SAFNOG 2
7th - 8th April 2015
Mbabane, Swaziland
Travel information
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Passports
A full passport valid for at least three months is required for entry into Swaziland. For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. Tourist or business travelers are allowed to visit Swaziland for up to 30 days. Please check the complete list below, and refer to your nearest Swaziland diplomatic mission, from which visas for any nationality can be obtained.
Visas are NOT required by nationals of the following countries:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Russia, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Island, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Citizens of Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and holders of British passports can obtain a visa free of charge upon arrival.

For nationalities that do require visas to visit Swaziland, these visas can NOT be obtained on arrival at any Swaziland border post, but must be organised in advance from one of Swaziland's Missions Abroad.
 
Flights to Swaziland
Traveling to Swaziland by air is only possible from Johannesburg on Airlink. Your flight will land at the King Mswati the Third International Airport. Flights to Swaziland from Johannesburg are currently provided solely by Swaziland Airlink. A flight from Johannesburg to Swaziland will take approximately 45 minutes. Flights depart two or three times per day and cost from US$175 one-way and US$350 return. An airport tax of SZL 50.00 is payable when departing from King Mswati the Third International Airport.
Swaziland Airlink Flight Schedule: Monday to Sunday
Departure @ OR Tambo
Arrival @ KMIII
Departure @ KMIII
Arrival @ OR Tambo
Days of operation
0650hrs
0740hrs
0810hrs
0915hrs
Mon – Fri
1005hrs
1055hrs
1350hrs
1455hrs
Daily
1605hrs
1655hrs
1725hrs
1820hrs
Daily except for Saturday
Transfers to/from airport
 
Accommodation
Accommodation is available at the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel, which is the venue for SAFNOG-2 as well.

The SAFNOG Management Committee has negotiated a preferred group rate for all SAFNOG-2 participants that will be staying at Royal Swazi Sun & Lugogo Sun Hotels.
ROYAL SWAZI SUNSingle @ E 1,362.00 Double @ E 1,550.00 LUGOGO SUN Single @ E 843.00 Double @ E 1,000.00

 

This above rates include breakfast.

To enjoy this preferred rate with the Royal Swazi Sun & Lugogo Sun Hotels for your booking please reference the details below so your reservation is confirmed at the SAFNOG preferred rate : Real Image

Please note that the booking code can only be used when making the booking manually, i.e., over the phone or in-person with the hotel. Unfortunately, the booking code will not work for online bookings.

We recommend that participants arrange to arrive in Swaziland on the 5th April,  2015, and depart on or after the 9th April, 2015.

Alternative accommodation options in and around the Royal Swazi Sun are shown below (not exhaustive):
Royal Villas                                       – http://www.royalvillas.co.sz/
Happy Valley Hotel and Casino – http://www.happyvalleyhotel.com/
Mantenga Lodge                              – http://www.mantengalodge.com/
Sibane Hotel                                      – www.sibanehotel.co.sz
Mountain Inn                                    – http://www.mountaininn.sz/
 
Drive to/from Johannesburg

Driving into Swaziland is relatively easy, provided you drive sensibly and avoid the numerous pot holes, ramshackle settlements, pedestrians and wandering livestock found on many of the roads leading into the country. The drive from Johannesburg is approximately 4 hours. Upon entry a fee of R50.00 is required for a car. There is no Bureau to change currency however; the gate does accept South African rand. When driving ensure that relevant documentation is carried such as driver licence and proof of insurance.

LUXURY MINIBUS SERVICE TO/FROM JOHANNESBURG

Two companies, TransMagnific and Skyworld run luxury minibus services between Mbabane and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton). They depart from Mbabane every morning at 08h00, reaching OR Tambo at 12h45. The return journey departs from Johannesburg mid-afternoon. A new twice-daily service both is available by TransMagnific. Fares are from R500 one-way and R950 return.

 
1 day pre conference tour of Swaziland
For those who are interested to take a tour of some of the interesting sites in Swaziland, we have arranged to have a 1 day tour scheduled for the 6th April 2015. Below is the proposed Itinerary, Delegates will be responsible for their own entry fees, meals etc.

