important to us as knowledge is, so if you want a magical and personalized experience, we would be delighted to be of service.

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FACTS


SERVICE PARTNERS

Ikhono Communications is full service accredited Professional Conference, Exhibition and Event organiser. Their vision is to be the leading service provider in Event, Conferencing and Exhibition Management. The creative design team will develop an appropriate concept and theme in line with the project objective, incorporating decor, logos, promotional and branding material. Their unique and innovative approach will ensure that your event is an unforgettable experience.

“ON THE PULSE, ALWAYS�

The young and dynamic team is always available to offer advice, no matter how big or small the function they will ensure that your function is successful.

Their years of experience in the industry give them a professional and competitive edge in the demanding event management industry. They will bring the latest in event marketing technology to your design and production to ensure that your event is as flawless as it is memorable.

Ikhono Communications are able to negotiate rates to suit your needs and budget and they deliver on-budget and on-time always. They handle every detail before, during and after your event so you can have peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of. A true partnership where your input is valued and highly encouraged.

They are Industry leaders in event planning, design, production and management.

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T: +27 31 266 9937/8 | F: +27 31 562 0536 E: info@ikhono.co.za | W: www.ikhono.co.za


SERVICE PARTNERS AVS

TOUR OPERATOR

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TEAM BUILDING

Teambuilding

Photo Trailblazer Adventures

The general objective of a teambuilding event is to create a happy productive team with members that communicate effectively, trust, understand and cooperate with one another despite different cultural backgrounds and personalities. Key teambuilding trends for 2017 include culinary events, getting back to nature, using technology (think smartphone scavenger hunt), competence development (think business simulations) and charity projects (think community development). A great way of accomplishing these are through fun, often adventure related activities in non-work orientated environments – all of which KwaZulu-Natal has plenty to offer. There are a number of companies that facilitate teambuilding activities and are able to design custom programmes to fit with your company objectives. Treasure hunts, or scavenger hunts, are popular teambuilding activities – but up the ante by adding technology to the mix. Teams will need to follow routes, check-in, share photos etc. all from their smart phones. Think the PMB MIDLANDS with its fresh produce, art and crafts and rural roads… each team has a shopping list and needs to purchase locally grown produce, fresh milk, locally produced cheese and smoked sausages as well as other items from various places and then has to return within a specified time to cook a specific menu item, each one different and all to be shared. Or the SOUTH COAST with its Blue Flag beaches, ideal for beach activities. And the Oribi Gorge, with its adrenalin adventure options. What about checking into a destination spa for the day? And the NORTH COAST with its splendid golf courses ideal for a corporate golf day, coastal resorts for ‘get-back-to-nature’ activities and sugar cane fields for an active participative event. Or think DURBAN… buy a bunny chow, traditional beaded necklace, medicinal herbs from the market all within a pre-selected time and using only public transport. Take your team

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to the next level with the ‘Big Rush Big Swing’ at the Moses Mabhida Stadium – this is the world’s only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind anywhere. Think food… a team cook-off with each member having to accomplish various tasks with the help of their team-mates – the reward a gourmet meal accompanied with fine wine. Think cruising… MSC Cruises offers sports and leisure as well as teambuilding activities amidst the glamour of an ocean cruise. ZULULAND offers the opportunity of a bush adventure… following in the footsteps of the great explorers team members get to learn bush skills, animal tracking and have the experience of seeing wildlife up close and on foot. Think beach adventures on the ELEPHANT COAST… turtle tracking, catch-and-release fishing competitions and coastal forest adventures. In the BATTLEFIELDS teams get to act out historic battles and learn from battlefield tactics, all under the watchful eye of experienced local guides. Or follow the route of a battle on horseback. Perhaps a murder mystery or crime scene investigation… Think nature and adventure as one experience… enjoy the pristine forests of the DRAKENSBERG as you whisk through the trees on a Canopy Tours adventure. A safe eco-adventure that offers an adrenalin rush whilst enjoying the birdlife and learning about the indigenous trees from the experienced local guide. The location of both the Karkloof and Drakensberg Canopy Tour make it easy to combine with

photo: SA Tourism

other activities… perhaps a spa treatment in the MIDLANDS or more adventure in the form of white water rafting. What about ‘Pay it Forward’? Where team members get given an allowance and need to use it for helpful, philanthropic activities that benefit LOCAL COMMUNITIES. Or what about visiting a local under-privileged school and constructing a jungle gym or painting a class room, combined with interaction with the kids in the form of storytelling or a game of soccer. What about an adventure race that leaves a legacy by including the purchasing and planting of indigenous or fruit trees in community schools? This could well be the first time participants experience African culture at a grass roots level and often has a profound influence on how they view the world and each other – a team build that makes a difference. With near perfect weather and an average of 300 sunny days annually, outdoor teambuilding offers conference delegates the opportunity of experiencing the best that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer whilst attaining the desired outcome of a united team.


INCENTIVES photo: Durban Tourism

Incentives

THE ZULU KINGDOM - AN INCENTIVE DESTINATION WHERE YOU’RE SPOILT FOR CHOICE. Incentive travel and recognition are greater motivators than financial reward, so says the Incentive Research Council. As is experiential travel – a key trend for 2017. Others trends include wellness travel, making use of allinclusive properties, bespoke transportation and event technology. KwaZulu-Natal, fondly known as the Zulu Kingdom, is arguably South Africa’s most diverse province thus offering itself as a ‘complete’ incentive destination offering a wide variety of experiential travel options. KwaZulu-Natal offers a diversity of cultures, scenery, attractions and experiences, including two World Heritage Sights. The multi-cultural traditions of Zulu, Indian, European and African culture, the spectacular mountain peaks, expansive golden beaches and exciting wildlife experiences all make KwaZulu-Natal an ideal incentive destination. The region’s rich historical and archaeological sites invite exploration, evoking a sense of the distant past with Zulu warriors and mighty Kings and its recent history of struggle and democracy. From regions rich in battlefields and monuments, standing tribute to brave warriors and soldiers; to majestic mountains inviting adrenalin adventures and tranquil rolling hills, and green pastures that beckon you to relax and unwind. In addition to this there is a 600 km coastline offering tropical beaches and opportunities to view whales and sharks, as well as conservation areas that are home to a wide range of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. This mix of attractions provides incentive organizers with a huge variety of opportunities to create memorable experiences.

INCENTIVE IDEAS: DURBAN •

Enjoy a cocktail function, themed gala dinner or perhaps a welcome party, bare foot on the beach under a Bedouin tent a number of hotels and restaurants are located along the wide sandy beaches and paved promenade of Durban’s Golden Mile – use local sand artists to create a sculpture of your company logo.

What about an exclusive dinner or cocktail function within Durban’s uShaka Marine World – use local musicians and buskers to provide the entertainment.

Sip sundowners on the pier overlooking the ocean or watch the sun set from the roof garden of the Priority Zone (opposite the Durban ICC).

Plan a champagne breakfast on the Moses Mabhida Stadium viewing deck, a bungee swing from the archway or dinner under the stars.

• Plan around a major sporting event - the Comrades Marathon, Dusi Canoe Marathon or the Amashova Durban Classic cycle race. • Or enjoy a picnic at the Botanic Gardens, local string quartet playing in the background. • Get you gear on for a sunrise bicycle tour along the Golden Mile with breakfast on route. • Delve into Durban’s culture with a tour to Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Phoenix and a Woza eNanda Township Tour including

Ohlange where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections. • Experience the township vibe with a shisa nyama meal at a township tavern. •

Put on your walking shoes for a tour of the famous Victoria and Warwick Street Markets – be sure to sample the delicacies at the Bovine Head Market.

• Visit the biggest Mosque in the southern hemisphere or tour the largest Hari Krishna Temple in Chatsworth. • One cannot experience Durban without trying a Bunny Chow. • Head to the Valley of 1000 Hills to admire the view and for a Zulu cultural experience – use the local Kearsney Choir for entertainment. •

Experience the Port of Durban - handling more than 5 000 commercial vessels a year and the busiest in Africa – think oysters and champagne as the sun sets aboard a luxury yacht, go on a deep sea fishing excursion or a pleasure cruise of the bay.

• Head out from Wilson’s Wharf for a boat based whale and dolphin watching excursion. •

Board a luxury ocean cruise liner such as the MSC CRUISES - some passing through, and others set to sail into east coast waters for the summer season

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SOUTH COAST •

Go scuba diving on the world famous Aliwal Shoal - think sharks, wrecks, reefs and loads of fish, Aliwal Shoal has been selected as one of the top ten dives sites of the world.

• Get your adventure on at Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve - from white water rafting, zip-lining and abseiling to a bungee swing off the edge •

Tee off at one of the 11 top golf courses in the region, many with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean and all set within lush subtropical vegetation.

• Try and predict the arrival of the seasonal Sardine Run - nature at its most unpredictable best. •

Think sunrise breakfasts, wholesome lunches or cocktails at sunset at one of the seaside resorts, boutique hotels and scenically located restaurants.

NORTH COAST •

Stunning beaches, spectacular sunrises and inspiring natural areas – think beautiful banquets under a Bedouin tent, horse rides on the beach and even surfing lessons.

• What about night snorkelling to discover some of the ocean’s nocturnal creatures or head out into the ocean for deep sea fishing. • With Ballito as its hub, make some time to explore the many quirky boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. • With a wide choice of golf courses it’s easy to schedule in time for a round of golf. • Think sublime spas at coastal resorts

and micro-lighting along the magnificent coastline. • Visit the Luthuli Museum, home of Nobel laureate Albert Luthuli; and the Shaka Memorial. •

Experience Tongaat, the oldest Indian community in South Africa and home of the region’s sugar industry – think spicy pineapple on sticks, Indian temples and shimmering saris.

ZULULAND • Amazing wildlife experiences – think the ‘Big Five’, guided safari trails, horse riding adventures and banquets in the bush. •

Catch a ‘tiger’ on Jozini Dam - the southernmost point where the ferocious Tiger Fish can be caught – fishing by boat with white rhino, zebra and giraffe watching from the shore.

A visit to Zululand calls for an authentic ‘Zulu experience’ – take an ox wagon to Zulu villages of bee-hive huts and experience traditional Zulu hospitality, or a rural wedding ceremony, and if you wish, visit a traditional healer.

Remember the Zulu Kings - nestled in a valley outside Ulundi is the eMakhosini Heritage Park, the Valley of the Kings. It was in this valley that King Shaka was born and where seven of the great Zulu kings lie buried. For current Zulu royalty, an audience with King Goodwill Zwelithini would be an experience to remember.

• Richards Bay Waterfront – think sailing, fishing and whale watching excursions.

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• Amazing wildlife experiences – think the ‘Big Five’, whale watching, and turtle tracking in season.

Experience the dramatic cliffs, steep sided river valleys, waterfalls and rocky gorges of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains from the air – with bubbly and a picnic lunch on top of a mountain when your helicopter lands.

Or take a helicopter flip to the source of the Tugela (uThukela) River, which when tumbling over the edge of the Amphitheatre becomes the spectacular Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world.

Conservation experiences that may include the tracking and tagging of rhino and wild dog… or the tagging of whale shark for research purposes.

• Ocean experiences – think scuba diving and snorkelling to see the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life. •

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage site which includes the St Lucia Estuary as well as the Kosi Bay lake system - think 220 km of endless beaches.

BATTLEFIELDS •

Follow in the footsteps of famous military strategists, Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha listen with rapt attention as you ‘experience’ the great battles that took place and relive the tales of bravery and great courage.

Experience the brewing and bottling of traditional Zulu beer in Dundee – known as iJuba, meaning ‘Dove’ in Zulu. Visit a local community to experience traditional beer drinking first hand.

Visit the Kwakunje Cultural Village at the Talana Museum in Dundee where visitors are invited to experience Zulu cultural life as it was and how it is changing.

• Enjoy a banquet in the bush at the ‘Big 5’ Nambiti Private Game Reserve – serenaded by local superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

• Take to the skies for a hot air ballooning experience followed by a champagne breakfast. • Visit a local wine farm - think wine tasting, local cheeses and artisanal bread and banquets in the cellar. •

Explore the many San paintings to be found in many of its caves and rocky shelters as well its outstanding natural environment – followed by a themed dinner.

Wind your way up Sani Pass in a 4x4, the highest pass-road in South Africa, into Lesotho – enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa when you reach the top.

• Think gourmet foods and fine wines, artisanal produce and freshly roasted coffee. •

Explore the workshops and studios of local artists – think wine tasting in a sculptors studio or cocktails and canapes in an artist’s home.

• Think horses and horsemanship at Summerhill Stud. • Explore the rolling hills and quaint villages from above in a hot air balloon. • Hunt down treasures at the various art and craft outlets as part of an ‘adventure race’. • Relive South Africa’s journey to democracy at the Mandela Capture Site • Experience a community township tour of Mpophomeni – see how the locals live and get to experience the shebeen (tavern) vibe.

As an incentive destination, the Zulu Kingdom is a place of discovery, a place that will exceed your expectations and be a trip that will never be forgotten.

• Enjoy music in the mountains and be entertained by the Drakensberg Boys Choir.

PIETERMARITZBURG MIDLANDS •

Delight the senses as you’re pampered at one of the regions destination spas – think fields of lavender, soaks, scrubs and traditional African massages.

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Enjoy a truly ‘OUT OF AFRICA’ experience. The most futile and probably bloodiest battle of the South African war, was fought on Spionkop on 24 January 1900. There were three men on Spionkop that day, who were to influence the course of world history - Gen Louis Botha, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi. Re-live the memories and walk in the footsteps of three great leaders with raconteur Raymond Heron who specialises in Battlefield tours. Spionkop Lodge is situated on the original Spearman farm, an eco-reserve, with some 270 bird species, an abundance of antelope, indigenous bush, and in June and July, a concentration of winter flowering Aloes whose beauty leaves one breathless. On the farm is Mount Alice, the site at which General Buller established his headquarters. Winston Churchill’s camp, at the original farm house, has been splendidly restored and eight double rooms, all en suite, open onto a veranda. The on-site library houses an extraordinary collection of war books, the 108 year old barn houses the Churchill Pub. and the dining-room offers spectacular views overlooking Spionkop, Team building activities on offer include: • Battlefield Trips • Birding (274 species, incl. the White Backed Night Heron) • Sunset & Sunrise Boat Cruises (game and bird viewing - rhino, etc.) • Game Drives • Hiking • Canoeiing • Horse Riding amongst the Game in the Reserve • Trips to the Drakensberg Boys Choir Recitals; the Bushmen Caves and Paintings; the Falconry Birds of Prey Display • Hiking Trips into the Drakensberg Mountains

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Re-Live the History of the Region Take your meeting or incentive to new heights with Raymond Heron, ‘a walking historical gold mine, gifted raconteur and showman supreme’. Re-live the history of the region through his heartfelt oration and incredible knowledge… walk in the footsteps of Queen Victoria’s proud British army, the brave Africaners (Boers), and three men who went on to impact the world. As you walk across the wind swept grassy Spion Kop hill, you’ll likely hear Raymond utter these words… “Think about this,” he tells us. “There were three men who changed the course of world history on top of this hill on that fateful day.” He pauses dramatically. “Winston Churchill (war correspondent), Mahatma Ghandi (who was a stretcher bearer here) and Louis Botha.” Three great leaders, Gen Louis Botha, the Union of South Africa’s first Prime Minister who helped draft the constitution of the League of Nations; Mohandas Gandhi, later the Mahatma and Winston Churchill, Britain’s most famous Prime Minister. Imagine how the history of South Africa, India and Great Britain might have changed had one, two or all three of them been casualties in this battle. Your team-build or incentive can be greatly enhanced by incorporating lessons from the battlefield, where one team becomes Brit, the other Boer; where the CEO becomes the stretcher bearer and kitchen cleaner the general in command – where battlefield challenges mirror those of the work place and where ‘battles’ are won with cooperation and understanding. But Heron’s Tours is not just about battlefields… think game drives, hiking and canoeing; sunset and sunrise boat trips; horse riding, bird watching and trips to the Drakensberg. Surround your team with the splendour of the nature, the lessons of the battlefield and the incomparable hospitality of Raymond and Lynette Heron of Spionkop Lodge.

