Plan Your Trip


Important information for all FIATA World Congress 2019 participants

Please be aware that you may be contacted by phone or email by third party companies that act as travel agencies to solicit you with aggressive or deceptive tactics for hotel bookings.

These unauthorised agents, also known as “room poachers” and “room pirates”, may also misrepresent themselves as the official FIATA World Congress 2019 housing bureau and may even illegally use the Congress name or logo, but these agents are neither related nor affiliated with the FIATA World Congress 2019, its hosts, or organisers in any way.

Please be aware that this can be a “phishing” scam designed to obtain your credit card information so you should use extreme caution if you are contacted.

We strongly recommend that you do NOT give any information – not your credit card number, your personal information, or any details about your hotel reservation. You may incur credit card charges, service fees, hotel cancellation fees, or even lose your legitimate hotel booking.

Please also note that the FIATA 2019 Congress Organiser (African Agenda) will not call you to solicit hotel bookings. You may receive emails regarding hotel bookings, but these will come from the Congress domain “” or the Organiser’s domain “”. Hotel booking confirmations will be sent from

If you choose to make a hotel booking for the FIATA World Congress 2019, you should only use the links provided on the Congress website, or by emailing or calling the Congress Organiser. If you are not sure who has contacted you about your hotel booking, or if a scammer has contacted you, please inform the Congress Organiser on right away.


Congress Hotels

The Official Congress Hotels are all within close proximity of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the Congress will be held. It is a busy and safe part of the central business district of Cape Town, with convenient access to public transport, the airport and the V&A Waterfront.

FIATA World Congress 2019 has selected a range of hotels for participants to choose from and has negotiated guaranteed, preferential rates. There is a comfortable and convenient option suited to every delegate’s budget and preferences.

Official Congress Hotels
Accommodation at one of the official FIATA World Congress 2019 hotels can be booked via the online registration and accommodation booking system. All rates are in South African Rands. Rates quoted are per room, per night, including breakfast, 15% VAT and the compulsory 1% Government Tourism Levy.

All reservations are made on a “first come, first served” basis and terms and conditions do apply. The stated room rates are valid through 2 August 2019.

The Westin Cape Town
***** from CTICC

Standard rates
ZAR 3, 700.00 single room
ZAR 4, 100.00 double room

Southern Sun The Cullinan
0.2 km from CTICC

Standard rates
ZAR 3, 050.20 single room
ZAR 3, 358.25 double room

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
0.3 km from CTICC

Standard rates
ZAR 2, 848.20 single room
ZAR 3, 156.25 double room

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
0.5 km from CTICC

Standard rates
Standard room
ZAR 1, 9780.00 single room
ZAR 2, 200.00 double room

Superior room
ZAR 2, 155.00 single room
ZAR 2, 377.00 double room

Business friendly room
ZAR 2, 332.00 single room
ZAR 2, 554.00 double room

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl
1.4 km from CTICC

Standard rates
ZAR 2, 136.15 single room
ZAR 2, 136.15 double room

StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl
1.0 km from CTICC

Standard rates
ZAR 1, 412.99 single room
ZAR 1, 412.99 double room

Any transportation which may be arranged as part of the Congress programme will only run between the Congress venue (CTICC) and the Official Congress Hotels. Participants who make alternative arrangements, will need to make their own transport arrangements. Airport transfers.

Alternative accommodation
Participants are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements at other hotels, B&Bs, hostels or guesthouses. Please note FIATA World Congress 2019 can only make bookings at the Official Congress Hotels and cannot be responsible for accommodation booked independently by participants. Participants are encouraged to book accommodation close to the congress venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.



Travel regulations are known to change without notice to the public. We recommend that you check the current regulations with the South African Consulate in your home country before you travel. A list of South African Consulates around the world can be found here.

Paperwork needed to enter South Africa

  • An acceptable passport or travel document valid for your intended stay.
  • At least two blank pages in your passport for endorsements.
  • A valid visa, if required. See list of countries exempt from South African visas here.
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay.
  • A return or onward ticket.
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the fever belt of Africa or South America.


