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FFind out more about planning an event in South Africa, including information about regions and how we can assist you in the planning process with resources and toolkits. Offering quality facilities, venues and service providers, South Africa is an ideal conference destination, hosting many world-class congresses, conventions, events and trade fairs each year.

TOP REASONS

to plan your event in
South Africa

01

Best-in-class venues

With more than 1 700 meeting venues, and international convention centres located in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa is equipped to take care of any meeting and event need no matter how large or how small.

02

Dynamic incentives options

South Africa's warm and welcoming people, rich cultural experiences, fascinating history, award winning hotels, renowned food and wine, magnificent natural attractions and world-class infrastructure will enable you to create the ultimate incentive programme.

03

World-class events

Hundreds of organisations from across the country choose South Africa as their destination of choice. 

01 Best-in-class venues
02 Dynamic incentives options
03 World-class events
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Popular Venues

Limpopo
Capacity 300

Mopani Conference Centre, Kruger National Park

Limpopo
Capacity 300
Mopani Conference Centre, Kruger National Park

Three stars. 53 guest cottages sleeping three and six guests. Meeting venue: 300 delegates cinema-style plus three breakaway rooms.

Limpopo
Capacity 400

Protea Hotel The Park, Makopane

Limpopo
Capacity 400
Protea Hotel The Park, Makopane

Three stars. 85 rooms. Nine meeting venues. Largest venue: 400 delegates cinema-style.

Limpopo
Capacity 400

Sanrock Resort & Conference Centre, Modimolle

Limpopo
Capacity 400
Sanrock Resort & Conference Centre, Modimolle

Spectacular mountain backdrop. 34 guest rooms. 28 self-catering chalets. San rock art, fun activities. 5 conference rooms. Largest venue: 400 delegates.

Limpopo
Capacity 400

Tshipise, A Forever Resort, near Mussina

Limpopo
Capacity 400
Tshipise, A Forever Resort, near Mussina

Three stars, 163 guest rooms. Mineral baths, game drives. Four meeting venues. Largest meeting venue: 450 delegates cinema-style.

Limpopo
Capacity 500

Legend Golf & Safari Resort

Limpopo
Capacity 500
Legend Golf & Safari Resort

220 guest rooms. Big 5 game drives. Two golf courses, one with extreme 19th hole. Three meeting venues. Largest venue: 500 delegates cinema-style.

Limpopo
Capacity 600

Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, Polokwane

Limpopo
Capacity 600
Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, Polokwane

Four stars. Casino, restaurants, bars, shows. Four meeting venues. Largest venue: 600 delegates cinema-style.

Limpopo
Capacity 1000

Oasis Hotel Mokopane, near Polokwane

Limpopo
Capacity 1000
Oasis Hotel Mokopane, near Polokwane

Three stars. Dedicated conference hotel. 72 guest rooms. Six meeting venues: six Largest meeting venue: 1 000 delegates cinema-style.

Limpopo
Capacity 1300

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort, near Polokwane

Limpopo
Capacity 1300
Protea Hotel Ranch Resort, near Polokwane

Four stars. 150 guest rooms. Golf course, team building. 13 meeting venues. Largest venue: 1300 delegates cinema-style.

Popular Incentives

Northern Cape

The Nossob 4X4 eco trail

Northern Cape
The Nossob 4X4 eco trail

Are you one of those adventurers who enjoy tackling the road less travelled? The wide open landscapes of the Northern Cape are perfect for off-road and 4x4 adventurers wanting to test their driving skills across its mountainous terrain, deep ditches and dramatic dunes. This guided trail stretches for more than 214km over the red dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and is a must for those who enjoy roughing it. The trail runs for over three nights and is a fantastic adventure, with numerous stops en route to photograph the scenery in the heart of no-man’s land. The vast terrain of the Northern Cape – from mountains and dunes to never-ending flats – is often compared to a moonscape. While you may not experience zero gravity here, you will have some serious fun going on off-road adventures and exciting 4x4 trails.

Northern Cape

Mattanu Private Reserve

Northern Cape
Mattanu Private Reserve

Mattanu Private Game Reserve specialises in tailor-made packages according to the guests’ specific needs. Their four-star accommodation includes a deck and braai facility, and they have luxury tents with air-conditioning for the hot summer nights and underfloor heating for the chilly winter evenings. Nestled between camel thorn trees and wildlife, you can get away from it all and relax in this luxurious lodge. The lodge overlooks a very popular watering hole where wildlife sightings are very common. Game drives will be conducted in comfortable game-viewing vehicles. Helicopter game viewing can also be arranged, along with filming and photographic safaris, hands-on game capturing experiences, and green and trophy hunting safaris. Located about 50km north-west of Kimberley, Mattanu Private Reserve offers the ultimate Kalahari game experience – there are roan, sable, buffalo, golden oryx, golden gnu and many other types of antelope and wild animals. One can view the animals on a quad bike, safari vehicle or even by helicopter.

