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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Heed the call of the wild!
It gives me great pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM), to the Pan African Travel Medicine Conference 2020 to be held at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, from the 14th - 17th October 2020.
2020 is also the 20th anniversary of SASTM being actively involved in, and the promotion of, excellence in travel medicine, and we invite you to celebrate this achievement with us.
We have planned a programme filled with interesting topics relating to travel health, with a focus on One Health which recognises that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment, and where better to hold this conference than in a beautiful setting where mankind meets the animal kingdom.
The Kruger National Park was established in 1926, and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It is situated in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, in the North East of South Africa. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Frontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
The park is also part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the "Biosphere").
It is home to the Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino), but there is so much more to the Kruger National Park than the Big 5. Here, birders and animal enthusiasts have the privilege of enjoying an abundance of game, both big and small.
Be one of more than 1.8 million visitors to the park annually: join us for an unforgettable Conference with plenaries and symposia on the latest topics and guidelines to interest you.
Meet new fellow travel practitioners and rekindle old friendships while listening to the cry of the Fish Eagle and the roar of the lion.
I look forward to welcoming you all to this conference of Celebration in a wonderful setting.
This is where my heart is - in the middle of the Kruger National Park, the size of the Netherlands, Israel or Malawi, whatever takes your fancy... this is where we are anchored. Where we have our routes intertwined with that of the surrounding moping scrub and thorn trees.
It is to the Kruger National Park that I invite you, 16 years after the first Travel Medicine Conference held in Africa in Cape Town, to come and join the South African Society of Travel Medicine, at the Pan African Travel Medicine Conference to be held from 14 - 17 October 2020 at the world class Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre (mind the warthogs in the foyer...) in Skukuza, for a scientific programme to top them all and a life time experience second to none.
This is where you are to experience three days of travel health "where it happens" and to get a feel for what your travel clinic clients will be experiencing and, for yourself, an enriching and memorable experience.