Cape Town is one of the leading cities in Africa, the second most populated city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country.

It is an economic powerhouse with a good climate, spectacular natural beauty, a fine academic legacy and an impressive portfolio of history-makers. Professor Chris Barnard performed the world’s first successful heart transplant in Cape Town and Nelson Mandela made his first public appearance here after being released from prison. It is inspiring leaders like this that have helped to carve out the knowledge economy that has made Cape Town an ideas centre for Africa and beyond.

The city is set within the unique Cape floral kingdom and is surrounded by the historic winelands of the Western Cape that have earned the city its reputation as a gastronomic destination. Iconic Table Mountain forms the backdrop of the Central Business District that runs down to its famous harbour and Table Bay.

Shuttle Service
Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is Africa’s most award-winning airport. As Africa’s 3rd largest airport, it processes over 8 million passengers annually with over 50% of the country’s air passengers passing through the airport. Located approximately 20 kilometres from the NH Lord Charles Hotel, the airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal.

A range of transport options are available to get you wherever you want to be. These include:

Integrated Rapid Transport System  The new Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) System offers international visitors a scheduled bus service between the city centre, the airport and selected suburbs in Cape Town.

MyCiTi Shuttles These shuttles offer efficient and safe public transport across the city. The CTICC is conveniently located on one of the MyCiti routes, which runs from the airport to the city.

Taxi, Bus or Coach Metered taxis, luxury air-conditioned coaches and shuttle buses regularly run between the airport, hotels, the city centre and most major tourist destinations.

Venue and Accommodation
The NH Cape Town The Lord Charles hotel is set among the spectacular scenery of the world-famous Cape Winelands, the Helderberg Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is in a perfect location to explore the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek wine routes and is set within 9 hectares of perfectly maintained grounds. Cape Town’s center is 30 minutes away and you can reach the airport in 20 minutes.

Accommodation Rates
Accommodation rates have been negotiated with the venue. Single standard accommodation @ R1,600 pp (bed & breakfast) (±US$108).
To reserve your room, please contact Cherelle Economon at the Lord Charles on Clearly state that you are booking for the AOAC Meeting to qualify for this rate.

Passports and Visas

We strongly advise all participants travelling to South Africa to check the relevant visa requirements and to apply for their visa at least 2 months in advance of the meeting.

Passports need to be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your departure date from South Africa.

To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department website: Click here For South African missions abroad: Click here

It is the delegate’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa and the secretariat is unable to intervene in the process. We would also like to encourage all delegates to arrange their own health and travel insurance in advance of their journey to South Africa and ensure that they have the appropriate documentation with them at the conference.