See list of countries exempt from South African visas here. Many visitors to South Africa require a visa in order to enter the country. You cannot apply for a visa upon arrival. If you will require a visa to visit South Africa, be sure to allow plenty of time for the application process before your departure date. For more information regarding South African visa requirements and for details on how to apply for a South African visa please see here.

If you need to visit a South African Consulate in your home country in order to apply for a visa, a list of consulates around the world can be found on the website of the South African Department of Foreign Affairs here.

Travelling with children: Unabridged birth certificates

New regulations, introduce by the South Africa Department of Home Affairs from 1 June 2015, specify that all visitors traveling with minors (children under 18 years) to have in their possession various documentation pertaining to the child/children and these include an unabridged birth certificate. Full details can be found here.

Letters of support for visa applications

The FIATA World Congress 2019 cannot issue visas to attend the Congress but can issue a Visa Support Letter to assist with your visa application. Please note that Visa Support Letters will only be issued electronically upon confirmation of registration and after full payment for registration fees and accommodation has been received.

Inoculations and vaccinations

The only inoculation requirement for visitors is a yellow fever vaccination certificate (International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP)) for those entering South Africa within six days of leaving (or travelling through) a yellow fever zone. You cannot get an inoculation upon arrival and your inoculation certificate must be dated at least ten days prior to your arrival in South Africa. South Africa considers ICVP to be valid for life. Babies of one year old or less are exempt. More information can be found on

Malaria is endemic in some part of Mpumalanga, Northern Province, and northern KwaZulu-Natal and it is essential to take precautions if you intend to visit these areas. The bilharzia parasite is present in streams, rivers, lakes and dams in some of the northern and eastern parts of the country, and visitors should avoid contact with the water in these regions. There is no immunisation against bilharzia. The closest malaria and bilharzia regions are approximately 1600 kilometres from Cape Town. Please consult your local doctor / travel clinic for further advice.

More Information


FIATA World Congress 2019 is proud to be partnered with Kingdom Tours and Transfers. The Kingdom Tours and Transfers brand is synonymous with reliable, professional and excellent custom service. By booking your airport transfer in advance, you can rest assured that a professional driver will meet you on arrival and take you to your destination in safety and comfort.

A transfer is R295.00 per person (private transfers can be booked starting at R400.00 for the first person). Book your airport transfers via the online booking form before Friday, 20 September 2019 to qualify for this special Congress rate. Bookings after this date will be based on availability, at standard rates, and cannot be guaranteed.


South African Airlines (SAA) is committed to providing participants attending the FIATA World Congress 2019 a discount off its lowest published airfares on the services of SAA subject to the relevant class availability for international and regional market related airfares. These airfares will only be applicable for travel 14 days prior and/or after the official event dates. SAA looks forward to welcoming all participants on board their flights and to offer their warm South African hospitality!

Book online here using the Promo Code: FIATA2019


Explore South Africa

Pre- and Post-Congress Tours

Discover why South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide! Participants are offered a range of travel itineraries that vary from an extended stay in Cape Town to trips to the other popular destinations around South Africa and Southern Africa.


Day Sightseeing

Day Tours

It’s not all hard work and no play! Being in Cape Town offers a once in a life time opportunity and these handcrafted day tours will allow participants to truly connect with South African people, customs and life, while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the World!









  • Luxury Safari lodge accommodation
  • One way flight
  • Road transfers from OR Tambo Airport to Black Rhino Safari Lodge return
  • 3 meals daily on Safari
  • Twice daily safari drives
  • Conservation levies


  • All drinks, gratuities and other items of a personal nature.
  • Travel insurance
  • Other lodge activities
  • Sun City entry and activities

We have designed a tailor-made safari package for FIATA participants – visit the virtual itinerary: FIATA Group Safari 2019

Your safari will begin as you fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg and then connect with a bus transfer to the Lodge. We will arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch, then check in and have time to settle in to your new home, before heading off in open game vehicles on our first Safari drive.

We will be in the Pilanesberg National Park, stretching across thousands of hectares of pristine African wilderness. This abundant sanctuary of beauty and wildlife magnificence is one of the most prestigious wildlife destinations in South Africa, is home to all of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and numerous other animal and bird species.

