SUN Conference 2017 | provisional itinerary

July 27th – Aug 3rd ,  2017




Day 1: Wednesday 26 July 

Attendees and Accompanying Guests 

  • Travel day / incoming arrivals
  • Direct flights to Cape Town International or alternatively flights into Johannesburg (ORT International) and transfer to Cape Town by domestic carrier
  • Check-in at the Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Evening at leisure | under own arrangements

Day 2: Thursday 27 July  

       Attendees and Accompanying Guests

  • Final incoming flight arrivals and check-in at the Table Bay Hotel.
  • Day at leisure
  • Early evening Champagne & Canapes  Welcome Reception hosted in the Atlantic Room at Table Bay Hotel  
  • The Table Bay Hotel is set against one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world, with uninterrupted views of the majestic Table Mountain and iconic V&A Waterfront -  the ultimate introduction to Cape Town.

Day 3: Friday 28 July

 Morning session:  08h30 – 12h00


  • Morning session:  08h30 – 12h00 
  • Half day conference session – University of Cape Town, (UCT)

The University of Cape Town is one of South Africa's leading institutions of higher learning and has three Nobel Laureates to its name.

  •  Lunch and Tour of The Heart of Cape Town Museum

The Heart of Cape Town Museum celebrates the world’s first open heart surgery, performed by South African born Professor Christiaan Barnard in 1967. The transplant is renowned as one of the greatest moments in medical history, only made possible by science and human courage. Today, the museum honors the patient, donor, doctors and nurses who were involved in this revolutionary surgery.

  • Afternoon session: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Half day conference session – University of Cape Town, (UCT)


Accompanying Guests

  • Full day at leisure

Cape Town is set in one of the most scenic locations in the world. With majestic Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town’s natural diverse beauty, vibrant cultural life, its weather, great outdoor lifestyle and beautiful beaches make it one of the top international destinations in the world. 

A variety of specialized guided tours of in and around Cape Town are available to pre-book (Note for own personal account)


Available options include:

  • Tour of Cape Town – places of interest and historical sights
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Table Mountain – hiking routes
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Point / Chapman’s Peak Drive


Attendees and Accompanying Guests

  • Dinner at Baía Restaurant, V&A Waterfront – within walking distance of The Table Bay Hotel

Set in a prime spot at The Victoria Wharf, Baía (pronounced Ba-hia and meaning the Bay) enjoys spectacular panoramic harbour and ocean views and is rated as one of Cape Town’s top 3 seafood restaurants, offering cuisine infused with continental and Portuguese influences.


Day 4: Saturday, 29 July  


    • Half day conference - University of Stellenbosch

    Accompanying Guests

    • Half day tour of Franschoek and Stellenbosch

    Franschoek is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns in the Republic of South Africa. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honour the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek.  The main street in Franschoek hosts many exceptional art galleries, boutiques, African shops and local delicous coffee stops.  

    Attendees and Accompanying Guests

    • Lunch and afternoon at Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

    Stellenbosch is more than just a country town. It is an historic town that boasts a rich cultural heritage and is positioned at the very heart of the South African wine industry, plus a historical and vibrant University Town. Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 325 year old Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage.

    • Dine-around evening - choose from one of four amazing restaurants in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.  



    Day 5: Sunday, 30 July

    Morning session:  08h30 – 12h00


    • Morning session:  08h30 – 12h00
    • Half day conference at Table Bay Hotel including lunch and limited beverages
    • Afternoon leisure  


    Accompanying Guests

    • Full day at leisure


    Attendees and Accompanying Guests

    • Gala Dinner at The Table Bay Hotel



      Day 6: Monday, 31 July

      Delegates, including guests & families:  Early breakfast followed by early departure, approximately 06h30, for Cape Town International Airport.

      • Group to depart on internal flight Cape Town to Lanseria Airport/Johannesburg. Flights will be booked by Organiser.  Flight departure approximately 08h30.   Approximately 2 hour flight time.
      • Arrive Lanseria Airport approximately 10h30 – 11h00.
      • Road transfer to Pilanesberg National Park.
      • Stop over en-route at The Cradle of Humankind.  Tour of Maropeng Heritage Centre followed by lunch.  Maropeng is the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. Approximately 1,000 hominid fossils have been discovered here, spanning several million years.  The oldest hominid fossils from the Cradle are more than 3-million years old.
      • Lodge check in and with option of afternoon game drive.
      • Dinner at the Lodge.      


      Day 7: Tuesday, 1 Aug

      • Early morning game drive – departs 05h30, approximately 2 hours
      • Breakfast
      • ½ day conference for delegates
      • Leisure activities available for guests/families such as
      • Bush walks
      •  Archery & air riffle shooting
      • Quad biking
      • Interactive Drumming; African Marimba Band
      • Cultural Show
      • Snake Demonstration
      • Village Walk
      • High tea and afternoon game drive
      • Dinner and entertainment


      Day 8: Wednesday, 2 Aug

      • Early morning game drive – departs 05h30, approximately 2 hours
      • Breakfast
      • ½ day conference for delegates
      • Leisure activities available for guests/families such as
      • Bush walks
      • Archery & air riffle shooting
      • Quad biking
      • Interactive Drumming; African Marimba Band
      • Cultural Show
      • Snake Demonstration
      • Village Walk
      • High tea and afternoon game drive
      • Gala Dinner and entertainment


      Day 9: Thursday, 3 Aug

      • Early morning game drive – departs 05h30, approximately 2.5 hours
      • Breakfast
      • Mid-morning road transfer to Johannesburg - OR Tambo or Lanseria airports
      • Delegates to return home, continue to additional destination of choice or connecting flights to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal for Neurology Congress



      Scientific Program in Cape Town

      Together with our local host we will deliver an academic program that reflects the intellectual advances of neurosurgery and the cultural vibrancy of South Africa.

