How To Get To The Conference


PICK-UPS:

Please note that if you arrive by airplane or shuttle – we will be at the airport (KMIA) or shuttle pick-up point (CITY BUG at Sonpark Centre), to welcome you and take you through to Skukuza Rest Camp. This service is at an extra cost.  Please let us know your arrival and departure times so that we can arrange your pick-ups and drop-offs.

SCHEDULED FLIGHTS:

The closest airport to the venue is Skukuza airport. This airport has just recently opened up one scheduled flight per day from Cape Town and Johannesburg (Skukuza airport is about a 15 min drive from camp). Alternatively you can book a flight into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) which is listed as NELSPRUIT on the airlink website. KMIA is a 1½ hour drive from the venue. There is only one airline, SA Airlink, which has regular daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit). Please check their website www.flyairlink.com for more information on flight times and prices. 
Please note: Select the option ‘Nelspruit, South Africa’.

Ensure that you arrive in Nelspruit before 16:30, as the gates to the Kruger close early and you will run into delays if you arrive late in the evening. A late pass will have to be issued.

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SHUTTLE:

There is a local shuttle company that does the Johannesburg to Nelspruit drive regularly throughout the day. Please check out City Bugs website www.citybug.co.za for more information on departure times and prices.

CAR HIRE:

If you wish to hire a car for the duration of your stay – you are more than welcome to contact any of the car rental companies at KMIA, directly. Please click the following link for more information: http://www.kmiairport.co.za/travel-planning-3/car-rentals.html


General Travel Info

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LETTER OF INVITATION

All delegates requiring an invitation for visa purposes, please contact Susie (susie@jvracp.com). Please note that the South African Government requires that delegates must have paid their registration and accommodation in full before Letters of Invitation are issued.

VISA INFORMATION

When planning to attend the JvR Africa Congress of Psychology 2015 in South Africa, the following must be taken into consideration when applying for a visa:

  1. You must have an international return ticket to South Africa
  2. You must pay your registration fee and accommodation in full
  3. To enter South Africa you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you form part of the High-risk countries
  4. Proof of payment must be sent through to the organisers of the conference. Once received we will issue you with a ‘letter’ of invitation, which you will need in order to get your visa

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country. Click here to see which countries are currently exempt, and the requirements are subject to change. Please visit the South African Home Affairs website http://www.dha.gov.za. This website shows you exactly what is needed to apply for a visa.

PLUG POINTS

South African plug points are different to those found elsewhere in the world. Remember to bring along a universal adapter that you can use to charge your laptops, batteries etc. South African plug points are three-pin, rounded plugs. South African plug points take plug types C, D, M & N. Click here to see SA plug points.

INTERNET ACCESS

Skukuza currently has a wifi hotspot at the conference centre. The camp is in the middle of the bushveld, so please do not expect high speed internet. Vouchers will be available from the registration desk – which can be used to log into the hotspot. Please enquire on registration.

There is an internet working room which has the best internet connection in the camp. Please note that space is limited. If you are South African we urge you to bring along your external modems. If you are visiting us from abroad, you can enquire at OR Tambo about renting a device for the duration of your stay.

MEDICAL

The Kruger National Park is considered a medium risk area, so for those who are concerned – please consult your travel Doctor before you travel.  You will be visiting in our winter time which means the Malaria risk is very low. You can get prescriptions for prophylactics from your doctor. Malaria risk can also be reduced by using mosquito sprays and wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants in the evenings.

LIABILITY

Please note that it is the delegate’s responsibility to ensure that they have travel insurance in place for any unforeseen circumstances. Personal travel insurance is strongly recommended, since Going Africa Conferencing (GAC) and the JvR Africa Group act as an agent only in securing hotel accommodation, transport and travel services.

Under no circumstances shall the either of these aforementioned entities be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused by any accident, delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever arising from the arrangements made by contractors or their employees or resulting from the commissions or omissions of the contractors or their employees in rendering their services.

Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the public in general. Going Africa Conferencing (GAC) and the JvR Africa Group reserves the right to make changes where deemed necessary, without prior notice to the parties concerned. All disputes will be settled according to South African Law and, if legal action is instituted, all the parties to the action will be subject to the jurisdiction of the South African Courts.

