3rd Conference 2018

Third Wild Orchids Conference

Dullstroom 19-21 January 2018

Theme - 'Getting to know our orchids'


Announcing the dates for our third Southern African Wild Orchid Conference.

The weekend starts with an organized tour of the orchids of Long Tom Pass hosted by Lourens and Jolisa Grobler. Details will be advised later.

Once again the Conference will be held at Dunkeld Country Estate in Dullstroom on Saturday 20th January 2018 where, in traditional fashion, we will have many interesting presentations and topics on indigenous orchids.

The Conference starts at 9am on Saturday to allow day delegates who do not want to sleep over, the opportunity to participate in the days' proceedings, and still drive home after the Conference.

On Saturday evening we held the Conference dinner.

We start Sunday morning with 3 workshops where delegates have the opportunity of joining in the discussion groups. We then move onto a guided tour of Verloren Valei Nature Reserve after which delegates can start on their homeward journey.

The popular guidebook ' Flowers of Verloren Valei ' will be on sale and is the ideal companion on a visit to the Reserve.

If you wish to register or obtain more information contact, Ines Neto on. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Conference will take place at the Dunkeld Country Estate on the Torteldoos road, Dullstroom, 19 - 21 January 2018

Click the link below for more information and the Conference Registration form. 



WOSA 3 Press Release Jan 2018

Wild Orchids Southern Africa Conference 3

As we approached the event at the end of January 2018, activity increased amongst orchid lovers to register. We had a record number of 74 registrants of which 2 were International visitors. Ten of these were day visitors. For those with less time to spare the starting time of 9.15 am on Saturday is late enough to allow time to travel to Dullstroom on the day of the Conference and return home afterwards.

The conference started with a Long Tom Pass Field Trip on Friday afternoon which was well attended. Approaching the meeting place just before 12:00 it looked like a bush wedding taking place with all the parked vehicles. Lourens Grobler led the guides and members saw and photographed over 24 species in three different locations close to the parking area.

The Conference got underway on Saturday morning with a long list of interesting topics by leading experts on indigenous orchids. The highlight was the Albertina Sisulu Orchid Workshop in the afternoon. It was attended by four Professors of three universities that are involved in orchid research. Perhaps the highlight is the research being carried out on orchid mycorrhiza which is considered one of the key elements in propagation and relocation of ground Orchids.

Two mini-workshops were held on Sunday morning and registrants were able to interact and gave valuable input. The group then moved out to the Verloren Valei Field Trip under the control of Gerrit van Ede,

From all accounts, the Conference was a success and most instructive and enjoyable. The Conference has become an ‘Event’ which should not be missed. The venue for the next conference will be in the Drakensberg at the end of January 2019.



The proceedings of WOSA3 will be posted on our website in the near future. We will advise when this is complete.







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