INDABA 7 will be held at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This is the same venue at which the first four Indabas were held. Delegates should arrive at the venue on Sunday 2 September and depart again on the morning of Friday 7 September.
One of the Kruger Park's main objectives is to maintain the ecosystem in its natural state and to offer the visitor an unrivalled experience of African wildlife. While offering comfortable accommodation facilities, the Park has retained a genuine African atmosphere - to the delight of the scores of visitors to South Africa. September falls within the popular season to visit the lowveld for those who wish to escape the cold of the highveld. During this time surface water is restricted to rivers and artificial watering holes and the animals tend to congregate there. Because the grass is dry and most trees are leafless, visibility is also much better.
One of South Africa's authors and nature lovers, C Louis Leipoldt, wrote the following about this part of the country: “The ideal time to visit the Bushveld is in winter, from May to November. Then the climate is charmingly even: its mornings, when the sun tinges the tops of the bush, are delightfully crisp and cool; its noon is pleasantly but not relaxingly warm; its afternoons and evenings, stained by an all-too-brief afterglow with amazingly vivid colouring, are as mild and beautiful as a summer's night in Europe.”
Excursions into the Park will give both delegates and accompanying persons the opportunity to view the unparalleled diversity of wildlife, including antelope, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal, black and white rhinoceros, an exceptional variety of bird species and numerous other wild creatures.
Skukuza is the largest camp in the Kruger Park and is situated in the heart of Big Five territory in the southern part of the park on the bank of the Sabie River. Facilities available include a shop, ATM, internet cafe, library, post box, laundromat, public telephones, fuel station and restaurant.
Accommodation is available in air-conditioned, self-contained chalets. Most of the accommodation consists of 3-bed bungalows (in which two or three people can be accommodated) all with bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. There are also 12 guest cottages booked for the conference, each with 2 bedrooms. All units in the camp are serviced daily and bedding, towels and soap are provided. All units have air conditioning. Please note that there are no wake-up call services and you will have to bring your own hair dryer.
Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you would like to share accommodation. Please also communicate any special accommodation requirements to the conference secretariat.
Families or groups wishing to stay together must contact us well in advance to ensure booking of appropriate accommodation. Prices for such arrangements will depend on final availability. Because the accommodation capacity within each category varies, it is impossible to guarantee a specific allocation. We will, however, try our best to meet your specific requirements. Accommodation will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Shared accommodation can only be allowed if the partner is indicated on the registration form.