[COVID COMMENT] Celebrating Change
20 July 2020
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Charles Darwin

It is time to celebrate

up-cycling, adapting, learning and collaborating

With today's positive news, BBC: Coronavirus - Oxford vaccine triggers immune response, we would like to not only celebrate this glimmer of hope, but also our resilient members who have adapted to the 'new normal' and found new purpose.

We are proud to work with an amazing Portfolio of dedicated owners who remain fully invested and committed to the future of tourism, and throughout this difficult time they have continued to inspire and lead the way in building a sustainable future.

Across our Portfolio it has been a busy few months of up-cycling, adapting, learning and collaborating and below is a taste of exciting things to come.

Tanda Tula's new Nkarhi Homestead

COVID-19 has presented the perfect opportunity to not only recycle, but up-cycle; to reuse in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Both of the 2 new camps we are launching provide a connected exclusive-use safari at an exceptional value point.
  1. SOUTH AFRICA: Tanda Tula Nkarhi Homestead in the Timbavati is a perfect example of repurposing an existing structure to a new and improved homestay.
  2. SOUTH AFRICA: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is following suit, launching a RENEWED tented camp experience in the coming weeks. Watch this space ...

Considering that the way people travel will change, our product and experiences have too. There are several exclusive-use options across the Portfolio, and we are seeing more camps adapt to offer this option:
  1. ZAMBIA: The Bushcamp Company's Chamilandu and Bilimungwe Bushcamps in the South Luangwa National Park will be available for exclusive use in 2021 and do not forget the brand-new Director's House at Mfuwe Lodge.
  2. SOUTH AFRICA: La Clé des Montagnes in Franschhoek is now offering flexible stays on an exclusive-villa basis where you can build your stay with as little or much service as suited to you needs.

Travel is the world's best teacher and NOW is the time to get involved! Future hands-on instruction remains one of travel's most instrumental tools...

  1. SOUTH AFRICA: Marataba Conservation Camps is another great example, encouraging active participation and learning through interaction with the environment and conservation.

The past months have shown us the power of working together with others to produce something greater than what we could have achieved alone.
  1. CONGO BASIN: This is the safari of the future, and area to watch, and we are excited to see greater collaboration amongst product in developing destinations, such as Gabon Wildlife Camps, Sundy Praia and Congo Conservation Company.
If you missed it, you can still watch our 7th July TUESDAY TALK

A walking safari in the South Luangwa


Please note this has been POSTPONED to Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 16:30 (ZA time zone)

To continue our discussions of #exploredeeper, there is nowhere better to discover than Zambia. Often hailed as Africa's 'diamond in the rough', Zambia offers one of the most sensational and authentic safari experiences, not to mention that it is home of walking safaris.

Join our next Tuesday Talk where we will be speaking to our Zambian experts, discussing what makes Zambia unique, new developments taking place and how the connected, more authentic safaris on offer will be well-suited when we can resume travel.


  1. CHIIAWA SAFARIS: Grant Cumings
  2. THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY: Fannuel Banda
  4. JEFFERY & MCKEITH: Tyrone McKeith
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If there is anything further we can assist with, please reach out to us directly.

Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

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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.


Kiri Camp

Kiri is located on the western side of a 100,000-acre private concession (also home to Machaba’s Gomoti Plains), 20 kilometres southwest of Chiefs Island. The 10 tents are right on the Kiri River under a canopy of Jackalberry trees. A seasonal inundation of water every year creates vast floodplains of shallow water around the camp, perfect for tranquil mokoro rides. When it recedes, the islands left behind are ideal for walking safaris and game drives amongst the iconic wildlife of the Okavango Delta.