Gauteng conference venues

THE PROVINCE

With a total area of 16 500 square kilometres, Gauteng is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. While it’s South Africa’s smallest province, it has the second-largest population after KwaZulu-Natal, and by far the highest population density – over 570 people per square kilometre.

The Highveld is chock-a-block with golf courses, and the high altitude means golfers are able to strike the ball further than they might be used to. Not bad!

SELECTED CONFERENCE & EXPO VENUES

Absa Conference Centre

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About a 45-minute drive from the OR Tambo International Airport, nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg in Montana Park, Pretoria, the Absa Conference Centre offers 11 conference venues and 56 bedrooms.

It hosts seminars, planning sessions, workshops, conferences, weddings and any other function one may be planning.

Equipment is supplied and a good variety of menus are available for catering.

Teambuilding exercises are available too.

For leisure time there are activities such as swimming, volleyball and table tennis.

Accolades

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Accolades is located near Grand Central Airport in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, within a kilometre of the Midrand Gautrain Station. It’s a beautiful venue for conferences, weddings, private theme functions and luxury accommodation.

There is a business room, and faxing and copying is available. Standard supplied equipment includes flipcharts/whiteboards, notepads, pens, cordials, water, and mints. Wireless Internet is also available.

There is ample open parking, 24-hour security, and catering is provided for all culinary requirements.

CSIR International Convention Centre

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Easily accessible from Johannesburg on the N1 Highway, and located in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, the CSIR Conference Centre can host as many as 700 delegates.

Standard equipment is supplied for conferences and there are soundproof facilities available for interpreters, as well as individual microphones.

In addition, telephones, ISDN lines and video conferencing is available. Catering, too, is provided and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Casa Toscana

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Casa Toscana offers six conferences venues, seating up to 150 delegates. Included in standard packages are mineral water; three tea breaks with refreshments; a full buffet lunch; sets menus available for conferences of less than 15 people; flip chart stands; pens; paper; screens and white boards; mints, television and video machines. Optional extras include stationary, a PA sound system, break-away rooms, and data projector.

Casa Toscana has a four-star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. It has 10 en-suite rooms for accomodation. They include air-conditioning, satellite television, free wireless Internet, and DVD players among other features.

Centurion Conference Centre

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Located to the east of Pretoria, the Centurion Conference Centre is just a 25- minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport.

It has undercover parking and 24-hour security. It also boasts 135 bedrooms.

There are four conference rooms, as well as breakaway rooms. The largest facility is able to host up to 200 delegates.

Standard equipment is supplied and there is also a business centre. The centre lies in close proximity to Centurion City, home to many restaurants, shops and movie cinemas.

Centurion Lake Hotel

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Located in Centurion, east of Pretoria, the Centurion Lake Hotel is a comfortable half-an-hour’s drive from Johannesburg International Airport. An airport shuttle is available.

The hotel has 160 bedrooms and 11 suites.

There are five conference venues, the largest of which is able to host 250 delegates.

Standard equipment is supplied, as are secretarial services.

The hotel is within easy reach of Centurion City and Supersport Centurion Cricket Ground.

Glenburn Lodge

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Glenburn Lodge is located within the “Cradle of Humankind”, a World Heritage Site, and is easily accessed from OR Tambo International Airport by the ‘ring road’ that runs around Johannesburg.

It boasts 100 rooms and the conference centre can host up to 600 people. There are eight conference rooms, three breakaway rooms and an executive boardroom.

Standard equipment is supplied and fax, photocopying and e-mail/Internet facilities are also available.

For leisure time activities there is hot air ballooning, horse riding, trout fishing, tennis, beach volleyball, a rock pool, jacuzzi, gym, pool room and an adventure golf course.

Irene Country Lodge

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Nestled in the historic village of Irene, and conveniently located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Irene Country Lodge is easily accessible from OR Tambo International Airport. It boasts beautiful gardens in a gentle country setting.

The Lodge offers seven conference venues and a number of different packages. Groups ranging in size from 15 to 280 people can be accommodated.

Provided standard conference equipment includes data projector, screen, overhead projector, flipchart and whiteboard.

Kievits Kroon

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Kievits Kroon is an upmarket Cape Dutch-style country estate located just 10 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Sandton. It features plenty of luxurious accommodation, a spa that includes steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis, swiss showers, plunge pools and a heated indoor swimming pool, and conference facilities.

The state-of-the-art conference facilities include a fully-equipped business centre, professional support personnel and tasty cuisine. There are 12 venues accommodating from 10 to 350 delegates at a time. Conference packages can be tailor-made to suit individual requirements.

If required, superior technical equipment can also be arranged. Wireless Internet is available throughout the conference centre.

