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Social Programme & Tours

Mid-Congress Excursions, afternoon of Wednesday 17 August

On registration in Cape Town, delegates will be able to choose a tour. Seats for each tour are limited, so please be prepared to select an alternative.

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Silvermine Nature Reserve:
fynbos and a small river
A walk around a small reservoir and down the river, with discussion of the Fynbos Biome and its peat-stained waters [R20 entrance fee payable]
Eerste River:
the "First River"
A short walk next to the river and into the historic town of Stellenbosch [R30 ntrance fee payable]
Cape Town's urban rivers
(Download 18Mb PDF report)
The effects of urbanization: floods, informal settlements and pollution [No additional charges]
Berg River Dam South Africa's latest dam with significant consideration of Environmental Water Requirements; a discussion on fynbos and on the water supply to Cape Town [No additional charges]
Boulders beach and the penguins A beach walk, look at the penguins, discussion of South Africa's Marine Protected Areas [Entrance fee payable]
Strandfontein Waste Water Treatment Works and bird watching Cape Town's best viewing of water birds [No additional charges]
Cape Point Beautiful views, short walk, discussion on terrestrial (and lack of aquatic) conservation areas [R70 entrance fee payable]
Kirstenbosch A walk around the famous botanical gardens [R35 entrance fee payable]

Pre-  and Post Congress Excursions

Western Cape
The Freshwater Research Unit at the University of Cape Town has arranged the following three tour options with Wydah Tours (contact person Lize Enderstein):  
The Cape, Namaqualand Flowers and West Coast
Dr. Carin van Ginkel has organised this post congress tour from 21 to 27 August 2010. For details, pricing and background information, please download this PDF brochure
Cradle to cradle corridor: 4 billion years of life on Earth
A post congress tour from 21 to 27 August 2010. Contact  Dr. Johan Engelbrecht or Laria Vermaak. For details and pricing, please download this PDF document
Eutrophication Management in South Africa
(Withdrawn because of lack of interest)
Dr. Carin van Ginkel has organized this pre-congress excursion in the Johannesburg area from 8 to 14 August 2010.  For details and pricing please download this PDF document.
Water quality of the Kruger National Park
(This tour is now fully booked)
A post congress tour from 21 to 27 August 2010. Contact person is Dr. Carin van Ginkel at   Please download this PDF file for the itinerary and costs

Accompanying persons
Exciting and interesting opportunities are available for accompanying persons to view the beautiful Cape Town and surroundings. Please visit the Tourism Visitor Information Centre in the main lobby of the Convention Centre, or consult their web site.