The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control | Cape Town, South
Africa | 24-29 August 2014
Promoting automatic control for the benefit of humankind
Conferencing in Cape Town affords IFAC 2014 delegates a wonderful opportunity to extend their stay and discover just why Cape Town and South Africa are some of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide.
Delegates will be offered a range of travel itineraries that vary from an extended stay in Cape Town, to trips to other popular destinations around South Africa and Southern Africa.
A range of tours will be available for pre-booking and the appointed tour operator, Africa Bespoke, can create personalised itineraries on request. A tourism desk will be available at the Congress for more information and for booking, but we do recommend pre-booking before the Congress.
There is nowhere like Cape Town: with its spectacular position at the very tip of Africa, perched between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, recently voted as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. This city is irresistibly charming. Affectionately known by the locals as the "Mother City", Cape Town's melting pot vibe and cosmopolitan flare has earned it a consistent reputation as one of the Top 10 cities in the world to visit. So here is your chance to enjoy this fabulous city and all it has to offer.
Take a stunning coastal drive to the Overberg town of Hermanus, legendary for its land and boat based whale watching and then spend some time on the laidback Mosaic Farm near Stanford. From here take a leisurely drive to Plettenberg Bay, which will be your base whilst you explore the Garden Route. The pristine Robberg Beach, the Knysna Lagoon and Forest are just some of the features that await you. The last leg of your journey takes you to the Eastern Cape, where you will finish off with a luxury exclusive safari at HillsNek. See Africa's big game up close as you track them on guided game drives in this private game reserve.
Get a taste of charming small town South Africa on Route 62. Take a slow drive through Roberston, and stay in the quaint historic village of Montagu. Here you will be hosted in warm Klein Karoo style, with sumptuous meals and more. Then the road trip continues through Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp and on to Oudsthoorn, land of to ostrich barons, feather boas and huge eggs. Then the Garden Route, where you will stay in Knysna, situated on the pristine lagoon and surrounded by indigenous forest. Enjoy the sights: Knysna Heads, Waterfront, Featherbed Reserve and eat fresh oysters from the Lagoon. You will drive on Port Elizabeth for one final night before heading home.
Stay in the luxury of a private safari lode and enjoy an authentic African Safari in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. With its open unfenced borders to the Kruger Park, this reserved, this legendary reserve is renowned for its Big Five safari viewing, including incredible leopard sightings, stunning birdlife and epic landscapes. Track Africa's wildest animals from the safety of your open safari vehicle, whilst your ranger educates and enthralls you with their local knowledge of the bushveld around you.
Experience a Kruger Walking Safari with Africa on Foot. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Park and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It is here that guests can take part in incredible walking safaris. You will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. In addition to walking safaris, Big Five game drives and night drives are offered allowing guests to participate in a full spectrum of safari activities.
Experience all the might and glory of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where the mighty Zambezi River plunges into the Batoka Gorge. The energy of this remarkable feature is palpable and will remain etched in your memory. This legendary landmark is a must see on any traveller to Africa's list. There are loads of activities to choose from in the area. For those who want adrenalin: whitewater rafting, zip lines, helicopter flips and bungee jumping. And more relaxed: elephant encounters, sundowner cruises, canoeing, lion encounters or cultural village tours.