Leriba Lodge

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A four-star hotel, in Clubview, Centurion, Leriba Lodge boasts 60 luxury en suite rooms, 11 well equipped conference venues which can seat 750 delegates per day, a full a la carte restaurant, walk in wine cellar, coffee shop, scuba and golf academy, spa and wellness centre, river lapa, open air business pub, large swimming pool, heated pool, and sandbunker and green.

Catering, newspapers and parking are also provided.

The largest venue hosts up to 400 people, with the smallest one hosting just 10 people.

If necessary, transfers from OR Tambo International Airport can be arranged.

Lesedi Cultural Village

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45 minutes drive north of Johannesburg, and 45 minutes from Pretoria, is the Lesedi Cultural Village, boasting four traditional villages -Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi – a conference venue with a difference.

Lesedi is steeped in the traditions of Africa and has three conference rooms able to accommodate up to 200 delegates.

Team-building exercises are held nearby and include abseiling, river rafting, high and low rope courses and line dancing.

Catering is supplied, as well as other extras including, if you require it, a tribal dance performance in the boma.

Maccauvlei Training & Conference Centre

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Besides a superb conference centre, Maccauvlei, in Vereeniging – a 40-minute drive from Johannesburg – also boasts a host of sporting facilities, perfect for relaxing after some hard convention work.

It offers a fantastic selection of menus for conference delegates, either set or buffet style, or for a real South African treat, a selection of braai menus, including spit, fish and traditional braais. In addition, tasty snack and breakfast menus are also offered.

Based in Vereeniging, Maccauvlei offers an ideal central location for a conference.

Midrand Conference Centre

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Conveniently located in Midrand, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Midrand Conference Centre has six function rooms, able to host up to 300 delegates. In addition, there are also breakaway rooms.

Standard equipment is supplied and the catering includes a large and varied menu.

The centre’s location puts it within easy reach of either Johannesburg or Pretoria for entertainment.

Misty Hills Country Hotel & Conference Centre

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Located in peaceful Muldersdrift, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre is easy to access from the OR Tambo International Airport.

It offers 10 conference venues, ranging in size from accommodating 800 people cinema-style to smaller groups of 30 delegates.

A wide variety of menus are offered from informal cocktail parties to sit-down dinners.

There are 104 rooms available for accommodation.

Misty Hills also has three swimming pools, a Japanese reflexology garden, a games room, gym and tennis court. Spa packages are also available to conference delegates.

Mount Grace Country House Hotel

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The Mount Grace lies an hour’s drive from Johannesburg in the stunning Magaliesberg Mountains and is a previous winner of the AA and SAA Accommodation Awards for “Best Country Hotel”.

It offers nine conference venues, allowing for groups ranging in size from 15 to 200 people. Catering and equipment is supplied and breakaway rooms are also available.

There is a team-building area, and fax, Internet and secretarial services are available.

Leisure activities include croquet, bowls, trout fishing, tennis, golf, horse riding, squash and hot air ballooning.

Olympus Stream Conference and Wedding Venue

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Olympus Stream is a conference and wedding venue in Pretoria East, situated only minutes from the suburbs of Menlyn, Woodlands, Woodhill and Faerie Glen.

It has a chapel, function hall, tea garden, swimming pool and secure parking.

Depending on seating arrangements, its conference venue can seat between 100 and 200 guests, while there are also two boardrooms that can seat between 20 and 30 guests each.

Saint George Hotel

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The Saint George’s Hotel is ideally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria and is built in a Mediterranean style, with marble patios, arches and beautiful gardens.

The hotel offers 12 multi-functional rooms, enabling it to host up to 2000 people.

Basic equipment is provided, as well as support staff.

Catering is included, featuring three coffee/tea breaks with snacks and a full lunch.

Valverde Country Hotel

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Valverde is a Spanish-style venue within the Muldersdrift area just outside Johannesburg.

Centrally located in a tranquil country environment, Valverde offers a variety of facilities and configurations, catering for groups from 2 to 200 people, from formal boardroom meetings to breakaway groups in the gardens.

All rooms are fully equipped with flipchart, overhead projector and screen, TV and VCR. PA systems are available at an additional charge. Fax, photocopying and e- mail/internet facilities are also available.

Waterfront Country Lodge

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Situated on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark, the Waterfront Country Lodge offers accommodation, the Annona Day Spa, and conference facilities.

There are two venues – the Kingfisher and the Loerie – which can host up to 100 delegates, They can be arranged into three different styles each. The venues come with audiovisual and other standard equipment.

Zebra Country Lodge

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Located about 30 kilometres from Pretoria, Zebra Country Lodge is also easy to reach from OR Tambo International Airport.

There are 41 bedrooms and four conference rooms, with the largest able to host up to 300 delegates cinema-style. Standard equipment is supplied.

For relaxation, there is game viewing, bush walks, birding safaris, horseback safaris, fishing, swimming, rowing, volleyball and outdoor chess.

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