North West conference venues

THE PROVINCE

North West lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east and Free State province to the south. It is known as “the Platinum Province” for the wealth of the metal it has underground.

North West has a number of major tourist attractions, including the internationally famous Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve.

SELECTED CONFERENCE & EXPO VENUES

Dikhololo

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Situated 30 kilometres north-west of Brits, Dikhololo is a one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

It offers five conference venues and 420 rooms for accommodation. The conference venues are able to accommodate a maximum of 250 people.

Standard equipment as well as an ISDN facility is supplied, and team-building facilities are available.

There is much to do for relaxation: there are eight swimming pools, five tennis courts, two squash courts, volleyball, mountain biking, super-tubing, putt-putt and game drives available.

Valley Lodge

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Located in the tranquil Magaliesberg and within an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Valley Lodge boasts six conference rooms, able to host up to 150 people. Breakaway rooms can be arranged on request.

Standard equipment is supplied, and there is a restaurant and two bars on site.

Valley Lodge also has 64 bedrooms.

For relaxation there is a wide selection of choices available: tennis, horse riding, swimming, volleyball, fishing, boating, a gym, a reflexology, beauty and healing centre, a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.

Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Magaliesburg

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Set in the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains, on 10 acres of tranquil gardens, the Mount Grace Country House and Spa is an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

It has 81 bedrooms and luxury suites, with each room boasting a distinctive character and its own garden setting. The 14 Mountain Village rooms have private heated plunge pools, private dining areas, and DVD players.

The conference facilities allow for groups from 12 delegates to 220 to be hosted. Eight different venues allow for great flexibility, whether they are used alone or combined with other venues.

Basic equipment, such as televisions, VCRs, overhead projectors, screens and flip charts are provided, while additional equipment can be arranged. Secretarial services are also provided, as well as fax and Internet services. In addition, there is a team building area.

There are plenty of activities on offer, including mountain biking, bowls, croquet, tennis, horse riding, bird watching, country walks, trout and bass fishing, golf, hot air ballooning, with palaeontology tours to nearby caves, and wildlife outings to nearby game reserves. For gaming, Sun City and the Lost City are within easy reach.

For total relaxation, the Mount Grace Spa offers a unique hydrotherapy spa garden, with a state-of-the-art flotation pool. Professional services include spa treatments, massages, body wraps, hydrotherapy treatment baths and skincare treatments.

Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, Rustenburg

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The Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa is set in a private game reserve in the foothills of the Pilanesburg Mountains near Rustenburg. The land was once part of the farm Boekenhoutfontein, which belonged to the former President of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger.

The hotel offers 62 African-themed rooms, made up of 12 standard twin rooms, 33 deluxe rooms, and 15 super deluxe rooms. Then, there are two extra special offerings: the Royal Suite and the Presidential Suite.

There are seven fully equipped conference rooms. Business meetings, training, and team-building are all catered for.

Groups of up to 150 people can be hosted in the Boekenhoutfontein Room, while the Moletlegi Room takes 30, and the Kruger Room 20 people. Kukama is a venue consisting of three rooms, while the Kgotla is a traditional rondavel-shaped royal meeting house. It seats 40 and houses authentic Tswana antiques and historical artifacts dating back to the Iron Age.

Of particular interest is the Paul Kruger Country House Museum – declared a national monument in 1936 – which is administered by Kedar. It offers a fascinating look into the life of Kruger, who left South Africa for a life in exile during the Second Anglo Boer War.

Kedar offers many options for relaxation, many incorporating the natural beauty of the area, the Lion Park, the Pilanesberg National Park, the Kwena Gardens Crocodile Farm, the Buffelspoort Dam, horse trails, hiking trails, and hot air ballooning. The bright lights of Sun City are nearby, as is the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, one of the venues for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

ATKV Buffelspoort Resort, Marikana

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ATKV Buffelspoort is 90 kilometres from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, situated in the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains.

The conference resort has eight venues, equipped with VCRs, a data projector, flip charts, Panabord (electronic whiteboards) and sound equipment. They are able to host groups of 10 to 800 people.

Team building is also available at the Outdoor Adventure Centre where activities are supervised by professional guides.

There are plenty of accommodation options, including fully equipped standard and luxury rondavels, six and eight bed flats with two bathrooms, and a fully equipped tent village for nature lovers. For the adventurous, the caravan park – rated one of South Africa’s best – offers another choice.

Recreational activities include an adventure golf course, netball courts, a nine-hole Mashe golf, a Jacuzzi complex, heated and ordinary swimming pools, a Supertube, a putt-putt course, tennis courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, and a games room.