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BATTLEFIELDS Battlefields Country Lodge Royal Warrior 374 700 400 250 300 650 70 3* T: 034 218 1641 Esibayeni 200 80 100 100 150 E: stay@battlefieldslodge.co.za Warrior’s Arms 50 40 20 60 80 gm@battlefieldslodge.co.za Mthombo 40 20 15 W: www.@battlefieldslodge.co.za Blue Haze Country Lodge 2 Conf Rooms 160 100 30 3* T: 036 352 5772 2 Breakaway E: info@bluehaze.co.za W: www.bluehaze.co.za Farquhar Lodge Conf Room 1 65 40 20 30 30 40 16 3* T: 036 631 0847 E: elsa@farquharlodge.co.za W: www.farquharlodge.co.za Fugitive’s Drift Harford Library 70 40 40 30 40 40 16 SATSA T:034 271 8051 u-shape E: reservations@fugitivesdrift.com W: www.fugitivesdrift.com Garden Court Blackrock Newcastle Indaba Meeting Room 60 60 40 20 40 50 70 3* HASA T: 034 328 1777 Imbizo Conf. Room 192 200 150 80 150 180 SACA E: blackrock.conf@tsogosun.com Executive Lounge 35 14 TGCSA W: www.blackrockcasino.co.za Grey Goose Farm Lodge CC Big Hall 800 350 250 250 350 28 3* T: 034 315 3221 Breakfast Hall 300 180 180 120 300 E: admin@greygoose.co.za Small Conference Centre 50 50 50 40 50 W: www.greygoose.co.za Gazebo 80 60 50 80 80 Greytown Country Club Pannar Lounge 100 T: 033 417 244 E: gcc@greytown.co.za Halls Country House Conference Room 14 5 suites T: 082 411 9407 W: www.hallscountryhouse.com Hartford House Chapel 15 15 suites 5* T: 033 263 2713 Big Room 150 E: info@hartford.co.za Audotorium 40 W: www.hartford.co.za Hunters Lodge Conference Room 30 40 23 19 30 50 15 4* LTA T: 036 637 2359 Conference Lapha 150 120 80 60 100 120 E: hunterslodge@futurenet.co.za Ingudlane Lodge Dining / Lounge 90 120 120 60 120 120 12 4* T: 082 879 7734 E: bookings@ingudlane.co.za W: www.ingudlane.co.za Isandlwana Lodge Conference Room 1 16 12 4* T: 034 271 8301 Conference Room 2 8 E: info@isandlwana.co.za W: www.isandlwana.co.za Isibindi Zulu Lodge Conference Room 20 12 6 3* T: 035 474 1473 E: res@isibindi.co.za W: www.isibindiafrica.co.za Ithala Conference Centre Ndlovu 130 100 50 100 166 beds 3* T: 034 983 2540 Bhejane 35 25 20 32 E: ithalaconf@kznwildlife.com Umkombe 35 25 20 32 W: www.kznwildlife.com Lennox Cottage Conference Room 216 120 12 suites T: 034 218 2201 E: lennox@dundeekzn.co.za W: www.battlefieldsaccommodation.co.za Lions Valley Lodge Conference 1 20 10 T:031 539 8238 E: infor@lionsvalley.co.za W: www.lionsvalley.co.za Majuba Lodge Porthole 25 30 42 chalets 4* T: 034 315 5011 Lapa 70 70 65 65 70 E: enquiries@majubalodge.net Conference Hall 100 100 100 100 100 W: www.majubalodge.net and co.za Majuba Lodge 150 Impolagela 60 60 60 60 60 Montello Safari Lodge Conference Room 1 80-100 17 rooms T: 033 413 3334 Conference Room 2 20 9 chalets E: montello@futuregtn.co.za Mooi River Country Club Conference Room 168 130 T: 033 263 1517 E: dcrobertson@gmail.com W: www.mooirivercountryclub.co.za Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge Conference Room 30 10 5 suites 5* T: 071 680 4584 E: info@nambitiplains.com W: www.nambitiplains.com Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Dumbe 171 120 70 60 60 3* SAACI Goodersons Pivaan 115 100 45 50 FEDHASA T: 034 995 0300 / 073 213 7242 Boardroom 50 20 10 E: spagm@goodersons.co.za W: www.goodersonleisure.co.za

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Oaklands Country Manor Conference Room 30 10 T: 058 671 0067/77 u-shape E: info@oaklands.co.za W: www.oaklands.co.za Rorke’s Drift Hotel Library 20 8 8 20 15 rooms T: 034 642 1761 Mezzanine 40 16 16 12 30 6 suites E: info@rokesdrifthotel.com Conference Suite 80 40 40 30 50 150 W: www.rorkesdrifthotel.com Royal Hotel (Ladysmith) 6 Conference Rooms 180 200 71 rooms T: 036 637 2176 3 Breakaway Rooms 4 suites E: info@royalhotel.co.za W: www.royalhotel.co.za Spionkop Lodge Churchill Centre 68 80 30 30 60 60 12 rooms T: 036 488 1404 2 suites E: spionkop@futurenet.co.za 2 chalets W: www.spionkop.co.za Talana Museum Conference Room 1 20 T: 034 212 2654 Conference Room 2 90 E: info@talana.co.za W: www.talana.co.za The Royal Country Inn Main 80 60 27 3* T: 034 212 2147 Saloon 30 20 E: reservations@royalcountryinn.com u-shape W: www.royalcountryinn.com Valley Inn Hotel 1 Conference Room 60 40 15 rooms T: 034 341 1721 3 chalets White Mountain Lodge and Conference Room 1 75 25 chalets Adventure Centre Conference Room 2 45 T: 036 353 3437 Conference Room 3 20 E: info@whitemountain.co.za W: www.whitemountain.co.za Willowgrange Hotel Conference Room 132 100 12 chalets T: 036 352 7102 E: willowgrangehotel@hotmail.com W: www.willowgrangehotel.co.za DRAKENSBERG aha Alpine Heath Resort Arbousset 271 300 200 80 200 300 100 chalets 4* SAACI T: 036 438 8500 Boardroom 34 15 6 sleeper HERITAGE E: confer@alpineheath.co.za Sutherland 33,7 30 20 20 30 30 W: www.aha.co.za/alpineheath Gardiner 33,7 30 20 20 30 30 Lammergeyer 291,18 350 200 80 200 300 Lama & Lamb 123,96 80 50 50 70 120 Chapel 55 50 20 20 Boma 220 Anew Ingeli Forest Lodge Conf Room 1 30 300 42 T: 039 553 0600 Conf Room 2 100 E: i-hotel@venturenet.co.za W: www.ingeliforestlodge.com ATKV Drakensville Holiday Resort Conf Room 1 1000 300 28 rooms T: 036 438 6287 Conf Room 2 60 60 41 chalets E: drakensville@atkv.org.za Conf Room 3 20 20 W: www.drakensville.co.za Blue Haze Country Lodge Squire’s Loft 50 25 20 20 20 25 32 units 3* GHASA T: 036 352 5772 The Gallery 200 120 100 25 100 150 E: info@bluehaze.co.za W: www.bluehaze.co.za Bushman’s Nek Conference Room 150 120 60 120 100 56 room 3* T: 031 717 7591 Pool Deck 40 50 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.bushmansnek.co.za Cathedral Peak Hotel Conf Room 1 180 32 96 rooms 4* T: 036 488 1888 Conf Room 2 120 32 8 suites E: info@cathedralpeak.co.za Conf Room 3 48 24 W: www.cathedralpeak.co.za Conf Room 4 13 Cavern Drakensberg Resort Conf Room 18 48 rooms 3* T: 036 438 6270 7 suites 7 suites E: info@cavern.co.za W: www.cavern.co.za Champagne Castle Hotel uKhahlamba Room 120 40 60 rooms 4* T: 036 468 1063 Reg Pearse Room 20 10 chalets E: cch@champagnecastlehotel.co.za W: www.champagnecastlehotel.co.za Champagne Sports Resort Buttress 1200 1400 1040 145 900 1040 152 SAACI T: 036 468 0000 Sentinel 790,4 1000 645 120 660 645 E: conferences@champagnesportsresort.com Monks Cowl 454,2 550 320 90 300 320 W: www.champagnesportsresort.com Summit 395,1 400 270 84 260 270 Ondini 177,4 200 130 48 150 130 Zunckels 155,5 200 140 60 120 140 Turret 127,5 130 90 48 80 90 Amphlett 113,5 105 78 42 50 78 Inthaba 102,2 110 60 30 50 60 Cathkin Arms Bar 98,99 125 60 48 60 60 Injasuti 77,53 60 30 24 40 45 Sterkhorn 42,49 50 24 18 30 24 Boardroom Greys Pass 25,16 25 20 18 10 20 Boardroom Dragons Back 25,16 25 20 18 10 20 Boardroom Eastmans 25,16 25 20 18 Boardroom Ships Prow 25,16 25 20 18 u-shape

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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Pioneer 120 30 30 30 30 60 5 rooms SAACI T: 033 267 7243 6 suites E: cmfmanager@telkomsa.net W: www.cleomountain.com Didima Conference Centre Upper Level 11 x 13.6 120 120 30 120 100 62 luxury chalets 3* SAACI T: 036 488 8000 Lower Level 11 x 13.6 120 120 30 120 100 2 chalets E: didimaconf@kznwildlife.com San Art Auditorium 100 100 honeymoon suite W: www.kznwildlife.com Boardroom 18 18 18 18 20 1 bungalow Dragon Peaks Park Conf Room 80 80 80 80 80 17 chalets 3* T: 036 468 1031 E: dpp@futurenet.co.za W: www.dragonpeaks.com Drakensberg Gardens Golf 82 rooms 3* SAACI & Spa Resort (Goodersons) Mashai 1 25 30 FEDHASA T: 033 701 1355 Mashai 2 25 30 World E: drakadmin@goodersons.co.za Mashai 1 & 2 40 50 Heritage W: www.goodersonleisure.co.za Rhino 1 40 50 Site Rhino 2 40 50 Rhino 1 & 2 100 120 120 Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort Summit I, II, III 294 200 180 180 250 78 rooms 4* SAACI T: 036 468 1000 Summit I 145,5 150 70 60 100 HERITAGE E: roger.petyt@tsogosun.com Summit II 87,5 50 40 30 40 W. www.tsogosun.com Summit III 57 30 20 20 15 Summit I & II 145 150 70 60 100 Boardroom 10 Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve 1 Conference Room 100 120 chalets T: 036 353 3718 E: bookings@kznwildlife.com W: www.kznwildlife.com Kings Grant Country Retreat St Isidore Mill Room 136 50 25 3* T: 039 834 2730 St Isidore Mill Lounge 80 50 E: reservations@kingsgrant.co.za W: www.kingsgrant.co.za Little Switzerland (Pty) Ltd Conference Room 1 59 40 30 20 20 20 32 rooms T: 036 438 2500 Conference Room 2 59 40 30 20 20 20 24 chalets E: res@lsh.co.za Conference Room 3 59 40 30 20 20 20 W: www.littleswitzerlandaccommodation.co.za Conference Room 1, 2 & 3 177 160 100 Monks Cowl Golf Resort Monks Cowl 60 40 35 50 60 34 4* SAACI Goodersons T: 036 468 1300 E: monkgm@goodersons.co.za W: goodersonleisure.co.za Mountain Park Hotel & Conference Room 50 50 50 50 50 27 rooms Holiday Resort 2 suites T: 039 832 0026 32 chalets E: holiday@mountainpark.co.za W: www.wheretostay.co.za/mountainpark Orion Mont Aux Sources Hotel Conf 1 250 150 73 rooms 3* T: 036 438 8000 Conf 2 100 120 3 suites E: reservations@montauxsources.co.za Conf 3 60 80 32 chalets W: www.oriongroup.co.za Conf 4 60 40 Penny Lane Guest House Conference Room 30 10 T: 033 234 4332 E: pennylane@mweb.co.za W: www.pennylane.co.za Penwarn Country Lodge Kudu 30 30 30 30 30 18 T: 033 701 1368 E: info@penwarn.com W: www.penwarn.com Sandford Park Country Hotel Blanco 50 30 20 20 50 3* T: 036 448 1001 Matopos 90 60 40 30 E: management@sandford.co.za W: www.sandford.co.za Sani Pass Hotel & Leisure Resort Maluti 40 40 10 50 30 94 rooms 3* T: 033 702 1320 Drakensberg 150 90 30 150 50 3 suites E: reservations@sanipasshotel.co.za 180 u-shape W: www.sanipasshotel.co.za Silver Hill Lodge Conference Room 40 7 suites T: 033 267 7430 2 chalets E: silverhill@icon.co.za W: www.silverhill.co.za The Homestead Conference Room 120 31 T: 036 448 2455 E: info@thehomestead.co.za W: www.thehomestead.co.za The Nest Resort Billiard Room 44 34 26 18 22 56 3* T: 036 468 1068 Breakaway 1 39,3 32 24 20 20 E: thenest@thenest.co.za Breakaway 2 30,3 32 24 20 20 W: www.thenest.co.za Breakway 3 27 32 24 20 16 Cane Lounge 135 100 80 60 35 Ukhahlamba Hall 221 200 200 125 68 u-shape The Oaks at Byrne Conf Room 1 60 40 40 T: 033 212 2324 Conf Room 2 16 10 E: info@oaksatbyrne.co.za W: www.oaksatbyrne.co.za

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The Zingela Safari & Main Camp 72 50 50 20 River Company James Camp 75 75 T: 036 354 7005 E: zingela@futurenet.co.za W: www.zingelasafaris.co.za Woodridge Country Estate 2 Conf Rooms 170 27 T: 033 234 4423 E: woodridge@worldonline.co.za W: www.woodridge-estate.com DURBAN Addis Bed & Breakfast Multipurpose Room 30 12 4* T: 031 561 7302 E: stay@addisbedandbreakfast.co.za W: www.addisbedandbreakfast.co.za aha Gateway Hotel Cycad A 60 36 10 40 50 146 3* T: 031 536 9200 Cycad B 40 27 10 30 40 E: mkt@thegatewayhotel.co.za Cycad A & B 100 63 36 70 90 W: www.theecities.co.za/gateway Umdoni 1 120 63 20 60 150 Umdoni 2 240 120 20 120 300 Umdoni 3 120 63 20 60 150 Umdoni 1, 2, 3 430 250 20 300 600 aha Riverside Hotel The Pelican Suites 245 250 140 50 180 250 169 T: 031 563 0600 Pelican Suite 1 81,6 60 40 20 40 70 E: sales@riversidehotel.co.za Pelican Suite 2 81,6 60 40 20 40 70 Pelican Suite 3 81,6 60 40 20 40 70 Pelican Suite 4 88,9 120 70 25 90 100 Boardroom 1 18 25 20 10 10 Boardroom 2 57 30 25 15 30 40 aha Square Boutique Hotel Ballroom 700 200 80 500 150 T: 031 566 1814 Venue A 120 75 30 60 40 E: reserve@thesquare.co.za Venue B 100 55 20 60 35 W: www.thesquare.co.za Shaka Room 10 Cha-Cha Room 30 20 10 30 25 Albany Hotel Clansman 100 100 120 72 3* T: 031 304 4381 Townhouse 40 40 E: info@albanyhotel.co.za Hilander 20 20 60 W: www.albanyhotel.co.za All Seasons Bed & Breakfast Dining Area - Inside 15 13 4* T: 031 466 2923 Patio Area - Outside 12 E: allseasonsbandb@telkomsa.net Braai Area - Outside 10 W: www.allseasonsdurban.co.za Pool Deck Area - Outside 12 Bottom Braai - Outside 20 Assagay Hotel & Conference Centre Conf Room 1 250 100 48 200 27 T: 031 768 1171 Conf Room 3 100 72 48 80 E: admin@assagayhotel.co.za Conf Room 4 50 24 22 30 W: www.assagayhotel.co.za Conf Room 2 100 70 48 100 3 suites ATKV Natalia Beach Resort Conf Room 60 25 103 flats 3* T: 031 916 4545 Hall 600 150 E: natalia@atkv.org.za W: www.natalia.co.za Auberge Hollandaise Guest House Conf Room 60 25 10 suites T: 031 564 8568 E: info@ahguesthouse.co.za W: www.ahguesthouse.co.za Audacia Manor Ascot 20 6 suites 5* T: 031 303 9520 Epsom 12 E: info@audaciahotel.com W: www.audaciahotel.com Avillahouse Conf Room 50 20 20 18 30 6 4* NAA T: 031 262 4300 E: info@avillahouse.co.za W: www.avillahouse.co.za Balmoral Hotel Windsor 7,2 60 50 50 50 50 95 rooms 4* SAACI T: 031 368 822 Edinburgh Room 5,3 40 30 25 30 40 E: conferencing@balmoralhotel.co.za W: www.rayahotels.co.za Beach Hotel Beach Comber 1 120 90 80 100 112 rooms 3* SAACI T: 031 337 5511 Beach Comber 2 30 15 15 E: reservations@beachhotel.co.za W: www.beachhotel.co.za Beethoven Lodge Conf Room 1 10 16 3* T: 031 903 7227 Conf Room 2 18 E: info@beethoven.co.za W: www.beethoven.co.za Bella Vista Conf Room 100 80 T: 031 765 2738 E: enquiries@bellavista.co.za W: www.bellavista.co.za Beverly Hills Hotel The Boardroom 46 12 90 89 5* T: 031 561 2211 Plantation Room 136 80 30 60 90 beverlyhills.reservations@tsogosun.com Elements Cafe 100 45 60 Elements Mosaic Terrace 135 80 80 60

