The ICO-26 Congress will take place at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, South Africa.

The hotel is set in the midst of historic towns in the Cape winelands, and is 45km (27.9 miles) from the centre of Cape Town.

About the Lord Charles Hotel

The Lord Charles Hotel is a well-established hotel surrounded by manicured lawns in the foothills of the Helderberg mountains. The hotel is fully equipped for conferences and delegates can conveniently stay on site in suites or deluxe rooms. There are three restaurants from which to choose, and a range of facilities.

For accommodation bookings at preferential rates at the Lord Charles Hotel for ICO-26, or if you have queries about the venue, please email Venues for Conferences in Africa.

The preferential rates at the Lord Charles Hotel are:

  • Sharing DBB (dinner, bed & breakfast): US$ 105 (R1 902.50) pp per night
  • Single DBB: US$ 180 (R3 165) pp per night



The Hotel is situated:

  • 25km (25.5 miles) from Cape Town International Airport
  • 45km (27.9 miles) from Cape Town
  • 42km (26.1 miles) from Table Mountain
  • 50km (31 miles) from Cape Point and
  • 2km (1.2 miles) from Strand Beach.
Lord Charles Hotel

Other accommodation options

If you prefer to stay in another establishment, there are many choices in Somerset West. These include self-catering apartments, guesthouses, B&Bs and other hotels. There are various websites on which you can find different options and make your booking, such as:

Alternatively, you can do a Google search for accommodation in Somerset West and choose accommodation that meets your needs.

Information for international delegates

What to expect of South Africa

South Africa offers a rich tapestry of culture, natural beauty, and warm hospitality. It is a country of diverse landscapes, with stunning coastlines, breathtaking mountain ranges and vibrant cities. Somerset West, nestled in the heart of the Western Cape province, offers a unique blend of tranquillity and urban sophistication, making it an ideal location for both business and leisure.

Upon arrival in South Africa, you’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome. English is widely spoken in South Africa, but you’ll also hear many other languages, including Afrikaans, isiZulu, and Xhosa. By engaging with people, you can learn about their way of life. This enriching experience will enhance your stay.

Surrounding attractions

If you have time outside the conference, use it to explore the wonders of the Western Cape region. From world-renowned wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to the rugged beauty of the Cape Peninsula, there’s no shortage of sights to see and experiences to savour. Whether you’re embarking on a day outing to the winelands, indulging in gourmet cuisine, or simply relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Western Cape, South Africa promises unforgettable memories filled with discovery and delight.


If you wish to set out from the Lord Charles Hotel, you may be able to arrange transport to your destination through the hotel. Alternatively you can use the services of transportation companies, such as Uber, which you can arrange yourself via an app on your smartphone.


In terms of safety, please exercise the same caution you would in any other major city around the world. It’s always wise to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you stick to well-lit areas, avoid displaying expensive belongings, and heed the advice of locals and hotel staff regarding safe travel practices. By staying informed and taking the necessary precautions, you can enjoy your time in South Africa with peace of mind.

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