CLIMATE

The climate at this time of year (May) consists or warm sunny days and colder mornings and evenings. May is the start of our Winter months so expect the vegetation to be thinned out and for the animals to congregate at the waterholes. Please remember to bring warm clothing. A beanie, scarf and jacket are always good to have, especially if you plan to go on a game drive or two. The back of the open 4×4 can get very cold. Average temperatures – high of 25’C , low of 6’C.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hat

  • Sun glasses

  • Sun screen

  • International plug point adapters

  • Warm clothing for the evenings and early mornings: scarf, jacket and a warm hat like a beanie
 

  • Mosquito spray

  • Light and cool clothing for the days

  • Any personal medication

  • For those going on safari after the conference: binoculars, camera, walking shoes, torch, bush coloured clothing

WHAT TO DO IN THE AREA

We have such an incredible province and there are so many things to do and see in the Mpumalanga area. Most delegates will be busy with conference sessions, but for those who will be accompanying delegates there are plenty of opportunities to visit the surrounding areas. For more information on any of these activities, please contact Susie and she will happily talk you through the options and costs involved. She can either book these for you in advance OR you can decide what to do on arrival.

  • Panoramic route: visit Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, pancakes in Graskop 

  • Visit Pilgrims Rest, an old mining town 

  • Hiking and waterfall visit 

  • Meet and walk with elephants at the Elephant Whispers Sanctuary 

  • Quad biking excursions through the forests and valleys of Mpumalanga 

  • Day safari trips into the Kruger National Park 

  • Swing through the trees on an exhilarating zipline excursion 

CURRENCY & BANK ACCESS

The South African currency is the RAND. Exchange rates fluctuate daily.For updated exchange rates please visit www.xe.com. Unfortunately foreign currency is not accepted in stores. If you wish to change money, there is a bureau de change at both the OR Tambo airport (Johannesburg) and KMIA airport (Nelspruit). There is a First National Bank at Skukuza camp, so you can withdraw money and exchange foreign currency, all within walking distance of the conference centre.

SOUTH AFRICAN LINKS

http://www.southafrica.net

http://www.southafrica.co.za

http://www.southafrica.com


Directions

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GPS Co-ordinates:
Latitude / Longitude: -24.99540, 31.592870

Please take note of the Kruger National Park Gate times. It is very important to be in and out of the camps before the closing times. Unfortunately if you are late, you will be fined by the parks board.

ENTRANCE GATE & CAMP GATE OPENING TIME: 6:00 am
ENTRANCE GATE & CAMP GATE CLOSING TIME: 5:30 pm



Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park’s gates.

By Air:
The closest airport to Skukuza is Skukuza airport which is in the Kruger National Park (15min from venue) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) that is situated between Nelspruit and White River (1.5 hours from venue). KMIA is situated approximately 15 km from White River and about 100 km from Paul Kruger Gate. There are daily scheduled flights between both aiports and O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with less frequent flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports respectively.

By Road:
Johannesburg to Paul Kruger Gate: Quickest route

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit.

  • Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River.

  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate.

  • Allow for about a 6½ hour trip from Johannesburg to Paul Kruger Gate

  • Skukuza camp is 12 km away from the gate. Allow for about a 30min drive until you get into camp.

Johannesburg to Phabeni Gate: Game drive route

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit.

  • Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River.

  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate.

  • Phabeni Gate is approximately 10 km from Hazyview.

  • Allow for about a 6 hour trip to Phabeni gate.

Skukuza Rest Camp is 39 km from the gate. Allow about 1¾ of an hour for the drive to the camp.


Golf Day

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The Skukuza Golf Course is a magnificent 9-hole (18-tee) course situated in the world-renowned Kruger National Park on the outskirts of Skukuza restcamp. The golf course was initially built in 1972 as a recreational facility for the Skukuza personnel. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious close-to-nature golfing experience, a unique opportunity for golfing enthusiasts to enjoy a round of golf within one of the world’s greatest conservation establishments.

The Skukuza Golf Course is designed for all levels of golfers. The course is a Par 72, and is 5950m (6450 yards) for men and 5059m (5480 yards) for women. Since the course is not fenced-in, uninvited spectators are a common sight, giraffe, hippo, impala, warthog and baboons to mention but a few. The course offers the pleasure of challenge and adventure. The course has no bunkers, although ‘aerial bunkers’ abound because of the many trees found on the course.

We are happy to offer a pre-golf day before the JvR ACP 2015 starts. We would like to invite delegates to join us on Sunday the 17th of May 2015 for an early lunch at 11:00am before teeing off at 12:00pm.

Cost R460.00 per person
Includes Lunch and green fees for 18 holes.
Excludes Club hire, caddie services, pull carts and golf carts. Note that if you wish to book any ‘extras’ these must be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Extra costs Club hire (R155)

Caddie services (R135.00)

Pull cars (R50.00)

Golf carts (290.00)

An indemnity form must be completed prior to playing.

  • Standard golf dress code applies

  • Caddies are available on weekends. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment

  • Motorised Golf Carts and Pull Carts are available for hire

  • Light refreshments and full bar facility daily