Crawford’s Beach Lodge – Conference venue at The Wild Coast

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Crawford’s Beach Lodge is set along the magical Wild Coast and offers rustic luxury accommodation for the most discerning of travellers, who are looking for fun, sun and relaxation.

Crawford’s is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa (Cintsa) Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. A romantic getaway to explore the many beautiful treasures the Wild Coast has to offer.
Spend your days walking on our endless golden beaches and be absorbed by the untouched natural beauty of the landscape while discovering new exotic bird and fish life indigenous to the area.

Our location is malaria free. We are approximately 42km from East London, the surfside city famous for its Nahoon Reef.
Far enough from the maddening crowd but close enough for emergencies.

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It is also an ideal Honeymoon destination.


Dolphin Room (front row sea view)

The Dolphin Rooms have the best view of the Indian Ocean and all the best luxuries you could expect from a four star beach resort. Enjoy your view of the beautiful Chintsa Bay from the balcony of one of the most comfortable accommodations in Chintsa.

Kingfisher Room (back row sea view with stairs)

Large and comfortable, the Kingfisher rooms are perfect for family getaways. Spend your Wild Coast holiday in our luxurious accommodation and experience everything that Chintsa has to offer you.

Mussel Cracker Room (no sea view)

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Affordable yet comfortable, the Mussel Cracker rooms are perfect accommodation for a weekend getaway to the Wild Coast. We are confident that our beach resort will have you coming back time and again for more holidays on the Wild Coast.

3 or 4 Bedroom Family Suites

Nested in the lush beach forest, our Family Suites bring a sense of peacefulness and tranquillity. With stunning views of the warm Indian Ocean these spaciously designed suites are perfect for extended families or groups of friends wanting to get away from it all and spend some quality time together.


Book one of our fully inclusive packages and enjoy all the luxuries of the hotel. Sip on cocktails while cooling down in one of or swimming pools or choose from a selection of local drinks and beverages.


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Get acquainted with your fellow guests by interacting in our lounge, having a drink in the bar or merely floating around the lawn under the tropical Khamanga palms.
The Crawford’s pride themselves with the cuisine they have on offer; delicious and nutritious homemade meals. All meals are served in the main dining room overlooking the sea and are set on a buffet basis, offering fine dining with a wide variety.


Our spacious conference rooms can facilitate 80 persons in an air-conditioned environment. We offer fully catered conference packages, which include arrival tea in addition to morning and afternoon teas, luncheons and breakfasts and dinners for those whom would like to stay the night. “Breakaway” rooms and audio equipment are also available if required.


Senses @ Crawford’s is our newly built spa, which offers the ultimate relaxation while overlooking the Indian Ocean where dolphins and whales can be seen in the distance.


A kids club is on the go over the school holidays. Leave your children in the capable hands of our child minders and they will have a ball of a time sand-boarding down our beaches golden dunes, playing volley ball, exciting competitions and much, much more.
Nannies can also be arranged on request for those of a younger age.


  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 35km of unspoilt beach
  • Conference and Team Building facilities (80 people)
  • Eloping and Honeymoon facilities
  • Crawford’s Famous Seafood Extravaganza every Saturday night
  • Guest dining room (100 people)
  • Fully licensed bar
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Tennis Court
  • Children’s Playground – Jungle Gyms and Trampoline
  • Children’s play room & Child minding facilities
  • Day Spa

and so, so much more…..

For a quote on Crawford’s Beach Lodge please click here, contact us on 0861 262 262 or use the form below and we will contact you

Buhala Lodge a conference venue in Mpumalanga

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VENUE PAGES is proud to present another lovely conference venue, in Mpumalanga …

BUHALA LODGE – On the edge of the magnificent Kruger National Park where nearly 2 million hectares, home to diverse life forms fuse with history and archaeology … Only in Africa


Kruger National Park, the widely acclaimed Game Reserve in Southern Africa offers a wild-life experience that ranks with the best on the continent. Attracting visitors from all over the globe because of its vast diversity of various life forms and its policies to preserve its unique environment. This park, as is well-known, is home to amphibians, reptiles, birds, small and large mammals, trees, bushman rock paintings and interesting archaeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela.

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BUHALA LODGE, a personally, owner-managed 4-star lodge, built on a rise on the banks of the Crocodile River, with sweeping views over the Kruger National Park is the perfect location for game viewing, for tourists seeking exhilaration, for weddings and pampering. Personal service and attention to detail, together with the unique opportunity to play golf at Leopard Creek Country Club are just some of what’s on offer at this beautiful venue.

This traditional thatched lodge is 15 minutes from Leopard Creek Country Lodge and the Malelane Gate entrance to the Kruger National Park and 45 minutes from Nelspruit Airport and an hour’s drive to the borders of Swaziland and Mocambique.

