XIVth International Congress of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

General Information – Durban

Durban located in KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa’s top domestic holiday destination.
It is renowned for its magnificent warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the endless golden surfing beaches. An expansive paved promenade offers access to the best of these beaches – the Golden Mile. The striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, hosts a city-viewing SkyCar, bungee swing and Segway tours. UShaka Marine World, a world-class water park, aquarium and restaurant complex overlooks the ocean and offers hours of entertainment.

Culturally, Durban exhibits a mix of Indian, Zulu and post-colonial influences, reflected in the city’s architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants, Wilson’s Wharf, and at the gourmet hot spots and coffee shops that line Florida Road and Helen Joseph Road.

Half an hour away from the city, the Valley of a Thousand Hills promises a taste of African culture, while further into the countryside the Midlands Meander features about 150 art-and-craft outlets. Head inland to the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg mountain range and World Heritage Site. Enjoy hiking trails and climbing, including abseiling and white-water rafting. Tour the untamed wilds, home to the Big-5, before imbibing the sheer beauty of the eco-rich iSimangaliso Wetland Park at St Lucia, the province’s second World Heritage Site.

Durban has a humid subtropical climate with average temperature in October around 21°C. The warm year-round weather, arguably the best in the world and a rich diversity of activities mean that visitors to KwaZulu-Natal are spoilt for choice.

Congress Venue
The XIVth ICPLM Congress will be held at the Blue Waters Hotel, 175 Snell Parade, Marine Parade, Durban, 4056, at the beanchfront, which is one of Durban’s premier hotels with an excellent Conference Centre that became a favourite venue for both national and international conferences.


Hotels in South Africa are of a very high standard including well known international brands such as Hilton, Marriot, Holiday Inn Express and Red Carnation. Special congress rates have been secured for all participants and can be booked online via our website.

How to get to Durban
Access to South Africa is easy! Fast Facts: 76 Countries are exempt for South African Visas; 32 International Airlines fly directly into South Africa, to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban; Direct flights into South Africa depart from more than 60 airports internationally, including Frankfurt, Munich, Heathrow, New York, Buenos Aires and Beijing.

6 Domestic Airlines currently fly between the major city centres in South Africa including Airlink, British Airways, Kulula, Mango, FlySafair , South African Airways and South African Express.International Airports: www.airports.co.za

The following airlines offer international service to/from Durban: Airlink (Maputo), Air Mauritius (Mauritius), Emirates (Dubai), Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa), ProFlight Zambia (Lusaka), Qatar Airways (Doha), SA Express (Harare and Lusaka) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul).

King Shaka International Airport (DUR) lies 22 miles (32km) north of Durban and has a regular bus shuttle service to Durban city centre from 05.00 to 22.00 (journey time: around 30 minutes; fare: R70; www.airportbustransport.co.za).
There is also an hourly shuttle (must be pre-booked) linking the airport with Durban and Umhlanga hotels, the Durban beachfront and the International Convention Centre. It departs from outside the arrivals area.
Taxi services are available outside departures area from several companies - check the airport’s website companies for a full list of taxi operators. Fares into Durban start at around R350, and the journey time is about 20-30 minutes.

Official Carrier
Emirates is the official carrier of the IFCC WorldLab Durban 2017Congress. Special offers and discounts for delegates will be indicated on the web site of the Congress.
More information available soon