Brave African Discussions in Emergency Medicine Conference

26 - 29 March 2020

Book your ticket for an exciting new event hosted by the badEM (Brave African Discussions in Emergency Medicine) team. Come glamp [glamorous camp] with us at an outdoor, boutique medical conference festival like you have never experienced before & have Brave African Discussions in Emergency Medicine with us! Meet, network & learn from colleagues all around the world. The conference will combine a mix of traditional talks and fun, sociable, small group activities.

This unique conference will be hosted at a beautiful, intimate mountain venue a 50 minute drive from Cape Town airport.

What makes this more than just a conference?

Partners & children are welcome. There will be entertainment in the evenings, live music, star-gazing, walks in the forest, campfire discussions, early morning trail runs for the adventurous, and much much more.

If you are from out of town shuttle transport available from airport & we can link you up with touring companies to make your stay in Cape Town longer.

Click here to read about badEMfest18

Accommodation in glamping style tents is included in the ticket price

What do tents include?

  • A bed with ¾ size mattress and linen
  • Linen: sheets, duvet & cover, pillows & pillow slips
  • A bath towel per guest
  • Electricity inside your tent to charge your cellphone/laptop/appliances
  • A carpet
  • A fly sheet
  • Dustbin
  • A side table
  • A chair per guest
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Ceiling lights
  • Luggage stand.

We are catering for partners and families – email us at if you have any questions.

A sneak peak at the ablutions

Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is included in the ticket price? 

The conference ticket includes accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as a snack table,  conference attendance and activities.

2. What about partners and children?

The partner ticket includes accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as a snack table. Partners are welcome to join the early morning & early evening sporting activities with the conference delegates.

Children are welcome! For information about ticketing, activities and baby-sitting for children please email

3. What time do gates open?

Gates open at 10am on 26 March 2020.

4. How far is the venue from Cape Town?

The conference takes place on a farm 50 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport.

5. What should I pack? 

Your accommodation includes pillows, linen &  a bath towel. More about our accommodation on the ‘Glamping’ tab. You will need to pack:

  1. Sunblock & hat
  2. Swimming gear & towel
  3. Comfortable shoes and/or sports gear if you are joining the activities (hiking etc).
  4. Relaxed clothing for the sessions (the nights can be fresh and the days warm so rather be prepared)
  5. Cash for the bar
  6. A torch (not essential!)

4. Where do we park?

There will be parking available at the farm.

5. Can I bring my own tent?

Tickets are all inclusive of accommodation, and we are not able to supply discounted tickets for those wanting to bring tents.

6. Can I draw cash during the weekend?

There will be no ATM’s at the venue. The bar will accept cash, have credit card facilities.

7. Do I need Malaria prophylaxis? 

No – the Western Cape of South Africa is not a Malaria area.

8.  Vaccine information for travelers to South Africa

(information as per the CDC website )

Routine vaccines: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Hepatitis A: The CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in South Africa, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in South Africa. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Yellow fever: There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The government of South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US, Europe or Australia. If you are traveling from a country in Africa, central or South America please check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.
For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for South Africa. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Rabies: Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in South Africa, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
People who are taking long trips or moving to South Africa
Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Please email the badEM team at

All meals & events over the 4 days included in ticket price

The conference menu has been thoughtfully prepared by a renowned South African chef. All meals will be prepared fresh on site, with a large variety of options and a snack table.

The catering company’s mobile kitchen is halaal certified. Please email if you would like a copy of certificate. 

Evening events

In the evening there will be multiple activities for delegates & family (all included in ticket cost)

  • Sunset hikes/trail runs/paddling on the dam/star gazing
  • Live South African music acts (badEMfest18 included: Paige Mac, Jackal & the Wind, Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions, Riaan Smit, Keri Culver & Jono Simons)
  • Craft gin & beer tasting in the evenings by Saggy Stone & Six Dogs.
  • Themed skills station/concept marketplace with one-on-one expert engagement sessions.. including “Ultrasound with an Expert” sessions

To be added to the waiting list in case additional ticket spaces open up…

African Delegate

Currently residing in an African country

European Delegate

Currently residing in the European Union

Australasia Delegate

Currently residing in Australia or New Zealand

American Delegate

Currently residing in North America

Asian Delegate

Currently residing in Asia and the Middle East.

If you live elsewhere please contact us with your country of residence directly on for ticketing information.

Support a delegate (Supadel) is a conference sponsorship program with a difference. As a peer-to-peer sponsorship scheme, Supadel enables prospective #badEMfest20 delegates to financially support their peers from low-to-middle-income countries (LMIC). Delegates applying for sponsorship are expected to contribute to their attendance by financing their own travel and incidental costs. Sponsors can request the identity of the delegate they helped bring to #badEMfest20 and get involved in their work or to designate donations for specific delegates. A strict selection and vetting process ensures that your sponsorship goes to a bona fide LMIC delegate. Supadel is an AFEM initiative.

