TRAVEL INFORMATION

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Whether you’re interested in staying in a historic Cape Dutch and Victorian villa, the oldest hotel in South Africa, or the most modern, 5-star accommodation – Stellenbosch has it all!

Several accommodation establishments are situated in the historic centre, or within walking distance of the conference venue, while others form part of the scenically splendid Winelands landscape.

The following accommodation establishments are located in the town centre, close to the conference venue (STIAS). Delegates are welcome to contact the establishments directly to make bookings.

Life and Leisure www.lifeandleisure.co.za

River Manor www.manorhouse.co.za

Roosenwijn Guest House www.stellenguest.co.za

Bonnesperance Guest House www.bonneesperance.com

The Avenues www.avenuesguestlodge.com

Caledon Villa www.caledonvilla.co.za

Summerwood www.summerwood.co.za

Oude Werf Hotel www.oudewerf.co.za

Villa Grande www.villagrande.com

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa www.lanzerac.co.za

Eendract Hotel www.eendracht-hotel.com

Stellenbosch Hotel www.stellenboschhotel.co.za

107 Dorpstraat Boutique Hotel www.107dorp.co.za

Twice Central www.twicecentral.co.za

ACCOMMODATON ON NEARBY WINE FARMS:

Spier Hotel – www.spier.co.za

Asara Hotel – www.asara.co.za

Molenvliet Vineyards – www.molenvliet.co.za

Haskell Vineyards – www.haskellvineyards.com

 

SELF-CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS:

Stellenbosch is served by Cape Town International Airport, a mere 20minutes drive from Stellenbosch.

Domestic flights to Cape Town:

You can fly to Cape Town from Johannesburg, Durban and other South African cities, with the following airlines: South African Airways, Flysafair, British Airways, Mango Airlines and Kulula. Depending where you wish to fly from, various charter flights are also available.

Direct international flights to Cape Town:

There are 34 cities with non-stop flights to Cape Town (CPT):

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 6h 30m Ethiopian
Amsterdam, Netherlands 11h 20m KLM
Doha, Qatar 10h 20m Qatar Airways
Dubai,  United Arab Emirates 9h 40m Emirates
Frankfurt, Germany 11h 50m Lufthansa, Condor
Gaborone, Botswana 2h 0m Air Botswana
George, 50m South African
Hoedspruit, Limpopo 2h 40m CemAir Pty, South African
Istanbul, Turkey 11h 15m Turkish Airlines
Johannesburg (HLA) 2h 10m kulula, MANGO, Safair
Johannesburg (JNB) 2h 10m South African, British Airways, Safair, …
Kimberley, Northern Cape 1h 35m South African
Livingstone, Zambia 3h 10m Kenya Airways
London, United Kingdom 11h 35m British Airways
Luanda, Angola 4h 15m TAAG
Maun, Botswana 2h 35m South African
Mauritius Island, Mauritius 6h 5m Air Mauritius
Munich, Germany 11h 45m Lufthansa
Nelspruit 2h 35m South African
Paris, France 11h 35m Air France
Pietermaritzburg 2h 10m South African
Plettenberg Bay 1h 15m CemAir Pty
Port Elizabeth 1h 30m South African, Safair, British Airways
Pretoria 2h 30m South African
Skukuza 2h 35m South African
Upington 1h 20m South African
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 3h 0m South African, Kenya Airways
Walvis Bay, Namibia 2h 15m Air Namibia, South African
Windhoek, Namibia 2h 0m South African, Air Namibia
Zürich, Switzerland 11h 25m SWISS

United Airlines’ brand new non-stop route between New York and Cape Town is running
from 16 December 2019 until 27 March 2020, with the possibility to extend.

Cape Town International Airport is approximately 38km (30 minutes’ drive) from Stellenbosch town centre. From the airport, you can book a transfer with our organisers, hire a car, or take a metered taxi/Uber. To book a transfer with our organisers please follow the instructions on the online registration system.

Airport transfers rates:

Direct and exclusive transfers booked with our organisers – our driver will meet you in the Arrivals Hall after you have collected your luggage:

1 pax: R 600 per transfer one-way

2 pax: R 600 per transfer one-way

3 pax: R 870 per transfer one-way

4 pax: R 870 per transfer one-way

A metered taxi or Uber from airport to Stellenbosch:

Between R400 and R550. Some have flat rates, while others charge by the kilometre (KM), but either way you should agree up front what the fee might be.

Car hire:

Avis: +27 (0)21 934 0330 www.avis.co.za

Budget: +27 (0)21 380 3180 www.budget.co.za

Dollar Thrifty: +27 (0)21 936 2121 www.thrifty.co.za

Europcar: +27 (0)11 574 1000 www.europcar.co.za

First Car Rental: +27 (0)21 934 7499 www.firstcarrental.co.za

Hertz: +27 (0)21 935 3000 www.hertz.co.za

National Alamo: +27 (0)21 934 7499 www.nationalcar.co.za

Tempest: +27 (0)21 934 8650 www.tempestcarhire.co.za

 

Grosvenor Conferences and their sister company Springbok Atlas Tours is passionate about making your Africa travel dreams a reality and offer guided day tours in and around Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Delegates can pre-book their day tours and travel experiences or consult one of our professional service staff onsite at the Information desk during the conference. 

For some overland travel and safari inspiration, visit www.explorersafari.com

If you have any travel or tours questions, please feel free to contact our organiser, Zelda at zelda@zeldacoetzee.com

ATMs, Banks, Currency

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equaling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Facilities for cashing traveler’s cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 11:00) and at most hotels.

Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at many locations around Stellenbosch.  International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

In Stellenbosch it is recommended to do your foreign currency exchange at American Express which is located at 28 Bird Street and open from 09:00 to 17:00 (Mondays – Fridays) and 09:00 – 14:00 (Saturdays). Tel: +27 (0)21 887 0818

Disabled Travellers

An increasing number of accommodation establishments have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities for the disabled and most public buildings also cater for wheelchair access.

Disclaimer

Newspace Systems and their organisers accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by congress participants either during the congress or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Driving

Non-South African residents are permitted to drive with a driving licence issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your driver’s licence does not meet these requirements, an international driver’s licence is required.  The licence should be carried at all times. Driving is on the left and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory.

Electricity

The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 – 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).

Emergency numbers

From a mobile phone:  Call 112

From a landline:  Call 107

Health

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Protective clothing and insect repellents should also be used. Cape Town and Stellenbosch are malaria risk free areas.

South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith or www.cdc.org.

It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores.

Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, venues, restaurants etc) except in designated smoking areas.

Hospital in Stellenbosch:

Medi-Clinic Stellenbosch

Saffraan & Rokewood Avenue, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, 7600

Tel: +27 (0)21 861 2000

Web: http://www.mediclinic.co.za/Hospitals/HospitalDetails/id/25

Internet access

Delegates will be given free wireless access at the Wallenberg Centre @ STIAS. Some hotels charge for Internet access, please check before you book.

Language

The official language of the congress is English.

Mobile phones

South Africa has three major mobile operators: Vodacom, MTN, CellC. Roaming mobile network services are available in South Africa.

Road Safety

The transport infrastructure is excellent and the roads are in good condition. However, the distances between towns are significant, so if you’re planning to self-drive, it is a good idea to plan your itinerary to ensure you don’t drive long distances as fatigue is a major cause of road accidents.

Avoid long car journeys that necessitate driving at night as it always carries more risk. Also, in some of the more remote rural areas, the roads are not fenced so there may be stray animals on the road – which could be very dangerous at night.

Security

For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Stellenbosch, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Stellenbosch is like any other major town with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. We advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times.

Tipping

Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR10.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants between 10% and 15%. Car guards normally get a few Rand for their services.

VAT / Tax Refunds

VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official at your airport of departure from South Africa, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.

Weather

Stellenbosch enjoys beautiful autumn weather in May. Temperatures in Stellenbosch during May range between 9 and 20 degrees Celcius with plenty of sunny days.

What to pack? A warm jersey or jacket is essential and a light raincoat is advisable as the weather can change quite quickly. Visitors should dress in layers for excursions and nights out in Stellenbosch.