Along Mpumalanga’s Panorama route which includes the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Burke’s Luck Potholes.

ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT BUHALA LODGE consist of 10 air-conditioned spacious, double rooms, beautifully appointed to a 4-star standard. 

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The two serene Elephant Suites separate from the hotel; overlook the Crocodile River and Kruger Park. Each of these suites has their own verandah and they share a splash pool. In addition, each Suite offers an indoor and outdoor shower plus a bath in the bedroom where guests may lie back and can watch game drinking at the river!

These are also fitted with a bar fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The main lodge has 2 balcony rooms plus another 6 double rooms.

ACTIVITIES include full and half day safaris in open game vehicles, night drives and morning walks where guests are bound to see many of the 300 species of bird on the property.

Swimming in a crystal clear outdoor pool is available for visitors’ use and for the keen angler, there’s plenty of fishing on site!
Enjoy some pampering at the open deck Spa which overlooks the Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park. Choose from a variety of Spa packages.

BUSINESS : Free WiFi is available in public areas


This is the idyllic setting for a memorable wedding which is a far cry from any other setting. Special rates will be considered for brides and grooms who book out the entire lodge for wedding guests. Contact the venue for availability and rates.

For business meetings and wedding enquiries, you may contact us at and enquire on-line on our site or call us on 0861 262 262 or 082 055 0102.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages.

For a quote on this venue or other venues throughout South African please contact us on 082 055 0102 or complete the contact us form below.


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Article written by Rosalie Howard at Venue Pages (


Q: What is a PCO? A: A Professional Conference Organiser

Sales and Marketing … there IS a difference and they work well together

I was employed in senior management in a fine hotel for over 10 years and the area I loved most and succeeded well in was the field of Sales and Marketing which in my position included Banqueting and Conference Coordinating, every aspect of sales, promotional golf days, exhibitions, educational site inspections for PCO’s, Travel Agents …. You name it.

From this platform, due to a back injury, I changed direction and the wind blew me into the PCO industry, which until a little while before, I bore a little bit of a grudge towards. Why? Because quite frequently in my position I would find that events I had been toiling on for weeks, liaising with my client on a personal one-to-one basis suddenly became the possession of a leading local PCO ! … When I raised this matter with our Operations Manager, who doubled as our General Manager, he had quite a time persuading me to take a different stance and to look at business from another angle …. This didn’t come easily to me at first because I guarded my successes in sales very closely and to suddenly find that my Operations Manager had given my bookings away to a PCO who was going to be earning 15% commission on these was indeed a bitter pill to swallow! In retrospect, Heaven knows why I reacted thus, as I didn’t earn commission. I was paid a monthly salary! I questioned whether it was jealousy or whether I was merely doing my job in support of my hotel, hanging onto every cent I could… After I ‘got it’, I understood ;though didn’t quite accept yet, that the value of the said PCO and for that matter any PCO was much greater than I had ever given them credit for, for the client in question, a large Blue Chip company had become her ‘client’ and she was their ‘guru’. She actually had it in her power to sway her client anywhere she chose!! That’s quite something right? … She was good, she was successful and she served me, I had to concede.

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Now …. I am a PCO and have enjoyed fair success over 15 years … and I can now genuinely understand or have removed the blocks around this subject for I am on the other side now and ‘get’ just how valuable my Operations Manager’s words were at that time!

The Market Place …
Every PCO has a list, miles long of clients, either current or past and they are movers and shakers in finding future clients – they never rest … they are sales people, people! Believe it, they are! They are also marketing minded people, or they wouldn’t be in this industry. A reputable PCO will not market or sell a venue he or she does not believe will suit their client. It isn’t anyway in his or her interest to do so. We (I generalise) only promote venues we have tried and tested, who have good reputations or have been highly recommended to us and who meet expected standards. We build relationships with our clients, who come back again and again if they have received good service. We are a one-stop shop for them, their personal nanny if you like, because we relieve them of a lot of donkey work. A perfect solution for the PA or Secretary who works for 8 bosses, all of whom think his or her work is top priority. In return for their loyalty and support, we continue to offer them superb service, and I am sure I speak for most of us. It’s not an industry where one can make an easy or quick buck, take it from the horse’s mouth!! “We work hard for our money!”