      Sessions will comprise a half-day each day.   Further scientific session information to follow soon.

      We will celebrate the contribution of South Africa to our medical history with a visit to Groote Schuur Hospital where the first human heart transplant took place and the CT scanner was conceived by Nobel Laureate, Alan Cormack. Groote Schuur is one of Cape Town's premier tertiary academic hospitals and was officially opened in 1938. The hospital is internationally renowned as the training ground for some of South Africa's best doctors, surgeons and nurses.


      What to pack for safari

      What to wear: 

      On safari most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and put on long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening for warmth as well as protection from mosquitoes. Should you be particularly sensitive to the sun a loose cotton shirt is essential during the day. The secret is layering your clothing so that you can be comfortable at all times. 

      Khaki, brown, olive and beige colours are best for and safaris and game walks. White is not a suitable colour for these activities. Firstly it increases your visibility quotient to the animals you are wanting to get a closer look at, and secondly, it will get dirty very quickly. Avoid bright colours. 

      Take a fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, as it will be cold in the early mornings when you leave but will warm considerably by the time you come back, as similarly it will be quite hot when you leave on the afternoon drives, but you will be faced with a chilly evening on your return. A pashmina or shoulder wrap is also very useful and can be used in various ways, especially when you are out on game drives. Both a cotton sunhat with a brim and a wool or fleece cap should be carried with you out on drives as they will both come in handy. 

      Clothing to Pack: 

       2 pairs khaki /neutral coloured cotton pants (jeans are rather hot) 

       2 pairs sturdy shorts 

       2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth). 

       1 light sweater or sweatshirt 

       1 lightweight windbreaker 

       1 fleece or sweater 

       1 or 2 pairs of comfortable worn-in sturdy walking shoes, hiking boots or running shoes 

       3-5 short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts 

       5 changes underwear and cotton socks 

       1 hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck) 

       1 lightweight warm wool or fleece cap 

       1 pashmina or shoulder wrap 

       Sunglasses 

       A large shopper or small backpack to take with you on the game drive vehicle to carry all your equipment, extra layers of clothing and some water and insect repellent 



       At luxury lodges soaps, shower gel, body lotion, shampoos and towels are normally available 

       Personal toiletry kits including toothbrushes and toothpaste as these can often not be purchased at the camp 

       Insect repellent – cream based, roll on or aerosol. Ensure you spray specifically your ankles and lower legs, especially in the early mornings and evenings as this is when mosquitoes are most active. Also spray yourself before you go out on bushwalks, irrespective of whether you are wearing shorts or long trousers. Spray over your trousers and shoes as small ticks could stick to you and creep up on your body. 

       High factor sunscreen, especially for your face – the African sun is harsh year round as well as an after sun cooling gel or lotion 


      Other Useful and Essential Items: 

       Hand wipes or 'Babywipes' come in very handy 

       Waterless hand sanitizer 

       Small and medium zip lock/ self-seal plastic bags to compartmentalise items within your travel bag 

       Sewing repair kit 

       Snacks such as trail mix, nuts, hard candies 

       Water bottle or take a small bottle of bottled water from the lodge before you go on an outing 

       Asprin or paracetemol for mild pain or headache 

       Antihistamines and allergy tablets, especially if you are prone to hay fever or sinusitis as the dust and vegetation may trigger allergies 

       Moisturizers and lip balms 

       Medication for diarrhoea and stomach cramps 

       Antihistamine cream for itchy insect bites and a disinfectant cream 

       Band-Aids and blister plasters for your feet 

       If you take prescription medication, bring a supply sufficient for your entire trip and a back-up script just in case 

       Remember extra contact lenses and fluid if you use these 


      Cameras and Equipment: 

       Binoculars 

       Digital camera/ video camera and extra memory cards. Rechargeable batteries and battery charger which can be left in your room with one set of batteries on charge. Ensure that you also carry an extra set of batteries with you on your game drive in addition to the ones in your camera, as photo opportunities tend to be plentiful. 

       Bird and Mammal guides - bird and animal checklists are normally provided by the lodge but bring your own if you are interested in anything specific 

       Mobile Phone and Charger 

       Travel plug adapters as well as two point plug adapters 

       Lightweight reading material 

       Digital music player and earphones 


      Scientific Program in Pilanesberg

      The Scientific Program will comprise of a half-day session on
      Tuesday, 1 August and Wednesday, 2 August.
      Draft Program to follow.

      • Our sessions will be half-day each day.