LAUNCHING: Machaba Safaris in Botswana & Zimbabwe
19 March 2019

NEW MEMBER MACHABA SAFARIS


Yes, I know it is TUESDAY (again), but this update is worth waiting for.
We are delighted to welcome MACHABA SAFARIS in BOTSWANA and ZIMBABWE as the latest addition to Classic Portfolio. It has been many years since we last had camps in these areas and the addition of the Machaba Safaris circuit with 7 unique camps in 4 wilderness locations makes the perfect Classic Portfolio partner.

WHY MACHABA SAFARIS?
Inspired by Murray Collins, co-owner of BLUE SAFARIS SEYCHELLES, who is also a partner of Machaba Safaris, it was a natural extension for us to unite the vast marine wilderness of the outer Seychelles islands with the iconic safaris experiences in the Okavango Delta and Hwange National Park.

Together with his partners Alistair Rankin, Chris Hatshe and Blessing Munyenyiwa, they are committed to creating affordable safari experiences in prime wilderness areas that honour an elegant style while being family friendly.
Kids under 5 stay free while 6-11 year olds pay 50%.
2019 RATES: Machaba Safaris

MACHABA CAMP & LITTLE MACHABA

KWHAI CONCESSION, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
  • MACHABA CAMP: 8 x Luxury Tents | 2 x Family Units. Kids all ages. Rates from US$ 590 to US$ 1 055 per adult sharing.
  • LITTLE MACHABA: 2 x Luxury Tents | 2 x Family Units. Kids 12+ (unless exclusive). Rates from US$ 655 to US$ 1 195 per adult sharing.
CLASSIC FACTORS
  • Wild: Luxury in a wildlife-rich wilderness
  • Classic: Feet-the-sand, comfortable style
  • Star feature: Fabulous sightings of leopard and wild dog
  • Best of both: Children of all ages or intimate and peaceful
FACT SHEET: Machaba Camp & Little Machaba

GOMOTI PLAINS & GOMOTI PRIVATE

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
  • GOMOTI PLAINS: 8 x Luxury Tents | 2 x Family Units. Kids all ages. Rates from US$ 655 to US$ 1 195 per adult sharing.
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Combine 3 nights at each Machaba Camp & Gomoti Plains and pay Machaba Camp rates throughout.
  • GOMOTI PRIVATE: 1 x Luxury Tent | 1 x Family Unit. Kids all ages. Exclusive Camp Rates (up to 6 guests) from US$ 5 600 to US$ 10 000 camp rate per night for first 4 guests and Gomoti Plains rates per guest thereafter.
CLASSIC FACTORS
  • Stunning location: Within the 100 000-hectare private concession in the Gomoti Plains
  • Get out there: Mokoro, boating, walking and the best bush dinners
  • Contemporary: Décor, design and furnishings are contemporary yet classic
  • Community partnership: A private concession for photographic tourism partnering with the community
FACT SHEET: Gomoti Plains & Gomoti Private

VERNEY'S CAMP

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
  • VERNEY'S CAMP: 8 x Luxury Tents | 2 x Family Units. Kids all ages. Rates from US$ 450 to US$ 790 per adult sharing.
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 3, Pay 2 valid until 10th January 2020.
CLASSIC FACTORS
  • Verney's Pan: Pumping with action
  • Private concession: 10 000 hectares not accessed by regular park visitors
  • Food, fun, flexible: All-day, live kitchen, bush picnics, no rushing needed
  • Welcoming: Highly recommended for couples and families alike
FACT SHEET: Verney's Camp

DETEEMA SPRINGS & DEKA CAMP

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
  • DETEEMA SPRINGS: OPENING 1 MAY 2019 - 7 x Luxury Tents | 1 x Family Unit.
  • DEKA CAMP: OPENING 1 JUNE 2019 - 6 x Luxury Tents.
  • BOTH: Kids 6 & older, unless exclusive. Rates from US$ 520 to US$ 695 per adult sharing.
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 3, Pay 2 valid until 10th January 2020.
CLASSIC FACTORS
  • Less is more: A raw and authentic safari
  • Attraction: Constant elephants in a wild, natural seep
  • On foot: Phenomenal walking in remote areas
  • Gentle with the environment: Light footprint in a fragile eco-system
FACT SHEET: Deteema Springs & Deka Camp
SHARED SALES REPRESENTATION:
In the UK market, Alison Whitfield and the ETHOS MARKETING team continue to manage the sales, while Hella Göbel, SABELA AFRICA, is responsible for the German speaking markets.
Classic Portfolio will manage international sales from our offices in USA (Kimi Christopulos), Southern Africa (Michelle Koen) and Latin America (Simon Huxter & Lara Movsovich).

We all look forward to working with our key trade partners in driving new business across the Machaba Safaris camps.
ONLINE AVAILABILITY: Machaba Safaris
DO YOU KNOW:
The name Machaba is the local Setswana name for the sycamore fig tree, the tree of life, renowned for their abundant fruit, which feeds a vast array of animals throughout the year, including elephant, baboons, bushbuck, green pigeons and many more.
Happy selling!

Suzanne
Sustainable Africa
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We have 25 privately owned hotels, lodges and camps in Africa - Classic members and partners - sharing on our stand.
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ILTM AFRICA & WE ARE AFRICA
Michelle Koen is attending ILTM Africa on behalf of our whole Portfolio.
We have 14 members attending We Are Africa. Machaba Safaris are adjacent to our Classic Portfolio area.

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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 Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead strikes a perfect mix between the genteel and the wild. The elegant and refined interiors, with their damask linens, antique silver and porcelain, create the ideal foil for the rugged bushveld and wildlife outside. Furnished with authentic antiques and memorabilia reminiscent of a stately Settler home from the 1820s, stylish modern comforts have been added, such as exquisitely appointed bathrooms, air conditioning, private verandas for each suite and a contemporary farmstyle kitchen. There is also a full size swimming pool and gazebo set amongst rolling lawns, surrounded on all sides by sweeping slopes decorated with hundreds of aloes.

The heart of any farmhouse is its kitchen, and Uplands is no exception. With its wrought iron chandeliers and modern catering equipment cleverly represented as traditional cookware, the Uplands kitchen is the Homestead’s quaint and welcoming core. Your dedicated, skilled chef will create both old family favourites and sumptuous new dishes to inspire and delight. Meals are served in the dining area, where friends and family gather to share the day’s adventures. Plush chairs in the sitting room invite hours of relaxation, while the green lawns and sparkling pool create a perfect outlet for youthful energy.

Three suites with private bathrooms combine modern comfort with old-fashioned luxury and attention to detail. Antique mirrors, claw-foot bathtubs and yellowwood chests and wardrobes blend seamlessly with air-conditioning, in-room safes and other modern conveniences. Your dedicated 4x4 safari vehicle and private guide/ranger awaits outside, ready at any time to take you on a voyage of discovery through Kwandwe’s wild open spaces and return you to the warmly lit comfort of your Home away from Home.

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