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Blue Waters Hotel Pool Deck 250 130 60 350 263 3* SAACI T: 031 327 7000 Fontein Blue 200 120 60 E: reservations@bluewatershotel.co.za Salle 50 30 30 250 W: www.bluewatershotel.co.za Concord East 40 30 10 80 Concord West 40 30 20 Sun Deck 80 40 30 100 South Deck 100 80 40 Suite 209 15 8 10 Cascades 90 60 40 150 Blue Dolphin 40 20 20 Bongi’s Guesthouse Conf Room 3 rooms T: 031 572 3423 5 suites E: bongisn@telkomsa.net Breakers Conference Centre Conf Room 1 120 T: 031 561 6169 Conf Room 2 50 E: blufoodservices@acenet.co.za Conf Room 3 40 W: www.breakerscc.co.za Boardroom 10 Marquee 150 Café Vacca Matta Conf Room 160 T: 031 368 6535 E: suncoast@vaccamatta.com W: www.vaccamatta.com Calissa Lodge Conf Room 60 9 suites 4* T: 031 266 5080 E: info@calissalodge.co.za W: www.calissalodge.co.za Chantecler Hotel 2 Conference Rooms 20 rooms T: 031 765 3352 1 suite E: info@chantecler.co.za W: www.chanteclerhotel.co.za Chartwell House 1 Conf Room 10 50 7 rooms 4* T: 031 765 5962 1 Breakaway 1 suite E: bookings@chartwellhouse.co.za W: www.chartwellhouse.co.za City Lodge Durban Conference Room 1 60 34 20 160 3* Green Leaf T: 031 332 1447 Conference Room 2 50 35 24 E: cldurb.resv@citylodge.co.za Boardroom 12 W: www.clhg.com Coastlands Holiday Apartment Coral Suite 1 300 150 200 252 rooms and Convention Centre Coral Suite 2 300 150 200 28 suites T: 031 335 5000 Coral Suite 3 370 200 250 E: marketing@coastlandsridge.co.za Coral Suite 4 150 40 90 W: www.coastlands.co.za Coral Suite 5 100 40 250 Coral Suite 6 1000 350 450 Coastlands on the Ridge Hotel Ridge 1 80 60 50 50 100 101 4* SAACI T: 031 271 8200 Ridge 2 40 30 24 40 70 E: allenm@coastlandsmusgrave.co.za Ridge 3 40 30 24 40 70 W: www.coastlands.co.za Ridge 4 80 60 50 50 100 Ridge 5 40 24 20 20 50 Ridge 6 40 24 20 20 50 Ridge 7 40 24 20 20 50 Ridge 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 150 100 120 200 Ridge 1 - 4 400 250 230 500 Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel African Fire 1 - 4 578 600 360 400 400 136 4* SAACI and Convention Centre African Fire 1 or 2 or 3 134 144 96 30 80 80 T: 031 514 6500 African Fire 4 111,52 108 66 20 70 50 E: vadi@coastlands.co.za African Fire 5 or 6 or 7 35,55 36 30 20 W: www.coastlands.co.za African Heritage 554,6 300 150 30 250 250 African Sky Adventure 468,82 250 220 30 220 220 Springbok Boardroom 15 Bafana Boardroom 70 10 Cozynest Guest House and Spa Sun Room 60 20-30 9 rooms 4* T: 031 564 4048 E: durban.kzn@cozynest.co.za W: www.cozynest.co.za Crinkley Bottom Park (Nkuthu Gardens) Conference Room 50 50 200 12 rooms T: 031 763 4149 2 chalet E: functions@crinkleybottompark.co.za W: www.crinkleybottompark.co.za Crowhurst Conf Room 40 30 22 10 5* T: 031 767 5202 Boardroom 30 18 12 E: info@crowhurstplace.co.za W: www.crowhurstplace.co.za D J Centre 6 Conf Rooms 820 350 6 Conf Rooms 820 350 T: 031 335 4460 2 Breakaway E: info@djc.co.za Diakonia Centre Denis Hurley Hall 250 90 60 150 150 SAACI T: 036 310 3523 Mirriam Cele 70 40 35 E: conferences@diakonia.org.za The Well 35 25 20 20 W: www.diakoniaconferences.co.za Ela Gandhi Room 15 Docklands Hotel (Three Cities) Portside 62 50 50 30 30 30 83 3* T: 031 332 8190 Dockside 135 120 70 30 80 100 E: steven.fairhurst@thedocklands.co.za Shoreside 342 400 300 100 250 300 W: www.signaturelifehotels.com

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Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa Conf Room 100 32 32 18 32 32 T: 031 566 3210 E: info@dumamanzi.co.za W: www.dumamanzi.co.za Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indaba 1 68 60 30 25 50 70 T: 031 335 1000 Indaba 2 71 60 30 25 50 70 E: brijlals@durbanchamber.co.za Indaba 3 72 60 30 25 50 70 mchunun@durbanchamber.co.za Indaba 1 & 2 combined 139 120 50 45 100 120 W: www.durbanchamber.co.za Durban Country Club Renaissance Room 140 80 45 30 60 80-100 T: 031 313 1777 Athlone Room 120 70 50 30 70 80 E: functions@dcclub.co.za Belvedere Room 309 250 110 60 200 250 conference@dcclub.co.za Belvedere Room & Ballroom 509 250 110 200 250 W: www.dcclub.co.za Waterman Room 150 80 50 40 60-80 80-100 Umsinsi Room 96 40 24 24 40 50 Grill Room 216 90 120 Card Room 56 30 20 20 20 Beachwood Boardroom 72 30 24 21 20 Beachwood Lounge 324 u-shape 150 250 Durban ICC Hall 1 1480 1680 500 500 1000 5* SAACI T: 031 360 1000 Hall 1A 1B 724 840 300 250 550 EXSA, MPI E: sales@icc.co.za Hall 2 2769 3000 1400 1400 2200 FEDHASA W: www.icc.co.za Halls 2AF 690 500 330 220 530 AIPC,TGCSA Halls 2BH/2C 690 650 330 220 530 ISO14001 Hall 3 2346 2000 960 1000 2200 Hall 3A 1472 1250 820 630 1200 Halls 3B/3C 437 390 250 200 400 Hall 4 1628 1760 950 640 1500 Halls 4A/4B 484 500 260 200 400 Hall 5 1656 1100 600 600 1500 Halls 5AB/5CD 828 550 300 350 700 Hall 6 612 1000 500 160 250 Halls 6A/6B 306 180 120 80 120 M Rooms 11/12 402 280 150 200 300 M Rooms 21/22 393 300 170 200 300 El Arish Restaurant & Pearl 80 10 4* Conference Centre Jasmine 40 T: 031 467 9576 Old Rest 150 E: elarish@absamail.co.za W: www.elarish.co.za Emakhosini Boutique Hotel Conf Room 120 21 rooms 4* SAACI T: 031 203 4500 3 suites E: info@emakhosini.com W: www.emakhosini.com Emolweni Conference Centre Main Conf Room 40 18 T: 031 764 6948 Boardroom 18 8 E: emolweni@mweb.co.za Embizweni Convention Centre 3 Conf Rooms 300 300 T: 031 564 3077 E: embizwenicc@telkomsa.net W: www.embizwenicc.co.za Endabeni Conference Centre 1 Conf Room 50 T: 031 266 5999 E: endabeniconference@telkomsa.net W: www.endabeni.co.za Endless Horizons Conf Room 116,5 70 54 10 60 80 10 5* T: 031 564 0360 E: events@endlesshorizons.co.za W: www.endlesshorizons.co.za Essenwood House 6 5* T: 031 207 4547 E: info@essenwoodhouse.co.za W: www.essenwoodhouse.co.za Flintstones Guest House Conf Room 50 12 rooms & Conference Centre 3 suites T: 031 563 2592 W: www.umgeniriver.co.za Garden Court Marine Parade DHS 1 154 150 75 38 50 50 352 3* T: 031 337 3341 DHS 2 154 150 75 38 50 50 E: gcmarineparade@tsogosun.com DHS1 & DHS 2 (D) 308 350 220 80 150 150 W: www.tsogosun.com/ Glenwood 48 50 25 20 garden-court-marine-parade Hilton 48 50 20 Glenwood & Hilton (D) 96 100 50 40 40 30 Hilton 48 50 25 20 Michaelhouse 50 14 204 Garden Court South Beach The Cabin 70 60 40 50 70 414 3* T: 031 337 2231 The Malibu Room 280 250 170 150 180 E: gcsouthbeach.reservations@tsogosun.com The Meeting Room 50 12 W: www.tsogosun.com/garden-court-south-beach

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Garden Court Umhlanga Mlazi Boardroom 40 12 204 3* T: 031 514 5500 Mdloti Boardroom 40 12 E: gcumhlanga.reservations@tsogosun.com Umfolozi 1 52 60 36 24 W: www.tsogosun.com/garden-court-umhlanga Umfolozi 2 60 60 36 24 Umfolozi 1 & 2 (D) 112 120 72 50 80 Hluhluwe 1 83 90 60 40 Hluhluwe 2 85 90 60 40 Hluhluwe 1 & 2 (D) 168 180 140 100 150 Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park Conf Room 150 100 T: 031 769 1527 E: info@gibagorge.co.za W: www.gibagorge.co.za Greyville Convention Centre Silver Ring 1488 1600 1200 - 900 1500 SAACI T: 031 314 1658 Champion 1280 600 600 - 550 600 E: info@goldcircle.co.za Sea Cottage 666 300 300 100 300 400 W: www.goldcircle.co.za Saddlers Arms 182 50 25 25 50 100 Centenary 390 200 150 80 150 220 Palm Court 759 300 300 100 400 650 Classic Room 294 300 200 50 200 300 Gwahumbe Private Reserve Conf Room 30 30 30 30 30 5 rooms T: 031 781 1082 4 chalets E: info@gwahumbe.co.za W: www.gwahumbe.co.za Happy Days Holiday Flats 3 Conf Rooms 23 suites T: 031 903 3246 2 Breakaway 22 flats E: beverly.gibbs@pamgolding.co.za W: www.happydays-toti.co.za Havana Grill Dining 1 14 T: 031 337 1305 Private Dining 2 18 E: info@havanagrill.co.za Last End Dining 32 W: www.havanagrill.co.za Hilltop Manor Conf Room 30 26 28 9 rooms 4* T: 031 563 0276 u-shape E: cheeky@netactive.co.za W: www.hilltopmanor.co.za Hilton Durban Ballroom 1 166,75 150 70 40 100 200 324 5* SAACI T: 031 336 8100 Ballroom 2 166,75 150 70 40 100 200 E: durhi_cb@hilton.com Ballroom 1 & 2 340,75 350 170 40 220 400 W: www.durban.hilton.com Polo Club 300 80 40 30 90 180 Polela 74,52 40 30 22 40 50 Umgeni 39,05 30 12 12 20 20 Lotheni 53,28 40 25 16 30 40 Mzimkhulu 47,08 30 15 14 30 30 Mkhomazi 1 60 50 25 20 30 30 Mkhomazi 2 60 50 25 20 30 30 Mkhomazi 1 & 2 119,3 100 50 40 50 60 Injasuthi 46,8 30 12 12 20 20 Inzinga 50 12 Ohlanga 25,73 7 Mkuzi 25,73 7 Holiday Inn Express Durban - Meeting Room 1 49,6 45 30 234 3* Umhlanga Meeting Room 2 31,5 12 T: 031 514 9000 Meeting Room 3 44,8 40 28 28 E: info@hie-umhlanga.co.za W: www.hiexhotels.co.za Hotel 64 on Gordon Boardroom 77 55 40 25 30 65 36 4* T: 031 312 8907 E: gm@hotel64ongordon.co.za W: www.hotel64ongordon.co.za Hotel On The Park Room 1 40 30 30 20 4* T: 031 201 0017 E: info@hotelonthepark.co.za W: www.hotelonthepark.co.za Inchanga Hotel Conf Room 70 20 T: 031 783 4105 E: gm@inchangahotel.co.za W: www.inchangahotel.co.za Inhle Boutique Hotel & 3 Conf Rooms 150 8 rooms Conference Centre 6 suites T: 031 561 5316 E: inhle@wol.co.za W: www.inhleguesthouse.co.za Jam Restaurant Dining Room 66 60 45 20 45 80 17 4* T: 031 303 8200 Terrace 64 25 60 E: info@plumrestaurant.co.za W: www.jam-restaurant.co.za Kangelani Lodge Dining Room 42 30 16 8 20 30 7 T: 031 768 1342 E: thelodge@kangelani.co.za W: www.kangelani.co.za Khaya Lembali Conference Centre Hydrangea Room 80 80 48 30 60 100 8 4* SAACI (& veranda) T: 031 207 6520 Magnolia 45 40 30 24 30 50 E: info@khayalembali.co.za Rose Room 45 40 30 24 24 30 W: www.khayalembali.co.za Terrace Room (and patio) 45 40 30 24 24 40 Leopard Room 35 20 16 12

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Kingfisher Conference Centre Kingfisher 240 160 120 40 96 150 20 4* T: 031 502 2850 Jacana 45 40 30 21 24 30 E: info@kingfisherconference.co.za Fish Eagle 40 30 21 14 16 20 W: www.kingfisherconference.co.za Lakeview 63 50 33 25 (U) 40 80 La Vita Conference Centre Room 1 60 30 30 SAACI T: 031 335 1800 Room 2 60 30 30 E: siphot@clubleisure.co.za Room 3 100 50 50 200 200-250 W: www.theoceanic.co.za Le Domaine Lodge 1 Conf Room 48 32 T: 031 716 8481 E: lodge@ledom.co.za W: www.ledom.co.za Lindisfame B&B T: 031 765 1516 E: lindisfame@netactive.co.za W: www.lindisfame.co.za Makaranga Garden Lodge Sibeko Hall 160 100 140 140 22 rooms 4* T: 031 764 6616 Sibeko 1 80 50 40 50 50 E: events@makaranga.com Sibeko 2 80 50 40 50 50 W: www.makaranga.com Imbizo Room 20 12 20 20 20 Boardroom 1 8 8 Boardroom 2 8 8 8 Master Builders Conference Centre Umsunduzi Room 20 200 T: 031 266 7070 Umngeni Room 16 E: debbie@masterbuilders.co.za Uthukela Room 115 W: www.masterbuilders.co.za Umzimkulu Room 8 E-Learning Room 20 u-shape Amanzimtoti Room 12 Rautenbach Room 44 Boardroom 43 Ante Room 15 u-shape Morningside Hotel Conference Room 35 35 35 35 35 35 42 3* T: 031 312 2236 E: sales1@saleisureandhotels.co.za W: www.saleisureandhotels.co.za Moses Mabhida Stadium Top of the Arch 30 SAACI T: 031 582 8240 World Cup Pitch 1000 E: info@mmsdurban.co.za Presidential Suite 170 150 W: www.mosesmabhidastadium.co.za Presidential Atrium 700 165 220 Presidential Business Club 536 200 300 Mixed Zone 736 450 300 500 Gold Business Club 1 254 80 100 Gold Business Club 8 & 9 299 100 140 200 Platinum Club 213 200 Ocean Atrium 700 165 220 Mount Edgecombe Con. Centre Adeliz 150 200 80 30 100 120 SAACI T: 031 502 1971 KD’s Room 620 800 300 150 400 600 E: infor@mtedgecc.co.za W: www.mtedgecc.co.za MSC Cruise Ships Operating out MSC Sinfonia 700 130 45 1000 350/500 777 5* of Durban C O Durban Harbour MSC Opera 700 45 1000 350/500 856 5* T: 083 379 7225 E: stefano.vigoriti@msccruises.co.za W: www.msccruises.co.za Msinsi Conference Centre 1 Conference Room 9 T: 031 765 7724 E: info@msinsi.co.za W: www.msinsi.co.za Olive Convention Centre Hall 1 (Olive Theatre) 1560 1500 900 300 SAACI T: 031 337 1110 Hall 2 (Banqueting Hall) 1365 1000 450 700 E: info@oliveconventioncentre.co.za Rake Seating 376 W: www.oliveconventioncentre.co.za Hall 3 (Hall of Learning) 378 420 210 320 Hall 4 (Ice Arena) 1800 2350 1175 1800 Hall 4A (Seasonal Hall) 806 1300 650 1000 Hall 4B (Ice Hall) 605 1050 525 800 Meeting Room 1 247 200 110 150 Meeting Room 2 (City View) 130 100 50 80 Meeting Room 3 (Ocean City 264 168 84 80 V.I.P Gallery Meeting Rm 4 (East Wing) 66 40 24 40 Meeting Rm 5 (East Wing) 66 40 24 40 Meeting Rm 6 (East Wing) 70 50 36 60 Meeting Rm 7 (East Wing) 70 50 36 60 Boardroom 1 39 40 20 30 Boardroom 2 31,5 30 15 20 Boardroom 3 25 30 15 20 Boardroom 4 45 60 30 40 Olwandle Suite Hotel Large Conference Room 104,9 150 90 50 100 180 50 3* T: 031 332 9972 Small Conference Room 64,5 90 70 24 40 100 E: reservations@olwandlegroup.co.za W: www.olwandle.co.za Palace Hotel 5th Floor Palace 1 & 2 127,1 76 4* T: 031 332 8351 E: hedleyr@firstresorts.co.za W: www.firstresorts.co.za

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Point Yacht Club Quarter Deck 60 60 60 40-50 T: 031 301 4787 E: malcomhpyc@telkomsa.net W: www.pyc.co.za Premier Hotel Pinetown San Soucci 49 50 20 100 3* T: 031 701 0130 Montego 149 150 120 100 E: pinetown@premierhotels.co.za Cabaret 149 150 120 100 W: www.premierhotels.co.za Rendevouz 106 150 100 60 Boardroom 47 30 15 Umhlangano 1 66 50 30 30 Umhlangano 2 66 50 30 30 Protea Hotel Edward Prince of Wales (3rd Fl.) 248 200 150 130 200 101 4* T: 031 337 3681 Victoria (3rd Fl.) 130 100 70 70 100 E: banquet2@proteaedward.co.za Albert (3rd Fl.) 45 20 12 W: www.proteahotels.com/edwarddurban Alexandra (4th Fl.) 78 70 36 30 70 George (5th Fl.) 78 70 36 30 70 William (6 th Fl.) 78 70 36 10 30 70 Boardroom (2nd Fl.) 6,6 Caurserie Room (Ground) 25 30 15 30 30 Chart Room (Ground) 35 30 15 40 30 Protea Hotel Karridene Karridene 180 135 130 116 rooms 3* T: 031 916 7228 Karridene 2/3 100 72 70 4 suites E: sales1@karridene.co.za Karridene 1/3 70 50 60 W: www.proteahotels.com/protea- Warner 120 95 100 hotel-karridene-beach Warner A 50 40 50 Warner B 50 40 50 Viewing Lounge 60 40 40 Protea Hotel Umhlanga Room A 40 20 30 T: 031 561 4413 Room B 90 50 70 E: reservations@protea Room C 100 60 90 umhlanga.co.za Combined ABC 180 100 120 W: www.proteahotels.com/umhlanga The Boardroom 20 Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge Conference Room 1 14,73 150 90 45 80 120 205 4* T: 031 582 6000 Conference Room 2 14,73 150 90 45 80 120 E: reservations@phumhlangaridge.co.za Conference Room 3 14,73 150 90 45 80 120 W: www.proteahotels.com/umhlangaridge Conference Room 1 & 2 29,46 240 120 65 200 160 Conference Room 2 & 3 44,19 370 180 60 200 250 Conference Room 5 318 60 36 20 30 50 Conference Room 6 318 60 36 20 30 50 Conference Room 5 & 6 6,36 144 72 20 60 100 Boardroom 1 16 Boardroom 2 24 Quarters Hotel Florida Road Boardroom 33 30 15 12 24 4* T: 031 303 5246 Restaurant 51 40 45 80 E: info@quarters.co.za W: www.quarters.co.za Regus Old Mutual Centre Conference Room 1 4 T: 031 336 2500 Conference Room 2 8 E: durban@regus.com Conference Room 3 20 W: www.regus.com Robyndale Conference Centre 2 Conf Rooms 100 80 T: 031 764 7967 1 Breakaway Room E: robyndale@cinet.co.za Roosfontein B&B / Roosfontein Conf. Centre 15 5 rooms 4* Conference Centre T: 031 464 2785 E: info@roosfontein.co.za W: www.roosfontein.com Royal Palm Hotel (Three Cities) Private @ Dish 97,5 120 80 30 80 100 94 4* T: 031 581 8000 E: private.dish@royal-palm.co.za W: www.royal-palm.co.za Sanchia Luxury Guesthouse Dining Area 16 12 12 12 18 6 5* T: 031 572 5742 E: info@sanchia.co.za W: www.sanchia.co.za Sengwa 1 Conference Room 54 50 T: 031 714 2241 1 Breakaway Room E: coffee@sengwa.co.za W: www.sengwa.co.za Shongweni Dam Shongweni Conference 70 Msinsi Holdings T: 031 769 1283 E: shongweni@msinsi.co.za W: www.msinsi.co.za Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom Sibaya Sun Park 118 3* T: 031 580 5170 This area can be E: sibayabanqueting@suninternation.com transformed into W: www.suninternational.com any configuration

