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When one thinks of Big-5 Country, I am sure, like me, visions that come up are of game, tourists, cameras, sun hats and sun creams, animals, bush camp accommodation which includes sumptuous local delicacies, game, as well as a wide variety of familiar foods. These are of course the main attractions to this area, however Big-5 Country has also become very popular as a conference and seminar venue because of the assurance of the peace and tranquillity for maximum benefit of the event itself – a given in the setting of the natural life-style of the bush, the space, the comfort, not forgetting the excursions in the reserves.
Nowadays, most of the reserves offer first class conference venues, all fitted with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure a successful conference and access by road to the many excellent conference-bush lodges has been improved immensely over the years so getting there is a breeze on good roads.
Day and night game viewing drives accompanied by qualified field guides are par for the course and visitors can usually expect to see white rhino, giraffe, zebra, in some reserves lion ,leopard and elephant and abundant birdlife.
The climate in this area is hot and humid in summer, cool, comfortable winters with a summer rainfall. Close to the coastal region of Maputoland / Zululand, this is a sought after destination for both conferences and holiday makers as the two vastly different lifestyles, climate and resources are a short drive away from one another.
Some Wildlife Reserves include Ubizane Bush Camp, Thula Thula Game Reserve, Zulu Nyala and the renowned Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest in Africa, where the Big-5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) freely roam and for those looking for closer encounters with nature are invited to embark on foot with a trained game ranger to experience the magical bush as it is … wild, unspoilt and home to the many creatures which abound here.
Richards Bay is the closest ‘big town’ / becoming-a-city to the Big-5 Reserves and Coastal Resorts in this region and is South Africa’s most modern, premier bulk port. Although originally built (in 1976) for coal export, it has since expanded into other bulk and break-bulk cargoes. Its location is South Africa’s most northernmost and easterly port, 87 nautical miles northeast of Durban and is a gateway to Swaziland and Mocambique.
Richards Bay offers in abundance, conference and exhibition venues, including custom built conference centres designed to international standards. Conference facilities in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal range from Home-from-Home Lodges to large Richards Bay Hotels and Conference and exhibition centres.
Article by Rosalie Howard – Venue Pages
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