[COVID COMMENT] There is only one way to roll a rhino
08 June 2020

There is only one way to roll a rhino ...

that is TOGETHER

In this analogy, the rhino is the process of opening international travel again. The people helping the rhino are all of us in the African tourism industry.

We do not know when travel will resume. The information out there is contradictory. And while one border may be open, the access to it can be via another which is closed.

In the meantime, South Africa is travel-ready, and reports that South Africa’s international tourism will only reopen in 2021 are premature as South Africa’s Risk-Adjusted Strategy is based on levels of lockdown, not dates. The industry is lobbying for phased reopening of international inbound tourism as close to 1 September 2020 as possible based on stringent safety and health protocols.

What can you do?

  1. Share this PRESS RELEASE with your community.
  2. Watch & share the SATSA Webinar International Inbound Recovery 5 June 2020.

And who is open?

As Tanzania announces they are open for international flights, Little Chem Chem is the first camp in our Portfolio to announce a fixed opening date of 1st July.
Across our Portfolio our other members are ready to accept guests. With no firm flight access they are waiting in anticipation for the skies to reopen. As we hear more we will keep sharing updates with you.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 16:30
(South Africa time zone)

Join the discussion as I chat with some insightful thinkers around being conscious and connected, to more committed and captivating. This week, we are joined by Angus Sholto-Douglas and Graeme Mann from Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, André Uys from Marataba Conservation Camps and Grant Cumings from Chiawa Safaris.

They will share their passion for what they do, give an insight into managing privately owned game reserves (Kwandwe and Marataba) in comparison to a national park concession (Chiawa). And following on from feedback on our last Tuesday Talk we will also discuss active participation for guests in conservation experiences.
Conscious. Connected. Committed. Captivating
André UysSouth Africa
As a wildlife veterinarian, André has spent the past 2 decades re-establishing wildlife populations in protected areas and national parks across the continent, where they catalyse the resurrection of depleted areas into sustainable ecosystems. Though involved with Marataba almost since its inception in 2001, André left private practice in 2010 and joined Marataba Conservation full-time as the general manager.
Angus Sholto-DouglasSouth Africa
After several years of working as a naturalist-guide in Southern Africa, Angus had the opportunity to purchase property in the Eastern Cape, formerly farmland. It took the shared vision, resources and relentless energy of four dynamic individuals, including Angus and his wife Tracy, to create Kwandwe in 2001 and return a piece of this land in South Africa’s Eastern Cape to its former glory, rehabilitated with wildlife.
Graeme MannSouth Africa
Graeme has spent the last 15 years immersed in all things Kwandwe - an independent, forward-thinking, conservation and community development business. He is a passionate and vocal advocate for ethical guiding, sound and sustainable conservation practices, and driving a business model that truly benefits the rural economy and inhabitants of the Eastern Cape.
Grant CumingsZambia
Born and brought up in Zambia, Grant has vast experience in guiding, conservation and the safari industry. The Cumings family pioneered tourism in the Lower Zambezi National Park in 1989. Today, Chiawa Safaris operates an authentic Zambian safari, working closely with Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), where Grant is a founding member, to protect the wildlife and habitat of the LZNP.

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Hang in there. I know we are all looking forward to business resuming to some kind of normalcy. When it returns I do not believe it will be the same as it was in the past. Our partnerships, collaborative thinking and commitment to a more sustainable way forward is more essential than ever.

We are all in this together and we will emerge stronger.
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa



WHAT WE LOVE: Besides the fact that most of our team are beach fanatics and keen scuba divers, we love the fact that Mozambique is still rather undiscovered. Our Portfolio includes two amazing beach escapes in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Visitors who combine a safari with the more commercial beaches of Mauritius have no idea on how much they are missing out. Mozambique is renowned for its relaxed, tropical atmosphere and exceptionally friendly people, but by far its biggest draw cards are its expansive beaches, secluded islands and spectacular marine life. With a history of limited coastal development combined with beautiful beaches and amazing numbers of whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, coral fish and reefs. The setting for this experience is hard to beat.



Kwandwe Fort House

Kwandwe Fort House is situated on a knoll overlooking the wide open plains of the 54 000-acre reserve. This is a sole-use safari villa in a private setting with sweeping views of the Great Fish River valley. Fort House discreetly combines the very best of an exclusive safari lodge with the latest conveniences of a modern home, it offers total privacy and an abundance of space to reconnect with loved ones.

Guests can unwind on the front terrace with an amphitheatre vantage; overlooking the wildlife-rich expanse of grassland leading down to one of the major waterholes on the reserve. The heated rim-flow pool shares the same view, as does the boma which is sunken into the grounds of the expansive lawn in front of the house. Further features include a dedicated spa treatment room, wine cellar, guest pantry as well as indoor, outdoor and covered outdoor dining areas. Its central location allows for easy access to the prime game viewing areas of Kwandwe, while being far from any of Kwandwe’s other lodges - affording guests ultimate privacy. The Fort House is ideally suited for families of up to 8 people, comfortably accommodated in 2 master bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms, all of which are en-suite. Multiple relaxation and entertainment areas ensure that there are more than enough places to connect with family members or spend some quiet time alone.