*** TICKET SALES CLOSE 6am 5 March due to accommodation requirememts ***

Brave African Discussions in Emergency Medicine Conference

22-25 March 2018

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 1,5 hour 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.

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 kids@badEM.co.za 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 kids@badEM.co.za

3. What time do gates open?
Gates open at 10am on 22 March 2018.

4. How far is the venue from Cape Town?
The conference takes place on a farm 90 minutes drive from Cape Town.

5. What should I pack? 

Your accommodation includes pillows, linen &  a bath towel. More about our accommodation on the ‘Glamping’ tab

Dont forget to pack:

– Sunblock, a hat, swimming gear & towel for the swimming/kayaking in the dam.

– Comfortable shoes and/or sports gear if you are joining the activities (hiking etc).

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
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 info@badEM.co.za

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 kat@badEM.co.za 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: 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

African Delegate

Currently residing in African country

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International Delegate

Currently residing outside of an African country

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Support a delegate (Supadel) is a conference sponsorship program with a difference. As a peer-to-peer sponsorship scheme, Supadel enables prospective #badEMfest18 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 #badEMfest18 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)

I need sponsorship!

  • Please click HERE to fill in Part 1 of our application process


What to expect: Interactive sessions, talks by international & local collaborators, workshops, discussion groups at the campfire, skills stations, ultrasound & much more!

Watch this space for more exciting announcements!

Kaleb Lachenicht

Experienced out-of-hospital Emergency Care Practitioner from Johannesburg, South Africa with an interest in emergency care education.

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Jacques Malan

Specialist Emergency Physician, Cape Town, South Africa. Convenor of the EMECG Course, Emergency Echo guru & likes to roll 4x4s down sand dunes.

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MJ Slabbert

Critical care specialist, anaesthesiologist and prehospital care physician current working in British Columbia, previously worked for London HEMS. If you listen carefully enough you may recognise a South African accent.

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Heike Geduld

Specialist Emergency Physician, Cape Town, South Africa. MedEd nerd, pearl jam fan; President of African Federation for Emergency Medicine and College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa

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Natalie Thurtle

Emergency Physician with MSF. Toxicology & advocacy in healthcare. Currently residing in Australia.

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Andy Tagg

Emergency Physician in Melbourne, Australia. Co-founder & Author with Don’t Forget The Bubbles.

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Sa'ad Lahri

Emergency Physician in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Extreme passion for the ECG & leadership. Competes as a barista in his spare time.

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Jo Park-Ross

Experienced out-of-hospital Emergency Care Practitioner, currently working in Aeromedical services. Special interest in neonatal retrieval & CPAP & aeromedical simulation. #badEM co-founder & author.

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Rowan Duys

Specialist anaesthetist making a difference to people in chronic pain using words only. Let’s fix African healthcare by democratising access to evidence-based learning. We can all learn to learn from experience so we should talk about it.

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Craig Wylie

Experienced out-of-hospital Emergency Care Practitioner from Cape Town, South Africa with a masters degree in emergency medicine. He has a special interest in staff safety, clinical emergency care, improvement science, major incident management and rescue. #badEM co-founder & author.

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Vidya Lalloo

Emergency physician with EMpret, South Africa, yoga enthusiast, mum of two. Passionate about POCUS, ECGs & weird herbal poisonings.

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Dries Engelbrecht

Emergency physician with EMpret, South Africa, local tox expert and creator of the venomous animals and poisonous plants course (VAPP). Constantly seeking out the nearest golf course.

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Tim Hardcastle

Deputy Director of Trauma & Trauma ICU at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal & also head of the Trauma Fellowship Training Program of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at UKZN. He is a specialist Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa by Examination, is certified as a Trauma Critical Care Surgeon by the Health Professions Council of SA & holds a PhD in Trauma systems for LMIC’s from UKZN. He is a past President of Trauma Society of South Africa (2011-2014).

Tim’s interests include intensive care for trauma, damage control surgery, vascular injury, trauma systems, WW-II military history & trying to build scale models with his son.

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Ross Hofmeyr

Wilderness/expedition specialist with a passion for prehospital trauma and critical care. Associate professor of anaesthesiology, airway and #FOAM enthusiast, aviator and lifelong adventurer. Always, insatiably seeking new horizons and knowledge

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Other Speakers include:

  • Ross Fisher
  • Simon Carley
  • Willem Stassen
  • Kamil Vallabh
  • David Stanton
  • Ian Summers
  • Carolyn Lewis
  • Annet Alenyo
  • Fanie Hattingh
  • Almero Oosthuizen
  • Andrew Redfern
  • David Thomson


Letter to employer

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

Submit your abstract for poster presentation at #badEMfest by completing the form below & then following the instructions.

The Brave African Discussions committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contribution to the field of Emergency Medicine.

The form will ensure that the #badEM crew are able to contact you for further information.

Once you have completed the form we will need you to submit an abstract to abstract@badem.co.za

The deadline for abstract submission is 25 January 2018

Abstract Guideline:

  • The title is limited to 20 words
  • The body is limited to 300 words
  • Font Arial and size 12
  • Add tables on the same document  and not as an attachment

Tour Operator

For international delegates: If interested to go on tour/safari after the conference whilst in South Africa, book lodges, hotels, organise transport etc by contacting Annie from Safari Giants. Click here to send Annie an email.

Airport Hotel

Arriving very late at night on the 21st 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, use badEMfest18 as a reference

Airport Shuttle

If you are flying in from outside of town & needing a shuttle from the airport to the venue, let us know at shuttle@badEM.co.za

Car Hire with Wise Wheels

Email info@wisewheels.co.za quote badEMfest18 to claim your discount.

We hope you have an amazing time exploring Cape Town & South Africa before & after the conference!

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 https://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/safe_hiking.php
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 museum
A 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 racontours.co.za or contact JD at jdd@prestigiousafrica.com (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 http://pastexperiences.co.za/ . 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.


While you are in South Africa it is definitely worth trying to see some animals!! From Johannesburg the Kruger Park can be done in a 3 day trip. Note that it is a low risk malaria area so make sure you protect yourself from bites & consider prophylaxis.
If you want a luxury safari experience the Pilanesburg & Welgevonden game reserves are both within 3 hours of Johannesburg and offer amazing lodges.
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