How can you help?

You can support a delegate (Supadel) in one of many ways:

  1. During registration simply add a donation to your registration
  2. Skip the middle man and give to Supadel via Crowdrise here or (UK taxpayer use GivenGain)

Please click below to fill in Part 1 of our application process

A sneak peek at just a handful of our amazing speakers & in-conference workshop facilitators can be found below!

Dr Ian Summers

Ian Summers is an Emergency Physician and the Director of Monash Simulation in Melbourne. He loves medical education, simulation and airway. In his spare time you can find him travelling with his family, and spending far too much time taking and editing photographs at conferences and of wildlife in beautiful places or lurking around on twitter.


Dr Lucy Hindle

I am an emergency physician and critical care fellow working at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital. I love toxicology, crit care and teaching.


Prof Tim Hardcastle

I am a Trauma Surgeon and Intensivist from Durban Za. I have clinical responsibility for Trauma and Burns in KZN. I have academic affiliations to DUT and UKZN as Honorary staff. I work in the ED, OR and TICU. I am married with 2 children and fur babies. I build scale models as a hobby and publish research every so often.


Dr Almero Oosthuizen

I’m an Emergency Physician working in Cape Town. I believe everyone deserves good care on the worst day of their lives, regardless of whether they can afford it or not. I’m very interested in innovation that delivers, optimal performance under pressure, and remaining well in EM.


Prof Heike Geduld

Heike is the Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stellenbosch University and the President of the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa. She likes music, red wine, her dog and most people. She dislikes having to write about herself.


Dr Chris Gray

Chris is an emergency medicine and intensive care registrar in Manchester, UK. He’s also part of the St Emlyn’s team, and a keen educator. In what’s left of his spare time he makes (and eats) cakes.


Dr Iain Beardsell

Emergency Physician and PHEM doctor working in Southampton, UK. Dad to three boys. Beginning to realise that life really does begin at forty (four).


Dr Kirsten Kingma

I am an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys all sorts of activities. I also spend a lot of time at hospital on call.


Dr Carol Lewis

I’m an emergency medicine consultant based at Helen Joseph Hospital with a passion for teaching and mentoring, and a love for all aspects of cruise ship medicine! Also a self confessed coffee-aholic, appreciation for good red wine and single malt whisky and a disproportionate affinity for cats.

Dr Sa’ad Lahri

Sa’ad Lahri is an Emergency Physician across the Metro East in Cape Town. His clinical interests lie in Emergency Cardiology with a special interest in the ECG and in Clinical Leadership. Outside of Emergency Medicine, Sa’ad is a Coffee Barista.


Dr Farzana Araie

“Anaesthetist in private practice and wanna-be Emergency Physician. Lover of cats, music festivals and aspiring yogi”


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Mx Kaleb Lachenicht

Excitable EM educator working in private medical education in South Africa. Clinically a paramedic by training with a special interest in health science education


Dr Robyn Johnston

A semi-nomadic anaesthetic trainee and sometimes emerg med doc-in-training with a passion for mountains and waves. Recently more likely to be found in the wild than in a hospital and hoping to add “flying” to my doc title one of these days while I try and figure out this whole work-life balance thing. One foot on the slopes of Mt Kenya and one in Cape Town and many travels around the globe mean I am always keen to learn more about, and contribute to, Anaesthetic, Emergency, and Prehospital care, particularly in resource limited settings. This will be my second BadEMfest and so far it has easily kept its place at the top of my “all time favourite conferences” list!


Prof Ross Hofmeyr

Always, insatiably seeking to understand. Wilderness/expedition/trauma/PHEM/crit care/anaesthesia doc, airway & #FOAM enthusiast, aviator & lifelong adventurer. OR: “Ross once played an anaesthetist in a movie, and decided that if it was that easy to fake, he could make a career out of it.” True story.

@rosshofmeyr @openairwayorg @wildmedixza

Dr Sian Geraty

One of two Emergency Medicine Physicians in the Eastern Cape, freshly home from working with the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Passionate about Jesus, PEOPLE, outreach, burnout and error prevention, “meducation,” and social justice…usually found trail running, reading a good book, or trying out new recipes on my family and friends!


Dr Kamlin Ekambaram

Almost final year emergency medicine registrar with a passion for music, content creation, professional life-liver, amateur DIY anything and lifelong student of everything. Born in Newcastle (KZN) and moved to the Mother City to study and work. Having come back from working on cruise ships to enjoy the wonders of medicine under the African sun.


Dr David Thomson

Critical Care Subspecialist and Transplant Surgeon working at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. Studied MBChB at UKZN and then specialized in surgery and critical care at UCT. Enjoy spending my free time with my girls and playing basketball, squash and chess.

Dr Victoria Stephen

I am an Emergency Physician working in Johannesburg and a part-time ICU fellow. My interests include toxicology, cardiac emergencies, ultrasound and teaching. My hobbies include traveling, walking my basset hounds and trying not to get myself injured doing Crossfit.


