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Sub-Saharan Africa: Business Events Made Easy: Kruger Lowveld Ehlanzeni


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Internationally renowned for its wildlife experiences, the Kruger National Park spans nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity. Hundreds of different species call this enormous, magnificent wildlife park and conservation area home: 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish, and 34 amphibians. The southern part of the park is in the Kruger Lowveld region, located in the province of Mpumalanga. It offers ample venues for small to mid-sized conferences and events, and is ideal for incentive travel and teambuilding getaways, with a myriad mountainous hills and panoramas to satisfy Instagram nuts. 

The far north of the Kruger is wildest and most difficult to access – perfect for intrepid adventurers. Borders between South Africa’s Kruger, Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou, have been demolished to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, giving way to a colossal wilderness region. 

Key Venues

Kruger National Park has a host of lodges, luxury resorts and tented accommodation to suit the roughest to the most glamorous of visitors. There are 10 major luxury lodges recommended by South Africa National Parks (SANParks), and 12 main rest camps with electricity, a first-aid centre, a shop, braai and communal kitchen facilities, as well as a variety of satellite camps, bushveld camps, lodges, and overnight hides.

Casambo Exclusive Guest Lodge

Casambo Exclusive Guest Lodge, located in Mpumalanga, is a tranquil getaway and small conference destination, offering meeting space for up to 250 delegates. Africa Hall, its main venue, has state-of-the art technology, professional sound systems, comfortable seating and is fully air-conditioned. It is discretely positioned in the serene gardens of Casambo, allowing for total peace and privacy. The lodge is between 30 minutes and 2 hours from most major attractions in the Lowveld area. It is home to a vibrant creative arts community and hosts live performances and jam sessions once a month. www.casambo.co.za.

MEETING SPACE PLENARY/DESCRIPTION
Africa Hall 250 delegates
115 @ Casambo Ideal for private functions
The Lapa Outdoor venue

Pestana Kruger Lodge

Pestana Kruger Lodge overlooks the Crocodile River and is ideal for a wild conference or brainstorming getaway. The venue holds up to 150 delegates with plenty of natural light and scenic beauty. Pestana’s beautiful deck is perfect for spotting osprey, hippos and other animals as you sip on cocktails. www.pestana.com/en/hotel/pestana-kruger-lodge 

MEETING SPACE AREA (M2) CINEMA CLASSROOM BANQUET COCKTAIL U-SHAPE
Impala A 113 150 120 120 150 30
Kudu 72 60 60 60 60 24

Incentive Travel Products

As one of Africa’s foremost wildlife conservation areas, the Kruger is a popular option for international incentive travellers who are visiting the continent for the first time. Safaris range from one-day visits to six days or more, with classic experiences such as elephant encounters, wilderness exploration, eco getaways, and exclusive luxury holidays. A number of DMCs offer specialised trips such as horse trails or birding safaris. There are also incentive options for those with disabilities. 

The Kruger Lowveld region surrounding the park is ideal for those in search of a sensory feast. Natural wonders like the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window are incredible to behold, while the more adventurous can freefall off a cliff on The Big Swing, go white river rafting, rock climbing, or quad biking. Incentive tours to historical towns like Pilgrims Rest or cultural villages like Shangana can be added to the itinerary. 

Climate

The Kruger Lowveld is a year-round destination with excellent game viewing during dry winter months from July to August, with full waterholes, lush bushveld, and newborn wildlife in the wet summer season from November to December.

Access

Nelspruit is the closest gateway to the Kruger region, with daily connections from OR Tambo in Johannesburg via South African Airways. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Johannesburg and travel the remaining 420km by road. 

Currency and Exchange Rate

South African Rands (ZAR) US Dollar (USD) Euro (EUR) Chinese Yuan (CNY)
50 3.79 3.33 25.73

Contacts

SA National Parks (SANParks)
Head Office
: 643 Leyds Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111 / +27 (0)82 233 9111
Email: Traveltrade@sanparks.org
Web: www.sanparks.org 

Kruger National Park Skukuza Restcamp
Contact: Kate Katane
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 4030
Email: kate.katane@sanparks.org 

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
Head Office
: Hall’s Gateway on the N4 National Highway, Nelspruit
Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5300/01
Email: info@mtpa.co.za


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