Registration will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Johannesburg. The Hotel is in the vibrant shopping district of Rosebank. After checking in discover the precinct on foot.Within walking distance there are a number of malls where you can find high end retailers alongside typical South African stores. Discover the African Market where you are bound to find curios and collectables from across Africa.
If you are taking part on the Youth Forum we look forward to letting you sound the drums and get to know your fellow group attendees. Our afternoon excursion will fill your heart with the sound of Africa with an interactive activity.
Our official welcome and dinner will take place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Our first full day on tour will take us to Pretoria, the nation’s capital. We visit two garden centres in the morning. Plantland Menlyn is part of one of the biggest chains of independent garden centres in South Africa. We move on to Plant Paradise Garden Centre where we will have an extended visit to allow our delegates to discover this award winning store. Holding the record for the most wins in the Garden Centre of the Year competition, our hosts welcome you to discover this treasure trove of ideas and inspiration.
Our afternoon heads towards Johannesburg. En route we visit Keith Kirsten Waterfall Garden Centre with its award winning indoor and shop areas.
The tour heads to the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, south of Johannesburg. The only street in the world to have two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as residents. This precinct also has the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial. We will end our day here discovering this historical area before heading to dinner where the sound of the African drums will find us again.
Day two will have the delegates discovering the Cradle of Mankind – a world heritage site at Maropeng and the Sterkfontein caves. En route we visit the biggest destination garden centre in Gauteng, Lifestyle Home Garden. With recent renovations completed our hosts look forward to our extended visit allowing delegates to discover all that they offer.
We visit one of the biggest growers of Phalaenopsis orchids in South Africa, Plantimex and tour their wholesale division. The day ends in the Cradle visiting the beautiful Nirox Sculpture Park weather permitting before dinner.
We check out of our hotel as we start day three of our tour. We will be spending the morning on the eastern side of Johannesburg. We visit the award winning Eckards Garden Pavilion as well as Hecker Nursery, both medium sized stores with a more traditional feel on locations that have been garden centres for over 40 years. We add a stop in at one of the new look home stores, Builders Warehouse Boksburg, before we head to the airport and on to Cape Town.
It will be a busy day and after arriving in Cape Town, our base will be the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel were delegates will have an evening of free time to adjust to the altitude and to rest.
Day 4 starts with the information meeting which will be held in the Hotel. Today we will visit two of the biggest Garden Centres in the Western Cape. Cape Garden Centre, one of the country’s most unique destination stores as well as the award winning Stodels flagship store which is owned by IGCA Past President Nick Stodel.
This is wine country! Our day will showcase the region as well as a visit to the world renowned Babylonstoren Estate which is set to become the country’s first privately owned botanical garden as it develops. Dinner with an awesome view of the countryside awaits as we raise a glass to our perfect African sky.
Day 5 is our final day! Our day starts with the business forum in the hotel before we head out along the coast. We showcase two urban coastal garden centres in the morning. Both Starke Ayres West Coast Village as well as Stodels Milnerton were purpose build stores in a contemporary style typical of south African garden centres.
We finish our day off with an afternoon at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain.
Our gala Dinner in the city awaits and all to soon it will be time to say – Hamba kahle -goodbye till we meet again!