Kruger National Park, one of the great wilderness areas in Africa, is larger than many countries in Europe and attracts over half a million tourists annually. As one of South Africa’s most sought-after tourist destinations, it is one of the world’s most diverse and abundant nature and game reserves. Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks one of the best in the world.


Venue & Accommodations

Easily accessed by road and air, Skukuza Rest Camp is fenced-in, making it safe to move about freely. It overlooks the Sabie River, where big game such as elephants, hippopotamuses, and buffaloes are often found; there is also a high concentration of lions, hyenas, and leopards. The symposium will conveniently take place onsite at the state-of-the-art conference facility. The conference center was designed to blend in with the existing safari theme, while still maintaining a high level of comfort, complimented by modern equipment and amenities. The center is within walking distance from all lodging accommodations, which are reasonably priced and cater to a variety of guest requirements.


Call for Proposals Now Available

Click here to submit your presentation proposal. The International Association for Social Work with Groups invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, administrators, community workers and activists, and group workers from various professional disciplines to submit presentation proposals. Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work, especially relating to group work practice with populations in a variety of settings, multicultural practice, group work in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, and group work research and training.


How To Get There:

  •  Air: A one-hour flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) on the Park periphery. There are daily flights between the 2 airports and bus shuttles between KMIA and Skukuza Camp or car hire from both the airport and the camp in Kruger National Park - South Africa. To summarize:
    • Fly directly to Skukuza Airport and either rent a car or catch a shuttle to Skukuza Rest Camp (5km)

    • Fly to Kruger International Airport (KMIA) just outside Nelspruit, and travel 112km (1hr 45min travel time) by vehicle to Skukuza Rest Camp

  • Bus shuttle: Private Connections (a private company) operates this shuttle service between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Kruger National Park.

  • Car Hire: Car hire at KMIA, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports and at Skukuza Camp itself or from all major towns in South Africa. South African National Parks endorses Avis Car Rental. You can also email them at

  • By road: The N12 from Johannesburg and the N4 from Pretoria take you on a 5-hour drive through Nelspruit to Skukuza. Paul Kruger Gate and Phabeni Gate are the 2 options for travel to Skukuza in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

 Sample Roundtrip Flight Prices

  • Johannesburg - Skukuza Airport: about $275
  • New York, DC, or Boston - Johannesburg: about $990
  • Los Angeles - Johannesburg: about $1,200
  • London - Johannesburg: about $800
  • Toronto - Johannesburg: about $1,100

Where to Stay:

We have a group booking for very reasonably-priced and conveniently-located accommodations in the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. The reservation options and steps to book are attached. For more information on the types of accommodation, see Accommodations.

To make a reservation in the group booking, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose the type of accommodation suitable to your needs from the attached list.
  2. Write an email to one of the following people:
    1. Constance Masimola -
    2. Nosipho Mkize -
    3. Neleni Ndala -
  3. Quote the reference number for the group booking R5860702
  4. Ask for the type of accommodation chosen in Step 1 and mention the number of people for the unit. Some units have two single beds, others three and some 4-8 beds. The third and the last columns in the attached group reservation options indicate the number of beds available per unit.
  5. SANPARKS will make a booking for you within the group booking with your own reservation number and the date on which you must pay the deposit to secure the booking.
  6. The reservation will be sent to you by email and the accommodation can be paid to SANPARKS by credit card.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, June 7th:

  • Agency Visits Outsitute

Friday, June 8th:

  • Welcoming Breakfast Reception & Sumner Gill Memorial Plenary
  • Morning Educational Presentations
  • Lunch & Beulah G. Rothman Memorial Plenary
  • Afternoon Educational Presentations & Invitational Session

Saturday, June 9th:

  • Morning Educational Presentations
  • Lunch & Joan K. Parry Memorial Plenary
  • Afternoon Educational Presentations & Invitational Session
  • Gala Reception & Dinner

Sunday, June 10th

  • Half-day Experiential Session & Closing Ceremony

Registration Rates:

  • African Attendees & Presenters - $250 / R3 420.0
  • International Attendees & Presenters - $350 / R4 790.0

Registration fee will cover the following cost:

  • Admission to full  programme
  • Lunches, teas and coffees for the duration of the symposium (Friday & Saturday)
  • Welcome breakfast (Friday)
  • Gala reception (Saturday)

The registration fee does not include the Thursday outstitute, hotel accommodation, activities or meals other than those mentioned above. Cancellation must be requested in writing to the Symposium Organizer, Emily Wilk, by email: A full refund will be provided up until June 1st, 2018. After June 1st, 2018, no refunds will be provided.

Additional Resources:

  • This video offers an overview of the Skukuza Rest Camp, in Kruger National Park, the location of the symposium.
  • Call for Proposals will be available in the upcoming months. 
  • For questions, pleas contact Emily at or