When we think of conferencing, generally the first things that will come to mind are sterile looking boardrooms or conference rooms striped with desks and chairs. Whilst some may argue that fewer distractions will result in greater productivity, others may counter that bland environments don’t inspire much in terms of creativity and strategic thought. A possible compromise on this is to consider a venue that is more informal, possibly outdoors or in the bush which provides the benefit of adequate conferencing facilities coupled with inspiration from wildlife and nature.
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INTUNDLA GAME LODGE & BUSH SPA
Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa is situated in a private nature reserve just 30 minutes outside of Pretoria in the Dinokeng region. Apart from having ample facilities for conferencing, they’re also able to assist with team building, functions and the cherry on top is spa treatment options for delegates or their partners. With six conference/function venues, a restaurant, boma, business centre, swimming pool, cocktail bar and 37 luxury en-suite thatched rooms you can expect your every need to be take care of.
Portion 7 Hammanskraal Road (R628), Boekenhoutskloof, Dinokeng, Pretoria
012 735 9913
THE FARM INN
The Farm Inn is a privately-owned Country Hotel and Conference Centre, just 20 minutes outside of Central Pretoria and is a wildlife estate within the city. With over 23 indigenous species, including lion, leopard and cheetah, delegates will be spoilt for scenery whilst not having to drive too far to get to the venue. They have 17 different conference venues of differing sizes and can accommodate up to 300 delegates. The hotel has WiFi connectivity throughout and can also offer team building and drumming in the bomas or gardens. With a selection of accommodation options from self-catering to economy rooms and deluxe rooms to suites there is a suitable boarding for all and with game drives and wildlife interactions, there are also activities for spouses while delegates are in session.
Silverlakes Rd, Silverlakes, Pretoria
012 809 0266
MONGENA GAME LODGE
Mongena Game Lodge is a four-star, Big Five game lodge just 35kms from Pretoria. From a conferencing perspective, it has a state-of-the-art conference centre with four modern venues that can accommodate between ten and 90 delegates, with boardrooms for breakaways and focus groups. It has a 28-hectare scenic dam flanked by the Pienaars and Boekenhout rivers – providing cruises to take in the gorgeous bush sunset – a perfect way to end a long day of strategising. Their Fisheagle Boat House Boma facility is situated on the dam and is a perfect venue for launches, awards dinners, team building activities and gala dinners. The eco-safari challenge is a great alternative to traditional team building exercises and delegates may even come face-to-face with some wildlife as they and their dedicated rangers search for clues and checkpoints!
10km on the Rust de Winter Road, D48, Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal