Practical Information

Practical information

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Conference venue

Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel & Convention Centre
329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban
South Africa

Umhlanga is the larger suburb of Durban, which includes the town of Umhlanga, in which gateway and the conference venue is, Umhlanga rocks (beach area) and Umhlanga ridge (new office and hotel development).

Passport and visa requirements

Depending on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your visit, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa. Read more on:
We strongly advise all participants travelling to South Africa to check the relevant visa requirements and to apply for their visa at least 2 months in advance of the conference.

You will need:

  • A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay; Your passport should have at least TWO blank facing pages in it
  • Sufficient funds
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates – if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America
  • A valid visa, if required


Confirmed participants will receive an invitation letter to be used in all visa applications once the payment for registration has been received.

It is the delegate’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa and the conference is unable to intervene in the process.


Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel (the conference venue is at this hotel)
329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban
South Africa

The hotel offers rooms for registered participants at the following rates (pp per night):
Single:    R1300.00
Sharing:  R1500.00

Protea Hotel Umhlanga
Single: R2170 pp per night (includes breakfast)

Dinner is not available at the hotel – there are four restaurants close to the hotel (in Umhlanga Rocks).

Garden Court Umhlanga
Single:  R2700 pp per night (including bed/breakfast)

The hotel offers dinner at R300

Very near the main food court at the Gateway Mall.

EbbTide B&B
Single: R1500 pp per night standard room (including bed/breakfast)
Penthouse R2000 pp per night (including bed/breakfast)

There is no dinner is available at this venue.

Other Hotels
For other hotels in the vicinity of the conference venue, please check:


The local currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The sign for the Rand is R.

US $1  = R11,97
€1        =  R13,52


Dinner at fast food restaurants will cost around R100. For sit-down meals in the various restaurants you should expect to pay between R100-250.

A huge choice of both chain restaurants and independent restaurants is available.

Getting around

There are no buses or trains running from the airport so travelling by rental car or taxi is the only option to get to town.

Taxi fee from the airport to Umhlanga: R250
Taxi fee from Umhlanga to Durban central: R180-200
Taxi fee Umhlanga Gateway (conference venue) and surrounding R40

Rental car
Rental car fee per day: R428 (cheapest rates with small car)

There are car rental offices at the airport and in Umhlanga Rocks and Gateway.