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Sica’s Guest House Garden Room 150 150 60 40 100 100 46 4* SAACI T: 031 261 6155 The Palms 128 100 60 40 70 70 E: info@sica.co.za Stables 60 50 30 20 W: www.sica.co.za Racquets 40 30 20 10 Boardroom 30 10 Chapel 120 80 60 40 70 70 Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Boardroom 19 10 734 4* T: 031 362 1300 Congella 95 60 50 40 80 E: sselangenimharani.reservations@tsogosun.com East Llanga 67 50 30 40 40 W: www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-elangeni- Great Llanga 420 500 400 350 500 maharani North Llanga 67 50 30 40 40 SKY 293 120 150 Small Llanga (D) 238 100 60 80 150 South Llanga 82 30 15 40 50 Suite 1 112 60 50 40 50 Suite 1-5 564 400 500 Suite 2 100 50 40 40 50 Suite 3 100 60 50 40 50 Suite 4 100 50 50 40 50 Suite 5 175 100 80 80 100 Tugela 292 200 150 150 200 Umgeni & Congella (D) 142 80 60 60 100 Umgeni Room 42 30 20 20 30 St Annes Guesthouse 1 Conf Room 5 40 5 suites Heritage T: 031 207 5924 1 Breakaway Room E: info@st-annes.co.za W: www.st-annes.co.za St Philomena’s Conference & Training Room 60 35 41 Hospitality Centre Conference Hall 200 80 T: 031 208 4187 Classroom 20 10 E: hospitality@stphils.org.za u-shape W: www.stphils.org.za.over-blog.org Studo Zhozi Dining Room 25 25 6 rooms T: 082 457 6496 E: studo@vodamail.co.za W: www.studo.co.za Summerhill Guest Estate Library 30 25 18 20 20 35 14 T: 031 709 3616 Gecko Launch 100 80 45 22 60 80 E: info@summerhillkzn.com Sunroom 50 40 25 20 40 60 W: www.summerhillkzn.com Suncoast Conference Centre Delano Room 400 450 250 30 270 400-500 165 T: 031 328 3357/3358/3359 80 u-shape E: suncoast.events@tsogosun.com Colony Room 200 180 150 30 100 150 Valerie.pillay@tsogosun.com 4* W: www.suncoastcasino.co.za Suncoast Towers & Sunsquare Towers Boardroom & Lounge 37 16 50 165 Suncoast T: 031 314 7878 E: fisane.mncube@tsogosun.com W: www.tsogosun.com Swazi Bed And Breakfast Conference Room 3 rooms T: 031 261 1591 W: www.kzn.durban.org.za Tala Private Game Reserve Aloe 40 30 20 40 60 52 T: 031 781 8000 Figtree Barn 250 100 400 400 E: conferences@tala.co.za Figtree Audit 76 76 W: www.tala.co.za Figtree Lodge 10 10 10 Paperback 40 30 20 40 60 Acacia 100 60 100 100 140 Eco-Camp 30-40 The Balmoral Edinburgh 52 40 20 25 30 95 4* T: 031 368 8200 Windsor 72 60 40 35 50 E: gm@balmoralhotel.co.za W: www.raya-hotels.com The Bat Centre Trust Mission Control 80 T: 031 332 0451 Function Room 40 E: events@batcentre.co.za W: www.batcentre.co.za The Benjamin Boutique Hotel Little Ben 15 10 10 10 10 10 43 T: 031 303 4233 Big Ben 40 40 30 18 30 40 E: 031 303 4233 W: www.benjamin.co.za The Duboirs Boutique Lodge Idube Room 550 400 400 200-250 200-250 10 4* Wedding & Conference Venue Zebra lounge 80 35 35 20 30 40 T: 031 776 3159 E: info@theduboirs.co.za W: www.theduboirs.co.za The Hellenic Community Centre Main Hall 750 450 700 SAACI T: 031 563 3877 Members Lounge 100 30 50 100 E: thehellenic@telkomsa.net eatgreak@telkomsa.net W: www.thehellenic.co.za The Oceanic La Vita 37 3* T: 031 717 7591 La Vita 2 50 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za La Vita 3 120 W: www.theoceanic.co.za

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The Oyster Box Hotel Union Castle 44,28 20 12 14 20 25 86 5* SAACI T: 031 514 5000 Colony 67,32 20 15 20 20 30 E: info@oysterbox.co.za Shell Room 92 40 25 20 40 50 W: www.oysterboxhotel.co.za Pearl 208 150 100 30 120 150 Durban July 107,12 70 40 25 50 80 The Palace Conference Room 1 30 20 15 30 40 76 4* T: 031 332 8351 Conference Room 2 40 30 20 40 50 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.thepalceresort.co.za The Playhouse Company Drama Theatre 468 T: 031 369 9461/555 Opera Theatre 1224 E: artsadmin@playhouse Loft 136 company.com W: www.playhousecompany.com The Royal Hotel Prince Alfred 300 204 4* T: 031 333 6000 Committee Room 12 E: hotel@theroyal.co.za Boardroom 100 W: www.theroyal.co.za Marine Room 100 Garden Suite 20 Berea view 12 Harbour view 18 The Sharks (Pty) Ltd Basil Medway 150 200 T: 031 308 8400 Presidents Suite 80 120 E: carina@thesharks.co.za Wildebeest Lounge 70 100 W: www.sharksrugby.co.za Tekweni Suite 100 150 Umgeni Lounge 100 150 Sharks Boardroom 14 Sky Bar 50 60 100 Media Centre 50 60 80 Charles Glass Bar 200 Bale and Barrel 200 Crate and Barrel 200 The St James on Venice The Boardroom 60 30 24 12 20 30 14 T: 031 312 9488 E: gm@stjamesonvenice.co.za W: www.stjamesonvenice.co.za The View Boutique Hotel and Spa Conference Room 50 26 T: 031 903 1556 E: info@hoteltheview.com W: www.hoteltheview.com The Westville Hotel Cabernet 112 100 60 45 100 100 13 3* (Three Cities) Merlot 55 40 20 20 40 40 T: 031 267 4700 Zandvliet 45 30 20 20 30 30 E: gm@thewestille.co.za W: www.thewestville.co.za Tropicana Hotel Coral 1 90 50 80 168 3* SAACI Goodersons Coral 2 50 60 100 FEDHASA T: 031 337 4222 Coral 1&2 209,86 250 150 140 200 E: functions@goodersons.co.za Bahama 1 50 40 40 W: www.goodersonsleisure.co.za Bahama 2 50 40 40 Bahama 1 & 2 105,61 120 80 120 Panorama 141,4 100 70 80 120 Boardroom 53,29 30 20 15 Upton Hall Boutique Guest House Madiba Boardroom 55 14 10 5* T: 031 303 7987 E: gm@uptonhall.co.za W: www.uptonhall.co.za Ushaka Marine World Ship Wrecked Aquarium 220 1200 SAACI T: 031 328 8110 Cargo hold Restaurant 150 150 E: zdeen@ushakamarineworld. co.za W: www.ushaka.co.za Valley Lodge, Hillcrest Conference Room 70 80 45 20 50 80 15 5* T: 031 765 6408 E: info@valleylodge.net W: www.valleylodge.net Westville B&B and Conference Room 1 70 30 30 9 5* Conference Centre T: 031 266 5867 E: info@westvillebandb.co.za W: www.westvillebandb.co.za Westville Manors Alexanders Room 100 32 120 16 3* T: 031 266 0767 Francis Room 16 E: wesmanor@iafrica.com Catherine Room 50 W: www.westvillemanors.com ELEPHANT COAST Amakhosi Lodge Conference Room 65 20 8 suites T: 034 414 1157 E: info@amakhosi.com W: www.amakhosi.com Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris Inyathi Boardroom 44 18 18 12(U) 12 20 81 3* T: 035 562 4000 Iwa Conf Room 64 50 40 24(U) 40 40 E: reservations@hluhluwehotel.co.za Ndlovu Conf Room 176 120 72 51(U) 100 100 www.anewhotels.com Obhejane Conf Room 60 35 20(U) 40 40 Bayete Zulu Boutique Lodge Conference Room 9 4* T: 035 595 8169 E: sales@bayetezulu.co.za W: www.bayetezulu.co.za Bonamanzi Game Ranch Conference Room 1 10 38 rooms 3* T: 035 562 0181 Conference Room 2 40 20 12 self- E: info@bonamanzi.co.za catering W: www.bonamanzi.co.za

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Elephant Lake Hotel Indlovu 110 120 100 40 100 120 58 3* SAACI T: 035 590 1001 Town Hall 450 400 350 350 350 E: info@elephantlake.co.za KZN Auditorium 300 150 W: www.elephantlakestlucia.co.za Ezulwini Game Lodge Main Hall 60 50 50 50 28 3* T: 035 562 7002 E: info@ezulwini.co.za W: www.ezulwini.co.za Falaza Game Park & Spa Conference Room 24 30 15 luxury 4* T: 035 562 2319 tents E: reservations@falaza.co.za W: www.falaza.co.za Ghost Mountain Inn Ndumu A&B 167 160 95 120 74 4* FEDHASA T: 035 573 1025 Ndumu A 83 80 50 30 60 E: gmi@ghostmountaininn.co.za Ndumu B 83 80 50 30 60 W: www.ghostmountaininn.co.za Ndumu Foyer 24 Ndumu Patio 63 40 Ndumu Courtyard 140 80 100 Mtwazi Private Dining 63 60 35 20 48 Fig Tree Garden 200 Restaurant 210 180 120 120 Jozini Tiger Lodge and Spa Isilo 1, 2 & 3 244,8 200 180 180 70 4* TGCSA T: 035 572 1020 Isilo 1 83,2 90 60 60 AA E: reservations@jozinitigerlodge.co.za Isilo 2 84 90 60 60 SATSA W: www.jozinitigerlodge.co.za Isilo 3 78,48 90 60 60 Gumede 38 40 27 Nyawo 38 Myeni 21,2 10 Kosi Bay Lodge Conference Room 16-20 15 chalets T: 035 592 9561 6 safari tents E: mwkosibay@mweb.co.za W: www.kosibaylodge.co.za Kosi Forest Lodge Conference Room 50 16 9 T: 035 474 1473 E: res@isibindi.co.za W: isibindiafrica.co.za Leopard Mountain Game Lodge Conference Room 35 30 9 rooms T: 086 111 4789 9 chalets E: info@leopardmountain.co.za W: www.leopardmountain.co.za Masizwane Lodge Masizwane 20 15 14 4* T: 035 753 3677 E: hannes@masizwanelodge.co.za W: www.masizwanelodge.co.za Nkonka Game Ranch Conference Room 60 50 6 chalets T: 035 562 0469 E: info@griddle.co.za W: www.griddle.co.za Pongola Country Lodge 4 Conference Rooms 100 100 62 3* T: 034 413 1352 E: info@pongolocountrylodge.co.za W: www.pongolacountrylodge.co.za Pongola Game Reserve - Conference Room 120 16 chalets Nkwazi Lodge T: 034 435 1104 E: info@pongolagamereserve.co.za W: www.pongolagamereserve.co.za Protea Hotel Umfolozi River 3 Conference Rooms (each) 58,5 70 50 30 rooms 3* T: 035 551 0322 3 B/away Rooms (each) 15 10 2 suites E: marketing@proteaumfolozi.net 36 chalets W: proteahotels.com/umfoloziriver Seasands Lodge & Conference Centre Conference Room 1 100 23 4* T: 035 590 1082 Conference Room 2 30 W: www.seasands.co.za Shayamoya Tiger Fishing Conference Room 37 60 50 30 40 60 10 chalets 4* and Game Lodge T: 034 435 1110 E: shayalodge@saol.com W: www.shayamoya.co.za Sodwana Bay Lodge & Conference Room 42 42 42 42 42 21 3* Hotel Resort T: 035 571 6000 E: lodge@sodwanabaylodge.com W: www.sodwanabaylodge.com Stewarts Farm 1 Conference Room 28 chalets T: 035 460 0929 E: info@stewartsfarm.com St Lucia Eco-Lodge Eco Auditorium 90 75 36 T: 035 590 1082 Hog ‘n Hippo Bistro 60-120 80-140 E: info@stlucia-ecolodge.co.za Tembe Elephant Park Conference Room 40 30 20 40 15 3* T: 031 266 8718 E: info@tembe.co.za W: www.tembe.co.za

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Thonga Beach Lodge Conference Room 12 12 T: 035 474 1473 E: res@isibindi.co.za W: www.isibindiafrica.co.za Zulu Nyala Game & Heritage Game Lodge Main 220 200 140 60 180 220 125 4* Safari Lodges T: 011 702 9300 E: carlo@zulunyala.com W: www.zulunyala.com Zululand Tree Lodge and Conference Room 40 54 33 chalets Zululand Safari Lodge 65 54 42 20 24 lodges T: 035 562 1020 u-shape E: reserve@ubizane.co.za W: www.ubizane.co.za NORTH COAST Boulevard 44 Boutique Hotel Boardroom 16 38 4* T: 032 947 1660 Banqueting 120 60 60 140 200 E: confer@boulevard44.co.za W: www.boulevard44.co.za Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel Conference Room 25-30 10 105 3* SAACI T: 032 946 1034 E: info@coco-de-mer.co.za W: www.coco-de-mer.co.za Collisheen Estate 2 Conference Rooms 450 450 3 rooms SAACI T: 032 947 0198 1 Breakaway Room E: info@collisheen.co.za W: www.collisheen.co.za Fairmont Zimbali Resort 5* SAACI See new configuration T: 032 538 5000 for Fairmont on pg 30 E: angela.vanheerden@fairmont.com W: www.fairmont.com/zimbaliresort Hampshire Hotel - Ballito Ballito 160 120 60 45 120 160 107 3* T: 032 586 6000 Kingshaka 30 14 E: sales@hampshirehotel.co.za Hampshire 30 35 30 24 W: www.hampshirehotel.co.za Hazelmere Dam Conference Room 120 38 50 100 19 5* FEDHASA Msinsi Holdings Hazelmere Conf Hall 40 2 lodges T: 032 533 2315 E: hazelmere@msinsi.co.za W: www.msinsi.co.za La Montagne Johnny Walker 130 100 50 80 120 120 rooms 3* T: 031 717 7591 Crayfish Inn 40 30 20 40 40 E: lamontagne@mweb.co.za Pumpkin Theatre 130 110 60 100 120 W: www.lamontagne.co.za The Deck 30 30 Latitude Conference Centre & Executive Boardroom 57,5 16 SAACI Restaurant Luthuli 60 60 54 24 50 50 T: 032 814 0280 Mandela 88,5 90 72 36 60 70 E: info@latitudedurban.co.za Gandhi 88,5 90 72 36 60 70 W: www.latitudedurban.co.za Dube 70,5 72 60 30 60 60 4 venues (total capacity) 350 300 250 300 Exc. Executive Boardroom Life Hotel Ballito Conference Room 1 80 250 48 T: 087 941 3731 Breakaway Room 1 30 E: reservations@life ballito.co.za Breakaway Room 2 30 W: www.lifehotels.com Breakaway Room 3 30 Ocean Reef Hotel Conference Room 68 60 36 40 50 60 40 4* T: 032 485 3065 E: reception@oceanreefhotel.co.za Palm Dune Beach Lodge Auditorium 95 100 20 40 150 150 42 4* T: 032 552 1588 Palm Court 220 200 120 150 150 E: stay@palmdune.co.za W: www.palmdune.co.za Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate Jeremy Stubbs Conf. Centre 108 100 40 28 80 120 15 4* SAACI T: 032 482 0005 E: mikem@pghoa.co.za W: www.princesgrant.co.za Rain Farm Game and Lodge Main Hall 15.5 x 9 144 72 48 80 100 19 units 3* FEDHASA T: 032 815 1050 Small Dining Hall 6 x 5 40 24 10 30 40 50 guests E: info@rainfarm.com sharing functions@rainfarm.co.za W: www.rainfarm.com Salt Rock Hotel & Resort Marlin Room 1 150 150 70 T: 032 525 5025 Royal Palm 1 150 150 E: hotel@saltrockbeach.co.za Queen Palm 60 40 W: www.saltrockbeach.co.za The Boathouse Upper Deck 100 22 4* T: 032 946 0300 Lida Deck 150 E: conference@boathouse.co.za Boardroom 14 W: www.boathouse.co.za The Guesthouse Big Dining Room 80 5 T: 058 671 0027 Small Dining Room 20 E: gli@ohs.dorea.co.za

