[Covid Comment] 4. 6. 120. What can we gain?
11 May 2020

Be open. Be creative. Be brave.

4 questions. 6 panelists. 120+ years of experience

JOIN our first Tuesday Talk as we open the discussion with a group of travel partners I have the highest regard for. Now is the time for us to be open about what we need for success in the current and post COVID crisis, how we should be more creative within our partnerships, and finally be brave enough to make a transition.
DATE: Tuesday 12th May
TIME: 4pm South African time (GMT +2:00)

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South Africa
Craig has worked in inbound tourism since leaving university in 1995, firstly for Trafalgar Tours in London, and then Thompsons Africa in Durban. He started New Frontiers Tours, a tailor made FIT and small groups DMC in 2004, which was recently acquired by Bidvest. He is currently CEO of New Frontiers Tours.
Justin Wateridge — STEPPES TRAVEL
United Kingdom
Brought up in Zambia, Justin is an explorer at heart and his travels have taken him to over one hundred countries in the world, whether as a guide, expedition leader or for personal pleasure. He is Managing Director of Steppes Travel and was previously MD of Abercrombie & Kent UK.
Cherri Briggs — EXPLORE Inc
United States of America
Cherri founded EXPLORE Inc. in 1992 in order to pursue her interests in conservation and community development. Since that time EXPLORE has become one of the leading African travel companies in the USA and now operates in 18 African countries.
Maija de Rijk-Uys - GO2AFRICA
South Africa
A Chartered Accountant by profession with a passion for Africa, Maija qualified with PwC London, then worked with Travelstart before rolling out PwC Accelerator. She joined Go2Africa as Managing Director 4 years ago where she has found her forever work home!
Muriel Truter — ASKARI TRAVEL
Askari founder and principal Muriel grew up in Zimbabwe and has spent over 20 years exploring adventure travel destinations. Over a lifetime of travel and a career in tourism, Muriel has journeyed extensively, personally visiting over 50 countries.
Jono has just about had every safari-related job and discipline you could think of: from overland guide, staff trainer, first aider, business strategist to now safari specialist. After moving to Australia in 2008 he co-founded Encompass Africa with his wife Danica.


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The banner image from Blue Safari Seychelles was selected as it symbolises creating clear blue water between the past and present in our African tourism industry.

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While we may be overwhelmed by our current crisis, through collaborating, listening and understanding each other's perspectives, we will navigate a way forward together.

Remaining positive and #allinthistogether

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

Impact Infographic Video

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Republic of the Congo & Central African Republic

WHAT WE LOVE: The Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic, both former French colonies, are 2 of the 6 countries across which the Congo Basin expands. Second in size to the mighty Amazon, the forests of the Congo Basin contain the greatest number of mammals, primates, birds, amphibians, fish and swallowtail butterflies in Africa. More than a 1,000 species of bird can be found here. The basin is a total of 3.7 million km2 and is home to some of the largest undisturbed stands of tropical rainforest on the planet, in addition to large wetlands. Connecting two of the most iconic locations - Odzala-Kokoua and Dzanga-Sangha National Parks - within this rainforest wilderness offers the most exciting opportunity to discover a part of Africa in a truly pioneering way, while making a significant contribution to the long-term conservation and community sustainability of this region. This is no longer the 'Heart of Darkness'. This is Africa unmasked, beautiful and powerful. This is the most exciting destination to be opening to tourism. This is CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY waiting for you to discover the most remarkable and unspoilt natural wonders of the continent.


Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

This founding lodge features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. The colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoal greys. Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings; artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge's surrounds, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural materials into the interiors, blurring the distinction between inside and outside.

The nine luxurious suites have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. Floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors fold back to reveal an uninterrupted wilderness, and the en-suite bathrooms, complete with bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers, separate loo and twin basins offer unmatched views over the sweeping landscape beyond. Keep cool with overheadfans and air conditioning, and enjoy a spacious thatched veranda and private plunge pool with terrace in every suite.

Delicious African-inspired meals are served on private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or in the cosy boma under a magnificent starlit sky. Rugged natural materials like rock, stone and thatch combine with soft-light lanterns, deep overstuffed sofas featuring clean contemporary lines and natural linens with plenty of texture to provide a simple but sophisticated atmosphere, inviting guests to linger and chat in friendly, tranquil spaces.