South Africa provides the corporate visitor with venues and facilities of the highest international standard – for corporate incentive trips, international events and exhibitions. The country is a tantalizing blend of modern vibrant cities and infrastructure, unspoiled wilderness and safaris, countless sandy beaches and with a warm and friendly rainbow of cultures.
South Africa has become an ideal location for international conferences, conventions, trade shows and symposiums.
For the corporate market, venues range from intimate bush hideaways to hotels and resorts for smaller conferences or for larger, world class convention centres.
Directory of MICE Venues in South Africa
Gauteng – gateway to South Africa and destination for business travellers and visitors to international conventions
Johannesburg hosted Africa’s biggest conference to date, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. An estimated 40 000 delegates, including about 190 heads of state, were spread across three of the city’s premier venues: the Sandton Convention Centre, which boasts the most advanced conferencing and exhibition technologies available; the Expo Centre, the largest convention facility on the continent; and the Wanderers Stadium.
Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg has a capacity of 5,000 and the Coca-Cola Dome – also in Johannesburg – and Durban Exhibition Centre can host large trade shows.
Durban, North and South Coast Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC Durban)
The Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban is one of the largest in the country. Along with its adjacent Durban Exhibition Centre, it can handle conferences of up to 15000 delegates. This venue hosts the annual Indaba travel trade show, which showcases Southern Africa’s best tourism destinations and products. In 2001, it was the venue for the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism.
Western Cape Province
Cape Town The Cape Town International Convention Centre can cater for conventions of up to 10,000 delegates. Operators catering specifically to the corporate market are able to organize small conferences, team building experiences, incentives and executive breakaways.
The Eastern Cape at a Glance
Blue Flag beaches – The Sunshine Coast stretches from Tsitsikamma to East London and gets the most sunshine in South Africa, making it a year long vacation destination. There are no less than 4 Blue Flag beaches in the Eastern Cape which are internationally recognized for excellence in management, clean facilities and amenities. Blue Flag beaches are re-evaluated annually.
Malaria free safaris – The Eastern Cape offers a number of game reserves and two national parks, making it one of South Africa’s top malaria free safari destination options.
Bungee! – Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, 216m (708 feet) above the Bloukrans River. This is the third highest commercially operated bungee jump in the world. Macau Tower in Macau, China is currently the highest at 233 m (764 feet).
Scuba diving and snorkeling – There as many sites in the Eastern Cape for Scuba Diving, including East London, Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay. Dive sites with reefs include Nahoon, Kwelera, Jeffreys, Roman and Phillips Reef (Algoa Bay). Wreck sites include the Haerlem, North End and Paris Maru wrecks.
In the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, the wrecks of two vessels, Catherine and Justina, wrecked in the 1840’s can be found only 1km (0.6mile) from the Fish River Mouth.
Addo Elephant National Park – near Port Elizabeth The park is within an hour’s drive of Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth to the Addo Main Camp is 72km (under 45 miles). Whether visiting for a day as a self drive, or staying over in one of the rest camps, visitors will experience not only superb game viewing but a chance to enjoy several adventure activities. If preferred, a guided tour from Port Elizabeth is possible. A number of tour companies offer day tours to the park. Check the sidebar on the left for listed tour companies or contact Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism for a list of operators and telephone numbers.