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Getting to the venue The Kruger National Park Johannesburg

Venue address and contact information

Hans Merensky Hotel
3 Copper Street
Phalaborwa
1390
South Africa

GPS coordinates: S 23° 57' 51.577" E 31° 10' 3.586"
-23.964327, 31.167663

Telephone number: +27 15 781 3931

Email address: reservations@hansmerensky.com


Venue address and contact information The Kruger National Park Johannesburg

Getting to the venue

The closest international airport to the conference venue is O.R. Tambo International in Johannesburg. There are currently two connecting flights between O.R. Tambo and Phalaborwa each day. These flights are operated by SAA Airlink. Direct flights to Johannesburg are available from many major European airports.

There is a shuttle available from the Phalaborwa airport to the Hans Merensky Hotel where the conference will take place. It is expected that most participants will arrive on Monday 27 June 2016. Please note that the registration fees include accommodation and dinner for the 27th. Fees for the shuttle service will be for the particpants' own account. Participants may contact Stephanie Luyt, the event coordinator, or hotel reservations directly to arrange for a shuttle to pick them up.

Some participants may prefer to rent a car from O.R. Tambo airport (or Johannesburg) and to drive to Phalaborwa. This journey will take approximately 6 hours but there are many interesting sites en route. Motorists in South Africa drive on the left-hand side of the road. Any valid driver's licence is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English. For more information on driving in South Africa please visit South Africa info.

The major car-rental companies include: Avis, Bidvest, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Tempest.


Venue address and contact information Getting to the venue Johannesburg

The Kruger National Park

Some participants may wish to spend time before or after the conference in the Kruger National Park. There are many different rest camps within the park, each of which has a variety of accommodation options. SAA Airlink also offers flights between O.R. Tambo International airport and the Skukuza airport inside the Kruger National Park situated just outside the Skukuza rest camp.

Registration fees will include two game drives inside the Kruger National Park, entering the park at the Phalaborwa gate.

Venue address and contact information Getting to the venue The Kruger National Park

Johannesburg

The Gautrain is a high-speed rail link that connects O.R. Tambo Airport with central Johannesburg. Taxis (including Uber) are available from the airport and around the city.

Once in Johannesburg there is an open-top hop-on-hop-off bus that transports visitors between the most popular tourist sites.

Apartheid Museum: this museum traces the history of racial segregation in South Africa. Starting right from the discriminatory legislation of the early 1900’s it follows the country’s history through the decades of Apartheid up until the start of democracy in 1994.

Origins Centre: a museum that traces the history of modern humankind and the development of art, symbolism and technology on the African continent. It houses ancient tools, artefacts and an extensive collection of rock art.

Constitution Hill: in 1996 South Africa adopted a new Constitution. The building that houses the Constitutional Court was built on the site of an old prison in central Johannesburg. The site now houses the Court as well as a museum of the prison that at different times incarcerated both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Sections of the Court have been built using the bricks from the old prison and the Court houses an extensive collection of art. Tours of the Court and the prison can be arranged at the tourist office on site.

Sterkfontein Caves: some of the earliest hominid fossils in the world have been found in the underground caves at Sterkfontein. The site is approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg and offers an excellent tour of the caves that details how the fossil discoveries have helped scientists to piece together the history of our ancestors.

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