The conference will be held in the Kruger National Park at the Berg-en-Dal Camp. We put some photographs of animals on the site.
Much international acclaim has been accorded the Kruger National Park, which is regarded as one of the world's finest examples of wildlife management. A major international tourist draw card unrivalled in its rich diversity, the park offers a wilderness experience which ranks with the best in Africa.
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, Kruger is one of the most famous parks in the world and the oldest one in Africa. It is 350 km long from north to south, at most 60 km in width and covers a surface area of 1 948,528 hectares. It is home to great numbers and varieties of amphibians, reptiles, birds and 147 mammal species, including the Big Five. The sight of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo is always a thrill, especially at close range on a conducted wilderness trail. But many visitors get as big a kick out of spotting a kudu, a warthog or one of the eagle species.
Most people choose to explore in the comfort of their own cars, to stop and stare, to take the perfect photograph, and to follow at whim when the unexpected beckons. After an exciting day in the bush, sunset heralds the crackle of campfire, sundowners and shared anecdotes.
At night, you'll be lulled to sleep by a chorus of nocturnal birds or you may share in a never-to-be-forgotten bush experience on ruger night drives. Powerful spotlights slice through the mystery of the African night, revealing the secret, the undiscovered - the comical porcupine, the wheeling nightjar, smartly turned out civets and genets as well as the sinister predators and scavengers of the night.
Whether you choose to rough it or join the jetset on safari, the Kruger National Park offers a range of accommodation to suit all preferences, from tents to rondavels and luxury guesthouses. The main camps have an excellent range of visitor facilities, including licensed restaurants, shops, swimming pools and conference venues.
All roads leading to the park's eight access gates are tarmac, while inside the park the roads are tarred or have good gravel surfaces. There are daily flights from Johannesburg to the main camp, Skukuza, where cars can be hired.
The park's genuine African atmosphere has an enchantment that entices the visitor to return. Those who wish to experience it have to relax, look and listen. Once one has learnt to appreciate every aspect of bush life, there is no end to the surprises it holds and it becomes possible to enjoy the park to its fullest extent.
One of the main objectives of the park management is to maintain the ecosystem in its natural state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the visitor.
In the Kruger National Park the climate in June is mild and dry. The average daily minimum temperature is 10 deg centigrade and the maximum temperature is 27 deg centigrade.
At this time of year sunrise is at approximately 06:30 and sunset at 17:15.
One of the main reasons why this conference will take place in winter is because of the danger of malaria in summer. Normally we do not have any malaria problems in winter. However, if you are still in doubt, the official Kruger Park Statement on Malaria can be found here.
By the rules of the Park, visitors are under no circumstances allowed to leave any camp after 17:30. So you are there for the night.
We recommend that visitors to the Park bring
Personal note from Johann: My family and I are totally addicted to the Kruger Park. We have to go there at least once a year to avoid withdrawal symptoms. We can truthfully say that this is the one place in the world where we experience total peace. During our last visit our son Thys took photographs of some of the animals. I posted them here if you would like a taste.
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp
The camp is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view over softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Accommodation includes six bed cottages (some equipped for the handicapped) and three bed chalets. A trail for the blind has been laid out in the rest camp. It will be possible to exchange travelers cheques at Berg-en-Dal on weekdays.
The nearest town to the camp is Malelane, a distance of approximately 20 kilometres. There is a bank, post office, pharmacy, doctor etc at Malelane. Please note that no regular transport will be provided for participants wishing to go to Malelane, but the minibuses will be available for hire. Also note that the camp gates close at 17:30 every evening to ensure the safety of both the visitors to the Park and the game. For this reason visitors are restricted to the campsite at night.
Some other camps in the area
This is the largest rest camp and also the operational and administrative headquarters of the park. The rest camp is situated in the southern part of the park on the bank of the Sabie River. Historical sites in the camp are the dogs' cemetery, bell tower, old pontoon bridge, train bridge, Selati Rail Museum and Campbell Hut Museum. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library is open to the public. During school holidays programmes are presented in the environmental education centre. Game is abundant in the area and drives along any of the surrounding roads are certain to produce sightings of a wide variety of animals and birds. Accommodation consists of six bed cottages (one cottage has been adapted for handicapped persons), forbad cottages, two/three-bed huts and forbad and towed tents.
The rest camp is situated on the bank of a dam in the Sabie River in the southern part of the Kruger National Park. With its large lawns and shade trees this camp is a very popular family destination. Owing to the abundant foliage and waterholes in the area, game abounds here. At another small dam situated only one kilometre from the camp, crocodile, hippo and various species of birds can be sighted. Accommodation comprises fevered cottages, luxury two/three-bed huts and basic two/three/five-bed huts.
Crocodile Bridge is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Kruger National Park near the bank of the Crocodile River. The camp also serves as an entrance gate into the park and is only 12 km from Komatipoort and the national N4 highway. Five km from the camp visitors may leave their vehicles for a short walk to the river to watch the hippo lazing in the pools. Elephant and rhino are often sighted in this vicinity. Accommodation consists of two/three-bed huts. Two of the huts are equipped for handicapped persons. You can book here for any of the bush camps.
Biyamiti is situated on the bank of the Biyamiti River about 41 km from the Malelane Gate and 26 km from Crocodile Bridge Gate. Crocodile Bridge Gate is only 12 km from the N4 highway, which makes this camp easily accessible. There are 15 family cottages which can accommodate a maximum of 70 visitors.