Venue Support – Win-Win or Win-Lose?.
Just as the PCO’s serves their clients, they serve the venue as well. How?, you might ask – because, to ensure the success of the event, to ensure the satisfaction of our clients, we fully coordinate every detail from enquiry stage, to departure from the venue, making sure that every t is crossed, that every i is dotted. The task of gathering facts, itineraries, rooming lists, conference materials and papers, money, ordering gifts and conference bags, making name badges, transport, exhibitions, entertainment, décor, buying and installing the latest on-line registration programmes for our computers for efficient and professional management of the event … the tasks are endless, can be tedious and can take a year or longer to conclude, depending on the size and content of the event. Banqueting Coordinators in hotels and conference centres do not have time or experience in attending to all the requirements that are called for. That is not their job. They are experts at carrying out instructions from the client, they are highly qualified to make the event happen, either via the PCO or direct, depending on whether a PCO is involved or not. The hotel management can only do what they are asked to do. This begs a question … why is it that there are still many venues out there who do not appreciate what the PCO does, who believe that the PCO is overpaid and frequently try to beat them down in commission and it does happen! Seriously it happens! Any PCO will vouch for that or we are made to feel that they, the venue are doing us a favour by offering some sort of reward other than hard cash!

One day, we hope in the not too distant future, all hotels and conference centres will appreciate the value of a PCO to them from marketing and selling their specific venue to their client, to carrying out the numerous duties expected of them by the client AND the venue and that they will gladly pay what is essentially a pittance comparatively speaking if we take the entire event into consideration. Why is there often so much reluctance to acknowledge a PCO’s worth? My old Ops Manager, being a marketing minded man could see their value a long time ago and he changed my impressions and my stuck ideas of what a PCO truly represents!

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Is Business Booming in the Conference Venue and Exhibition Industry in South Africa?

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English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stats show that Business Tourism is booming in South Africa and this includes seminars, conferences and the exhibition and trade show sector.

Some 1 000 world-class conference and exhibition venues operating to International Standards are available throughout South Africa which includes the small and intimate bush venues to the modern state-of-the-art, hi-tech Convention Centres such as the International Convention Centres in Cape Town, Durban and East London and Sandton Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate and Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg, to name a few.

This is not where it starts and ends either. Wherever there is an International event taking place in the country, conference tourism does exceptionally well for pre and post conference tours are most often a start or end to the serious stuff of business. Likewise, accommodation establishments, which includes hotels, guest lodges, self catering apartments, boutique hotels, and B & B’s have excellent occupancies during these busy periods and as long as we as South Africans can uphold our present excellent service standards, there is no reason why this shouldn’t grow even more rewarding in the future. It can certainly result in a Win-Win scenario given that the hospitality industry in the main, offers the best possible service and gets paid well for this and visitors leave with a feeling of satisfaction, good memories of our beautiful country and its people and venue operators with a sense of satisfaction of a job well done at the end of it. (Attention to detail and constant training is imperative to ensure this success of course!)

Some items on the local Conference Calendar from now until the end of September follow for your interest and possible participation. For conferences, congresses and conventions, exhibitions and trade shows, contact each centre’s local Tourism offices who can provide you with a list of up-to-date happenings in their city, who to contact, where to stay etc.

To source a conference venue in South Africa for your forthcoming conference, function or event click here.

Following is a list which covers the major events around the country. These are also updated on a regular basis and are by no means all that is on the cards for the next three months or so .

Conference Calender JULY

The XVIth World Economic History Congress & Exhibition
Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
9-13 July

Agri-Food Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

BRICS Africa Export Import Forum
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Drink Tech Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Biz Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Biz Africa Halaal World
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Tech Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Pan Africa Retail Trade Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Retail Solutions Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

SAITEX: the 19th Southern African International Trade Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

East Africa Business Summit & Expo 2012
Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg
20 July

National Antiques and Decorative Arts Faire
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
20-22 July

Port Elizabeth Homemakers Expo
Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre, Port Elizabeth
26-29 July

Green Home Fair 2012
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
28-29 July

Conference Calender August

Cape Town Baba Indaba
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
3-5 August

Go Glamour Expo
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
3-5 August

The Luxury Travel Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
3-5 August

Decorex Joburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-12 August

IP Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-16 August

Africa Print Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
22-24 August

Visual Communications Africa Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
22-24 August

Cape Homemakers Expo
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
23-26 August

Good Food & Wine Show Durban
Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban
23-26 August

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
23 August

The Wedding Expo
The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
25-26 August

Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
28-30 August

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase
The Atrium, Phase 1, Nedbank, Sandton, Johannesburg
30 August

The Baby Expo MamaMagic
International Convention Centre, Durban
31 August – 2 September

Conference Calender September

BASSA 2012: Business Analysis Summit Southern Africa
Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton, Johannesburg
3-5 September

Hydro Power Africa Conference and Exhibition
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
4-5 September

Hobby-X Midrand
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
6-9 September

FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-9 September

The National Boat Show
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-9 September

Cloud Computing Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Content Management World Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Digital Advertising World Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

e-Commerce & Payments Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

The Mobile Show Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Social Media World Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

The Internet Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference and Exhibition International Convention Centre, Durban 12-14 September
International Small Business Congress & Expo
Sandton Convention Centre
15-18 September

