[COVID COMMENT] Opening dates - who, what, when?
22 June 2020
Banner photograph credit: Villiers Steyn & Africa Geographic

AWAKEN, PREPARE & REIGNITE,

welcoming travellers again


Who is opening what camps and lodges by when? As we all face an oversupply of information, this message serves to be a short summation of what we do know, and an honest comment on what we don't. 
 
WHEN TO TRAVEL:
While there is still a great amount of uncertainty, we are seeing lockdown measures beginning to ease across the African continent and restrictions for travel to and within various countries beginning to lift.

WHY BOOK OUR PORTFOLIO: We have owners who are fully invested and committed to the future of tourism, they are responsible and have built sustainable practices that empower communities, support conservation and protect their natural environment. We are each Visionary, Authentic Sustainable and Trusted.

Review the below timeline of the opening information we have across our 15 members and their 55 camps and lodges. Please note we are compiling a summary AWAKEN, PREPARE & REIGNITE timeline which we will keep updated as dates become more definitive.

* indicates exact dates unsure as depends on government regulations and air access.
From the beginning of July From the beginning of July:

THE SAFARI COLLECTION: Kenya
- Giraffe Manor: open
- Sala's Camp: open
- Sasaab and Solio: waiting to hear
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available

CHEM CHEM SAFARIS: Tanzania
- Little Chem Chem: open
- Chem Chem Lodge: later in the year
- Forest Chem Chem: still to be determined
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy

MACHABA SAFARIS: Botswana & Zimbabwe
- Botswana*: open
- Zimbabwe*: open
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy

LA CLÉ DES MONTAGNES: South Africa
- Village*: exclusive-use villas and rooms open
- Lodge*: open exclusive-use only
- Flexible stay options on villas
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy

TANDA TULA: South Africa
- Safari Camp*: open
- Field Camp*: open exclusive-use
- NEW Nkarhi Homestead*: exclusive-use family camp now open
- Rishilé Camp: delayed opening until further notice
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available
* Read the AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC test drive of a COVID-19 safari

AZURA RETREATS: Mozambique
- Azura Benguerra Island*: open, PV and Villa Amizade exclusive use available
- Azura Quilalea Island: assessing demand
- Azura Marlin Beach: delayed by a few months
- Azura Peri Peri: open and accepting guests every Friday, and available for exclusive-use functions
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy

From the beginning of August From the beginning of August:

KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: South Africa
- Safari villas*: open, exclusive-use only
- Great Fish River and Ecca Lodges: staggered opening as international air access resumes
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available

LEGENDARY EXPEDITIONS: Tanzania
- Legendary Lodge: open
- Mwiba Lodge & Mila Tented: later in the year
- Legendary Serengeti Camps: still to be determined

From the beginning of September From the beginning of September:

MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS: South Africa
- LAUNCH: 1 September launch of 2 new camps
- RHINO WEEK: 21-27 September stay 3 nights and take part on a week of dedicated rhino conservation
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available

WOLWEDANS: Namibia
- Dunes Lodge & Private Camp*: opening
- Dune Camp & Boulders Camp: TBC, will open as demand grows
- 🔥 Reignite Rate for regional residents available

BLUE SAFARI: Seychelles
- Alphonse Island*: open in alignment with the countries reviewed for entry into Seychelles

From mid-December From mid-December:

CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY: Republic of Congo & Central African Republic
- Odzala Discovery Camps: opening 21 December
- New IUCN gorilla protocols in place at Ngaga Camp
- Sangha Lodge: from early January 2021, subject to demand

HDB PRÍNCIPE: São Tomé & Príncipe
- Sundy Praia: pending opening pre-Christmas

To be confirmed ... due to seasonality and country restrictions openings are still to be confirmed

THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY: Zambia
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy

CHIAWA SAFARIS: Zambia
- DOWNLOAD: COVID Policy
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TODAY: TUESDAY TALK — REOPENING TANZANIA

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 16:30 (South Africa time zone)


Our conversation this afternoon will be destination-based, focusing on 3 Tanzanian companies as the country reopens for travellers. We welcome to the panel speakers from our Classics members: Shannon Naidoo of CHEM CHEM SAFARIS and Sean Clark of LEGENDARY EXPEDITIONS, together with partner and friend Petra Meyer of NOMAD TANZANIA.
 
❓ how are these companies collaborating in these challenging times
❓ what does their new safari experience look like
❓ how are community and cultural interactions being managed
❓ air access vs road transfers how best to get around
❓ what exclusive-use options are available
❓ what new developments are in the pipeline 

We look forwarding to talking all things Tanzania.
Even if you can't attend, do register to join, as we will send the recording afterwards.
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Classic Portfolio is the largest single collection of unique experiences committed to long term sustainability. At a time of great stress, no definitive way forward, and a vast overload of information, we remain committed to being a reliable source of valuable information.

If there is anything further we can assist with, please reach out to us directly.

Warmest regards
Suzanne
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa


 

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