[FESTIVE SEASON] The Gift Of Space ... Book Now
14 December 2020


Space to breathe. Space to be.

And this festive season we also have space across our portfolio of lodges, camps and hotels. Business is picking up and certain dates are fully booked but, now more than ever, we encourage you to use our ONLINE AVAILABILITY to review how you can build that perfect last-minute trip to Africa.
Classics ONLINE AVAILABILITY gives you access to:

13 live reservations systems
with 52 lodges, camps and private villas
across 10 countries
on 1 easy location

We are seeing a big trend in last-minute / shorter lead time bookings and have developed the availability tool to assist you for faster turn around and conversion of enquiries. The only two members who do not currently have this functionality are Wolwedans and Blue Safari Seychelles. For anyone who would like to escape to the space, sunshine and relaxed pace of Africa, read on below for an update across our portfolio of what is open and closed over the next three months.

South Africa

All Open. Space available

La Cle des Montagnes | Franschhoek
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Eastern Cape
Marataba Conservation Camps | Limpopo
Tanda Tula | Greater Kruger National Park


Open. Space available

Azura Retreats | Benguerra Island


Open. Space available

Mfuwe Lodge | South Luangwa National Park


All Open. Space available

Giraffe Manor | Nairobi
Solio Lodge | Laikipia
Sasaab | Samburu
Sala's Camp | Masai Mara


Open. Space available

Little Chem Chem | Tarangire
Mwiba Lodge | Southern Serengeti
Legendary Lodge | Arusha


Open. Space available

Machaba Camp & Little Machaba
Okavango Delta
Gomoti Plains | Okavango Delta
Ngoma Safari Lodge | Chobe National Park


Open. Space available

Deteema Springs | Hwange National Park


Open. Space available

Blue Safari Seychelles: Alphonse
In 19 out 26 Dec 2020
9 x Beach Bungalows
1 x Beach Suite
1 x Beach Villa

In 26 Dec out 02 Jan 2021
8 x Beach Bungalows
3 x Beach suites
1 x Beach Villa

In 02 out 09 Jan 2021
4 x Beach Bungalows
5 x Beach Suites


Limited space available

Private Camp
In 05 out 10 Jan 2021

Mountain View Suite
In 16 Dec out 21 Dec 2020
In 23 Dec out 25 Dec 2020
In 28 Dec out 30 Dec 2020
In 08 Jan out 10 Jan 2021

SEASONAL CLOSURE: The Bushcamp Company camps will reopen as normal in April as do Chiawa Safaris in May. Machaba Safaris Ingwe Pan and Deka Camp will open in May.

2021 REOPENING: Wolwedans Dunes Camp = early April | Congo Conservation Company = 26th April | Chem Chem Lodge & Forest Chem Chem = 1st June | Legendary Expeditions Migrational Camps & Mila Tented Camp = 1st June | Sundy Praia = 28th June | Machaba Safaris Verney's Camp = 1st April.

NEW OPENINGS: Machaba Safaris Kiri Camp in Botswana has delayed opening until 1st June.

We are anticipating stronger bookings from January and remain fully committed to supporting our trade partners with dynamic digital tools to assist with your safari planning.

Let us know if this has been helpful with some last-minute planning.
Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio

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.


Solio Lodge

Nestled in the valley between the dramatic slopes of Mount Kenya and the rolling peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, Solio Lodge is one of Kenya's most luxurious lodges. The lodge is located on the private 19 000 acre Solio Game Conservancy and is home to a diverse and numerous population of wildlife, including leopard, lion, a wide variety of birds and both the black and white rhino – a real rarity. Guests staying here will enjoy luxurious accommodation with exceptional views of Mount Kenya, breath-taking game drives and some of the best food on offer on the Kenyan safari circuit.