Conference Venue 2022

Opstal Country Lodge near Oudtschoorn is a four star accredited tourism, events & accommodation facility. De Opstal lies in a charming valley surrounded by an abundance of trees and indigenous flora that is always one with the blue dome of the sun-splashed sky, bringing endless delight and wonderment. 

Oudtshoorn is in the heart of the Klein Karoo – a 40 to 60 km wide valley. To the south the Outeniqua Mountains separate it from the well-watered Garden Route, and to the north the Swartberg Mountains separate it from the Large Karoo. Although it is semi-arid it is classified as a bio-diversity hotspot with 3200 plant species. The area is famous for the Cango Caves, the ostrich industry, and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (yearly arts festival). The conference venue, DE OPSTAL, is on the R328, halfway between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves and less than a km from Cango Ostrich Farm .

The conference fee includes midmorning and afternoon teas, lunches and evening meals. The evening meals include social events such as the Student Quiz, and Rural Award Ceremony. 

Delegate Fees do not include accommodation. 

 Alternative accommodation nearby will be included on the Local accommodation page. 

R328, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn, 6620 GPS Co-oordinates: 

S 33'29.247' E 022'14.816'

Directions will be given on the Getting There page


If you come with your family or have a bit more time to spend around Oudtshoorn we can highly recommend: 

-        visiting the Cango Caves,  (discounted)

-        experience Oudtshoorn’s pride – one of several ostrich farms, like Cango Ostrich (discounted)

-        drive the Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort Pass or if you are more adventurous drive to Die Hel. (unfortunately, we cannot discount your fuel)

-        a wildlife experience as offered by Buffelsdrift (elephant, cheetah, lion, rhino, buffalo …) or enjoy an early morning meerkat adventure

-        botanise, enjoy the succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot with more than 3400 plant species

-        ride a camel or enjoy the waterslide at Wilgewandel

-        experience the superbly guided tours at Cango Wildlife Ranch (discounted)

-        bring your mountain bike or do the parkrun (free) at Surval Olive Estate

-        indulge in superb restaurants NostalgieJemima’s or near the caves, De Kombuys 

-        buy ostrich meat at Cape Karoo International factory shop or Cape Karoo Ostrich Emporium