Northern Cape

San boarding on the Witsand Dunes

Northern Cape
San boarding on the Witsand Dunes

The Northern Cape is an excellent sandboarding destination and a number of local operators offer sandboarding lessons and tours. The dunes near Kakamas and Witsand are very popular and expert boarders and novices are more than welcome – boards can be rented on arrival. Adventure-tour companies specialising in dune boarding in South Africa advise you to bring: a camera to record the inevitable antics; lots of sunscreen; and a sense of humour. Some of the more enterprising companies turn it into a fun day, complete with children's dune boarding and picnics. This is a fun sport that will satisfy most peoples' need for speed.

Northern Cape

Boating on the “Sakkie se Arkie” in Upington

Northern Cape
Boating on the “Sakkie se Arkie” in Upington

A great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Orange River is to take a sundowner boat cruise. There are many boating options available in the Northern Cape, but one that stands out is Sakkie se Arkie, a large river boat that operates out of Upington. Snacks and drinks are served on board, and all the delegates need to do is enjoy the journey. The Orange River is majestic and mostly serene and what better way to explore it than to sit back and relax on Sakkies se Arkie for a breathtaking sunset river cruise! Enjoy one-and-a-half hours of fantastic birding, total relaxation, good company and music, and soak up the Kalahari sun whilst drifting along the magnificent Orange River. Snacks and alcoholic beverages will be available during the cruise to people above the age of 18 years at the on-board, fully licensed bar. Situated on the banks of the Orange River in town, makes this the ideal spot to escape the hustle and bustle of town and to enjoy the relaxing and thrilling potential of the Orange River.

Northern Cape

Stargazing in Sutherland

Northern Cape
Stargazing in Sutherland

The town of Sutherland in South Africa's Northern Cape was established in 1855 when life centred on pioneer farmers and the Dutch Reformed Church. The region continues to be a strong livestock-farming area – and an astronomer's delight. Visit here to experience the wonder of the stars, tuck into a classic Karoo dinner featuring slow-roasted lamb shanks or feel what it's like to be in one of the coldest places in South Africa on a crisp winter's day. Like the earliest people, we are still awed by the mystery of the stars, planets and distant galaxies. Today, the extraordinary clarity of Sutherland’s cloudless, pollution-free night skies and its high elevation above sea level makes it a prime stargazing destination and the perfect site for the South African Astronomical Observatory. Known for its chilly temperatures during the winter months, Sutherland is known as a top stargazing destination. Home to the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Southern African Large Telescope, its clear night skies have earned the town the name, “the Gateway to the Universe”.

Northern Cape

Guided trails with Kalahari bushmen or San

Northern Cape
Guided trails with Kalahari bushmen or San

For unique insights into the way of life of the Kalahari Bushmen or San people, book a space on a guided trail with a Bushman tracker in the Kalahari. Get to know all about how they survived for centuries in this arid landscape – learn about medicinal plants, their incredible hunter-gatherer skills and their folk tales and traditions. When you go tracking with the Kalahari Bushmen, you’ll find that they are deeply rooted in their ancient oral culture and in their symbiotic relationship with the animals, birds and plants of the Kalahari Desert. Stop, touch, taste, learn and listen – it’s an unforgettable experience. Although the traditional Kalahari Bushmen or San way of life is fast disappearing, there are still places where their ancient culture flourishes, so this really is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience.

Northern Cape

Take a ghost tour of Kimberley

Northern Cape
Take a ghost tour of Kimberley

Kimberley's ghost tours are renowned for the number and variety of their resident spirits. Many apparitions haunt some of the old mining town’s most historic houses and monuments; while on an Anglo-Boer battlefield just outside the town, a lonely phantom Scottish piper plays on moonlit nights. Your tour begins at the Honoured Dead Memorial in the centre of the city before heading off to visit historic houses and monuments, including Rudd House, the African Library, the William McGregor Museum, and the old De Beers boardroom. If you don’t have any sightings of apparitions, you are still bound to have lots of fun.

Northern Cape

Kokerboom food and wine route

Northern Cape
Kokerboom food and wine route

As an emerging food and wine destination, this route takes the traveller through the small towns of Keimoes, Kenhardt, Hakoneiland, Augrabies, Upington and Marchland, with numerous wine and brandy tastings along the way. Enjoy Karoo lamb as you have never had it before, washed down by the finest brandy from the region. In amongst the little towns on this route there are a series of wine cellars, including the second largest wine co-operative in the world, dried fruit industries, nuts, homemade cheeses, meat delicacies and a list of outdoor activities that include 4x4 trips, hiking, bird watching and even donkey-cart riding. Other highlights include the Augrabies Falls, and community hot springs at Riemvasmaak and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Klipspringer and Gorge Walking trail at Augrabies Falls National Park, mountain biking trails, and historical sites and museums. This route has so much to offer a group of delegates looking for small-town charm and uniqueness.

Quick facts about South Africa

People
Population

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Population

South Africa is home to multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.

Languages

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Languages

Although English is widely spoken and is used for informational signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of eleven official languages. These languages are Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and English.

Religions

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Religions

Enshrined in the South African constitution is the right for all people to practice their religion free from persecution. The most practiced religions in South Africa include Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

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Press Release | 26 October 2018
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