[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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Old Mondoro

About an hour east downstream by boat from sister camp Chiawa, Old Mondoro is located in the wonderfully open area of Faidherbia Forest. The camp is a far simpler affair that Chiawa yet the guiding levels, activity choice, service and excellent home-cooking remain are par.

The comfortable rooms are strung out along a hippo-friendly channel off the Zambezi, enjoying great views with their half-height walls and small decks.  Activities at Old Mondoro focus on game drives and boating, though the elephant and hippo activity around camp are enough to encourage a lodge-based safari! Tasty meals are served fireside or in the open-sided thatched dining room, and star-gazing in this remote spot makes a perfect pastime.

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