Postponement Announcement of The 12th International Symposium on Strain-Gauge Balances


With the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus, the committee set a deadline for making a decision to continue or postpone the upcoming symposium. The deadline has arrived and although we were hoping to find a positive change with respect to the virus, quite the opposite has occurred with the World Health Organisation declaring it “High Risk” on a global scale.

We consider all of the delegates to be very valuable members of the international wind tunnel testing community and do not feel comfortable putting any of them at any level of risk. We wanted to allow sufficient time for delegates to cancel bookings and any other arrangements that they may have already made.

 The 12th International Symposium on Strain-Gauge Balances will be postponed. At this time we hope to reschedule, likely in 2021. We will provide updated information as soon as it is available.

 The following will post any new information regarding the symposium.

Announcement date: 28 Feb 2020.

Post-Symposium Tour

The 12th ISSGB, together with a local tour operator, is providing participants and their partners an opportunity to experience South Africa’s natural beauty with a 5 Night/ 6 Day post-symposium tour. The post-symposium trip will be from the 22nd of May to the 27th of May 2020. To establish if there is sufficient interest to satisfy the minimum number of participants as required by the tour operator, we are currently soliciting expressions of interest. Please click on the button below to express your interest.


22 May 2020 (Friday)

Transfer from Bakubung Bush Lodge to Critchley Hackle Lodge

Accommodation at Critchley Hackle Lodge in a Lakeside Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis

In: Friday 22-May-2020  
Out: Saturday 23-May-2020
Includes: Breakfast  
Excludes: Any services not specified

Located 2.5-hour’s drive from Johannesburg in the beautiful Mpumalanga Highlands, Critchley Hackle offers chic accommodation in 22 rooms, suites and garden cottages that will appeal to leisure and business travellers. All are individually appointed with private patios and log fireplaces and have en-suite bathrooms with both bath and shower. The building is reminiscent of the ‘old Transvaal’ style with its tinned roof and sandstone walls. All of the rooms offer standard in-room comforts and amenities. Guests will spend their days’ trout fishing at the nearby lake, clay pigeon shooting, visiting predator bird sanctuaries, horse riding, on walks and hikes or sampling the local delicacies, including the famous cheese. Meals are served on-site and guests can expect fantastic country fare accompanied by good wines. The lodge is a fantastic base from which to explore the region with its wealth of scenic and cultural riches. Conferencing facilities for up to 59 delegates are available.

23 May 2020 (Saturday)

Transfer from Critchley Hackle Lodge to Kapama River Lodge

Accommodation at Kapama River Lodge in a Standard Suite on a Full Board plus 2 Activities basis

In: Saturday 23-May-2020  
Out: Tuesday 26-May-2020
Includes: All meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities with soft drinks and waters on these activities and return transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights only.
Excludes: Conservation levy per person per night, all drinks, laundry, items of a personal nature and any other services not specified.
Additional Inclusions: 3 x Cons Levy pppn

Combining an upmarket safari experience with luxury accommodation, the Kapama River Lodge is set on a bend of the Kapama River within the largest reserve in the Kruger National Park. A game-rich area, you can expect to see the Big 5 and more on daily game drives and guided bush walks. Even from the decks of this luxury lodge, game can be spotted at the nearby watering hole and along the dry riverbed. You can cool off in the beautiful swimming pool, relax in the spacious lounges and look forward to decadent bush dining in a variety of venues from the riverbed itself to the Pan-African cuisine of the Rhino Boma and the fresh seasonal dishes of the Siyatla Lounge. An excellent wine cellar provides fine wines to accompany meals.

24 May 2020 (Sunday)

Full-day panorama route tour

Gods Window


Located in the Drakensberg escarpment in beautiful Mpumulanga, God’s Window is a breathtaking natural rock formation that allows for spectacular views of the Lowveld and the ravine directly below. From the vantage of the vieszpoint, the cliffs plunge more than 700m to lush indigenous forest below. From God’s Window, set at almost 2000m above sea level, one can see the distant Lebombo Mountains as well as the Kruger National Park. There is also a rainforest in the vicinity with a collection of fascinating aloe gardens and the weathered sandstone outcrops of rock are well worth a visit.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Bourke’s Luck Potholes were named after the gold digger, Tom Burke, who predicted that gold would be found in the area but never realised the rewards of his prediction, this natural water feature with its cylindrical rock sculptures amid eddies of white, yellow and dark brown water is a popular destination in the region. The massive potholes were formed by waterborne sand and rock grinding together propelled by the force of the Treur river water as it enters the Blyde River. It is a 700m walk from the Visitor’s Centre to Bourke’s Luck Potholes and it is worth lingering awhile at the centre to learn about the natural and socio-historical features of the region.


