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Adventurous Reflections 
2023 Conference 

24 - 27 July 2023
Changing thought, changing behaviour, impacting lives.

Reflection in the adventure industry is the ability or opportunity to look back on experiences:

  • to investigate and analyse your own thoughts and behaviour

  • to analyse and assist group thinking and behaviours

  • to reflect on alternative actions

  • to look for better applications

  • to become better, safer, and more efficient

  • and to learn from experiences and transfer the learning to diverse real-life situations.

Date: 24 - 27 July 2023
View programme here.


Bronze Sponsor:

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Monday 24 July 2023

12:00: Registrations open. Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

16:30 - 20:00: Meet & Greet Mocktail Dinner

Wednesday 26 July 2023

7:30: Registrations

8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast for overnight delegates ONLY, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

8:30 - 9:30: Session 6: Jessi Sunkel "OPENING & SAAIA Professional body news, developments"

9:30 - 10:30: Session 7: Neil Haarhoff from Sandord Lake College "A model for Integrating education and adventure in schools"

10:30 - 11:00: TEA, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

11:00 - 12:00: Session 8: Fred Bohasu "Leadership and Change ‘transformation within adventure industry."

12:00 - 13:00 Session 9: Saray Khumalo "Reflections from a 10-year 7-summits adventurous journey"

13:00 - 14:00: LUNCH, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

14:00 - 15:00: Session 10: Mona Preller "Case studies for client service, product quality and innovation in product delivery."

15:00 - 16:30: Demonstrations and exhibitions continue & panel discussions.

17:00 - 17:45: Game Drive & Cocktails, La'Wiida Lodge

18:00 - 18:45: Wine Tasting, La'Wiida Lodge

19:00 - 22:00: Spitbraai, La'Wiida Lodge

Tuesday 25 July 2023

7:30: Registrations

8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast for overnight delegates ONLY, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

9:00 - 9:30: Opening

9:30 - 10:30: Keynote Address: Simon Priest "The importance of REFLECTION in Adventurous Experiential Learning"

10:30 - 11:00: TEA,  Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

11:00 - 12:00: Session 2: SATSA "Adventure Chapter / ISO"

12:00 - 13:00 Session 3: VSS - Darren Eramsus talk & demonstration on "Vertical Safety Solutions and regulations."

13:00 - 14:00: LUNCH, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

14:00 - 15:00: Session 4: Prof Graeme "Stories from the edge: an adventurous life"

15:00 - 16:00: Session 5: Pieter Snyman "Why intentional experiences? (the impact of Adventure)"

16:00 - 18:00: TEA, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

18:00 - 22:00: Dinner, Drumming Circle & Bonfire

Thursday 27 July 2023

7:30: Registrations

8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast for overnight delegates ONLY, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

9:00 - 9:30: Opening

9:30 - 10:30: Session 11: Francois Nel "Exploring the Evolving Role of the Adventure Industry in Southern Africa's Outdoor Recreation Sector in the Post-COVID Era"

10:30 - 11:00: TEA, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

11:00 - 12:00: Session 12: Allan Williams "Facilitating youth development in communities at Risk"

12:00 - 13:00 Session 13: Alan Champkins "Challenge by Choice and Comfort Zone Models in Adventure Experiences"

13:00 - 14:00: LUNCH, Demonstrations and exhibitions continue.

14:00 - 17:00: Demonstrations and exhibitions closing.




Dr Simon Priest

Keynote Speaker

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As a recently retired university professor from Canada, Dr. Simon Priest has written several books, made hundreds of conference presentations, received many professional awards, and accepted dozens of visiting scholar positions at academic institutions around the world, all related to adventurous outdoor learning.

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Fred Bohasu

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International Speaker | World Class Team Builder | Author I Facilitator | Social Entrepreneur | Startup Farmer | Helping Individuals and Organizations thrive.


Dr. Pieter L. Snyman

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A passion for creating unique experiential learning experiences with multiple technologies and learning styles.

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Saray Khumalo

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GLOBAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR & PEAK LEADERSHIP EXPERT: Focuses on Leadership, Peak Performance, Mental Fitness,  Africa, and Social Conciousness - Futuristic| Responsibility| Achiever| Strategic| Learner

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Francois Nel

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Entrepreneur in the outdoor recreation industry. As a passionate advocate for the Outdoor Recreation Industry in Southern Africa, Francois' goal is to unlock its full socio-economic potential. 

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Nic Shaw

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Chrysalis Project. A social entrepreneur active in the outdoor education and sustainable tourism space.

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Hannelie du Toit

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As the CEO of SATSA Hannelie always engages deeply with her two greatest passions - tourism development and promoting destination South Africa


Prof Graeme Addison

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Professor of Communication and National Tour Guide and Assessor


Mona Preller

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Founder and editor of ALLES Magazine. With a background in brand development, product creation, and media planning, Mona published the first edition of ALLES Magazine in 2013. She managed the ALLES/ChildLine SA Residential Wellness Camp Programme for four years pre-covid, which was funded by Global Fund and UNICEF. Mona is a versatile creator, innovator, and strategist who is passionate about people, youth leadership, and social entrepreneurship. Currently, she is focused on the tourism and school camp industries, where she is using her expertise to drive innovation and collective growth.

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Andre du Toit

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Andre is the Executive Head of New Business Development at First Equity, a Director at SATIB Insurance Brokers and an Everything.Insure agent and business associate. A man of many talents who strives to always see the positive side of a situation, Andre boasts qualifications and experience in Marketing and Sales Management, Project Management, Insurance and Alternative Risk Transfer solutions and Labour Law, and has served many industries, with a particular passion for tourism industry, over the past 30 years.

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Darren Erasmus

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Technical Specialist at Vertical Safety Systems.

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Alan Champkins

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Alan is the head of Ndubuluba Outdoor Centre in Zambia.

He brings with him decades of experience in working with people in the outdoors, both as a tour guide and then for the last 18 years as a leader in Christian Camping and the running of Outdoor Adventure Based Learning Programmes. 

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Neil Haarhoff

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Director of Outdoor Education at Stanford Lake College in Limpopo. 

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Allan Williams

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Passionate about Africa and how Sport for Peace and Development can give hope and change circumstances for good on the African continent.


Jessi Sunkel

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As the Executive Director of the South African Adventure Industry Association, I am passionate about supporting, educating, training, standardizing and professionalising the adventure industry in South Africa.

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