[COVID COMMENT] A trio of good news for South Africa
17 August 2020


The best things come in threes. As a result, we are triple excited about the following.

Good news in 1, 2, 3 ...

  1. Following on from the opening of borders in East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya both doing well!), Zambia, São Tomé & Príncipe, and Seychelles, South Africa is also taking shape. The president has announced lockdown level 2 starting today.

    Most significantly, this means local travel throughout provinces and the legal sale of alcohol. We are seeing amazing support from residents who are taking advantage of great rates and exploring their 'own backyard'.

    While not yet open for international travel, we are cautiously optimistic that things are looking up.
    Do you have South African resident business? CONTACT US for our 'Reignite Travel' local travel rates.

  2. Showing strength and resilience, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has just announced the opening of their exclusive-use canvas experience: GALPIN TENTED CAMP.

  3. Our first talk for August celebrates Women's Month in South Africa. We have a panel of leading women in the industry, and our guest host is renowned journalist and editor, Lisa Grainger. JOIN US TOMORROW.

Galpin Tented Camp


DIS/CONNECT. A paradox, but sometimes the best way to connect with what's truly important is to disconnect from the demands of the world out there. The newly opened exclusive-use GALPIN TENTED CAMP on the 21,000-hectare private wilderness of Kwandwe provides exactly that.
  • Tune into nature's sights and sounds at this Wi-Fi free camp
  • Located in a remote southern section of the reserve, overlooking Galpin Dam
  • Explore the wilderness on foot with walking safaris (also 4x4 game drives)
  • Campfire cuisine and sundowners under enormous skies
  • Exclusive bookings in 4 tents for up to 8 guests, no children under 16
  • Indoor and outdoor showers (hot water) and double vanity
RATES from R 31 110 for the first 6 guests. Contact us for SA residents rates.
View Galpin Tented Camp


Nina Scott

Stella Bettany

Wendy Rankin

Tina Aponte (GUEST)

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe

Lisa Grainger (HOST)

Join us

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 16:30 - 18:00 (SA Std Time, GMT+2)

In celebration of Women's Month in South Africa, we will be taking a closer look at the important roles and influence the women on our panel have had in their business spheres, challenges they have faced and what they most look forward to.

On this occasion, I am excited to be on the panel side of the discussion. Joining me is a group of strong, dynamic women that I hugely admire and have had the privilege of working closely with. Our guest host will be Lisa Grainger, multi-award-winning journalist and editor.

PLEASE NOTE:: all registrants receive a link to the recording after the talk.
Do take the time to register, even if you are not able to make this time slot.

Register here

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the team of dynamic, diligent and determined women who make up the Classic Portfolio team (yes, we are now an all-female team of 16). While we have been exceptionally fortunate to have the continued support of our members, the Classics team have endured our work-life falling apart, retreating to our homes to continue working on reduced salaries, while learning how to navigate Zoom meetings and taking on homeschooling. I salute each of you for being strong, calm and dignified amidst these challenging times.


Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

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This month, we are proud to be part of Ride4Rangers, an initiative to help raise essential funds for 60 different conservation areas across Africa, supporting over 5000 rangers in their vital work.
The travel industry has come together to raise money by cumulatively circumnavigating Africa (30 000 km), led by the Ride4Rangers cycling team who have just started their 2-week cycle from Lands End in Cornwall to John o'Groats in northern Scotland. Even if you aren't able to join the ride, there are several other ways to TAKE PART, wherever you are in the world! Together we can make a difference!


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.


Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is one of South Africa's most luxurious East African styled tented safari camps. Owner-run and managed by Don & Nina Scott, Tanda Tula Safari Camp provides an unforgettable safari experience, with unprecedented attention to detail. Shaded by majestic trees and overlooking the Nhlaralumi riverbed, their 12 spacious tents boast their own private deck with uninterrupted views of the wilderness ahead. Each tent is complete with en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. There are fantastic walking opportunities as well as 4x4 safari activities on offer at Tanda Tula taking advantage of its enviable location where game is able to roam freely between the Timbavati and Kruger National Park as they are not fenced. The Timbavati is also recognised for its low human impact, all lodges in the area coordinate their game viewing activities according to strict controls which ensure the sustainability of our bushveld and sensitivity to the wildlife making for an authentic and unspoilt experience.