Three Rondavels-Blyde


The Three Rondawels, also sometimes called the Three Sisters, are mountaintops that resemble in shape the pointed roof of traditional African homesteads. It was also once known as the ‘Chief and his three wives’. Offering a spectacular view over the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third-largest, the Three Rondawels are a geological wonder and a major tourist icon in Mpumalanga. Huge rock spirals that have been formed by
the slow erosion of underlying soft stone that has left the quartzite exposed, the ‘rondawels’ sit 700m higher than the surrounding countryside and are located at 1380m above sea level.

Mac Mac Falls

Set 65m above Mpumalanga’s Mac Mac River, the Mac Mac Falls is one of the region’s most popular destinations. Mac Mac Falls, named after the Scottish prospectors who came looking for gold in the area, was originally a stream before they blasted it with dynamite in attempts to reach the gold-bearing reef below. Today, Mac Mac’s twin waterfalls plunge dramatically into the gorge beneath. It is a national monument and forms part of Mpumalanga’s waterfall route. The walking trail, a 3km birdwatcher’s dream, winds its way through indigenous bush and there is a place suitable for swimming about 2km before the falls.


Berlin Falls


Berlin Falls is one of a cluster of waterfalls in the beautiful Mpumalanga region of South Africa. Located close to the spectacular God’s Window vieszpoint, just outside of Graskop, the waterfall is well worth visiting. Named by European miners who came in search of gold in the early 1900s, the falls are shaped like a candle with water pouring from a crystal-clear mountain river through a natural sluice in the rock-forming the wick–before rushing down into a deep pool. The observation platform sits 80m above this pool, which is surrounded by red rock.

25 May 2020 (Monday)

Visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a one of a kind experience and is a place of sheer goodness. This wildlife rehabilitation centre forms part of the world-famous Drakensberg Mountains and is home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured or poisoned wildlife. For the wildlife that cannot be reintegrated into the wild, the centre has become their permanent home and they act as ambassadors for this worthy cause. The centre has had a wildly successful Serval Breeding Project and more than 160 of these have been re-introduced into areas where they have become extinct. This is one of many projects they are involved in and guests have a unique and intimate encounter when they visit Moholoholo Wildlife rehabilitation Centre

26 May 2020 (Tuesday)

Transfer from Kapama River Lodge to Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate

Accommodation at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate in a Superior Twin/King on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis

In: Tuesday 26-May-2020
Out: Wednesday 27-May-2020
Includes: Dinner and breakfast.
Excludes: Any services not specified.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate is right on the banks of the Sabie River and is only a few hundred meters away from the iconic Kruger National Park, where Africa awaits to be experienced in all of its wild splendour. The hotel itself has blended itself seamlessly into the natural bush and has a range of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The hotel features its own restaurant, Kudyela, where traditional African and international fare can be enjoyed as well as a unique viewing deck and sundowner bar that overlooks the river. There is also the Lapa Restaurant where dining under the stars is encouraged to the sound of African drumming.

27 May 2020 (Wednesday)

Transfer from Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport


Cost of Service

ZAR ***** per person sharing (Twin/Double Accommodation)

Cost includes:

• 1 Night accommodation at on Critchley Hackle Lodge on Bed and Breakfast basis

• 3 Nights accommodation at on Kapama River Lodge on a Full Board plus 2 Activities basis

• 1 Night accommodation at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis

• Entrance fees to sightseeing venues as stated in the itinerary above

• Local English-speaking driver on all transfers and sightseeing excursions

• Local English-speaking guide on all transfers and sightseeing excursions

Costs Exclude:

• All airfares, air reservations and airport taxes

• All other accommodation

• All other meals

• All other transport

• All other sightseeing

• Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers, game rangers and trackers

• Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry

• Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: This page aims to determine the level of interest in the post-symposium 5 Night/6 Day tour. The tour operator will only offer the tour mentioned above if there is sufficient interest. As per the tour operators terms and conditions: All services are subject to availability until time of booking and confirmation by the tour operator. The rates are subject to change due to availability and any increases which may be the result of currency fluctuation, tourism bed levies, fuel, VAT or park, conservation/wildlife fees or any circumstances beyond the tour operators control.