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The Royal Meander Manor Conference Room 70 70 150 9 Boutique Guest Lodge T: 032 525 8107 E: info@meandermanor.co.za W: www.meandermanor.co.za Umhlali Country Club Functions Hall 140 T: 032 947 1181 Small Hall 20-25 15 E: umhlaliclub@saol.com W: www.umhlalicountryclub.co.za Wellvale Private River Resort Conference Room 64 25 25 25 7 3* T: 032 551 9900 E: info@wellvale.com W: www.wellvale.com Twinstreams Environmental Ed C Sinkwe 50 30 24 30 35 12 T: 035 340 2511 E: tstream@wessakzn.org.za W: www.wessa.co.za Zimbali Coastal Trust T/A Nandi Conference Room 14 7 T: 011 680 0263 E: ob@vtcafrica.co.za W: www.nandi-estate.com Zinkwazi Lagoon Lodge Boardroom 20 16 12 26 rooms T: 032 485 3344 Lounge 130 60 40 60 100 E: info@zinkwazilagoonlodge.co.za W: www.zinkwazilagoonlodge.co.za PIETERMARITZBURG MIDLANDS African Enterprise Christian Jabulani 300 34 Conference & Training Centre John Tooke 120 T: 033 347 1911 Reflection 50 E: aesa@ae.org.za Heritage 20 W: www.africanenterprise.org.za Vantage 10 Albert Falls Dam & Game Reserve Albert Falls Conf. Centre 100 Msinsi Holdings T: 033 569 1202/3 E: afrr@msinsi.co.za W: www.msinsi.co.za Ascot Wedding & Conference Boardroom 48 28 18 14 20 Centre Buffalo 72 60 45 35 40 T: 033 386 0801 Duiker 23,5 15 12 10 E: manager@ascotconference.co.za Elephant 340 250 120 60 160 W: www.ascotvenues.co.za Hippo 280 70 50 25 180 Rhino 114 120 100 60 90 Rondavel 23,5 15 12 10 Brahman Hills Glass House 468 400 200 100 400 400 120 in hotel T: 033 266 6965 Lake House 176 200 80 40 80 120 54 self- E: reservations@brahmanhills.co.za Agility Hub 252 120 40 40 80 120 catering W: brahmanhills.co.za Nguni Room 100 40 30 14 30 40 Butterflies For Africa Conference Room 70 T: 033 387 1356 E: info@butterflies.co.za W: www.butterflies.co.za Calderwood Hall Guest House Jardine 252 200 150 40 200 250 27 T: 033 997 1926 E: info@calderwood.co.za W: www.calderwood.co.za Caversham Mill Estate Small Meet Room 20 1 house 4* T: 033 324 4524 3 cottages 3 cottages E: cavershammill@mweb.co.za W: www.cavershammill.co.za City Royal Hotel 5 Conf Rooms Max 500 52 rooms 3* T: 033 394 7072 8 flats E: frontoffice@cityroyalhotel.co.za W: www.cityroualhotel.co.za Cranford Country Lodge 3 Conf Rooms 120 120 16 rooms 4* T: 033 330 2182 5 chalets E: info@cranfordcountrylodge.co.za W: www.cranfordcountyrlodge.co.za Crossways Country Pub Conf Room 100 T: 033 343 3267 E: lauren@lemontreemarketing.co.za Everglades Hotel and Inhlosane I 60 30 24 47 rooms 3* Conference Centre Inhlosane II 25 16 12 T: 033 234 9042 Inhlosane IV 140 65 E: everglades@sai.co.za Reedbuck Boma 120 Fern Hill Hotel Fern Theatre (FT) 146 200 150 50 200 250 26 3* T: 033 330 5071 Greenwood (GW) 63 80 30 20 50 60 E: functions@fernhillhotel.co.za Karkloof 63 60 30 20 50 60 W: www.fernhillhotel.co.za Foxy’s 50 25 20 40 50 FT & GW Combined 209 280 200 250 300

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Fordoun Hotel & Spa Norms Hall 120 60 40 40 60 70 22 5* SAACI T: 033 266 6217 Green Room 30 15 10 10 15 20 E: info@fordoun.com W: www.fordoun.com Golden Horse Newmarket 450 250 300 150 96 Tsogo Sun Ascot 66,8 60 30 25 40 50 T: 033 395 8000 Newbury 82,5 60 35 30 50 50 E: nonkululeko.myeni@tsogosun.com Belmont 66,8 60 30 25 40 50 W: www.goldenhorse.co.za www.tsogosun.com Gowrie Gold Club R103 Charles Smythe 24 30 8 30 30 5 4* Nottingham Rd T: 033 266 6294 E: gowriegolfclub@telkomsa.net W: www.gowriefarm.co.za Granny Mouse Country House Caversham Room 150 70 20 T: 033 234 4071 Camilla Lounge 20 E: info@grannymouse.co.za The Eaves 30-40 5* W: www.grannymouse.co.za The Chapel 120 Hebron Haven Family Hotel & Gallery 30 15 30 3* Country Conference Centre Annexure 30 18 T: 033 234 4431 Duck Pond 150 110 E: hebronhaven@futurenet.co.za W: www.hebronhavenhotel.co.za Hilton Country Estate & Spa Lavish Conf Room 46 25 20 20 20 20 10 T: 033 343 1485 E: info@hce.co.za W: www.hce.co.za Hilton Hotel Conf Room 180 60 4* T: 033 343 3311 E: conference@hiltonhotel.co.za W: www.hiltonhotel.co.za iNsingizi Conference Room 50 30 20 60 9 3* T: 083 414 1932 Lots of break-away E: info@insingizi.co.za areas W: www.insingizi.co.za Karkloof Spa Boardroom 72 20 8 16 16 5* T: 033 569 1321 E: reservations@karkloofspa.com W: www.karkloofspa.com Lion Park Safari Lodge Conf Room 400 100 10 chalets T: 031 785 1411 Lords of the Manor Conf Room 80 80 80 80 80 16 suites 4* T: 033 263 2733 E: info@lordsofthemanor.co.za W: www.lordsofthemanor.co.za Loxley House Luxury Guest House Yellow Wood Room 180 40 30 20 60 60 15 & Conference Venue T: 033 266 6362 E: welcome@loxleyhouse.com W: www.loxleyhouse.com Lythwood Lodge Khaya Centre 300 200 250 250 33 4* T: 033 234 4668 Endebeni Room 52 30 24 E: info@lythwood.com Ibhubesi Room 10 W: www.lythwood.com Midlands Forest Lodge Conf Room 45 50 40 60 8 10 chalets 4* T: 033 324 4524 2 self-catering E: forest-lodge@ecotourism.co.za W: www.ecotourism.co.za Midlands Saddle & Trout Conference Room 80 60 48 59 3* T: 031 717 7591 Boardroom 14 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.midlandssaddle.co.za Nagle Dam & Game Rerve Nagle Conf. Centre 40 Msinsi Holdings T: 031 782 8085 E: nagle.bookings@msinsi.co.za W: www.msinsi.co.za Nottingham Road Hotel Conf Room 80 80 100 14 T: 033 266 6151 E: nottieshotel@icon.co.za Old Halliwell Country Inn Conf Room 104 100 11 rooms T: 033 330 2602 4 suites E: haliwell@mweb.co.za Orion Wartburg Hotel Hindenburg 50 30 20 40 27 3* T: 033 503 1482 Sandymount 15 E: reswart@orion-hotels.co.za W: www.oriongroup.co.za

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Protea Hotel Hilton Tudor 1 80 45 40 60 97 4* T: 033 343 3311 Tudor 2 80 45 40 60 E: banqueting@proteahilton.co.za Tudor 3 80 45 40 60 W: proteahotels.com/hilton Tudor 4 50 21 20 Tudor 5 20 21 20 Tudor 6 25 21 20 Tudor 7 50 30 30 Main Tudor 250 135 200 150 Private D 20 15 12 Protea Hotel Imperial Ball Room 433 350 200 200 350 70 3* T: 033 342 6551 Rose Room 172,26 100 90 70 100 E: banqueting@imperialhotel.co.za Regal Room 146,52 100 80 50 100 W: www.proteahotels.com/imperial Napoleon 100,28 50 30 30 40 40 Imperial Room 84,48 40 30 20 40 30 Albert Room 18 15 15 Boardroom 21,5 10 15 Rawdons Hotel & Estate The Churchill Room 70 100 50 25 T: 033 266 6044 E: rawdons.reception@bundunet.com W: www.rawdons.co.za Redlands Hotel Victoria 16 5 7 28 T: 033 394 3333 Redlands 80 85 60 30 70 80 E: conference@redlandshotel.co.za Boardroom 36 40 22 14 20 80 W: www.redlandshotel.co.za W: www.redlandshotel.co.za Regal Inn Express Regal Xpress 120 100 50 91 T: 033 345 0488 E: regalxpress@mweb.co.za W: www.regalinn.co.za Royal Agricultural Society Hall 1 465 550 160 250 300 Showgrounds Hall 2 900 1100 550 700 800 T: 033 345 6274 Hall 4A 368 450 120 250 300 E: admin@royalshow.co.za Hall 4B 484 600 400 450 500 W: www.royalshow.co.za Hall 6 660 700 300 450 500 Hall 7 590 600 260 350 400 Hall 8 800 900 380 620 700 Hall 9 205 450 110 160 180 Olympia 2120 3000 1500 2000 2500 Grill Room 375 450 220 300 375 Members 200 200 130 130 160 Terrace 660 700 350 450 550 Woodrite 128 90 60 60 75 Council House 195 300 80 100 150 Main Arena 10000 5000 marquee Sierra Ranch Conf Room 120 120 120 50 18 rooms 3* T: 033 263 1073 Lounge 22 chalets E: info@sierraranch.co.za W: www.sierraranch.co.za Sinodale Sentrum Auditorium 350 T: 033 345 2294 Lecture Room 50 E: marinda@ngkzn.org.za Boardroom 20 St. Ives Rholands Hall 15 x 9m 180 80 50 100 150 19 T: 033 234 4490 E: catherine@stives.co.za W: www.stives.co.za Tauton House Conference Room 5 3* T: 033 394 1435 E: pmaistry@mweb.co.za W: www.wheretostay.co.za/tautonhouse Thatchings Guest House & Conference Room 40 7 Conference Centre T: 033 266 6275 E: thatchings@futurenet.co.za 72 20 15 20 20 11 W: www.thatchings.co.za The Grace Guest House Meeting Room 18 4 4* T: 033 342 3144 E: guest@thegracegh.co.za W: www.thegracegh.co.za The Lodge @ Currys Post 1 Conf Room 8 rooms T: 033 330 6802 3 Breakaway 3 suites E: info@curryspostlodge.co.za W: www.curryspostlodge.co.za Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve Small Meeting 14 12 T: 033 330 3931 Hall 40 40 40 E: reservations@wessa.co.za W: www.wessa.org.za Victoria Country Club 2 Conf Rooms 200 T: 033 347 1942 1 Breakaway E: enquiries@victoria.co.za W: www.victoria.co.za Woodridge Country Hotel and Spa Crested Eagle 96 120 60 40 60 150 27 4* T: 033 234 4423 White Mischief 80 75 50 30 60 100 E: woodridge@worldonline.co.za W: www.woodridge-estate.com

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Yellowwood CafĂŠ and Nursery Fairfell 144 100 48 100 T: 033 330 2461 Sutton 36 30 15 40 E: info@yellowwood.co.za W: www.yellowwood.co.za Yes Please B&B Yes Please Lodge 25 24 T: 033 345 1062/033 386 0162 Yes Please B&B 15 SOUTH COAST Ambleside Guest House 1 Conference Room 30 3 rooms T: 039 684 6642 8 suites E: ambleside@connect-sa.co.za 4 chalets Anew Hotel Ingeli Forest and Spa Nkulu Ndaba 200 180 150 150 44 3* T: 039 553 0600 Pelindaba 150 120 90 90 E: functions@ingeliforest.co.za Boardroom 20 10 10 10 W: www.aanewhotels.com Chapel 100 170 60 60 Ayton Manor Country House Conference Room 1 100 80 3 rooms 3* T: 039 685 0777 Conference Room 2 25 15 4 suites E: info@aytonmanor.com 2 chalets W: www.aytonmanor.co.za Blue Marlin Conference Room 1 60 40 200 120 3* T: 039 978 3361 Conference Room 2 20 E: info@bluemarlin.co.za Conference Room 3 20 W: www.bluemarlin.co.za Cutty Sark Conference Conference Room 1 120 85 56 rooms and Leisure Hotel Conference Room 2 75 40 20 suites T: 039 976 1230 E: hotel@cuttysark.co.za W: www.cuttysark.co.za Dieu-Donnee River Lodge Main Hall 90 50 20 20 45 50 7 3* T: 039 681 2733 Dining Room 35 E: ddrlodge@venturenet.co.za W: www.dieudonnee.co.za Emthini Holiday Resort Conference Room 75 50 10 rooms T: 039 972 0639 2 chalets E: emthini@telkomsa.net W: www.emthini.co.za Kapenta Bay Resort & Grosvenor 245,5 280 180 70 160 220 900 3* Conference Hotel Fairfield 63 60 30 20 40 60 T: 039 682 5528 Grosvenor I 92,5 70 50 30 60 90 E: hotel@kapentabay.co.za Grosvenor II 60,5 40 20 20 30 40 W: www.kapentabay.co.za Grosvenor III 82,5 70 40 30 60 70 Sundeck 400 900 Khaya La Manzi Guest Lodge Conference Room 100 100 50 15 T: 039 699 3909 E: bookings@khayalamanzi.co.za W: www.southcoastvenues.co.za Margate Sands Conference Room 50 40 30 40 40 63 (3-bed) 4* T: 039 312 8100 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za W: www.margatesandsresort.co.za Mondazur at San Lameer Conference Room 1 120 80 100 40 rooms T: 039 313 0011 Conference Room 2 40 30 2 suites E: info@sl.mondazur.com Conference Room 3 40 W: www.mondazur.com My Den Beachfront B&B Ndaba 150 130 3 rooms 3* and Self-catering Imbiza 60 45 6 suites T: 087 802 6144 Emhlangeni 45 30 E: myden@telkomsa.net W: www.myden.co.za Port Edward Holiday Resort Big Hall 320 300 200 200 100 chalets 3* T: 039 311 2333 Small Hall 60 60 30 18 40 60 E: office@portedward.co.za Top venue 60 60 30 18 W: www.portedward.co.za Premier Hotel Edwardian Sir Herbert Room 187 150 120 90 53 T: 039 311 3618 Bermingham Room 184 20 30 15 20 20 E: edwardian@premierhotels.co.za Fairbridge 66 60 40 30 W: www.premierhotels.co.za Hartford B/Room 29 12 Pumula Beach Hotel Intshambili 138,6 140 99 48 (U) 96 62 3* SAACI T: 039 684 6717 Amawele 142,56 120 90 60 E: reservations@pumula 66(U) beachhotel.co.za W: www.pumulabeachhotel.co.za Riverbend Crocodile Farm Conference Room 100 60 20 120 T: 039 316 6206 E: h.kelly@venturenet.co.za W: www.crocodilecrazy.co.za Selborne Gold Estate, Hotel & Spa Fish Eagle 60 40 20 60 60 49 4* T: 039 688 1800 Kingfisher 50 40 20 50 60 E: info@firstgroup-sa.co.za Lourie 50 40 20 50 60 W: www.selbornehotel.com Kingfisher & Lourie 100 80 100 120 Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club Conference Room 100 T: 039 315 1476 E: shellyp@venturenet.co.za W: www.shellybeachskiboatclub.co.za

