UNISA ISTE Conference 2019

Venue and Transport

On the banks of the Pioneer Dam in the Kruger National Park, lies it’s best kept secret. Named after the mopane veld that surrounds the camp, Mopani Rest Camp nestles amongst the Mopani tree covered koppies. A signature feature is the huge gnarled old baobab tree in the heart of the camp. The vegetation inside the camp is left as found in the wild, adding to the unique atmosphere of the camp.

Tourism and travel

The Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Sight-seeing packages will be available for Conference Participants. More information on scenic trips and day visits will be available to delegates at the Conference. These activities will be additionally charged and should be arranged with the camp.


Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

By Air

The closest airport to Mopani is Gateway Airport situated in Phalaborwa. Gateway is situated approximately 3km from Phalaborwa Gate. There are daily scheduled flights between Gateway and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

By Road: Phalaborwa Gate

Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 4km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Mopani camp is approximately 74km away from the gate (2 hour drive). Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

GPS Co-ordinates

GPS: S 23 31' 39" (LATITUDE),  E 31 23' 59" (LONGITUDE)


International Delegates – kindly contact the ISTE office to coordinate shuttle services (additional charge) from the Phalaborwa Airport to Mopani Rest Camp.


  • Entrance Gates Opening Times: Oct - Mar: 05:30
  • Camp Gates Opening Times: Oct: 05:30
  • Camp Gate Closing Times: Aug - Oct: 18:00

NB!!!: No delegate will be allowed into the Kruger National Park after the closing times of the Entrance Gates.

Last modified: 2019/01/29