Classics Map: your trusted resource expands
04 March 2019

MAPPING AFRICA

We can’t believe it’s time to issue the new edition of our much-loved Classics Map! From not that long ago, when we highlighted destinations in 5 African countries, we’re thrilled to say that now we’ve expanded across 12 countries on the continent. Watch this space...

What’s more exciting is that not only does our map represent a growing collection of beautiful and authentic, privately-owned hotels and lodges, but also Classic Portfolio has become a trusted resource for the travel industry through the years. Over and above the map, our WEBSITE is a comprehensive tool to help our travel partners effectively sell and promote Africa, in addition to fact sheets, rates, image libraries and more. Probably the most popular tools that we’ve created are the digitally available CRIB SHEET and the ONLINE AVAILABILITY portal.

With four popular TRADE SHOWS coming up, we’re delighted to say that we’ll be at each show and ready for appointments – look out for Cara at ITB in Berlin this week, and Michelle at ILTM in Cape Town next month, while in May, the whole team will be at Indaba and I will be at We Are Africa with Kimi and Cara.
BOOK INDABA APPOINTMENTS

INDABA MEETINGS the online diary is set to open this week, but we are already arranging meetings. We will have a 180m2 stand with 24 Classics members and partners, so be sure to book all your appointments with us back-to-back to eliminate all the walking and maximise your meeting time.
indaba@classic-portfolio.com
2019 TRADE SHOWS
See you soon!

Suzanne
Sustainable Africa

DO NOT MISS

ONLINE AVAILABILITY
Your perfect itinerary planning tool is our online portal showing availability across Classic Portfolio. Click on the country and start building unforgetable journeys.
CLASSIC CRIB SHEET
This is by far the best snapshot of all you need to know across our hotels, lodges, jungle discoveries and island escapes. Please save the environment and do not print.

Seychelles

1500km east of mainland East Africa lies an archipelago of 115 islands collectively known as Seychelles. The outer islands, with a land area of 220 km2 make up almost half of the land area of Seychelles and 2% of its population. These outer islands comprise 9 important bird areas, the largest population of giant tortoises, nesting grounds for turtles, over 180 bird species, 320 species of coral, over 1000 fish species, spinner dolphins, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and even the elusive dugong.

Within the outer islands is the Alphonse Group, the coral islands of Alphonse, St Francois and Bijoutier, about 1 hour's flight and 250km from Mahé. Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé you find the Aldabra Group, including Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands or cays on the rim. The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water. The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs.

It is amidst this vast oceanic playground that you will find Blue Safari Seychelles.

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Wolwedans Premier Camps

The vast 220 000-hectare private NamibRand Nature Reserve, an International Dark Sky Reserve, offers a landscape of red dune belts, gravel plains, mountains and "inselbergs". It is incomparable to anything you have ever experienced. The powerful silence of this wild desolation beckons your soul. It is simply out of this world. Located only 60 kilometers from the coast, summer evenings are cooled by refreshing west winds, while winter mornings make for exceptional photography with layers of fog in the desert. Here you discover two exclusive experiences which combine to create the most immersive journey through this desert wilderness - Wolwedans Private Camp and Boulders Safari Camp.

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