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Networking and Social Events

Networking and social events are an essential part of the AABSDP conferences.

Made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, these evening and post-conference events provide delegates with a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to exchange views in an informal setting and continue the business discussions of the day. 

The 2018 social programme will showcase the beauty, vibrancy and dynamism of Zimbabwe, with a series of themed events to immerse delegates in Zimbabwean culture.

...the perfect mix of presentations
and informal get-togethers


'The Smoke That Thunders'

Sunday 2 September - Daytime

The Forum will open with a tour of Victoria Falls and the Township. Delegates will enjoy lunch on the Lookout, overlooking the falls. This is also the perfect day to book in optional zipline and bungee activities for the thrill-seekers among you. More information can be found on the Tours and Excursions page.

'Zimbabwe: Open For Business'

Sunday 2 September - evening

The conference opening cocktail reception will be held in the exhibition, welcoming delegates to Zimbabwe and beginning the business discussions. Attendees will then make their way down to the poolside deck, the location for a dinner featuring traditional entertainment.

'A Night at the Boma'

Monday 3 September - Evening

A traditional African evening. Delegates will be whisked from the hotel to four 'villages' inside a Boma. With entertainment ranging from singing and dancing to instructional drumming lessons, there is sure to be something for everyone.

'A Touch of Colour - Carnival on the Zambezi'

tuesday 4 September - Evening

Bring out your colourful side as we take delegates on a sunset cruise of the Zambezi river, spotting the local wildlife, before bringing you back to the jetty where the carnival begins. Catch your breath during dinner as there is sure to be dancing afterwards!


'Under African Skies'

Wednesday 5 September - Evening

After the close of the conference programme and sessions, delegates can enjoy a relaxed evening under the Zimbabwean skies as we host a gala dinner in the hotel grounds. This formal dinner offers a final evening of networking to participants, bringing the conference to a natural close.

'A Walk on the Wild Side'

Thursday 6 September - Daytime

An optional tour to the Chobe National Park is on offer to delegates. The park is just over the border in Botswana and host to an abundance of wildlife, offering an outstanding safari opportunity. Please note that advance booking and an additional charge apply to this visit - more details are provided at the time of registration.

An outline of the itinerary for the trip is below (please note timings are approximate):

07.30 - Buses depart from the Elephant Hills Hotel & Resort

08.00 - Buses cross the border to Botswana and enter the Chobe Park

09.00 - Groups depart either on a cruise or on a game drive in vehicles

12.30 - Groups reconvene for a buffet lunch

14.00 - Groups swap over for the afternoon game experience

18.00 - Buses return delegates to the hotel

In addition, a number of other optional activities are on offer during the event - please see the Tours and Excursions page for more details.


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