IASWG Symposium in Kruger National Park 2018

​Check-in/Registration

Typically, ​visitors go directly to the Skukuza Reception Office when they arrive. In our case, please go directly to the Conference Venue and meet Nosipho. She will give​ you​ the keys to your accommodation and receive the conservation fees for the other days not included in the symposium dates. ​​Please bring a copy of your booking confirmation and symposium registration.

​​Schedule of Events

To view a detailed schedule of events, please visit our website or click here: ​​www.iaswg.org/programme-at-a-glance.

​​Highlights include:

  • ​​Thursday’s Community Visit: The group will depart at 11:30 AM and return to the rest camp around 18:30. The Community Visit will be to the communities adjacent to the national park. We plan to take attendees ​in​ buses to two different child care centres where children go every weekday after school to receive a meal and play in a safe area for two hours. We will each paint a t-shirt with a child that the child can keep. If possible, attendees will eat with the children – the prescribed government meal for the day on the menu. Through music and art (therapy) attendees will spend time with the children.
  • ​​Thursday’s Boma Fire: Join us for an informal opportunity to socialize and connect at a traditional Boma Braai dinner in Skukuza, next to the river. There will be a delicious dinner, cash bar, and huge fire. The Boma Braai dinner is optional for anyone who wants to join. The cost is R185.00 per person (payable at the registration table, about $20). Meal includes: Succulent grilled karoo lamb chops, tender chicken fillet kebab, fresh garden salad, seasonable vegetable potjie, pap and sheba sauce, and garlic butter loaf. The Parks staff will make a large fire and guests can sit under a thatched area and eat and drink.
  • ​​Friday’s Welcoming Reception: This breakfast, opening reception, and plenary session will include a performance by the award-winning Giyani Society for ​t​he Aged Choir. From the District in Limpopo Province, the group has won provincial competitions for the last two years. They represented Limpopo at the National Choir Festival and performed at the "Premier meets Older Persons Lunch" in December 2017.
  • ​​Saturday’s Gala: The Gala event is a two-hour sunset/night drive in game viewing vehicles, followed by a bush braai. The trucks depart strictly at 16:30 on Saturday. At the time of departure​,​ all gala attendees must have signed an indemnity form. ​Please go to the bathroom before departing as there ​is no disembarking from the vehicles during the two hours’ drive. ​The first opportunity for a WC will be ​at the location of the bush braai. All should dress in warm clothes​:​ beanies, scarves, gloves, warm jackets, closed shoes and legs covered. It cools down​ significantly​ when the sun sets and ​it can be very cold on the open trucks. We will return to the rest camp by 21:00-21:30. Meal includes: matured beef sirloin, succulent grilled Karoo lamb chops, tender chicken kebab, venison, fresh garden salad, seasonable vegetable potjie, pap and sheba sauce (African dish made of mealie meal), garlic butter loaf, and dessert. One bottle red wine and one bottle white wine sponsored per table. The rest is a cash bar.
  • ​​Sunday’s Half-day Outdoor Experiential Session & Closing Ceremony: Sunday program is sponsored by the Skukuza Employee Assistance Office. We meet at 9:00am in front of the conference venue where the Skukuza buses will pick us up and drive us to the Skukuza soccer field for some recreational and experiential group work activities. This will entail tug-of-war, sack races etc. in teams of IASWG against Skukuza staff. We will have a drink and snack and then have the closing ceremony for the symposium and return to the camp by 11:00-11:30am.

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Program

A printable PDF of the program is available prior to your arrival by viewing the attached document. We will have hard copies available at Check-in/Registration for attendees.

​​Map

To view a map of the rest camp, ​click here.

​​Recommended Attire

The atmosphere in Kruger is very relaxed - safari and wildlife relaxed. Day temperatures in Skukuza currently range from 30-35 degrees Celsius. This means that you can wear short sleeve shirts during the day with slacks/denims. A light jacket or jersey can be kept handy as it is winter and may cool down at times. In the evening after 16:00 and at night, is can become quite cold. South Africa is even diverse in its daily temperatures: 25-35 degrees Celsius during the day and 6-10 degrees Celsius at night.

  • For the Thursday Visit: Dress very comfortably. We will drum and play with the children. And the area is quite dusty with limited resources such as taps and water. Slacks and t-shirts are appropriate.
  • For Symposium: Dress very relaxed and comfortable. A few of our IASWG Members from South Africa remarked that they often smile looking at tourists with full safari clothing.
  • For Sunday Program: Again, dress very relaxed and comfortable with sneakers and jeans. It is important to wear sunscreen.
  • For Gala Event: Dress warm as we drive out in open wildlife viewing vehicles. It can get very cold driving out in the bush. Beanies, gloves, scarves, warm socks, closed shoes, warm jackets are encouraged. The vehicles have a warm blanket for every person; however, please make sure to dress warm. Regardless of being cold, we guarantee that the two-hour night drive is amazing and very special.

​​Final clothing and packing reminders:

  • Bring your camera and binoculars.
  • Kruger does not provide hair dryers, you must provide your own.
  • Electricity is 220/230 volts.
  • Visit the CDC website or your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip for recommendations on vaccinations. The CDC has a list of health clinics across the U.S. at which you can get vaccines and medications such as Cipro for intestinal bacterial infections.
  • Malaria: The Kruger National Park is located in a malaria risk area and it is advised to take malaria prophylactics and wear bug spray when visiting the Park. Learn more.

​Wifi & Phone Signal​

  • Wireless Internet Connection: Free wifi is available in the conference venue. It is sufficient to surf the internet and connect to your email; however it can be slow if you plan to download or upload large files.
  • There is a strong mobile phone signal is available in Skukuza Rest Camp. Attendees will need to make their own arrangements regarding international roaming with their service providers prior to leaving their home countries. Alternatively, sim-cards for use on the South African networks can be purchased at Oliver Tambo International Airport. The largest South African network is Vodacom (a subsidiary of the British Vodaphone). Other possibilities are MTN or CellC - all networks have different phone and mobile data options available.