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

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The Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, located in the Pilanesberg National Park, is just eight kilometres from Sun City, and only two kilometers from the airport.

There are five conference venues: the Hippo, Rhino, and Cheetah rooms, as well as the Nare and Tau rooms, which can be combined to make a venue capable of hosting 400 delegates.

The conference rooms are equipped with a wall screen, VHS video recorder, television, overhead projector, lectern, public address system, flipcharts, whiteboards, data and video projector, and a lapel microphone system.

In addition, a secretarial service, photocopying, telefax, Internet and e-mail are all available.

There are 90 luxury rooms available for accommodation or for those that choose self-catering there are 25 chalets and 28 cabanas. All rooms have individual air conditioning, bathrooms with shower and toilet, DStv, direct dialling phones, electric shaving plugs, coffee/tea making machines and a hair dryer, international multiplugs and electronic safe. Minibars are available on request.

Activities on offer include two swimming pools, a water slide, two all-weather floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, pool tables, outdoor chess, an obstacle course, trampoline, and a children’s playground.

Nearby attractions include the Pilanesberg National Park for game walks and game drives, and Sun City, which offers a wide range of activities.

Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa, Rustenburg

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The Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa is an hour’s drive from Pretoria, one-and-a-half hours from Johannesburg, and nestles in the Magaliesberg Mountains, which provides a beautiful setting for hard work, along with rejuvenating relaxation.

There are four conference venues, accommodating from 22 to 150 delegates, as well as seven boardrooms.

The packages are incentive-laden with free team building (including a facilitator), health spa vouchers, welcome cocktails, all audio-visual equipment, stationery and writing pads, and presentation stationery.

Team-building includes plenty of outdoor activites, like the catapult shootout, the moon walk, raft-building, the Krom River Treasure Hunt, Walk the Plank, a Mini Golf Challenge, and volleyball.

Indoor team-building features Lego team building, living strategy, and live human chess.

Other activities on offer at an additional cost include crossbow or crossbow pistol shooting, paint ball wargames, outdoor action cricket, and the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour.

Add to this horse trails, pony rides, mountain bikes to hire, short and long mountain walks and day hikes, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, squash, a swimming pool, kiddies heated splash pool, indoor heated pool (at the Sparkling Health Spa for over 16’s only), sauna, children’s playpark and trampoline, snooker, pool table, table tennis, darts, video games room and golf by arrangement, and the options are almost endless.

The Sparkling Waters Spa ensures delegates a great way of unwinding after physical or mental activities.

The hotel has 56 air-conditioned rooms with en suite shower and bath, television with satellite channels, radio, and telephone.

Broadband Internet connections are provided in the main building, business centre, rooms, conference rooms, and at the health spa.

Sun City Resort

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Sun City and the Lost City are about an-hour-and-half drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and are also easily accessible by air.

The resort offers the largest and most comprehensive conference, event and exhibition facilities in the southern hemisphere. The options are countless, with the ability to host up to 6 000 delegates.

The DHL Business Centre offers Internet stations, fax machines, cellular phones available for rental, world processing, copying, editing and printing, Powerpoint presentations, binding, stationery, and desktop publishing.

In addition, among others, business cards are available, personalised menus, vouchers, signage and posters, pamphlets, brochures, lamination and foiling.

Entertainment is what Sun City is all about and there is plenty to keep everyone happy. Waterworld offers numerous options, including jet-skiing, windsurfing, water-skiing, and even leisurelys booze-cruises around the lake, while gaming is a huge drawcard.

The Lost City Valley of the Waves brings the ocean to the bushveld, while there are two world-class golf courses: the Lost City Course and the Gary Player Country Club course, home of the world-famous Nedbank Challenge.

Lying alongside the resort is the Pilanesberg National Park, the third largest game park in South Africa.

Children are catered for at Kamp Kwena, an entertainment paradise designed especially for the young owns. It includes an adventure playground, an animal farmyard, and a fully-equipped play centre.

Protea Hotel, Mafikeng

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Situated in Mafikeng, a three-hour drive from Johannesburg, but only 15 kilometres from the Mafikeng Airport, the Protea Hotel boasts 99 rooms and a conference venue able to seat up to 100 delegates.

The fully air-conditioned venue comes with standard equipment, although any extras can be organised and various configurations are available. The rates include tea/coffee breaks and lunches.

For relaxation, the Leopard Park Golf Course, by top designers Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes, is only three kilometres away, while there are plenty of other sporting activities available.

Several game reserves offer other options, as do a number of historical sites, including The Museum and the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, a living museum of traditional African villages and cultures.

For those seeking andrenaline-pumping excitement, the casino offers bright lights and the chance to win big.

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