ARRIVING AT THE CONFERENCE
Most of you will arrive in South Africa at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. At the airport, you can change money for your expenses during your stay, to South African Rand (check business hours on the website below).
From O.R. Tambo International you can fly with Airlink to Kruger International Airport (Nelspruit KMIA) close to the venue from where you can be collected if arranged with the venue. A cheaper alternative is to get transportation using City Bug to Mbombela/Nelspruit from the airport. If using this service please contact the venue to arrange a shuttle to collect you in Mbombela/Nelspruit.
On Sunday, August the 19th, we will have a Conference Registration desk at the venue. Staff will direct you to the registration point once you have settled in at the venue. Please get your Conference materials as soon as possible and join us for the inauguration banquet, held at the venue.
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HABITAT VISIT - OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
The visit allows you to spend time and enjoy E. lanatus and E. middelburgensis in habitat at a locality where both species occur. Afterwards you will be taken to the conference venue at no extra cost.
You must arrive at the latest Saturday, 18th August. The night of your arrival will be spent at a hotel close to the airport to recover from the flight. Please book your room online at at the Dove's Nest Guest House. The bus will depart from here for the habitat visit and conference venue. Click here to download a PDF file with more information about the guest house.
Most of the activities of the Conference will happen at the Ingwenyama Resort. All the academic activities (talks, poster session, forum/mixers) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (20, 21, 23, 24 August) are programmed in the Conference Auditorium and surrounding spaces.
For more information about Ingwenyama resort visit: https://ingwenyama.co.za/
WELCOME AND FAREWELL CEREMONIES
The welcome and farewell ceremonies will happen at Ingwenyama Resort on the evenings of Sunday, August 19th and Friday, August 24th.
FIELD TRIP (Wednesday, August 22nd)
On Wednesday the 22nd, delegates can take part in a number of activities organized by Ingwenyama resort, including a day trip to Kruger National Park. More information will be made available later on this site. These activities are not included in the conference fees.
A visit to the Lowveld Botanical Garden is a must and if sufficient interest is expressed a visit to the habitat of E. humilis might be arranged. The Lowveld Botanical Garden has one of the best collections of Encephalartos species and has been involved in in-situ and ex-situ conservation for many years.
For more information about the Lowveld Botanical Garden visit: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/lowveld
INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD AND DRINKS
All of the Conference participants will be provided with lunch at the venue every day (20, 21, 23, 24 August) from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. We will also have coffee stations during the morning and the afternoon breaks available for Conference participants. Delegates with special dietary requirements must please let Ingwenyama Resort know about their preferences. Dinner is not covered by the Conference registration but included in the accommodation if you stay at the resort.
For more information Ingwenyama Resort visit: https://ingwenyama.co.za/
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MBOMBELA / WHITE RIVER
Mbombela is situated in the eastern most province of South Africa and the capital of Mpumalanga Province. Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, is the gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden is beautiful and well worth a visit. Northwest of the city are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with its unusual rock formations.
The area is well-known for its citrus farms and it is a key agricultural hub. Industries include canning, juicing and extract of citrus fruit and other fresh produce. The fertile soil and the subtropical climate provide good conditions for the growing of citrus and tropical fruits like mango, banana, avocado, papaya and macadamia nuts. The region produces some 700 tons of macadamia nuts each year. Sugar is big business in the region and at least one major producer is located in the area.
In August one can expect temperatures between high teens to high twenties and since it is before the rainy season days are sunny.
For more tourist information visit: https://www.places.co.za/html/nelspruit.html