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St Michaels Sands Hotel 3 Conference Room 50 18 & Golf Course T: 039 315 1230 E: reservations@stmikes.co.za The Estuary Hotel & Spa Admiral Room 13x21 250 200 100 200 250 44 4* T: 039 311 2675 Bell Room 200 150 50 150 200 E: conferences@estuaryhotel.co.za Anchor Room 7x13 50 30 30 30 50 W: www.estuaryhotel.co.za The Margate Hotel Conference 1 300 200 60 220 220 45 3* T: 039 312 1410 Conference 2 80 60 40 60 60 E: lawrence@margatehotel.co.za Conference 3A 50 40 30 30 30 W: www.margatehotel.co.za Conference 3B 50 40 30 30 30 Conference 4 Tighnamara Guest Lodge 1 Conference Room 12 5 T: 039 316 6150 E: info@tiglodge.com W: www.tiglodge.com Umdlalo Lodge Small Room 30 20 20 9 4* T: 039 695 0224 Big Room 80 50 40 E: umdlalodge@telkomsa.net W: www.umdlalolodge.co.za Umthunzi Hotel & Conference Wild Fig 15 x 9m 120 100 40 100 120 50 3* T: 039 695 0852 Bell Palm 13.5 x 5.5m 60 50 20 50 60 E: reservations@umthunzi.co.za Little Fig 9 x 5m 16 12 16 W: www.umthunzi.co.za Milkwood 20 x 6m 120 40 50 120 Venture Inn Hotel & Conferencing Conference Room 100 45 35 20 rooms 2* T: 039 695 0110 E: ventureinn@telkomsa.net W: www.wheretostay.co.za/ventureinn White Shores Guest House Conference Room 15 8 T: 039 316 6534 E: whiteshores@telkomsa.net W: www.whiteshores.co.za ZULULAND Amble Inn Guest House & 2 Conf Rooms 50 19 2* Conference Centre T: 035 792 4693 E: info@amble-inn.co.za W: www.amble-inn.co.za Blue Marlin Guest House Valentino’s 182 100 40 40 120 120 18 4* T: 035 753 1072 E: iris@bmgh.co.za W: www.bmgh.co.za Empangeni Country Club Conf Room 1 100 100 5 3* T: 035 792 5717 Conf Room 2 80 E: empangenicountryclub@griddle.co.za Conf Room 3 50 W: www.griddle.co.za Felixton Lodge & Conference Centre 2 Conf Rooms 80 14 rooms T: 035 791 1920 3 Breakaway 8 dormitories E: felixtonlodge@griddle.co.za W: www.griddle.co.za Figtree Lane Lodge Figtree Conf. Room 40 30 16-18 18 20 30 T: 035 753 2195 E: accommodation@figtreelance.co.za W: www.figtreelane.com Garden Court Ulundi Buthelezi 1 10 x 10 80 60 30 50 35 72 3* Heritage T: 035 870 1012 Buthelezi 2 10 x 10 80 60 30 50 35 E: nomfundo.nzama@tsogosun.com Indaba Room 7 x 5 24 24 10 40 20 W: www.tsogosun.com Golf View Lodge Conf Room 80 30 30 40 40 22 T: 035 450 7982 Coffee Shop 30 16 40 40 E: Christina@golfviewlodge.co.za W: www.golfviewlodge.co.za Hilltop Resort SAACI T: 035 562 0848 W: bookings.kznwildlife.com Imbizo Conference Centre 8 Conf Rooms 400 400 T: 035 772 2401 4 Breakaway E: info@imbizo.org.za W: www.imbizo.org.za Indaba Lodge Richards Bay Executive Boardroom 16 66 3* SAACI T: 035 753 1350 Conference 1 30 20 15 E: sharonh@indabahotel.co.za Conference 2 80 35 24 50 80 W: www.indabalodgerichardsbay.co.za Ithala Conference Centre Ndlovu 130 100 50 100 166 beds 3* SAACI T: 034 983 2540 Bhejane 35 25 20 32 E: ithalaconf@kznwildlife.com Umkombe 35 25 20 32 W: www.kznwildlife.com Jacaranda Lodge Conf Room 36 15 T: 034 907 5200 E: excell@webmail.co.za

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Kwanzimela Conference Centre 1 Conf Room 80 18 rooms T: 035 450 2590 1 Boardroom 18-20 8 suites E: masinakekelane@vodamail.co.za Leopard Mountain Game Lodge Conf Room 70 25 16 12 25 9 4* T: 035 595 8218 Main Venue 90 30 30 30 30 30 E: info@leopardmountain.co.za W: www.leopardmountain.co.za Melmoth Inn Conf Room 30 12 rooms T: 035 450 2074 6 suites Mfuli Game Ranch Conf Room 40 20 130 20 3* T: 035 460 0620 E: mfuli@zulucom.net W: www.mfuli.co.za Mtonjaneni Lodge Conference Room 120 60 30 30 80 80 19 3* T: 035 450 0904 2 x Breakaway Rooms E: info@mtojanenilodge.co.za W: www.mtonjanenilodge.co.za Ntshondwe Resort & Conference Centre 68 chalets SAACI T: 034 983 2540 E: ntshondwe@kznwildlife.com W: bookings.kznwildlife.com Protea Hotel Empangeni 3 Conf Rooms 200 55 3* T: 035 772 3322 1 Breakaway E: reservations@proteaemp.net W: www.proteahotels.com/empangeni Protea Hotel Imvubu Lodge Conf Room 1 180 150 41 chalets 3* T: 035 753 4122 Conf Room 2 35 25 E: bm@imvubulodge.co.za W: www.proteahotels.com/imvubulodge Protea Hotel The Richards Soldana 1 30 25 20 100 rooms 4* T: 035 753 1111 Soldana 2 30 25 20 2 suites E: reservations@richardshotel.co.za Soldana 3 60 40 50 W: www.protaehotels.co.za Soldana 1-3 150 120 150 Boardroom 10 Tugela 120 80 100 Protea Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay Conf Room 100 100 75 rooms T: 035 788 0448 E: res@phwrb.net W: www.proteahotels.com Simunye Zulu Lodge Conf Room 60 35 22 chalets T: 035 450 0101 E: info@simunyelodge.co.za W: www.simunyelodge.co.za Shakaland KwaBhekintaba 120 75 40 60 60 55 3* SAACI T: 035 460 0912 E: sales@shakaland.com W: www,shakaland.ahagroup.co.za The George Hotel Rotary Room 40 30 25 T: 035 474 4919 Conference Room 100 80 E: office.eshowe@gmail.com W: www.eshoweaccommodation.com Thula Thula Conference Centre 50 30 30 30 30 16 4* T: 035 792 8322 E: thula@netactive.co.za W: www.thulathula.com Tradewinds Country Inn Conference Room 70 21 rooms 3* T: 035 340 2266 Boardroom 15 1 suite E: tradewinds@griddle.co.za W: www.griddle.co.za Umfolozi Hotel Casino & 1 Conf Room 450 40 rooms Convention Resort 2 Breakaway 4 suites T: 035 787 8208 E: info@umfolozicasino.co.za W: www.umfolozicasino.co.za Umfolozi River Lodge & Bird Park Marquee 100 12 T: 035 550 5023 E: lodge@umfolozi.co.za W: www.umfolozi.co.za University of Zululand 5 Conf Rooms 1780 T: 035 902 6030 W: www.uzulu.ac.za Woodpecker Inn 2 Conf Rooms 246 180 40 rooms T: 035 786 1230/51 5 Breakaway 10 suites E: woodpeckerinn@satcom.co.za 5 chalets

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DIRECTORY AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES & SUPPLIERS NAME CONTACT DETAILS LOCATION 413 Media Enterprise T: 031 261 56 57/600 Durban Idwala Project T: 086 111 3817 Durban E: admin@idwalaproject.co.za W: www.idwalaproject.co.za Gearhouse SA T: 031 792 6200 Durban (EXSA) E: dbn@gearhouse.co.za W: www.gearhouse.co.za Jays Studios / Digiage T: 031 792 6200 E: jay@jaystudio.co.za S/Coast W: www.jaysstudio.co.za Oasys Innovations T: 031 579 1256 Durban (EXSA) E: dominiquep@oasys.co.za W: www.oasys.co.za Prosound T: 031 569 6004 Durban E: dbn@prosound.co.za W: www.prosound.co.za Sekgoto Business Enterprise T: 083 345 9955 Durban E: sehoto@webmobile.co.za W: www.sekgoto.co.za Selbys Productions C.C. T: 031 262 6752 Durban E: sarah@selbys.co.za W: www.selbys.co.za Umlilo Brands T: 031 562 4207 Durban E: info@umlilobrands.co.za W: www.umlilobrands.co.za DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANIES (DMC’S) Africa Tour T: 083 303 8373 N/Coast E: sonja@africatour.co.za W: www.africatour.co.za African Inspirations T: 031 267 8400 Durban E: info@africaninspirations.co.za S/Coast W: www.africaninspirations.co.za African Link Tours & Travel T: 033 345 3175 Durban E: bunny@africanlink.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.africanlink.co.za African Wild Travel T: 031 301 3163 Durban E: comforto@africanwildtravel.co.za W: www.africanwildtravel.co.za Angel Projects T: 084 842 6671 Durban E: info@angelprojects.co.za W: angelprojects.co.za City of Choice Travel T: 031 464 0920 Durban and Tours (Pty) Ltd E: quotes@coctravel.co.za W: www.coctravel.co.za Edusport Travel T: 031 303 4340 Durban (SAACI) E: info@edusport.co.za W: www.edusport.co.za Event Dynamics T: 021 525 2533/2500 E: ysnowball@tourvestdm.com W: www.tourvestdm.com Golf and Game T: 039 975 2022 Durban, N/Coast Safari Company E: cindy@golfandgame.co.za Zululand (SAACI) W: www.golfandgame.co.za Battlefields Hola World C.C T: 086 123 4652 / 031 500 8804 (SAACI) (EXSA), (SITE) E: info@holaworld.travel (ICCA) W: www.holaworld.travel IcedBlue Marketing T: 031 702 3234 Durban (SAACI) E: sharon01@telkomsa.net W: www.mydurbaninfo.com ITT - Inspirations Travel T: 031 266 0030 Durban (SATSA), (ASATA E: rung@itt.co.za W: www.africaninspirations.co.za MSC Cruises Incorporated T: 087 630 0500 Durban E: nana.sacko@msccruises.co.za W: www.msccruises.co.za NDP Maharaj Coach-Taxi Tours T: 032 551 6280 Durban, North Coast E: maharajndp@telkomsa.net Zululand Springbok Atlas T: 031 700 2719 Durban E: dbncharter@springbokatlas.net W: www.springbokatlas.com The Conference Company T: 031 303 9852 Durban, N/Coast (SAACI) (EXSA) E: nina@confco.co.za S/Coast, Berg South Coast Drakensberg The Ventures Group T: 031 201 0198/083 264 5285 Durban, North Coast E: info@tvg.co.za South Coast, Drakensberg W: www.tvg.co.za Thompsons Africa T: 031 275 3500 Durban, Zululand (SITE) E: craig.drysdale@thompsons.co.za Pmb, Midlands W: thompsonsafrica.com S/Coast Elephant Coast, Berg Turners Conferences T: 031 368 8000 Durban & Conventions (Pty) Ltd E: gills@turnersconferences.com (ICCA), (SAACI), (EXSA) W: www.turnersconferences.com (SATSA) Zulubirding & Ecotours T: 071 413 3243 Elephant Coast E: themba@zulubirding.com W: www.zulubirding.com EXHIBITION ORGANISERS (DESIGN & FACILITATION) Conker Exhibitions T: 031 312 7567 Durban (EXSA) E: liezle@conker.co.za W: www.conker.co.za Creative Events T: 031 266 9828 Durban E: creative.events@eastcoast.co.za W: www.durbanboatshow.co.za

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Expo Solutions T: 031 304 2309 Durban (SAACI), (EXSA) E: lauren@exposolutions.co.za W: www.exposolutions.co.za Gearhouse SA T: 031 792 6200 Durban (EXSA) E: dbn@gearhouse.co.za W: www.gearhouse.co.za Ikhono Communications T: 031 266 9937/8 Durban (SAACI) (EXSA) E: zodwa@ikono.co.za W: ikhono.co.za GL Events S.A T: 031 579 3255 E: durban@gl-events.co.za W: www.gl-events.co.za Oasys Innovations T: 031 579 1256 Durban (EXSA) E: dominiquep@oasys.co.za W: www.oasys.co.za Scan Display T: 031 564 7602 Durban (EXSA) E: kylie@scandisplaydbn.co.za W: www.scandisplay.co.za Umlilo Brands T: 031 562 4207 Durban E: info@umlilobrands.co.za W: www.umlilobrands.co.za INCENTIVE TOUR ORGANISER & TEAM BUILDING (ITO’S) Africa Tour T: 083 303 8373 N/Coast E: sonja@africatour.co.za W: www.africatour.co.za African Inspirations T: 031 267 8400 Durban E: info@africaninspirations.co.za S/Coast W: www.africaninspirations.co.za African Link Tours & Travel T: 033 345 3175 Durban E: bunny@africanlink.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.africanlink.co.za City of Choice Travel T: 031 464 0920 Durban and Tours (Pty) Ltd E: quotes@coctravel.co.za W: www.coctravel.co.za Drakensberg Canopy Tours T: 036 168 1981 Drakensberg Berg E: info@drakensbergcanopytour.co.za W: www.drakensbergcanopytour.co.za Edusport Travel T: 031 303 4340 Durban (SAACI) E: info@edusport.co.za W: www.edusport.co.za Event Dynamics T: 021 525 2533/2500 E: ysnowball@tourvestdm.com W: www.tourvestdm.com Four Rivers Rafting & T: 036 468 1963 Berg Adventures E: info@fourriversadventures.co.za W: www.fourriversadventures.co.za Grindrod Conference T: 031 301 1225 / 031 302 7546/7525 Durban (SAACI) E: tracy@grindrodconferences.co.za E: sales@grindrodconferences.co.za W: grindrodconferences.co.za Golf and Game T: 039 975 2022 Durban, N/Coast Safari Company E: cindy@golfandgame.co.za Zululand, Battlefields (SAACI) W: www.golfandgame.co.za S/Coast, Berg Elephant Coast Gowrie Golf Club R103 T: 033 266 6294 Pmb. Ikhono Communications T: 031 266 9937/8 Durban (SAACI) (EXSA) E: zodwa@ikono.co.za W: ikhono.co.za Heron Tours T: 036 488 1404 E: spionkop@futurenet.co.za W: www.spionkop.co,za Karkloof Canopy Tours T: 033 330 3415 Pmb. E: info@karkloofcanopytour.co.za W: www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za Mtonjaneni Lodge & T: 035 450 0904 Zululand Historical Museum E: info@mtonjanenilodge.co.za W: www.mtonjanenilodge.co.za Nottingham Road E: gowriegoldclub@telkomsa.net W: www.gowriegolfclub@telkomsa.net Rural and Rustic T: 033 396 2745 Pmb/Midlands African Tours and Safaris E: rrats4sa@gmail.com The Ventures Group T: 031 201 0198/083 264 5285 Durban, N/Coast E: info@tvg.co.za S/Coast, Berg W: www.tvg.co.za Street Scene Tours T: 031 321 5079 Durban W: www.streetscene.co.za Thompsons Africa T: 031 275 3500 Durban, Zululand (SITE) E: craig.drysdale@thompsons.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: thompsonsafrica.com S/Coast, Elephant Coast Berg Trinity Tours T: 084 552 2450 Durban E: brian@trinitytours.co.za W: www.trinitytours.co.za Ushaka Marine World T: 031 328 8110 Durban E: zdeen@ushakamarineworld.co.za W: www.ushaka.co.za Westline Aviation T: 082 652 7493 Berg E: brett@bergflying.co.za Zulwini Tours + Safaris T: 033 347 1579 Durban (SAACI) E: info@zulwini.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.zulwini.com PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER / EVENT ORGANISER African Link Tours & Travel T: 033 345 3175 Durban E: bunny@africanlink.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.africanlink.co.za


DIRECTORY Angel Projects T: 084 842 6671 Durban E: info@angelprojects.co.za W: angelprojects.co.za Cleanevent Group T:084 010 7786 Durban (NCCA, PSIRA) E: aslam.yusuf@ceworld.com W: www.ceworld.com Debbie Isaacs Inc T: 031 466 4689 Durban E: debbiei@telkomsa.net EBS Conferences & Functions T: 031 765 5835 Durban (SAACI) E: nfeldon@mweb.co.za Edusport Travel T: 031 303 4340 Durban (SAACI) E: info@edusport.co.za W: www.edusport.co.za Event Dynamics T: 021 525 2533/2500 E: ysnowball@tourvestdm.com W: www.tourvestdm.com GEL Events T:081 445 0048 E: shaun@gelevents & ross@gelevents W: www.gelevents.co.za GL Events S.A T: 031 579 3255 (SAACI, EXSA) E: durban@gl-events.co.za W: www.gl-events.co.za Grindrod Conference T: 031 301 1225 / 031 302 7546/7525 Durban (SAACI) E: tracy@grindrodconferences.co.za E:sales@grindrodconferences.co.za W: grindrodconferences.co.za IcedBlue Marketing T: 031 702 3234 Durban (SAACI) E: sharon01@telkomsa.net Ikhono Communications T: 031 266 9937/8 Durban (SAACI) (EXSA) E: zodwa@ikono.co.za W: ikhono.co.za Interactive Conferences T: 031 765 8514 Durban E: maita@interactiveconf.com W: www.interactiveconf.com E: gerry@confco.co.za W: www.confco.co.za LexisNexis Pty Ltd T: 031 268 3283 Durban (SAACI) E: felicity.vonoettingen@lexisnexis.co.za W: www.lexisnexis.co.za LogiKal Event Management T: 031 312 6121 Durban E: info@logikalevents.co.za W: www.logikalevents.co.za Makulu Events T: 031 261 1136/082 553 5610 Durban (SAACI) E: evan@makuluevents.co.za W: www.makuluevents.co.za Mtonjaneni Lodge & T: 035 450 0904 Zululand Historical Museum E: info@mtonjanenilodge.co.za Oasys Innovations T: 031 579 1256 Durban (EXSA) E: dominiquep@oasys.co.za W: www.oasys.co.za PMG Events T: 031 309 5908/10 Durban (SAACI) E: info@pmgevents.co.za W: www.pmgevents.co.za Proactive Public Relations T: 031 303 7505 Durban (SAACI) E: zama@proactivepr.co.za W: www.proactivepr.co.za Professional Conferencing T: 082 939 3556 Durban Services E: delange@ukzn.ac.za Pmb/Midlands (SAACI) Rob Caskie (Pty) Ltd T: 082 400 0470 Battlefields E: rob@robcaskie.com Pmb/Midlands W: www.robcaskie.com Zululand Royal House T: 031 539 3605 Durban E: alison@royalh.co.za W: www.royalh.co.za Snazzi Solutions T: 031 765 6880 Durban (SAACI) E: lindav@snazzisolutions.co.za W: www.snazzisolutions.co.za The Conference Company T: 031 303 9852 Durban, Berg (SAACI) (EXSA) E: nina@confco.co.za N/Coast, S/Coast W: www.confco.co.za The Gatekeeper T: 031 566 2698 Durban E: info@thegatekeeper.co.za W: www.thegatekeeper.co.za The Ventures Group T: 031 201 0198/083 264 5285 Durban, N/Coast E: info@tvg.co.za S/Coast, Berg W: www.tvg.co.za Thoughtfire Events T: 031 569 5988 Durban (SAACI) E: pravina@thoughtfire.co.za W: www.thoughtfire.co.za Turners Conferences T: 031 368 8000 Durban & Conventions (Pty) Ltd E: gills@turnersconferences.com (ICCA), (SAACI), (EXSA) W: www.turnersconferences.com (SATSA) Umlilo Brands T: 031 562 4207 Durban E: info@umlilobrands.co.za W: www.umlilobrands.co.za Venues for Conferences in Africa T: 031 764 0059 Durban E: vicki@venues.co.za W: www.venues.co.za Ushaka Marine World T: 031 328 8110 Durban E: zdeen@ushakamarineworld.co.za W: www.ushaka.co.za

