[ROUND UP] Great news from Africa
23 September 2020

We are travel ready!

The moment we've been waiting for has finally arrived... as one of the last countries in Africa to open up, South Africa is celebrating the fact that we can warmly welcome international guests again from 1st October!

Throughout Africa, flights are arriving, safaris are back on track and the smiles all round are broader than ever! There's a buoyant and positive energy here, as our Members are bouncing back strongly with new bookings and looking forward to getting back into the swing of safaris.

2020 is not over!

Book a safari across our Portfolio for the balance of this year.

COMMITTED & STRONG

We have a strong Portfolio of carefully selected Members providing the best guest experiences, we are committed to you our trade partners and we have adapted to the changing business environment.

NEW BOOKINGS: DEPOSIT & PAYMENT POLICIES
Majority of our Members have adapted to be more flexible by implementing a REFUNDABLE Commitment Fee due to confirm a booking, with full payment due at 45 days prior to guest arrival.

In special circumstances the Member may consider POSTPONEMENT of a booking to 12 months in advance if travel is cancelled 45 days or less prior to arrival due to a COVID-19 related issue – further lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, guest falls ill due to COVID-19 and unable to travel.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have a blanket T&C approach across our Portfolio, please enquire for 2021 rates plus booking terms.

GUEST STAY: COVID POLICIES
We have updated infographics for each camp on what COVID-19 safety actions have been put in place as they reopen. Having travelled for the past 16 weeks I can assure you that while COVID-19 compliance is necessary it has not negatively impacted the guest experience.

PLEASE NOTE: On our WEBSITE, in the rates section per member, we have uploaded their COVID-19 protocols.
ENQUIRE: 2021 Rates & Updated Booking Terms

OUR TRUSTED MEMBERS

12 Countries.15 Members. 60 Camps, Lodges and Villas
Just in case you need a reminder, here is our list of CLASSIC PORTFOLIO Members:

SOUTH AFRICA NAMIBIA BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE MOZAMBIQUE ZAMBIA REPUBLIC OF CONGO & CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE TANZANIA KENYA SEYCHELLES
CONTACT US: Suggested Itineraries

WORLD RHINO DAY

Today, 22nd September, we celebrated World Rhino Day and we applaud the passionate and unrelenting work done across our Portfolio, especially by the teams KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE and MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS who are active in rhino conservation. This week, within both these reserves, guests have been able to join the conservation teams and become active participants in the preservation and protection of both black and white rhinos.

At MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS, we are successfully running the inaugural Rhino Conservation Week (21-27 September) where all guests are able to take part in notching, DNA collection and foot collaring (for monitoring and tracking purposes).

My girls and I have had the most amazing 16-week adventure exploring across South Africa. My love and passion for Africa and her resilient people has only intensified during this time. Across Classic Portfolio, we look forward to sharing life-changing experiences with you and your future guests.
Warmest regards
Suzanne
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio

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 Fort House

Kwandwe Fort House is situated on a knoll overlooking the wide open plains of the 54 000-acre reserve. This is a sole-use safari villa in a private setting with sweeping views of the Great Fish River valley. Fort House discreetly combines the very best of an exclusive safari lodge with the latest conveniences of a modern home, it offers total privacy and an abundance of space to reconnect with loved ones.

Guests can unwind on the front terrace with an amphitheatre vantage; overlooking the wildlife-rich expanse of grassland leading down to one of the major waterholes on the reserve. The heated rim-flow pool shares the same view, as does the boma which is sunken into the grounds of the expansive lawn in front of the house. Further features include a dedicated spa treatment room, wine cellar, guest pantry as well as indoor, outdoor and covered outdoor dining areas. Its central location allows for easy access to the prime game viewing areas of Kwandwe, while being far from any of Kwandwe’s other lodges - affording guests ultimate privacy. The Fort House is ideally suited for families of up to 8 people, comfortably accommodated in 2 master bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms, all of which are en-suite. Multiple relaxation and entertainment areas ensure that there are more than enough places to connect with family members or spend some quiet time alone.

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