Whether it’s a room for a business meeting, a bush breakaway, or a banquet for several thousand, South Africa’s meeting venues can fulfill any meeting planner’s request. From large convention centres to smaller meeting rooms in guest houses and game lodges, the emphasis is on quality, service and top class infrastructure.

Did you know?

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that grades its conference venues. Conference venues are graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

South Africa’s meeting venues offer incredible variety, flexibility and South Africa’s unique cultural feel.

Our meeting venues are hard to beat when it comes to quality, technology, affordability, ambience and service. Meeting planners will find everything they need to plan and host a successful, high-tech meeting or event in South Africa.

Ranging from world-class international convention and expo centres in the major cities to small, intimate venues in remote bush locations, South Africa’s meeting venues will more than meet your expectations.

You’ll also find high-tech meeting facilities in many of South Africa large international hotels with their business centres and conference venues. Many boutique hotels and guest houses also cater to business tourists, offering smaller meeting venues that are ideal for board meetings and the like.

For large conferences and exhibitions in South Africa, the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, International Convention Centre Durban, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and the East London International Convention Centre in the Eastern Cape are the venues of choice.

Business travellers to Johannesburg, with little time to spare, have easy access to a host of meeting venues in Sandton - Johannesburg’s premier business node. The high-speed Gautrain rail service between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton, which takes just 15 minutes, makes the many meeting facilities and host of quality 3-, 4- and 5-star accommodation options in and around the Sandton CBD very accessible. There are also several first-rate accommodation options with meeting venues located near OR Tambo International Airport.

For those with more time on their hands, consider a meeting venue in a country or coastal setting. These venues provide a more relaxed atmosphere and allow time for leisure activities such as golf, spa treatments, cultural interaction, and wildlife encounters.

South Africa’s lesser known provinces such as the Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, and Eastern Cape bring their own unique cultural character and exclusive attractions to meetings and events. The well-known Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces offer meeting planners excellent infrastructure, distinctive attractions and unforgettable experiences.

Consider a conference in the bush combining a meeting or team building event with a Big 5 game safari experience. Or meet at Sun City resort, Africa’s most famous conference, casino and entertainment resort complex. It has large conference and event facilities, a selection of hotels - including the mythical Palace of the Lost City - 2 championship golf courses, and a wide choice of indoor and outdoor entertainment options. A stone's throw away is the magnificent Pilanesberg Game Reserve with Big 5 game viewing. A hot air balloon safari over the reserve is a popular way to spot game.

For a special treat, consider a meeting in the Cape winelands with its breathtaking views, superb wine farms, and exquisite Cape Dutch architecture. Here meetings can be combined with wine tasting, vineyard tours, horse rides, hot air ballooning, delicious cuisine and many more thrilling adventures.

Further south, along the magnificent Garden Route, world-renowned golf estates have excellent meeting and accommodation facilities. Exploring the renowned Garden Route with its many attractions and outdoor adventures is a must on any itinerary.

In the Northern Cape, meetings can be combined with pre- and post-tours to the Augrabies Falls National Park, Kimberley’s Big Hole, and several transfrontier parks. Here you can encounter black-maned lions and interact with San culture.


Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Johannesburg Tourism Company Convention Bureau
Tel: +27(0) 11 214-0700

Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau
Email: James Seymour on james@durbankzncb.co.za

East London International Convention Centre
Tel: +27 (0)43 709-5202

Sandton Convention Centre
Maude Street, Sandown 2196
Tel: +27 (0)11 779-0000
Email: info@saconvention.co.za

International Convention Centre Durban
45 Bram Fischer Road
Tel: +27 (0)31 360-1000
Email: mktg@icc.co.za

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 410-5000
E-mail:  info@cticc.co.za

How to get here

Many international airlines fly into South Africa from around the world. South African Airways, South Africa's national carrier also has global reach through its membership of the Star Alliance.

Best time to visit

South Afri ca is a year-round destination and meetings can be held at any time of year. Do bear in mind that many businesses close during the last 2 weeks of December, South Africa's summer holiday season.

Get around

Pre- and post tours are usually done on coaches or minibuses depending on group size. Car hire is also a good option for those travelling alone or in small groups and who want to explore independently.

Length of stay

South Africa's meeting venues can cater for conferences, meetings, events and exhibitions of any length.

What to pack

If you're attending a high level meeting in South Africa, then wear formal business attire. Delegates at conferences and exhibitions tend to dress a little more casually.