[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

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South Africa

WHAT WE LOVE: Many of our team are South African and we are all extremely passionate about the country, its people, wildlife and scenic beauty – who would not be with an office in the Cape winelands! But most of all we are proud of what South Africa has achieved and the challenges we have overcome. It is a country that has diversity as its hallmark. From lush forests, vast savannahs, beautiful beaches, arid semi-desert, dramatic mountain ranges to its cosmopolitan cities, ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserves, winelands, gourmet restaurants and colourful shanty towns: South Africa has all any visitor could ask for. Strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife, it is also a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.


Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge has 18 air-conditioned chalets (2 suites, 3 family rooms and 13 double & twin rooms) and a new 2-bedroom Director's House, perfect for families, all set underneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany and arranged around two lagoons. In November, the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you’re staying at Mfuwe Lodge before or after an adventure to the bush camps or enjoying some time as a family in the Director’s House, its laidback charm with enviable surroundings is the ideal setting for a relaxed and prolific safari. 

All chalets have their own private decks and are equipped with en-suite showers, twin wash basins and toilet.

Suites have a king size bed downstairs with en-suite bathtub and shower. Upstairs there is a sitting area with a daybed and a small bathroom with a toilet and sink. Family chalets have a king size bed upstairs with a daybed downstairs in the sitting area with en-suite shower, twin wash basins, and toilet. Double & twin chalets have a sitting area, en-suite shower, twin wash basins, and a toilet.

The Director’s House is a 2-bedroom family villa, complete with swimming pool, a large deck, pizza oven and braai area. The house comes with a private guide and vehicle.