Our decade in a minute
17 December 2019

LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD


At the end of a decade, we reflect over how far we've come. We could not have done it without the support of our visionary members, our valued trade partners, and fantastic industry friends. Thank you for being by our side and here's to new things ahead!

2010 ... the decade begins

I am based in Edinburgh running Classic Retreats and Classic Representation, which already includes THE SAFARI COLLECTION, THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY, REMOTE AFRICA SAFARIS and CHIAWA SAFARIS.
New: DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE.

2011

2012


We add CHEM CHEM SAFARIS to the portfolio.

2013

AZURA RETREATS and TANDA TULA join the portfolio. We are a team of 3 in Edinburgh and I move to South Africa, set up our office in Franschhoek, and Ilse joins the team. We rebrand from Classic Representation to CLASSIC PORTFOLIO.

2014

We move our Edinburgh office to London. Cara joins the team, we launch GIBB'S FARM and LEGENDARY EXPEDITIONS. We embrace digital marketing with our new website. Our member-branded marketing branches out and we introduce our Res Desks service to members.

2015

Andrea, Devina, Danelle and Liezel join our team. We now have a fast-growing office in Franschhoek and a team of 2 in London. LA CLÉ DES MONTAGNES joins the portfolio.

2016

We launch the first ever Sustainable Africa MEGAFAM and add the first version of ONLINE AVAILABILITY to our website along with a refreshed, responsive site. Natasha, Tiana and Megan join our ranks.

2017

Expanding our portfolio into Central and West Africa, CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY and SUNDY PRÍNCIPE join the portfolio. Kerry and Kelby join our team.

2018

Brontë, Kimi, Melinda and Manthia join the team. Kimi opens our Denver office and we venture into the outer islands of Seychelles to add BLUE SAFARI to the portfolio. The second Sustainable Africa MEGAFAM is a roaring success. We celebrate 25 years of Classics and finalise our book: VAST Journeys of the Soul.

2019 - our best year yet

We end the decade on a high. The team grows: Simon and Lara set up our LatAm office, Anne-Marie represents Chem Chem and Legendary Expeditions in the USA. Michelle and Dominique join. We add WOLWEDANS and MACHABA SAFARIS. VAST Journeys of the Soul is launched. Megan P joins the team and Lara DY returns as our Sustainability Manager.

2020 ... and beyond

We will continue to pioneer conservation & expeditions in lesser-known areas. Our 3rd Sustainable Africa MEGAFAM will take place in September/October. New website will be developed, including advanced online availability calendars. We will drive a new Sustainability Calculation Model.

In the meantime: have a happy holiday season and we'll see you in January for a rip-roaring new decade!

Our office will close on Friday, 20 December, reopening on Monday, 6 January.
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Happy holidays!

Suzanne
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

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WHAT WE LOVE: Having done safaris all over Africa our whole team agrees that Zambia is still one of the most sensational and authentic safari experiences. As the home of walking safaris this is one of the best places to get out of the vehicle and do a safari on foot. Hailed as Africa’s ‘diamond in the rough’ or even ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Zambia is a country blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, a huge variety of wildlife and an abundance of birdlife, huge water bodies (including 17 magnificent waterfalls) and great tracts of pristine bushveld. It has also been acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world, whose inhabitants are known for being warm and welcoming. It is a landlocked country, sharing its borders with Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the east, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique and Malawi to the east. It even shares a 2km border with Botswana!

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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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