Venue and Travel

Visa

South Africa has been reforming is visa guidelines the past 3 years. There are different systems by nationality or residence status. We suggest that you consult the nearest South African embassy or consulate for more precise guidelines.

For general reference, visit the Department of Home Affairs website: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa

For countries exempted for visas, see the list here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas 

Flights

Intercontinental flights use Johannesburg and Cape Town as Hubs to South Africa and then to Durban. South African Airways and other budget airlines fly to Durban from these 2 cities.

So far as available in airline websites (as of 5 February), there are also international flights landing in Durban like Emirates (direct from Dubai landing at 17:05), Qatar Airways (technical stop and no aircraft change in Johannesburg landing at 17:00) and Turkish Airlines (stop-over in Johannesburg and landing at Durban at 13:40).

Queries for flights can be done here: https://www.ebookers.com 

Hotels

BWI has reserved 3 Hotels which are within 5 to 8-minute drive to the ICC. See the prices based on the OANDA currency converter www.oanda.com  

Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani (4 stars)

Address: 63 Snell Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: + 27 31 362 13 00

Fax: + 27 31 332 55 27

Website: https://www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-elangeni-maharani

These are 2 different hotels are joined in one complex. Please indicate if you prefer the Elangeni or the Maharani side. They have non-smoking room only.

Prices for Rooms, including breakfast and WIFI 500mb per day.

  • Standard or Superior Single Occupancy Room:  ZAR 1’705 Tourism Levy [OANDA 29.01.2017:  € 120 / CHF 130 / USD 130]

  • Superior Double Occupancy Room: ZAR 2’055 + Tourism Levy including breakfast and WIFI [OANDA 01.02.2017: € 145 / USD 155 / CHF 155]

Garden Court South Beach (3 stars)

Address: 73 O R Tambo Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: +27 31 337 2231

Fax: +27 31 337 4640

Website: https://www.tsogosun.com/garden-court-south-beach

These are 2 different hotels are joined in one complex. Please indicate if you prefer the Elangeni or the Maharani side. They have non-smoking room only.

Prices for Rooms, including breakfast and WIFI 350mb per day. hey have non-smoking room only.

  • Standard Single Room: ZAR 1’120 + Tourism Levy [OANDA 29.01.2017: € 80/CHF 85 / USD 85]

  • Standard Double Occupancy Room: ZAR 1’370 + Tourism Levy [OANDA 01.02.2017: € 100 /USD 105 / CHF 105]

Garden Court Marine Parade (3 stars+)

Address: 167 O R Tambo Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Phone: +27 31 337 3341

Fax: +27 31 337 5929

Website: https://www.tsogosun.com/garden-court-marine-parade

These are 2 different hotels are joined in one complex. Please indicate if you prefer the Elangeni or the Maharani side. They have non-smoking room only.

Prices for Rooms, including breakfast and WIFI 350mb per day. They have non-smoking room only.

  • Standard Single Occupancy Room: ZAR 1’330 + Tourism Levy [OANDA 29.01.2017: € 95/ CHF 100 /USD 100]

  • Standard Double Occupancy Room: ZAR 1’580 + Tourism Levy [OANDA 01.02.2017: € 110 / USD 120 / CHF 120]

Hilton Durban is the hotel in the Durban ICC complex but the rates offered are higher than the reserved hotels for the Congress. Contact us if you need assistance for booking this hotel

 

About Durban

Wikipedia describes Durban (ZulueThekwini, from itheku meaning "bay/lagoon") as the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban's metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg.

It forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal which is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa.

Read the Wikipedia information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durban

Read more about the City here: http://www.durbanexperience.co.za/Pages/default.aspx