We all live downstream...

The following technical tours can be booked as part of registrations. There is limited availability on these tours; also please note that you have to book accommodation accordingly to check out on 13 October 2017. Please choose from the available accommodation options catering for this during registrations.

Tour 1:
Technical tour
Sabie River Catchment tour
12 October 2017
Starting time: 08h00
Ends: 16h00 - 17h00
Duration of activity: Full Day
Cost: R900 including packed breakfast, lunch and refreshments

06h00 - Early departure from Skukuza with packed breakfast  
06h00-1030 - Drive along Sabie river from Skukuza to Lower Sabie (with following discussion: role of floods/droughts, environmental water requirements, fish ladders, general overview of river management & ecology)
11h00 - Return to Skukuza for lunch
12h00 - Sabie headwaters tour (Hazyview farming area, Sabie Valley Coffee, Municipal pump station)
16h30 - Return to Skukuza

Tour 2:
Technical tour
The Inyaka Dam and Catchment Tour
12 October 2017
Starting time: 08h00
Ends: 16h00 - 17h00
Duration of activity: Full Day
Cost: R900 including lunch and refreshments

08h00 – Departure from Skukuza to Inyaka Dam
The IUCMA will lead this Technical Tour of Inyaka Dam and the upper Sabie River catchment.
Inyaka Dam is situated on the Marite River, and was built to supply bulk raw water for domestic use to the rural and semi-urban population (consisting of more than a million people) in the Bushbuckridge area. A pumping station at the dam delivers water through a rising main into the adjacent catchment of the Sand river, which is a tributary of the Sabie River.  
The Tour starts from Skukuza to Inyaka Dam, and information will be given on the river operation rules and releases from the dam as well as the water quality of the resource.  The tour will then proceed to Graskop and Bourke's Luck Potholes to give a panoramic view of the Sabie River Catchment.
12h00 – Lunch
13h00 - The tour will return to Skukuza via Graskop, Sabie and Hazyview including some stops at attractions like God’s Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
The tour will include lunch and refreshments.


Tour 3:
Leisure tour
Panorama tour
12 October 2017
Starting time: 08h00
Ends: 16h00 - 17h00
Duration of activity: Full Day
Cost: R1300 including lunch and refreshments

Panorama Tour commences at 08:00 from Sukuza Camp, visiting Lone Creek Water Fall, Blyde River Canyon, Mac Mac Fall, Wonder View and Berlin Water Fall. We will stop for a lunch break at 13:00, then carry on visiting more places like God's Window, Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock, Lisbon Fall and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. We will leave Graskop late afternoon at 16:00 pm, and be transferred back to Skukuza Camp.


Tour 4:
Technical tour
Informal Tour of Breede River Valley
16 October 2017
Cost: R850 per person

International visitors to the conference might want to extend their stay by visiting Cape Town. If so, then you might be interested in an informal tour of the Breede Valley on 16 October.

The Breede Gouritz Catchment Management Agency is responsible for the management of all water resources in the Breede River Valley. They have just completed their Catchment Management Strategy for the Breede and Gouritz Rivers. Challenges and opportunities will be highlighted during the tour.

Theewaterskloof Dam (capacity 480 406 000 m3) is the biggest reservoir in this valley. It  was established in 1978 and forms a major component of the Western Cape Water Supply System. The dam mainly serves for municipal and industrial use as well as for irrigation purposes. The water is transported through a system of tunnels through the mountains to the city. The Western Cape is experiencing severe drought conditions and the Theewaterskloof Dam is 19,7% full (18 April 2017)

 07h00 - Gather at a hotel near V&A – Waterfront - Cape Town (to be confirmed)

 07h30 - Leave for the Breede River Valley

    Proceed along the N1

    Proceed to Wellington

    Drive through Bainskloof Pass or Voelvlei. See the pristine Witte River as an example of the upper Breede River water quality

    Proceed through the Slanghoek Valley to Rawsonville.

    Proceed to Aan de Doorns and to Robertson

 10h30 - Arrive at Cyril and Rhona Back Skills Centre

    Welcome by Mr Phakamane Buthelezi, CEO of the BGCMA

    Presentation of the BGCMA's Strategic Document – Mr Jan van Staden

    Presentation by the Central Breede Water User Association on the efficient use of water for irrigation

12h00 - Proceed to Van Loveren Estate for lunch and wine tasting.

14h30 - Proceed to Theewaterskloof Dam - Breede Berg inter-basin transfer scheme – Berg River Dam

17h00 - Berg River Dam - the link to Theewaterskloof, the Western Cape Systems Analyses

18h00 – Back to Cape Town via Stellenbosch

19h30 – Arrive at V&A


Theewaterskloof Dam: August 2007; August 2014; March 2017

Theewaterskloof Aug2007Theewaterskloof Aug2014Theewaterskloof Mar2017


Important Dates

Early registration and payment
closed on 30 June 2017

Late registration with accommodation at Skukuza
1 August 2017

Speaker registration and payment
18 August 2017

Late registration with own accommodation
15 September 2017

All Papers and Posters are to be received
30 August 2017

Final programme on web
31 August 2017



Keep this in mind when paying with a purchase order.


 Conference Organiser

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