6 great conference venues outside Durban

From its majestic mountains to beautiful beaches, the rolling green Midlands, culture, heritage and great weather to boot, KZN has it all. World-class conferencing and event venues only add to the allure. Liesl Venter rounded up some venues to consider when organising events in the province.

aha Alpine Heath Resort

This stylish four-star resort in the heart of the Drakensberg between Johannesburg and Durban not only offers fresh mountain air but also breathtaking views of the mountains.

Surrounded by crystal-clear streams, it is a great venue to consider if you want to do business in the great outdoors. The award-winning prestigious venue is one of the country’s premier family holiday and conference venues.

A variety of conference facilities are available where packages can be tailor-made to suit specific requirements and budgets. A standard package consists of accommodation, three meals and two coffee/tea breaks for delegates. Standard technical equipment is available with venue hire as well as complimentary WiFi.

The largest venue at the resort can host up to 200 delegates. This can be divided into two separate areas – all with the mountains as a backdrop. In addition, six other conference rooms are available.

Ghost Mountain Inn

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze in northern KwaZulu Natal is the four-star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting for conferences and events and easily accessible from Gauteng, Durban, Swaziland and Mozambique.

The hotel offers 550 sqm of stylish and comfortable indoor function space in the tranquil and beautiful Elephant Coast or, as it is more commonly referred to, the Zululand region.

The Ndumu Conference Centre is the largest venue at the Inn and can accommodate up to 150 delegates or is divided into two separate venues for smaller meetings.  It offers a private foyer, patio and courtyard for coffee breaks, cocktail parties or outdoor gatherings. The expansive lawns with a giant fig tree offer the ideal venue for a romantic garden event or banquet of up to 160 people.

For delegates wanting to add something special to their function or to experience more of the region, choices available include game drives, boat cruises, tiger fishing and cultural trips.

Umthunzi Hotel and Conference Centre

Situated in Umtentweni near the bustling town of Port Shepstone, beachside conferencing takes on new meaning at this venue.

This uniquely upmarket hotel does not only offer stunning sea views, but a variety of conferencing space, including a boardroom for meetings and several breakaway rooms.

It can easily accommodate up to 120 delegates in its biggest conference venue. Standard conferencing equipment is available as is secure, business grade WiFi.

A dedicated team of staff are also on hand to assist with conferences and events.

aha Imperial Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Pietermaritzburg, this hotel is conveniently located, offering easy access to all the important government offices, not to mention convenient access to the airport.

Boasting historic ambience and prestige, the hotel offers old-world charm at its best. With eight conference venues, the venue easily accommodates from two to 300 delegates, depending on requirements.

All-inclusive packages that include AV equipment, refreshment breaks and accommodation, can be tailored to suit any conference or function. Complimentary WiFi is also available in all the venues and public areas.

Indaba Lodge

In the leafy suburb of Meerensee in Richards Bay is the 66-bedroom Indaba Lodge.

The hotel features a modern executive boardroom for meetings and business events, while a conference venue with capacity of up to 50 delegates is also available.

Venues include complimentary WiFi, are fully air-conditioned, with conference packages including a selection of delicious snacks, lunch in the restaurant, refreshments and standard conference supplies.

An experienced team of staff are on hand to assist with arrangements. The venue recently added a spa to its offering as well as six well-appointed self-catering apartments.

aha Shakaland

Delegates wanting to relive the excitement and romance of the days of King Shaka, the great Zulu king and conqueror, need look no further than Shakaland.

Situated only 160km north of Durban, this hotel is best described as a living monument to traditional Zulu culture. Here, delegates can experience the rhythm of Africa in an authentic recreation of the Great Kraal overlooking Phobane Lake. From assegai-wielding warriors to the fascinating secrets of the sangomas, traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear-making and beer-drinking ceremonies are showcased.  

The hotel has a modern, well-equipped conference room, which can accommodate from 50 to 100 delegates. The different seating arrangements have capacity for 70 delegates in boardroom style, 100 in cinema, 50 in U-shaped seating, 80 for banquets, 75 in schoolroom seating and 30 for cocktail events.

Standard conference equipment is included in the venue hire.


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