[COVID Comment] Who we are. What we stand for.
22 March 2020

Private. Unique. Committed.

17 visionary owners.
60 privately owned camps & lodges.
Committed to long term sustainability
in 30 protected areas across 12 African countries.

Before another mad week begins, we want to share some inspiration!
While tourism is down, in some places non-existent, our travel trade partners and lodge owners are in the midst of a storm; and we probably still have worse to come. We are all facing exceptionally challenging times. As we navigate these waters, please remember the principles upon which our Classic Portfolio members are founded:

  • We are committed to CONSERVATION — We operate in some remote and vulnerable wilderness areas across Africa. As guardians of these wild places, we have enormous responsibilities to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations.
  • We collaborate with COMMUNITIES — Empowering local communities is a cornerstone of each member. During these challenging times keeping local teams employed is critical as this global crisis will undoubtedly result in severe economic impact for African communities.
  • We are underpinned by COMMERCE — Cancellations, postponements and booking chaos; we are all going through this as African countries start restricting travel. Our members are being reasonable and flexible in terms of managing each booking by working with trade partners. Decisions need to be made to protect commercial integrity, which in turn supports communities and maintains conservation commitments.

#allinthistogether

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Hang in there. This too shall pass.


Suzanne
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER
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.

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Sangha Lodge

CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY launches their collaboration between Odzala Discovery Camps and Sangha Lodge with combined Congo Basin Discoveries effective from 3rd January 2019.

Located 5 kilometers outside the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic, the central heart of the African continent, you will find wildlife as you have never seen it before, with forest elephants congregating en-masse in the bai, often accompanied by forest buffalo, or occassionally by the rare bongo, red river hog or giant forest hog. The river and birding experiences are dynamic and engaging and you may enjoy a cultural opportunity of witnessing the local Ba'Aka people practicing traditional net hunting, hut building and collecting medicinal plants still in use today.

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