Here we will enjoy a true African bush experience at Black Rhino Lodge, which offers stylish accommodation in its luxury suites, designed to make the most of the beauty and magic of this wildlife reserve, their friendly and experienced staff, ever-present to fulfil your needs, turning every moment into a delightful experience.

Meal times are a treat, where trained chefs prepare culinary delights with passion and flair. Experienced trackers and guides do their best work, to find those special up close and personal encounters with Africa’s wildlife, imparting in-depth knowledge of the animals and bushveld along the way. Pilanesberg’s reasonably close proximity to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport ensures neat transfers in between, on the way there and back. You will be transferred to OR Tambo by early afternoon, with plenty of time to connect to your outbound flight home.

PLEASE NOTE: accommodation and flights have limited space, so book early to avoid missing out. Bookings will open at the same time as registration.

Tour package by:

TO BOOK contact Africa Bespoke:

Tel: +27 (0)82 377 1398


Pre- and post- congress tours
Conferencing in Cape Town affords FIATA World Congress 2019 participants a wonderful opportunity to extend their stay and discover just why Cape Town and South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide.

Participants are offered a range of travel itineraries that vary from an extended stay in Cape Town to trips to other popular destinations around South Africa and Southern Africa, by appointed tour operator, Africa Bespoke, who can also create personalised itineraries on request. African Bespoke will have a desk at the Congress for more information and for booking, but pre-booking before the Congress is recommended.

Please contact Africa Bespoke for more information:

Tel: +27 (0)82 377 1398


Sample itineraries


Stay in the luxury of a private safari lodge and enjoy an authentic African Safari in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. With its open unfenced borders to the Kruger Park, this legendary reserve is renowned for its superb accommodation, excellent service and cuisine and of course, Big Five safari viewing, including incredible leopard sightings, stunning birdlife and epic landscapes. Track Africa’s wildest animals from the safety of your open safari vehicle, whilst your ranger educates and enthrals you with their huge knowledge of the bushveld around you.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 29,500.00

Also see the FIATA World Congress 2019 Safari to Black Rhino Safari Lodge, Pilanesburg

Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, Kapama’s luxurious camps offer an escape for nature lovers from across the globe. This untouched part of Africa is home to some of our most endangered, beautiful and fascinating wildlife. Kapama has a variety of ways for you to explore our beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Twice-daily game drives and educational bush walks are an essential part of the Kapama experience.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 28,500.00

Also see the FIATA World Congress 2019 Safari to Black Rhino Safari Lodge, Pilanesburg


Experience all the might and glory of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where the mighty Zambezi River plunges into the deep Batoka Gorge. The energy of this remarkable feature is palpable and will remain etched in your memory forever. This legendary landmark is a must-see on any traveller to Africa’s list. There are loads of activities to choose from in the area. For those who want adrenalin: white-water rafting, zip lines, helicopter flips and bungee jumping. And for the more relaxed: elephant encounters, sundowner cruises, canoeing, lion encounters or cultural village tours.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from USD 1,210.00


Get a taste of charming small town South Africa on Route 62. Take a slow drive through Robertson, and stay in the quaint historic village of Montagu. Here you will be hosted in warm Klein Karoo style, with sumptuous meals and more. Then the road trip continues through Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp and on to Oudsthoorn, land of the ostrich barons, feather boas and huge eggs. Then the Garden Route, where you will stay in Knysna, situated on the pristine lagoon and surrounded by indigenous forest. Enjoy the sights: Knysna Heads, Waterfront, Featherbed Reserve and eat fresh oysters from the Lagoon. On the way back to Cape Town, spend a night in Swellendam.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 12,800.00


Take a stunning coastal drive to the Overberg town of Hermanus, legendary for its land and boat-based whale watching and then spend some time on the laid back Mosaic Farm near Stanford. From here take a leisurely drive in land to visit Oudtshoorn, and then on to Knysna, which will be your base whilst you explore the Garden Route. The pristine Robberg Beach, the Knysna Lagoon and Forest are just some of the features that await you. The last leg of your journey takes you to the Eastern Cape, where you will finish off with a luxury exclusive safari. See Africa’s big game up close as you track them on guided game drives in this private game reserve. From Port Elizabeth fly back to Cape Town.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 39,600.00