VDM Conference Co-ordinators T: 031 569 3060 Durban E: velia@vdmconferences.co.za W: www.vdmconferences.co.za TOURS AND TOUR GUIDES Bonana Tours T: 083 324 6860 Durban E: tezz@bonana.co.za W: www. Bonana.co.za DCTG Travel and Tours T: 031 337 0959 / 072 028 0600 Durban E:durban.citytours@gmail.com W: www.dctgtravel.com Discover Durban T: 031 505 2082 Durban Travel & Tours E:info@discoverdurban.co.za (SATSA) W: www.discoverdurban.co.za Eulophia Tours & Travel T: 083 793 3124 Durban (EDTEA &CTO) E: info@eulophia.com W: www.eulophia.com The Battlefields Route Ass T: 082 802 1643 E: route@battlefieldsroute.co.za W: www.battlefieldsroute.co.za The Battlefields Regional Guides T: 072 271 1766 E: battlefields@battlefieldsregionalguides.co.za W: www.battlefieldsregionalguides.co.za Thompsons Africa T: 031 275 3500 Durban, Zululand (SITE) E: craig.drysdale@thompsons.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: thompsonsafrica.com S/Coast, Elephant Coast Berg TRANSPORTATION GROUND HANDLERS African Link Tours & Travel T: 033 345 3175 Durban E: bunny@africanlink.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.africanlink.co.za African Inspirations T: 031 267 8400 Durban E: info@africaninspirations.co.za S/Coast W: www.africaninspirations.co.za Amamboma Travel & Tours T:031 461 5732 Durban E: mandla@amamboma.co.za W: www.amamboma.co.za Angel Projects T: 084 842 6671 Durban E: info@angelprojects.co.za W: angelprojects.co.za Bidvest Car Rental T: 086 101 7722 E: reservations@bidvestcarrental.co.za W: www. bidvestcarrental.co.za Bush & Battlefield Tours T: 031 702 4828 Durban E: ken.gillings@mweb.co.za City of Choice Travel T: 083 087 2835 Durban and Tours (Pty) Ltd E: quotes@coctravel.co.za W: www.cityofchoicetours.co.za CK Travel & Tour T: 031 502 2210 Durban E: info@cktour.co.za W: www.cktour.co.za Edusport Travel T: 031 303 4340 Durban (SAACI) E: info@edusport.co.za W: www.edusport.co.za Essence Travel Services T: 076 189 3055 Durban E: bookings@essencetravel.co.za W: www.essencetravel.co.za Golf and Game T: 039 975 2022 Durban, N/Coast Safari Company E: cindy@golfandgame.co.za Zululand, Battlefields (SAACI) W: www.golfandgame.co.za S/Coast,Berg Elephant Coast Khuza Uzibuze Travel and Tours T: 031 577 4417 Durban E: vilakazitl@yahoo.co.uk Malule Safaris C.C. T: 035 789 0521 Zululand E: info@malulesafaris.com W: www.malulesafaris.com Ricksha Tours & Travel T: 083 452 2958/082 426 6615 Services (RTTS) E: barry@rickshatours.co.za E:elizabeth@rickshatours.co.za W: www.rickshatours.co.za Rob Caskie (Pty) Ltd T: 082 400 0470 Battlefields E: rob@robcaskie.com Pmb/Midlands W: www.robcaskie.com Zululand Rural and Rustic T: 033 396 2745 Pmb/Midlands African Tours and Safaris E: rrats4sa@gmail.com Sekgoto Business Enterprise T: 083 345 9955 Durban E: sehoto@webmobile.co.za W: www.sekgoto.co.za Springbok Atlas T: 031 700 2719 Durban E: dbncharter@springbokatlas.net W: www.springbokatlas.com The Ventures Group T: 031 201 0198/083 264 5285 Durban, N/Coast E: info@tvg.co.za S/Coast, Berg W: www.tvg.co.za Trust Me Tours T: 035 788 0535 E: info@transtugela.co.za W: www.transtugela.co.za Yes Please T: 086 111 3002 Pmb/Midlands E: info@yesplease.co.za W: yespleasetours.co.za Zulwini Tours + Safaris T: 033 347 1579 Durban (SAACI) E: info@zulwini.co.za Pmb/Midlands W: www.zulwini.com

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South Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal specifically, offers a wide variety of experiences at an affordable price. It has become increasingly popular for business travellers and conference delegates to combine professional and personal enrichment in a single trip, with many choosing to take a holiday before or after their meetings - this has resulted in the term ‘bleisure’ traveller (blend of business and leisure). The hosting of pre- and post-tours introduce delegates to a destination often encouraging them to return at a later date with their families.

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Conference Tours POSSIBLE ITINERARIES There are a number of DMC’s and tour operators of the highest standard in Durban and KwaZuluNatal who are able to create itineraries that include a variety of activities for pre- and postconference tours and incentives. Below are some possible options: BUSH AND BATTLEFIELDS SAFARI DAY 1: Depart Durban before sunrise to travel to the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe. Here you will enjoy a picnic breakfast overlooking the forest canopy, after which enjoy a short walk through the forest with a local bird guide. Next is a Zulu cultural experience at Shakaland – complete with lunch and Zulu beer! Travel inland from Eshowe through rural Zululand to Isandlwana Lodge, set high on the cliff face overlooking the battlefield. Enjoy the sunset atop Nyoni hill as you become acquainted with the history that led to the Battle of Isandlwana. Dinner and overnight at Isandlwana Lodge. DAY 2: Enjoy a full breakfast before departing for the Isandlwana battlefield where you will follow in the footsteps of the British on that fateful day in January 1879. Be enthralled as an experienced guide regales the unfolding events of that tragic day. Lunch back at the Lodge. After lunch, drive to Rorke’s Drift, the site of the remarkable

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battle on the same day. Marvel at the accounts of British and Zulu heroism and valour where 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Dinner and overnight at Isandlwana Lodge. DAY 3: After an early breakfast depart for the Talana Museum in Dundee and visit the Kwakunje Cultural Village, where visitors are invited to experience Zulu cultural life as it was and how it is changing. Depart for the one of the lodges in the Nambiti Conservancy for lunch. Afternoon/evening game drive in the company of a qualified ranger and expert animal tracker where you will learn about the biodiversity of the grasslands, multitude of insects and the magnificence of the Big 5 - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Overnight at one of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve lodges. DAY 4: Enjoy an early morning game drive or walk in the bush before a full breakfast. Depart for Durban. Optional extra day at Nambiti: continue your battlefield experience with a visit to the Elandslaagte battle site on Nambiti – a brutal battle during the Anglo-Boer war in 1899. Or include day of adventure – mountain bike through the reserve with a guide, go white water rafting or even some fly fishing on a catch and release basis.


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Late breakfast before departing for King Shaka International Airport or Durban.

After arrival at King Shaka International Airport, transfer to the luxury Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Resort. Lunch at Hotel and then the afternoon at leisure with the option of a round of golf or indulgent spa treatment. Dinner at the Lodge at Thandi’s for a famous Durban curry buffet. Overnight at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Resort. DAY 2: Enjoy a full breakfast and depart for St Lucia for an estuary hippo and crocodile cruise. Explore the estuarine habitat of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park South Africa’s first World Heritage site. Lunch on board. An alternative would be a whale watching ocean cruise then lunch and curio shopping in the quaint town of St. Lucia. Afternoon transfer to Phinda Private Game Reserve followed by evening game drive and surprise bush dinner. Overnight at Phinda Private Game Reserve. DAY 3: Early morning game drive followed by brunch. Optional conservation activity or time to just relax. Enjoy the afternoon game drive culminating in a boma dinner with Zulu dancers and local choir for entertainment. Overnight at Phinda Private Game Reserve. DAY 4: Early morning game drive or bushwalk before brunch and late departure. Return to Durban and check into Oyster Box Hotel for high tea followed by luxury spa treatment. Enjoy cocktails overlooking the iconic lighthouse before a glittering gala dinner. Overnight at Oyster Box Hotel.

organise a midday round of golf at the San Lameer Golf Course. Dinner and overnight at the Estuary Hotel. DAY 4:

GOLF AND ADVENTURE EXTRAVAGANZA: DAY 1: Depart Durban after breakfast for the luxurious Selborne Hotel, Spa & Golf Estate. Tee off at this picturesque and challenging premier championship golf course (tee off times from 11am). An alternative would be to rest, relax, revitalise and indulge at the Selborne Spa. Dinner and overnight at Selborne.

After breakfast depart for the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel in uMhlanga. Lunch at Hotel and then the afternoon at leisure, with the option of luxuriating in the Mangwanani African Spa or spending time on the beach. Dinner and overnight at Beverly Hills Hotel. DAY 5: Breakfast before departing for King Shaka International Airport.

DAY 2: Early morning departure for scuba diving experience (cage diving option available) – sharks, wrecks, reefs and lots of fish, Aliwal Shoal has selected as one of the top ten dives sites of the world. An ocean boat trip is an alternative. Breakfast on the beach after dive. Collect luggage and check out, then depart for Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve for picnic lunch overlooking the gorge. The Wild Five Adventures awaits – attempt the 165m Wild Gorge swing, the Wild Slide over the gorge or abseiling down a 110m cliff face. Horse riding and mountain biking are alternatives. Transfer to The Gorge Lodge and Spa for dinner and overnight. DAY 3: Leisurely breakfast before setting off on a full day excursion to enjoy the sights of the South Coast… visit the Riverbend crocodile farm, enjoy a coffee tour at Beaver Creek, experience agritourism on a Banana Tour followed by pancakes at Mac Bananas and relax on an afternoon cruise on the Umtamvuna River - alternatively

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Early departure from Durban for the Midlands, enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking some time to visit the Mandela Capture Site for a greater understanding of South Africa’s journey to democracy. Lunch at Brahman Hills followed by an indulgent spa treatment. Wine paring dinner and overnight at Brahman Hills.

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DAY 2: Enjoy an early morning hike through the Blue Crane Nature Reserve. Freshen up and enjoy a full breakfast before heading into the mountains. The majestic Drakensberg is the country’s highest and most impressive mountain range rising to over 3 000 meters. Known to the Zulu people as Ukhahlamba, meaning ‘Barrier of Spears’, or ‘the Mountains of the Dragon’, the Drakensberg Mountains provide a magnificent semicircular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Stop at the Cathedral Peak Wines for wine tasting and lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Champagne Sports Resort.

DAY 3: After breakfast a morning of adventure activities await, choose from white water rafting or tubing, abseiling, mountaineering, quad biking and kloofing – enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountains, a helicopter flip or early morning hot air balloon experience. Golf enthusiasts may prefer to schedule a round of golf. Dinner at hotel before being entertained by the Drakensberg Boy Choir (their schedule permitting) at the school. Overnight at Champagne Sports Resort. DAY 4: After breakfast take the leisurely option as you explore the Midlands Meander’s picturesque countryside hunting down treasures at the various art and craft outlets. Enjoy lunch on route at one of the many craft cafes. Arrive mid afternoon at Lythwood Lodge for afternoon tea as well as dinner and overnight.

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Early breakfast then depart for Durban with optional stop-over at the Karkloof Canopy Tour for one last adventure, or a community township tour of Mpophomeni – see how the locals live and get to experience the shebeen (tavern) vibe.

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Responsible travel is a way of enjoying the many sights, experiences and memories of the destination you have chosen. It ensures that visitors and local communities alike equally share the benefits of tourism and travel, and it promotes greater understanding of and appreciation for fair and equitable business practice. Responsible travel is about putting back into travel what you get from it.

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Read up on the destination you plan to visit – the welcome will be warmer if you take an interest and speak even a few words of the local language. If bargaining to buy an item, bear in mind that a small amount to you could be extremely important to the seller – be realistic and fair. Realise that often the people in the country you are visiting have different time concepts, values and thought patterns from your own, this does not make them inferior, only different. Cultivate the habit of asking questions and discover the pleasure that you can enjoy by seeing a different way of life through others eyes. Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places. For example, ask permission before you photograph local people – in some countries it can cause offence. Learn more about the cultural experiences that you are exposed to – avoid ‘sound-byte’ tourism and encourage tour operators to provide more insight into the dances, songs and traditional experiences that they present to you. Don’t encourage poaching - when visiting gift and curio shops, be aware of the source of the products on sale and if in doubt, don’t buy.

Visit to a community school and participate in educating children from the rural areas about AIDS awareness and the conservation of their environment, spend some time playing soccer with them or get your hands dirty and helping to build a jungle-gym or painting a classroom. Plant some fruit trees at a local school or orphanage, to provide enjoyment and nourishment for the future Take a backpack full of goodies for each of the kids at a local school or orphanage instead of receiving the obligatory ‘room gift’ Include a group of disadvantaged kids on a game drive – their delight will add to the experience

These activities which can easily be incorporated into a pre- and post- tour or incentive will not only make a difference in the life of a disadvantaged child, but will make a huge impact on you the visitor.


FACTS

Facts & Statistics KWAZULU-NATAL WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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KwaZulu-Natal has a warm sub-tropical climate and rainfall occurs mainly during the summer months. Summer is generally hot and humid with daily temperatures averaging 28 ºC, a high level of humidity and the possibility of summer showers. The winter months, with temperatures of up to 23 ºC, are warm, dry and clear, with occasional frost in the interior and snowfalls in the higher mountainous areas.

Banking hours are generally from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours a day and can be found in most shopping centres.

Sea temperatures average 21 degrees and seldom fall below 17ºC providing possibilities for a diversity of aquatic activities in any season, including diving, fishing, swimming, boating and surfing all along KwaZulu-Natal’s coastline. Weather information can be found on the following website - www.weathersa.co.za POPULATION KwaZulu-Natal is home to some 11 million people with a rich cultural mix, with Durban, exceeding a population of 4 million. LANGUAGE There are eleven official languages in South Africa, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Swazi, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana and Venda. In KwaZulu-Natal, English and Zulu are widely spoken. TIME South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, USA.

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CREDIT CARDS All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted in most areas, other than perhaps remote rural areas where cash is the preferred option. CURRENCY The South African currency is known as the Rand, which utilises the decimal system with one Rand being equal to 100 cents. Bank notes are currently available in the following denominations: R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins in the following denominations: R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. CURRENCY CONTROL South African bank notes in excess of R5 000, gold coins, coin and stamp collections, and unprocessed gold will not be permitted through customs unless one is in possession of the necessary permit. CUSTOMS Entry into South Africa at land, sea or air ports of entry is subject to customs clearance. South Africa acceded to the ATA convention in 1975. Foreign visitors (companies and individuals) can approach their local Chambers of Commerce for advice regarding the issuing of an ATA Carnet for the temporary importation of certain goods in a simplified method e.g. the temporary import of exhibition materials.

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FACTS CUSTOMS CHARGES Custom charges will be levied against any items which exceed identified limits. The payment of such duties is, in most cases, required prior to departure from the customs area. For further information and advice about custom regulations on dutiable, restricted and prohibited goods is available through the Department of Customs and Excise on the following website - www.sars.gov.za (Travellers Guide - Customs requirements when entering and leaving South Africa). VISAS Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa. Check on the website: www.dha.gov.za – and please take note of the requirements when travelling with children under the age of 18. VALUE ADDED TAX A 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, tourists and foreign visitors to South Africa may make application at departure points for a refund of the VAT paid with the VAT Refund Administrator. Visitors should retain proof of payments and tax invoices and be in possession of a valid foreign passport to qualify for such refunds. In order to claim a VAT refund, it is necessary on departure from South Africa to provide purchased goods for inspection by customs officers or VAT Refund Administrators. Further information is available on the following website - www.taxrefunds.co.za ELECTRICITY South Africa’s electricity supply is 220/230volts, AC 50Hz. US-made appliances may require a transformer in order to operate in South Africa. Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers and irons available either in the room or on request. Make enquiries before to confirm. TELE-COMMUNICATIONS

tele-communications network. International dialling, email and telefax facilities, together with phone cards and mobile phones are readily available. Many hotels offer business facilities and WiFi connections. Durban offers a highly sophisticated communications infrastructure, including fibre-optics and broadband, making it a veritable ‘smart’ city. International dialling codes for overseas countries are listed in the front of South African telephone directories.

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS Police & Flying Squad - 10111 Ambulance - 10177 NetCare’s emergency phone number is 082 911 Tourist Support Unit - (031) 332 5923  Train Enquiries (Spoornet) - (031) 361 3388 Airport Flight Information - (031) 451 6666 Weather Bureau - (031) 469 0099 Department of Home Affairs - (031) 308 7900 

TRADING HOURS In general, business and shopping hours are from 08h30 to 17h00 weekdays. However most shopping malls operate extended hours and are open seven days a week.

EMBASSIES & CONSULATES For details check www.zulu.org.za/fast-facts

GRATUITIES Service charges are not normally levied as a percentage on bills, but 10% is a useful guide. IMMUNISATION Entering South Africa does not require any form of immunisation. However, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required of travellers entering South Africa within six days of leaving an infected country. Visitors who travel through or disembark in such countries are advised to be inoculated against Yellow Fever. Malaria is endemic in the far northern coastal areas of Zululand and Maputuland, especially close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders. It is advisable to take precautions when visiting these areas, especially in the hot summer months. Visitors should consult a doctor or pharmacist to obtain appropriate medication. Further information is available on the following website – www.traveldoctor.co.za MEDICAL CARE High quality medical services are widely available throughout South Africa. However, as the country does not employ a national health and welfare system, visitors are advised to secure medical cover on insurance prior to visiting the country.

