The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) and The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are proud to announce and welcome delegates to our hosting of the 7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference, from November 20 to 24, 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent.
The venue for the hosting of this prestigious event will be the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife at Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. The Centre is capable of hosting up to 700 delegates, with a number of smaller rooms for plenaries and workshops, and is in walking distance from the accommodations. The KNP was established in 1898 and is the flagship of the South African National Parks. It covers an area of nearly 2 million hectares and is home to the big five as well as a wide range of other species, which includes 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, and 147 mammals. Skukuza Rest Camp is the largest camp in the KNP, well situated in the heart of ‘Big 5’ territory, 10 km from the Paul Kruger Gate.
The rest camp is fenced-in, making it safe to move about freely, and overlooks the Sabie River, where big game such as elephants, hippopotamuses, and buffaloes are often found; there is also a high concentration of predators like lion, hyena, and leopard in the vicinity of the camp. Accommodation at Skukuza Rest Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements. You can choose anything from luxury, river-view bungalows and self-catering bungalows to two-bedded tents (communal ablutions) and campsites.
All accommodation units also have their own barbecue facilities. For those who prefer to stay outside the Park, the four-star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, situated 100 m from Paul Kruger Gate and 10 km from Skukuza, provides great-value accommodation.