Transport information

All World Assembly participants are expected to arrive at our venue, the ATKV Klein-Kariba holiday resort, 0480 Warmbad, near Bela Bela by 17:00 on 3 July 2019 for the Opening Ceremony of World Assembly. Our venue is about 150 kilometers north of Johannesburg.

Volunteers Program: Please arrive on 30 June 2019.

Student Gathering: Please arrive on 1 July 2019.

Please fly into one of the two airports in Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International or Lanseria International Airport).

If you arrive by plane, we expect you to arrive at the airport before 13:00 on your arrival day to make it to the venue on time, so please arrive by 13:00 on 1 July if you attend the Student Gathering and by 13:00 on 3 July for the Opening Ceremony of World Assembly. If you do not arrive by 13:00 on 3 July you will likely miss the Opening Ceremony.

If you arrive by coach at one of the coach stations, you should arrive before 13:00 at Johannesburg Park Coach Station or before 15:00 at Pretoria Park Coach Station. 

There will be transport from the airport or coach station to the venue. You will receive detailed information closer to the event.

There will be pick up points at:

  • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

  • Lanseria International Airport (Johannesburg)

  • Johannesburg Park Station (Coach) 

  • Pretoria Park Station (Coach) 

Shuttle busses will run until the early afternoon from the pick-up point on arrival day and return you to the airports and coach stations on departure day.  

If you are traveling on the Greyhound bus from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, there is a stop at Shell Garage, Bela Bela. Please let us know at if you get off there.

World Assembly finishes with the Closing Ceremony on the evening of 10 July. Please plan your departure for any time on 11 July 2019.

Please make sure we have your itinerary and arrival details as soon as your tickets are booked by putting your details onto the registration system.

Please email if you have any questions concerning travel arrangements and our flight booking policy.

Important information about visas

Obtaining visas for South Africa is going to be a real challenge and an additional financial burden for some. Please enquire about visa requirements and start the process as soon as participants are registered.

For a list of countries that are exempt from needing a visa for South Africa, please see the South Africa Department of Home Affairs website. If you have questions regarding obtaining a visa, please ask your delegation manager or email

Participants can download visa invitation letters by logging in to the registration system.

Visa Information:

Websites of South African embassies and consulates: 

excursions or holidays

If you want to stay in South Africa before or after World Assembly, you must organise that holiday yourself.  IFES is not able to help you with any holiday planning.

Pre-& Post World Assembly excursions or holidays:

Travel scholarships

For participants receiving an IFES travel scholarship (50% or 90%), tickets must only be purchased after an entry visa for South Africa has been secured. Participants who have secured their visa should contact to arrange their travel.

Travel scholarships not claimed by 31 May 2019 will expire.

When should I book my flights and where to?

You should fly into Johannesburg, South Africa. Please be a good steward of resources by investigating cheaper options and being creative about flight routes. Flights tend to be cheaper the earlier you book. You can book a flight once your visa has come through.