South Africa boasts a highly sophisticated

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SUSTAINABILITY photo: Shutterstock

Sustainability Sustainable tourism, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is tourism that leads to the management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems.

Sustainability extends beyond just an environmental awareness to include the very communities in which we meet. Cultural tourism is inextricably linked to economic empowerment, and previously disadvantaged communities are applying their traditional skills to meet visitor’s interests. Conservation in Africa is closely linked to community development as many lodges are committed to employing from their surrounding communities and have initiated projects that improve their well-being, for example health and education. Many of these lodges offer guests the opportunities to visit these projects, interact with local communities and ‘give back’ in meaningful ways. The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) is an innovative new measure for the level of sustainability that cities can offer to the MICE events industry. Each city is scored on their environmental strategy and infrastructure, social sustainability performance, industry supplier and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives. Durban is ranked in the top 20 at 19, ahead of Cape Town and Tshwane. The GDS-Index establishes a benchmark of performance and shows where improvements are most needed.

Says Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South Africa National Convention Bureau: “Hosting any business event is a resource intensive activity, from the transportation of delegates to utilising huge amounts of energy for event productions and food preparation. But business events also have the power to transform people’s lives and to develop businesses into sustainable employment opportunities. So it is extremely important that our country provides sustainable solutions which not only include greening guidelines, but also profit and people solutions.” The delivery of a sustainable event starts in the planning stages, and from inception, every detail of the event needs to consider environmental and social impacts, and wherever possible mitigating processes need to be put in place to manage or neutralise these impacts. In addition the fact that South Africa is a long-haul destination needs to be considered, making it imperative that meeting planners and business travellers think about how to offset carbon footprints. These offsets could include the planting of trees or a financial contribution to an environmental or conservation organisation or a community upliftment scheme. Most importantly though, is to leave a legacy that

has a positive impact on the community most affected by the event. WHY BE SUSTAINABLE? o Save money by using less – serve condiments in bulk instead of individual packets, use water stations or water jugs on tables instead of bottled water. This saves money and avoids waste, which is a major expense to an event’s budget, so cutting down on waste will help your bottom line. o Enhance your organisation’s positive image – be noticed for the measures taken to minimise your event’s environmental impact as environmental issues are becoming more important to the public. Reap the benefits of being seen as an organisation that is doing the right thing. o Do the right thing for the planet – by rethinking, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting you are avoiding unnecessary use of our limited natural resources.

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SUSTAINABILITY CHECK LIST THE PLANNING:

environment or being more socially responsible.

use. Consider requesting renewable energy if possible.

o Consider the scale of your event to determine how elaborate your greening preparations should be and prepare an appropriate written environmental policy. Allocate sufficient time and resources to achieve environmental objectives.

o Sustainability is not just about the environment, but about people too – consider the impact that all decisions have on local communities and choose to make a difference to others.

o Ensure that the venue has a sound waste reduction and recycling procedure policy and that separate bins are provided and are visible for use throughout the event.

o Consider appointing one person whose responsibility is ensuring that all planning choices are made with environmental sustainability in mind. o Estimate your carbon footprint and the measures required to offset and include this in your costing. o Discuss your environmental policy with all organisers and involved parties at the beginning of the planning process, making sure that all event staff, volunteers and vendors are aware of what your green choices and goals are, and train them on procedures when necessary. Make sure your tender documents state your commitment to sustainability and request that suppliers outline their environmental policies. o Build sponsor and partnership opportunities with sustainability in mind, ensuring that they can adhere to the event’s greening strategies and assist them in doing so. o Establish the need for a legacy project from the start – this will ensure that it is budgeted for. Activities at the event can be planned around the project e.g. tree planting, providing workshops and community involvement. o Establish a policy of communicating electronically, this includes the submitting of quotes and proposals. o Get buy-in from the highest levels of your organization. Senior managers, directors and board members should publicly commit to the greening process and make it clear to employees and volunteers that the greening effort is an important part of their jobs. o Ask to see the environmental policy of the venues that you have selected – don’t be fooled by vague and unsubstantiated claims. o Ask to see your PCO or event planner’s environmental and social responsibility policy – check to what extent the local communities will benefit from the economic spend of your event. o Help the local economy by buying locally produced and culturally relevant giveaways in preference to imported goods. o Choose local and culturally relevant entertainment. o Select locally manufactured conference bags (made from recycled fabric, or repurposing banners from previous events) o Consider offering carbon offsets – this should be used over and above all other energy saving options and is not a way of doing ‘business as usual’ without considering the

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GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS: o Limit paper use and use electronic technology where possible. o Suggest the use of electronic marketing via website or email. o Provide online registration options. o Consider using mobile technology as a communication tool. o Limit the use of handouts and encourage the use of electronic collateral – supply a USB memory stick for this purpose. o When paper is necessary, make green choices. o Give attendees the option to refuse copies and recycle at the end of the event. GETTING THERE: o Ask to see your travel agent or tour operator’s responsible travel policy. o Consider a ‘green’ airline, or at least one that offers carbon-offset initiatives to makeup for the negative effects of long-haul flights. Encourage delegates to do the same. o Fly non-stop, and choose the shortest route possible, not just the most affordable. GETTING AROUND: o Choose a venue that is easily accessible by public transport, cycling or on foot. o Use a greener method of transport wherever possible - take local transport from taxis and buses to trains and match the size of vehicle to the number of delegates needing transport. o Select a transport supplier with a sound environmental policy – vehicle choice and water usage. WHERE TO MEET: o Give preference to venues that have a sound environmental policy and are committed to measuring the environmental impact of an event. o Consider a venue that has environmental certification. o Consider a venue that uses natural light and ventilation as much as possible and is committed to switching lights and air-conditioners off when not required. o Select a venue that uses modern energy efficient technology. o Select a venue that fits your event precisely, so as to minimise energy and resource

o Consider limiting the use of air-conditioners during the set-up and break-down phases of an exhibition. o Provide receptacles for the collection of name badges and lanyards at all exits after the event. TRADE SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS: o Plan to create an exhibit that can be reused for as long as possible – change the look and feel by reorganising the floor plan and covering the structure with ‘new skin’. o Look for opportunities to use local material and a local company to construct your stand. o Eliminate dates and locations on your signage so that it can easily be reused. o Use energy efficient lighting and tech products. o Eliminate printed materials, opt for providing the information digitally. o Should you need to ship product in, choose lightweight materials and consider how it can be crated and shipped – by reducing the volume less transport is required saving both money and carbon footprint. o Should you need to dispose of any items, find a local charity or community initiative – ask your venue for suggestions. o Choose eco-friendly, useful giveaways – use local crafters to make meaningful gifts. SUSTAINABILITY SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR VENUE: There are a number of requests you can make to your venue to enable you to facilitate a more sustainable and cost effective event: o Switch off lights and air-conditioning when room not in use – set thermostat at a comfortable temperature. o Use jugs of water in preference to bottled water – add ice and a few slices of lemon, mint, strawberries etc. to make it more interesting. o Use recycled paper (providing it is sourced locally) or paper produced from sustainably managed sources (FSC certified). o Have a multi-bin system in place for recycling and encourage delegates to participate in waste separation at source. o Offer only local and seasonal produce on the menus – including the use of sustainable seafood and Fairtrade produce where available. o Have a system in place whereby suitable left over food can be donated to organisations that give to those in need.


SUSTAINABILITY WHERE TO STAY: o Use or recommend hotels within walking distance of the venue. o Ask to see the environmental policy of the accommodation establishment that you have selected – don’t be fooled by vague and unsubstantiated claims. o Communicate expected environmental practices to delegates; to use water sparingly – it is precious in many countries and the local people may not have sufficient clean water – suggest they challenge any wasteful practice at their hotel or lodge. To switch unnecessary lights and equipment off and play their part in reducing greenhouse emissions.

o Request that they source locally using fresh, in-season produce thereby reducing food miles and helping the local economy. o Consent to flexibility in the menu to allow for availability of locally sourced produce. o Select fish from a sustainable source. o Use local beverage suppliers – South Africa has a wide selection of award winning wines and local craft beer o Use water glasses and jugs with tap water – tap water in South Africa is safe to drink. o Avoid unnecessary packaging – use bulk dispensers of sugar, salt condiments etc where possible.

WINING & DINING:

o Ask caterers to use reusable linen, cutlery and crockery to avoid unnecessary wastage.

o Ask to see the environmental policy of the hotel or caterer.

o Request that biodegradable supplies be used for cleaning up.

o Request that excess food prepared be donated to a homeless organisation and if not suitable for this, be composted or disposed of in a Bokashi bin. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: o Reduce waste by only purchasing what is necessary for the numbers of participants attending the event. o Make informed purchasing decisions and support the use of recycled materials. o Educate delegates on how they can assist in the reduction of waste and encourage them to participate in recycling efforts. o Consider the use of ‘recycling monitors’ at recycling stations to assist participants with placing materials in the correct bins – a great way of employing additional local staff.

Social Responsibility The sustainability of an event entails more than just greening… it’s economic and social impact also needs to be considered. Meetings in KwaZulu-Natal offer the event planner many opportunities to have a positive impact on local communities… from initiating and leaving a Legacy Project to providing additional employment, sourcing local resources and the use of local entertainers and local handmade craft - all of which bring economic development and upliftment. Offering local students bursaries or discounted rates to attend conferences builds knowledge and experience in that specific field, and employing local meetings and events students provides valuable experiential training. Providing delegates with a local craft market at the venue offers the ease of shopping on site as well as the opportunity to interact with and learn from the crafters themselves rather than making purchases in a retail curio shop. Having social functions at a local township tavern spreads the economic benefit and adds to the delegate experience. By encouraging delegates to participate in pre- and post-tours, adds to their experience of the region and has a beneficial impact on local communities and the local economy. LEGACY PROJECTS & THEIR IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES What is a Legacy Project? To understand this, one must first consider legacy, which is about life and living – past, present and future. A Legacy Project then must be an initiative or project that makes a difference in the lives of people, improves their way of living and impacts the way they will do life in the future. It has the ability to be transformational. This can be by way of projects that make an environmental, conservation, socioeconomic or developmental difference. A legacy Project is a way that a business event - from a large international congress (e.g. World Forestry Congress 2015), a regional industry event (e.g. 2016 Loeries Creative Week) to a relatively small corporate incentive (e.g. Enactus Ubuntu Summit 2015) can make a difference and impact on local communities. When initiating a Legacy Project one must: o Take into consideration the needs and

desires of the local community you will be working in. o Consider the purpose of the project, what you wish to create and what you wish to remain long after you have gone home. o Take into consideration that changing political landscapes, community values and other things that are out of your control may require that you adapt your plan. o Understand that the ultimate purpose of the project is to leave a positive impact on the community and the destination.

Enactus Ubuntu Summit 2015 – Top American business men and women raised support for a number of local development initiatives in the Drakensberg where the event was held. 2016 Loeries Creative Week – Four scholarships for disadvantaged creative students were granted and 75 students from disadvantaged communities attended the creative seminars on a complimentary basis. The popular I Heart Market included 48 KZN vendors. United Nations World Water Day Congress 2017 – launch of the desalination plant in Richards Bay.

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS LEGACY PROJECTS: World Forestry Congress 2015 – One million trees were planted in KZN, and a range of community training workshops were held to assist communities to enter the forestry sector.

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TRANSPORT

Transport AIR South African Airways, together with many international carriers, provide an extensive world-wide service network predominantly arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg which is an easy one hour domestic flight from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, located approximately 36 kilometres north of central Durban. The country boasts a number of other major airports which have domestic flights to Durban. King Shaka International Airport is a world class facility servicing both domestic and international flights and offering a host of features to make your travelling experience as comfortable and pleasurable as possible. Shops and restaurants, a bank and post office are just a few features this facility has to offer. Direct International flights operating through King Shaka International Airport include Emirates Airlines - operating a daily overnight scheduled flight to Dubai; Air Mauritius - three non-stop flights per week, Ethiopian Airlines – four flight per week, Air Seychelles – twice a week; from Durban. Other International flights with schedules via Johannesburg or Cape Town include Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines both four times a week. With Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP Portugal, JetBlue and United Airlines operating on a code-share basis with South African Airlines. International charter flights directly into Durban are also an option for larger groups. Regional airlines include: Air Namibia which operates a Windhoek, Gabarone, Durban flight four times per week; Proflight flies to Lusaka, Zambia three times per week and SA Express to Harare, Zimbabwe and to Lusaka, Zambia. Airlink connects Durban to Maputo, Mozambique three times per week and flies daily from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town. Both SA Express and Airlink operate flights direct

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from Durban to Nelspruit should the Kruger National Park be included in an itinerary. Kulula, Safair and Mango Airlines are low-cost airlines offering a variety of domestic connections from Durban. Smaller regional centres are served by private air companies and charter services. SEA Durban has a long tradition as a port city, from its early days in the 1840’s as Port Natal it is now the busiest port in South Africa and has become Africa’s busiest general cargo port. It is also a stopover as well as departure point for a number of World Cruise Liners and has become increasingly popular as a holiday resort for foreign yachts. ROAD A range of bus and coach services are available in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. These include commuter bus services, point-to-point shuttles and long distance coach services. In addition to the regular bus services available in Durban, the Durban People Mover operates along the beachfront and into the city centre offering a ‘hop on, hop off’ service. There are a number of operators who are able to provide shuttle services between Durban’s hotels and the International Convention Centre, and a number of the city’s major hotels offer courtesy transport to and from King Shaka International Airport. A number of inter-city luxury coach operators offer daily services between Durban and other major cities. Durban offers an extensive taxi service, but unlike many cities, metered taxis are not allowed to drive around the city to solicit fares and instead must be called and ordered to a specific location. These taxis can also be called upon for airport transfers, point to point pick ups and shuttles. It is advisable to establish the estimated cost of the journey prior to departure,

and the fares should be paid in South African rands. The popular Uber cabs are available in Durban – make sure you have downloaded the APP prior to arrival. All major international care hire companies are represented throughout South Africa, including Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Bookings may be made prior to arrival and major credit cards are accepted for payment. It is recommended to hire a GPS with the car, and this should be specified at the time of booking. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in South Africa, and strict speed limits are enforced, these being 60m/hr in built-up areas, 100km/ hr for rural roads and 120km/hr for freeways. The use of seat-belts by both drivers and passengers is compulsory and driving under the influence of alcohol is regarded as a serious punishable offence. A valid driving licence is required before driving on South African roads. Overseas licences are acceptable providing they are printed in English and contain a photograph. Visitors whose licences do not comply with these requirements should obtain an International Driving Permit prior to arrival in South Africa. Fuel filling stations are conveniently located and many provide a 24-hour service as well as a convenience shop selling hot meals and refreshments. RAIL Rail travel within KwaZulu-Natal is limited to the Metro commuter service that operates in Durban and the surrounding suburbs and towns. For rail travel between Durban and Johannesburg, the Shosholoza Meyl offers dedicated safe passenger train travel services. The Shosholoza Meyl Tourist Class is a basic sleeper train with twice weekly departures. Rovos Rail operates a luxury ‘three day safari’ between Durban and Pretoria.


TECHNOLOGY

Embracing Technology Could we ever imagine meetings without broadband, the web, computers, mobile phones or a congress app? And wireless? It’s now not only requested, but has become imperative. Congress websites are now more sophisticated in their digital communication strategies and online registration is now commonplace. Web based video and conferencing tools are now widely used, adding virtual meetings to the meeting planner’s options and exhibition floor plans are visually displayed for ease of management. Mobile technology has made it easier for event organisers to streamline delegate registration, ticketing, payments, location finding, audience polling, networking and the exchanging of ‘electronic business cards’. Not only does this reduce the environmental footprint and cost of an event, it enables easy and instant communication connecting delegates, exhibitors and suppliers. Mobile App development has become increasingly sophisticated and intuitive, becoming the single source of everything delegates need at an event. One example is the Lumi Show app which in addition to providing an interactive map, facilitates easy networking, messaging and the sending, storage and bookmarking of information and images. Make use of social media tools such as social calendars, networking, podcasts, video and live streaming, slide-sharing, and engagement (such as easy mobile surveys, social Q&A and polling). Social review sites and blogs are offering additional ways in which meeting professionals can connect with delegates before, during and after an event and for delegates to interact with other delegates, speakers and high profile

guests online. In addition to this online tools and collaborative websites (Wikis) can provide a more efficient way to sharing up-to-date and relevant meeting data. Virtual meetings and pod-casts enable participants from different locations to feel that they are in the same room as the ‘parent’ meeting. The technological advances in high resolution panoramic video display and integrated acoustics allow clear communication between locations enabling highly effective group meetings that are still part of the main event and still enabling social interaction on a local level. Whilst some face-to-face meetings will be eliminated by virtual meetings, the cost saving in terms of time and travel outweighs the negatives. Virtual reality and augmented reality are beginning to be incorporated at events and offer opportunities for virtual site inspections – offering an immersive and engaging experience and eliminating the need for expensive glossy brochures. The advancement in facial recognition and sentiment analysis (through sophisticated software or the wearing of

a sensory wrist band) now allows for the measurement of attendees mood, excitement and engagement. Wearable beacon technology provides details of where and how far attendees have walked through a meeting space or exhibition hall. These rapid advances and automation in technology have brought many benefits to the business events industry. It has resulted in more stream-lined events and tighter margins and a more paperless environment. Software integration tools and mobile apps are becoming the answer, enabling professional meeting planners with beginning-to-end event planning and delivery.

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