Highly recommended conference venues situated in and around great game parks and reserves in Africa with game lodges that can successfully host small to large-scale conferences, corporate events and off-site meetings in the bush…
If you are looking for the perfect venue in the African bush to host your next conference, corporate function, or off-site event, look no further than the following bush camps and game lodges. These safari destinations provide the necessary IT infrastructure, seating, and accommodation options to suit a variety of specific requirements. Conference sizes can range from small breakaway groups and meetings to groups of up to 1000 delegates. The safari accommodation and activities on offer will add a unique aspect to your conference or event.
Perfect for large-scale conferencing and corporate incentive trips, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located only 4km away from the iconic Victoria Falls, and is the perfect base from which to enjoy the host of attractions and activities found in the area. The accommodation is luxurious and the facilities top class. The lodge is set in a bushveld setting with stunning views over a popular waterhole, famed it being the ultimate sundowner spot. This stunning setting and first-rate facilities make this lodge an ideal wedding and conference venue.
Thornybush Game Lodge , Lowveld
One of the oldest safari lodges in South Africa, this lodge is found in the Thornybush Game Reserve with glorious views of the Drakenbserg Mountains. This is a classic safari venue with superb conference facilties. Its located within a short drive of the nearby East Gate International Airport so is easy to get people to from Johannesburg and further afield. The lodge has 18 luxury rooms and two family suites but there is plenty of surplus accommodation for delegates in other lodges and camps on the Thornybush reserve. All rooms have views over a river and have private outdoor showers in each. Delicious bush dinners are a special feature for delegates attending a conference at Thornybush.
Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe
Overlooking a dam and surrounded by rocky hills, Tau Game Lodge is the perfect location from which to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Madikwe Game Reserve. The chalets look out over a waterhole, and are comfortable and well-furnished. The lodge has a health spa offering various treatments, and its conference facility can accommodate up to 120 people. There is plenty of surplus accommodation on the Madikwe Reserve enabling weddings of any size to be hosted here.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands
Overlooking a busy waterhole and the surrounding bush, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge consists of 25 suites. The lodge is located in the distinguished Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is 100% family and child-friendly. Facilities available include a health spa, conference facilities and a luxurious bridal couple’s private suite with a private plunge pool and in-room dining. If you are keen to see the Big 5 on your wedding day then this is the wedding venue for you.
Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
Kariega Game Reserve is situated within 15 minutes rive of the popular seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea and an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. The reserve has several lodges easily accommodating conferences for up to 120 guests. The main lodge is located at the top of a hill with expansive views over the valley below. Kariega is well-suited to large groups with various activities, including hiking and mountain biking on offer as well as the beach just down the road.
True to its name, Phinda Mountain Lodge is located at the top of a mountain, offering incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Each suite’s private veranda opens onto the spectacular view, with elevated viewing decks around the lodge. Phinda is located within a few hour’s drive of Durban and is a great place to do business in the bush with top-grade facilities and exceptional service. Phinda Private Game Reserve, is home to the Big 5 and is one of the best places in Southern Africa to view cheetah in the wild. Conferencing for small – large groups can be comfortably accommodated at Phinda.
Located in the far south of the Kruger National Park on the banks of the river, this easily accesible (5 hours from Pretoria and 5 and a half from Johannesburg) camp offers views of a hilly landscape. Campsites, bungalows, cottages and luxury units are all available as accommodation options to guests. Guests can explore the famous Kruger in their own vehicles or on a guided game drive or bush walk, or enjoy some of the many other activities offered: children’s programmes, wildlife film screenings and an eco-display exhibit. The camp’s facilities include a pool, restaurant, shop, Laundromat and great conference facilities.
Mopani Rest Camp is located on the banks of a dam in the central region of the world-famous Kruger National Park. The camp offers various types of accommodation that cater to different guest requirements. The units are all air-conditioned, with barbecue facilities, and there is also a luxury guest suite for larger groups. Aside from the signature Kruger game drives, the camp offers many other activities. An interesting feature of this camp is its close proximity to the Tropic of Capricorn.
Located in the unique and diverse Augrabies Falls National Park, this camp offers guests several accommodation options. Choose from camping, self-catering chalets and family cottages, each with various facilities. Explore the fascinating landscape of the park, which is home to a plethora of plant and animal life, on hikes, game drives, and mountain bikes. The Augrabies Waterfall and river gorge is a landmark of the park that is a must-see.
This rustic lodge is located in Mokala National Park, a beautiful blend of hills and open plains. The lodge consists of 15 bungalows, each air-conditioned and furnished. There is a pool, restaurant, bar, entertainment area and conference facility at the lodge. Guests can enjoy various activities, including guided game drives, birding, hiking and 4×4 trails.
Home to over 700 zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park is a malaria-free park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The rest camp provides guests with family cottages as well as camping facilities, a restaurant and a shop. Each unit is serviced daily, and has its own barbecue facility. Guided and self-driven game drives are the perfect way to explore the park, while hiking and 4×4 trails are also available. Guests can enjoy something different during their stay at the park: Cheetah tracking and a visit to the San Rock Art caves are on offer.
Meaning “Place of the Rock”, Kwa Maritane is found on the slopes of a volcano. It is found in the Pilanesberg National Park, a malaria-free region, and is only a 2 hour drive way from Johannesburg. The accommodation units are air-conditioned, with coffee/tea facilities and satellite TVs. Its proximity to Johannesburg makes it the perfect conference venue.
A conference venue with a difference and only 5 hours drive from Cape Town. Located in the vast desert biome of South Africa’s Karoo, the Karoo National Park offers various accommodation options to suit any guest’s requirements. Accommodation is serviced daily, with breakfast included in the cost. The camp has a swimming pool, and guests can enjoy self-drive or guided game drives, as well as hikes – the perfect way to enjoy the fascinating and unique plant and animal life of the Karoo.
Located on the banks of the Sabie River in prime Big 5 country in the Kruger National Park. Skukuza Camp is the head quarters of the Kruger and as such is more of a village than a bushcamp with everything from restaurants to its own golf-course. Skukuza offers guests the option of self-catering chalets, camping or caravanning accommodation. Guided game drives and bush walks can be arrnaged which allow guests to experience the unrivalled wildlife of the Kruger. Other activities offered include wildlife film screenings, a bird hide, children’s programmes, and traditional dances. There is also a 9-hole ‘bush’ golf course at the camp.
Located in the beautiful Garden Route National Park in South Africa, Ebb-and-Flow camp provides various accommodation types. The setting for the camp is nothing short of spectacular: forests, mountains, rivers and beaches combine to form a natural wonderland. A wide range of activities are available: from hiking, canoeing, cycling, paragliding and fishing, to birding, abseiling and whale-watching, there is no shortage of entertainment at this camp. Decent conferencing facilities are available.
Golden Gate National Park is a superb conference venue whhich is easily accessible from Johannesburg and Durban. The Golden Gate Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, which gets its name from the golden hue of the cliffs as the sun reflects off them. This spectacular setting is complemented by a range of services and facilities. 34 chalets, each fully equipped, provide comfortable and luxurious accommodation in this breathtaking environment. To best take in the spectacular scenery guests can enjoy self-drives, hiking and 4×4 trails.