The Big Five Congress

Mabula Private Game Lodge 

19 - 21 February 2016 (3 days) 

Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is one of South Africa’s finest luxury game reserves.

Only one and a half hours drive from Pretoria (the capital) and two and a half hours drive from Oliver Tambo International (Johannesburg) Airport, this 12 000 hectare reserve offers homage to an abundance of wild life and birds, including the “big five”.

Mabula offers a wide variety of activities, purposely designed to bring you ever closer to nature. Activities such as day and night game drives, guided bush walks and unique horseback trails all under the expert guidance of highly qualified game rangers enable guests to experience the African bush in a number of interesting, adventurous and different ways. In addition to numerous game viewing options, Mabula offers swimming, tennis, hot air ballooning, a gym, health spa, star gazing, archery, quad bike safaris, cheetah breeding project and a hippopotamus viewing deck.

Please visit for more information on Mabula Private Game Lodge (Do not make online reservations, see information regarding accommodation below).

Date of arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (International delegates and delegates from outside of Gauteng)

We recommend that you arrive in the morning of 18th February 2016 as the conference sessions will commence in the morning of the 19th February.

Group transport between OR Tambo International Airport and Mabula:18 February and 22 February 2016

Please take note that there is no public transport available between the airport and Mabula. 

Group transportation was arranged with the company Ulysses from OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) Airport to Mabula in the morning of Thursday the 18th of February 2016 between 11:30 and 12:00.  Any transport after 12:00 on 18th February will have to be arranged by the delegates themselves at a higher rate. The group transportation will return to OR Tambo International Airport on Monday the 22nd of February 2016 at 10:00 in order for delegates attending the Stellenbosch congress to fly to Cape Town International Airport. Group transport have to be reserved with and paid directly to Ulysess. Download the reservation forms on the page:Information for delegates

Flight from O.R. Tambo International to Cape Town International on 22 February 2016

We recommend that you depart on 22 February 2016 from O.R. Tambo International Airport with flight number: BA 6425 at 15:00, to Cape Town as most of the delegates will depart on this flight. This is a British Airways flight chartered by Kulula airline. The direct link for this airline online reservations is: 

This flight will also enable you to make use of the group transportation from Cape Town Airport to the Stellenbosch Protea Hotel. Please reserve your flight urgently to ensure that you travel with the rest of the group and to be in a position to make use of the group shuttle services.

The shuttle service from Cape Town International Airport to the Stellenbosch Protea Hotel will depart at 17:30 (or as soon as everyone has collected their luggage).Group transport have to be reserved with and paid directly to Ulysess. Download the reservation forms on the page:Information for delegates

Accommodation Mabula

You need to arrange your accommodation from 18-21 February (4 nights), thus in on 18 February and out on 22 February. Sunday 21 February will be a full congress day.

Accommodation to be arranged directly with Mabula. The group booking code is MEISA, please make sure to mention in all your correspondence that you will be attending the MEISA Congress.

Please do not make any online reservations on the Mabula website as special accommodation rates apply to the congress.

The contact person for accommodation reservation is: Lizzy Sibya, email:

The telephone number for Mabula is: +27 (0) 14 734 7000

Accommodation rates
R1250.00 (South African Rand) per person (single or sharing) per day.

The rate is inclusive of the following: Non-alcoholic welcome juice on arrival; Accommodation; Breakfast; Dinner; 2 game drives; Lunch on either arrival or departure (if arriving or departing before or after normal arrival and departing times)