Dr Seelan Pillay

I am an Emergency Physician and the current Head Clinical Unit of General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Regional Hospital located on the KZN northcoast. I am also form part of the faculty in the Division of Emergency Medicine at UKZN School of Medicine.


Dr Rulè Human

Registrar in Emergency Medicine Pretoria with a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge. Traveler, nature enthusiast and animal lover.


Dr Jessica Willett

Jess is an emergency medicine physician based out of California, with a passion for trauma, prehospital care, and global health. She believes in education as an agent of change, especially in the context of medicine and humanitarian work, and lives by the concept of the beauty:death ratio.


Dr Justin Hensley

Wilderness doctor stuck in the ED. Interests in EMS, toxinology, and pediatrics.


Dr Bavani Naicker

Emergency Medicine Specialist can be found on KZN’s northcoast; currently working in a regional level hospital and clinical lecturer at UKZN with some of the most amazing people. Always on the hunt for good coffee and the next adventure.


Dr Daniel Schubert

Daniel is an emergency medicine registrar from Rio, Brazil, just across the ocean! His interests spans from the realm of Critical Care to the use of technology and humanities to potencialize medical education. He is a believer that the only way to transform health care is through high quality medical education, specially in low and middle income countries, using creative solutions to maximize learning.


Dr Clare Richmond

Clare is an emergency physician who provides critical care anywhere in her role as a prehospital and retrieval medicine specialist with NSW Ambulance, where she is director of training. Clare can also be found in the emergency department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, asking her team “what do you want to learn about today?”, musing the same thoughts for her own time on the floor, seeking always to discover. She enjoys educating multidisciplinary clinicians for Sydney HEMS, Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, the University of Sydney and at the courses and conferences she teaches on. Clare is curious about teamwork, flows states and how to make things better for both staff and patients. When she is not flying in the sky (or helping others to be airbourne), this curly haired doctor can be found doing yoga or taking her dog Archie on adventures.

More speakers to come…

Letter to employer

To download letter to attach to employer/funding application click HERE

Tour Operator

For international delegates: If interested to go on tour/safari after the conference whilst in South Africa or its neighboring countries, book lodges, hotels, organise transport etc by contacting Debbie from Safari Giants.

Debbie Nordien
+27 78 533 6830

Airport Hotel

Arriving very late at night on the 25th March? We recommend Hotel Verde as the best option for an airport hotel & then catch the shuttle in the morning to the conference!

Hotel Verde is a four star eco-hotel – their services include a shuttle to and from the airport for your convenience. Click here to book.

Airport Shuttle

If you are flying in from outside of town & needing a shuttle, please select this option when purchasing your ticket.

Car Hire with Wise Wheels

Email quote badEMfest20 to claim your discount.

Cape Town activities



This is a beautiful botanical garden with spectacular views & lovely walks. Walk the “boomslang” elevated walkway through the gardens, enjoy a picnic or some food from the cafe. Great for kids of any age.

Table mountain

The quintessential Cape Town experience. Hike up (for the fit among us) or take the cable car (great for kids)

Cable car


Quickest is the walk up platteklip gorge. Go early in the morning as it can get very hot, & make sure you have enough food, water & waterproof clothing (weather changes fast)

Another great hike (& slightly easier) takes you up Lions head for wonderful city views. Remember not to hike alone (for safety). For info on hiking check out

Boulders beach & penguins

A lovely beach with a breeding colony of endangered Jackass penguins. Great for kids

Wine farms

Do some wine tasting or have a picnic. Please don’t drive if you will be tasting the wines! Rather uber or jump onto a tour for the day.


Zeitz Mocca art museumA new art museum celebrating contemporary African art, all set in a architectural masterpiece near the V&A Waterfront- a must for art lovers.

Two oceans Aquarium

A wonderful day out for adults & kids & a good option for a rainy day. Check out sharks, seals, hands on displays & informative shows. Situated at the V&A waterfront.

Getting around

City sightseeing bus

This is a hop on/hop off option that lets you access all of the above spots. Depending on the option you choose it also includes a bus to 3 lovely Constantia wine farms for some stress free wine tasting


Uber is easy & safe through most of the city, but may not be available out of the city (for example in the Winelands)

If you would like a full day tour or to do something out of Cape Town (for example shark cage diving) check out or contact JD at (these will be high end private tours) Your hotel/backpackers can also help with budget tours.

Outside Cape Town


Johannesburg is a vibrant and fun city. If you fly in through Johannesburg and would like a tour please contact Jo Buitendach from Past experiences . She is an archeologist turned tour guide & can take you through Soweto, the inner city & the key apartheid sites.

Apartheid museum

A very moving experience, well worth a visit.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email for the trade prospectus

Beautiful Cape Town mountain venue 50 minutes drive from Cape Town Internation Airport. Detailed directions will be coming soon.