Conference Facilities Pretoria

Superb Conference Facilities in Pretoria National Park

When organising a conference the ambience is as important as the facilities and there are few places that provide both as successfully as the Monument Centre just south of Pretoria. Its name derives directly from its location in the lush surroundings of one of South Africa’s smaller but particularly well-known national parks; that which is host to the iconic Voortrekker Monument recently declared as a heritage site.

The structure is as imposing as the history it represents. Measuring 40 metres in height, length and width, it enjoys a constant stream of either seeking to pay homage to the early generation of settlers who took part in the Great Trek or merely wishing to learn more of the nation’s formative years. Though the concept was first discussed as early as 1888 it was not until 1937 that the first sod was turned and another 12 years until, in 1949, it was formally opened.

Despite the long delay, when something is truly worthwhile then most would agree it is worth waiting for. Although it was to be quite a few decades before this magnificent landmark was to be joined by an outstanding dining and event venue, that wait too appears to have been more than amply rewarded.

When a company decides to hold an event, it has become a common practice to seek for more rustic venues where there are fewer distractions and the atmosphere is more conducive to relaxation or study depending upon the purpose of the gathering. Finding such a location, however, will, more often than not, involve a fairly lengthy drive and perhaps a stopover. In some cases this may prove impractical and thus the impeccable conference facilities available at the Monument Centre on the periphery of Pretoria offers the perfect compromise.

The centre is perfect, not just because it is so close to both the capital and the neighbouring city of Johannesburg, but because it offers everything that could possibly be required by the delegates and those that are tasked with conducting the event. Apart from being located among the most beautiful and tranquil gardens in which groups of zebra and Blesbok are regular visitors, the centre is exceptionally flexible in terms of the accommodation it offers. Clients may choice between the use of a boardroom  and one of the 6 meeting rooms that, between them, can be configured to provide seating for groups of as few as 20 or as many as 1500, depending upon the requirement.

Whatever the choice of room, all of the basic support in terms of equipment for presentation purposes is included as part of the deal and covers flip charts and overhead projector complete with a screen as well, of course, as the traditional mints and iced water. In addition the package offers access to either a cable or a wireless network with printer, facsimile option and internet access via a broadband router that allows delegates and speakers to connect their laptops and to utilise any or all of these utilities. Beyond the basics, where needed, the centre is able, for a nominal charge, to provide various items not included in its standard package such as video conferencing equipment, cordless microphones, data projectors and other presentation or business aids. Just explain your needs to the event co-ordinator and leave the rest to the centre staff.

Excellent dining facilities both formal and informal are available for the breaks and when the work is done and it’s time for play – the centre is well situated to enjoy numerous leisure activities from city tours to art galleries and markets and, for the more adventurous, rock climbing, abseiling, ballooning and a wide range of team-building activities.

When the day’s over, the ‘Boma’ is the perfect setting in which to enjoy your favourite sundowner or a sizzling vleisbraai and the cherry on top of the finest conference facilities in Pretoria.

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