Launching Conscious Journeys
01 February 2021

 

Take the time now to choose the right partners for the future.

While actual travel is slow right now, we are seeing good booking requests coming from our trade partners planning trips for clients in the latter half of the year and into 2022. We applaud those those who have been resilient and positive and still have business. Be assured we want to be working with you.

6 tips for planning and booking trips now:

1. Choose your African partners wisely
Who are the owners and what is their long term commitment?

2. Flexible terms and trusted companies
We understand the complexities of payments, be assured your commitment fee / deposit is refundable for COVID interruptions. Our bed stock is limited so we need guarantees to take inventory out. You need to know your money is safe and we will continue to deliver a trusted experience.

3. As far as possible keep to a single country
This just eliminates the stress of multiple PCR tests and border movement.

4. Stay longer and where possible book private villas
The days of bouncing around with 2 night stays are over! Immerse with longer stays giving travellers time to slow down, breathe, be and truly appreciate where they are.

5. Make a conscious choice and understand your impact
We encourage travellers and agents to make an informed and conscious choice about who they book through and where they choose to stay. The financial contribution you make is invaluable. Be conscious and own your impact.

and finally...

6. Book our members through one of our CONSCIOUS JOURNEYS

Taking all of the above into account we are delighted to launch itineraries which are easy to book and outline the impact and contribution that each traveller makes towards conservation and communities while enjoying a fabulous holiday in Africa.

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Launching Conscious Journeys

Each month we will introduce a new journey from our portfolio. These journeys showcase life-changing holidays across Africa and highlight how our members are contributing to sustainability from the ground up.

Our first journey with The Safari Collection takes you on a 10-night trip to discover Kenya's diverse landscapes, wildlife and safari experiences, while contributing to their Footprint Foundation. Through this foundation, The Safari Collection supports a variety of conservation initiatives sustaining the longevity of the wildlife while empowering local communities.
Starting from US$ 7 996 per person sharing
(inclusive of US$ 905 pp conservation fees)
Excludes international flights

CONSCIOUS JOURNEY : KENYA

Don't forget the Lucky Dip Safari

A surprise safari in the Kenyan wilderness with The Safari Collection’s properties!

For your clients looking for a getaway sooner than later, the Lucky Dip Safari is the perfect way to experience the best of Kenya, with the added element of surprise! This special is for US$ 4,950 per person sharing (single US $6,500) for 7 nights, including full board accommodation at a minimum of two, or up to four, of The Safari Collection properties, and remains valid from now until 31 May 2021.

For over 20 years I have carefully selected our Classic Portfolio members. They are each visionary owners, offering truly authentic experiences, committed to conservation, community and commercial sustainability, and in these uncertain times are trusted African partners to you.

Warmest regards
Suzanne
 
 
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio
For an overview of our Members (38 camps, lodges and hotels) across 10 African countries link onto our website:

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Seychelles

1500km east of mainland East Africa lies an archipelago of 115 islands collectively known as Seychelles. The outer islands, with a land area of 220 km2 make up almost half of the land area of Seychelles and 2% of its population. These outer islands comprise 9 important bird areas, the largest population of giant tortoises, nesting grounds for turtles, over 180 bird species, 320 species of coral, over 1000 fish species, spinner dolphins, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and even the elusive dugong.

Within the outer islands is the Alphonse Group, the coral islands of Alphonse, St Francois and Bijoutier, about 1 hour's flight and 250km from Mahé. Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé you find the Aldabra Group, including Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands or cays on the rim. The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water. The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs.

It is amidst this vast oceanic playground that you will find Blue Safari Seychelles.

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Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp

Designed to inspire and create connections with nature, Galpin is an exclusive-use, eco-friendly tented camp. Far removed from the trappings of modern life and located in a quiet, tranquil corner of the reserve, it provides a genuine escape into the wilderness.

The camp strikes a balance between comfort and adventure. The 4 bedroom tents have piping hot water, indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious beds, whilst the main area and boma provide an ideal space for families and groups to share quality time together, undisturbed by the modern world. Campfire cuisine, warm hospitality and enormous skies make for a genuine African safari experience.
 
Tucked away in a lush valley, gazing east towards the beautiful Galpin Dam, a signature experience at Galpin is to explore the wilderness on foot, savouring the landscape and discovering the smaller flora and fauna. End the day at the dam with a spot of fishing and a sundowner and allow your spirit to drift in time with the rhythms of the bush.

 

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