Cost per delegate is E250.00 ( USD 20.31 ) ( ZAR 250.00 ) , which covers entry fee and transport .
Time
Activity
08:00
Depart from the Royal Swazi Sun to the Ngwenya Glass Factory.
08:45
Arrive at the Ngwenya Glass Factory where you will witness first-hand the magical and ancient art of glass blowing from an overhead balcony – each piece handmade from 100% recycled glass. Also on the premises is a coffee shop and two craft centers where you will have the opportunity to purchase the glass products you have just witnessed in the making.
10:00
Depart from the Ngwenya Glass Factory and take a drive along the country’s most scenic route (King Mswati II Highway).
11:00
Stop over at Tintsaba crafts for a site inspection and marvel at the high quality handcrafts that are produced locally; opportunity to purchase the items will be available.
12:00
Depart from Tinstaba crafts and take an easy drive to the Maguga Dam just south of Pigg’s. Here you will be taken on a tour of the facility before settling down for lunch at the View Point Restaurant with a lovely view over the spillway which is particularly spectacular when the water rushes over.
14:00
Depart from the Maguga Dam and head back toward the city where you will drive through the capital city of Mbabane. Take an easy drive to the Mantenga Cultural Village in the Ezulwini Valley; the Valley of Heaven as it is popularly known.
15:30
Arrive at the Mantenga Cultural Village. Here you will learn about the day to day life in a traditional homestead and enjoy the vibrant traditional dance shows.
17:30
Depart from the Mantenga Cultural and head back to the Royal Swazi Sun.
 
Social Evening

The Management committee has arranged to have a closing social dinner on the 8th April 2015 at Summerfield Resort, Palm Cascades Restaurant. Transport to and from will be provided for. Summerfield Resort – Palm Cascades Restaurant http://www.summerfieldresort.com/facilities/dining.html

To do in and around Mbabne
Mbabane
Sibebe Rock - guided walking trails to the summit
White Orchard – Day Spa
Mbabane Golf Club
Mountain Inn Hotel – Hotel and fine dinning
The Corporate Place - Shopping Centre, Restaurants, & Banking
Ezulwini
Mantenga Reserve, Cultural Village & Falls
Royal Swazi Spa Hotel and Casino
Happy Valley Hotel and Casino
The Gables Shopping Centre - Restaurants, Cinemas & Banking
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland's pioneer conservation area
Ngwenya
Ngwenya Glass – Glass blowing, restaurant, crafts and curious
Malkerns
Malandelas – Bed and breakfast, restaurant, crafts and curios
Swazi Candles – Candle factory, restaurant, crafts and curios
Nyanza Farm – Guest cottage, riding stables and farm yard
 
Additional Information
INTERNET ACCESS
Internet Access well be available, at no extra charge, to all participants in and around the conference ballrooms at the venue. The Internet Access will be provided by SEACOM.

SPTC will provide redundant pairs of dark fibre between the venue and SPTC's nearest service PoP.

The venue will be covered by 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, supporting both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. You will be able to wirelessly connect to the Internet with your laptops and other devices.

The wireless SSID that will be used for this event is SAFNOG-2. There will not be any password authentication required.
MOBILE PHONE ACCESS AND ROAMING
Swaziland is home to only one Mobile Network Operator… MTN Swaziland.
GSM mobile phones that can operate in the 900MHz and 1800MHz for GSM, and 2100MHz for 3G will work fine in Swaziland.

In case you plan to purchase a local SIM card to avoid high roaming costs, these are readily available at most supermarkets and vendors as you enter the border. The SIM card will NOT require to be registered and is ready for use once loaded with airtime.

Pre-paid airtime is readily available at a myriad of stores in and around the country.

MTN Swaziland offers 3G data services. This is generally automatically activated, however, it is a good idea to ask for it anyway, if you plan to use data services.
If you prefer to roam while in South Africa, please check the GSMA web site for your home network's roaming partners in South Africa.
DRINKING WATER
Tap water in all areas in Swaziland is potable.
In case you prefer bottled water, it is readily available throughout the country.
POWER
Swaziland uses 220V/230V, 50Hz electricity.
Power sockets are based on the British BS 546 standard. The meeting room sockets will use these points.
As South African/Swaziland plugs are not widely used internationally, travellers are advised to make provisions for their own power adaptors.
TIME ZONE
All of Swaziland uses UTC +2 as a standard time zone.
There is no adjustment to daylight savings time in Swaziland.
LANGUAGES
English is widely spoken throughout Swaziland, and English speakers should experience no problems.
The commonly spoken local language is Siswati
SAFETY
Swaziland is a relatively safe country but care and safety should be exercised at all times.

The conference hotel provides in-room safes and guests are encouraged to make use of these to store their valuables.
Additional Information
For any additional information you may require to help make your trip to SAFNOG-2 as easy as possible, please send an e-mail to the SAFNOG Secretariat: secretariat at safnog.org
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