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Join Unconventional Conventions for a once in a lifetime opportunity – to stand with the Silverback Gorillas in the wild.

You smell the dust stirred up by all those hooves, you hear the cacophony of lowing, expectantly you watch as thousands of wildebeest mill on the riverbank – which one will be the bravest (or is it the most stupid?) and start the crossing. Suddenly, a couple of beasts break away, heading to the edge and then you are overwhelmed by the whole event – thousands of animals, one after the other, careening down the bank, plunging into the water, struggling against the rush of the river, pushing their way across and pouring up the bank closest to you. This IS the “greatest natural show on earth”.

Academic Program.


Train Information and Cabin Configuration.

The Shongololo Express, based at Rovos Rail’s station in Pretoria, began operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa. The luxury steam train company has been operating since 1986 and is world renowned for their opulent colonial glamour and high quality service.

Main Conference.


Travelling on the Shongololo Express train is a wonderful way to experience the best of southern Africa: some of the world’s top game parks, spectacular scenery, wildlife conservation, African culture and history, and vibrant cities. All this, without having to pack and unpack, worry about finding accommodation or drive vast distances. Everything is taken care of for you.

Do join us for this fantastic conference and journey.

Pre Conference Tour.


The prefect way to start your time in Africa – two days staying in a safari lodge to enjoy close encounters with wildlife by land and boat, and a couple of days of your own adventures around Victoria Falls.

Don’t miss out!

Post Conference Tour.


This is certainly one of the world’s best safari tours – gorillas and chimpanzees up close and personal, 13 other primates, tree-climbing lions, an abundance of wildlife, a myriad of birds and butterflies, the Nile River, jungles, mountains, lakes… It has it all.

This is a BUCKET LIST must do!

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)