[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


WHAT WE LOVE: Kenya is the one country that offers everything. From the fun and funky capital city of Nairobi to the pristine beaches along the coast - Kenya offers fantastic diversity. The gorgeous Laikipia with its lush landscapes is crowned by its vast conservancies, the arid Northern Frontier which is home to the colourful and proud Samburu is an experience best complemented by the open plains of the Mara. Kenya's savannahs are rich with game, the cultural encounters are authentic, and the dramatic landscapes characterised by equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains. Safaris have been the mainstay of Kenya’s tourism for many decades and it also rates as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world.


Chem Chem Lodge

With 20 000 hectares (55 000 acres) of untainted African bush, the Chem Chem - Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) protects an invaluable migration corridor between the ancient landscape of Tarangire National Park and the tranquil waters of Lake Manyara National Park. It is the perfect place to connect with the rolling wilderness around you and to immerse yourself in an authentic Tanzanian wilderness experience. The concept of a Slow Safari was born at Chem Chem.  Key is the ethos of a safari as a tangible, sensual experience beyond the confines of a vehicle, where on foot guests can see, feel, touch and smell the African bush for themselves.

The eight beautifully stylish and secluded tented suites have been designed to reflect the ethos of the camp, evoking the spirit of vintage safari. With each tented suite situated at least 80 metres apart from each other, you are ensured total privacy each with a stunning lake view. A pool is hidden beneath the trees to cool off from the midday sun, and the Chem Chem Spa offers the ultimate in relaxation. 

Chem Chem Lodge is the ultimate setting from which to explore on foot, slow down and indulge in a sensual African safari.