There is nowhere like Cape Town: with its spectacular position at the very tip of Africa, perched between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, recently voted as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. This city is irresistibly charming. Affectionately known by the locals as the “Mother City”, Cape Town’s melting pot vibe and cosmopolitan flair have earned it a consistent reputation as one of the Top 10 cities in the world to visit. So here is your chance to enjoy this fabulous city and all it has to offer, plus the legendary Cape Winelands.

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Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 7,500.00

This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 22,950.00  in a Pullman Suite

Scheduled departures:

25-27 September 2019  – Pretoria to Cape Town

27-29 September 2019  – Pretoria to Cape Town

7-9 October 2019 – Cape Town to Pretoria


This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana.

 Click to view a virtual itinerary

Cost per person sharing: from ZAR 29,250.00 in a Pullman Suite

Scheduled departures:

10 – 13 October 2019  – Pretoria to Victoria Falls


Day tours
It’s not all hard work and no play! Being in Cape Town is a once in a life time opportunity for most, so make the most of your time here and explore.

A varied selection of day tours in and around Cape Town are available for FIATA World Congress 2019 participants and partners who find that they have a free moment during the Congress week.

These handcrafted day tours will allow participants to truly connect with South African people, customs and life, creating and sustaining an inter-cultural dialogue that benefits all concerned. Through responsible tourism such as this participant can contribute to conservation of the natural environment and economic growth in the local communities that they visit.

Those wishing to book day tours can do so online ahead of time. Kingdom Tours and Transfers will have a desk at the Congress for information and last-minute bookings. All tours will depart and return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Full day Price: R890 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 10:00 | Return: 15:30

Get your roar on with the FIATA World Congress 2019 Mascot Madness Tour! The claws come out in a big way as we encourter Cheetahs, Lions, Leopards, Caracal and Tigers.

See more details here


Depart: +/- 06:15
Return: +/- 15:30 | Rate: R2650 per person (min. 4 guests)

Designed to experience Cape Town’s “Wild Side”, this one day Safari Tour allows visitors to get up-close and personal with Africa’s most famous animals within a 2hr drive from Cape Town. This Tour is perfect for people wanting to maximize their time and enjoy and unforgettable safari experience without sacrificing too much travel time in the country. Also, as the reserve is situated in the Western Cape, you will never need to worry about the risk of malaria, and a one day safari is easily and conveniently slotted into your schedule as a fun day outing to enjoy some of the Cape’s most stunning flora and fauna.

See more details here.


Full day Price: R1650 per person (min. 6 guests)

Depart: 08:30 | Return: 17:30

For those who are hard pressed for time and only have one day to spare, this Tour gives you an opportunity to race through some of the main tourist attractions, giving you an overview of all that that Cape Town has to offer – So get your camera and sneakers ready!

See more details here.


Full day Price: R1160 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 09:00 | Return: 17:30

Half day Price: R980 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 08:30 | Return: 12:30
Depart: 13:00 | Return: 17:30

The Cape Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town – from the unspoiled beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point!

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Full day Price: R990 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 09:00 | Return: 17:30

Half day Price: R810 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 08:30 | Return: 12:30
Depart: 13:00 | Return: 17:30

Have a taste of nature’s best, as you travel through some of our finest wine routes. With superb scenery of oak-lined streets, beautifully preserved historic buildings, lush green valleys and rugged mountains; this tour is sure to whet your appetite!

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Half day Price: R590 per person (min. 6 guests)
Depart: 08:30 | Return: 12:30

Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination and is hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Providing a taste of what the thriving Mother City has to offer, this tour is specifically designed for visitors who have limited touring time.

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Full day Price: R1050 per person (min. 4 guests)
Depart: 09:00 | Return: 17:30

The Hermanus Whale Route Tour offers an experience that is definitely larger than life!

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