International Housing Conference, Exhibition and Housing Awards
Southern Sun, Cape Sun, Cape Town
16-19 September

Money Expo 2012
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
21-23 September

Good Food & Wine Show Gauteng
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
21-24 September

HuntEx Cape 2012
Nelson Wine Estate, Paarl
21-24 September

The Green Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
28-30 September

Bloemfontein Baba Indaba
Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein
30 September – 2 October

Article by Rosalie Howard


Conference venues Drakensberg

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When one considers the awesome Drakensberg region as a possible conference venue destination, it is the main route through the Central Berg to the Northern Berg that springs to mind. Understandably as there is no question of it, this area from the little Berg outside Pietermaritzburg all the way to the Free State is adequately ‘stocked’ with 3 and 4-star hotels and each one has excellent conference centres and ample accommodation. There is however, the sometimes forgotten Southern Drakensberg, on the Underberg side of Pietermaritzburg, which while it is a little off the beaten track, is a hop and skip from Pietermaritzburg and well worth consideration for your next conference if it’s country, solitude, golf, team building, beauty and some adrenalin you are after.

The Drakensberg in KZN is divided into three main regions which are the Northern, Central and Southern Drakensberg. The Northern Drakensberg is a continuation of the Central Drakensberg and the picturesque Champagne Valley from Winterton and Bergville (where the highest peak in this part of the Berg is at Mont-aux-Sources at a height of some 3,300 feet) to the border of the Free State. In the Northern most part of the Drakensberg, you will find the Royal Natal National Park with many popular and professionally run hotels with conference centres close by, several excellent golf courses, a variety of team building companies, including the unique ‘Adventure Centre’ at the lovely Montusi Mountain Lodge. Take a swing on the flying trapeze at the nearby Adventure Centre (as well as giant trampolining, abseiling and other interesting options).

Golf in the Southern Berg. The delightful setting of the renowned 18-hole course at Drakensberg Gardens Hotel is a mere hour and a half’s drive from Pietermaritzburg, a little way beyond Underberg, also offering large conference facilities and ample accommodation. A well manicured and fully equipped camp site for the holiday makers who prefer to rough it a little, set amongst shady trees forms part of the Gooderson Group and is managed by the hotel. En-route you will find many smaller hotel venues and camp sites with breath-taking views, lakes, trout fishing, wild life and unspoilt terrain. The beauty of this unspoilt area has not been interrupted much by commerce, still retaining its original uniqueness. Those who wish to take the tour through the Gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’, for the climb up the mountain into Lesotho by road to ‘The Highest Pub in Africa’ will enjoy the ride, an excellent meal at ‘The Highest Pub’, drink and soak in the unrivalled beauty from this incredible height, and return to the warmth and hospitality of the Sani Pass Hotel in the evening or spend a night at the top. Passports are required for this relatively short journey. 4×4 vehicles are essential on this route.

The Sani Pass is a spectacular mountain road that is a well-known entry point into Lesotho from South Africa. The Sani Pass is the only border post between Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho. A 4X4 vehicle is necessary for this road especially if the weather is bad. Never underestimate the likelihood of change in the weather in Lesotho. A common truth is that you can have four seasons in one day, so be prepared.

Trek or traipse this beautiful area of the Berg and stop at all the delightful little spots along the way.

Underberg accommodation is an ideal central point to explore the Southern Drakensberg. The Southern Drakensberg presents more fly-fishing opportunities than anywhere else in South Africa. The Underberg district further boasts three golf courses and plenty of opportunities for river rafting, canoeing and tubing. Horse trails and polo fields add a further dimension to the list of fun activities in the area.

Underberg accommodation directory

• Drakensberg Gardens Hotel and Golfing Estate
• Himeville Arms Hotel – Hotel accommodation near Sani Pass – Southern Drakensberg
• Sani Lodge – Drakensberg Backpackers
• Sani Pass Hotel – South Africa’s premier Drakensberg Resort
• Sani Top Chalet – Accommodation at the top of Sani Pass
• Moorcroft Manor – Accommodation near Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg
• Pennygum Country Cottages – Accommodation near Underberg – Southern Drakensberg
• Plum Tree Lodge – A country guesthouse offering B&B accommodation near Underberg in KwaZulu Natal
• Robins Nest Guest House – Bed and Breakfast – Guest House accommodation in Underberg
• Sani Lodge – Underberg Drakensberg Backpacker accommodation
• Sani Pass Hotel – South Africa’s premier Drakensberg Resort near Underberg
• Taylors B&B – Bed and Breakfast farm accommodation near Underberg Southern Drakensberg
• Tumble In – Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Underberg, close to Sani Pass, South Africa
• Valemount Country Lodge – B&B and Upmarket Self Catering Accommodation near Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg