Technology: Journey-planning with our live availability
06 December 2019


Online availability > next level

Are you a wildebeest (follows the herd) or a giraffe (creates a journey)?
If you are a giraffe read on. If you are a wildebeest, head back to your inbox.

For creative journey planners, we are delighted to advise that our CLASSICS AVAILABILITY PORTAL has evolved to drive easy itinerary building across 15 individual reservation systems. You can access 45 camps, lodges and villas, underpinned by conservation and long term sustainability, and start your itinerary planning across 11 African countries.

No time zone delays. Build itineraries with live availability any time of the day and any day of the week.

  1. 45 CAMPS & LODGES | 11 COUNTRIES - giving you availability access to Africa's finest collection of privately owned, unique experiences (we are working on the 2 missing res system links with Legendary Expeditions and Blue Safari Seychelles).

  2. SIMPLE: TICK ONE - a whole portfolio of availability calendars can be overwhelming to look at, select (tick one box) the individual camp/lodge you are interested in and see that as a stand-alone view.

  3. ITINERARY: TICK MULTIPLE - when building an itinerary across our Portfolio, select (tick multiple boxes) your camps/lodges and view availability across a date and camp range to assist with crafting the perfect trip.

  4. GET IT FIRST: EMAIL REQUEST - once you find your availability pop an email to the different reservations teams to request your dates (watch this space, we have some cool ideas on how to make the request process even smoother).

  5. DIRECT OR DMC - it's up to you! Either connect with our members individually or work through your preferred DMC. We honour all booking channels and remain fully committed to supporting you all the way.

Watch out for more updates in the coming year. We continue to embrace technology and have big plans for 2020... including further streamlining of the hold space request process and suggested itineraries linked to availability.
I am a GIRAFFE ... love this availability
If you have read this far you are most certainly a giraffe.
Happy portal browsing and journey planning!

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa


Your perfect itinerary planning tool is our online portal showing availability across Classic Portfolio. Select the camp or lodge and start building unforgettable journeys.
This is by far the best snapshot of all you need to know across our hotels, lodges, jungle discoveries and island escapes. Please save the environment and do not print.

South Africa

WHAT WE LOVE: Many of our team are South African and we are all extremely passionate about the country, its people, wildlife and scenic beauty – who would not be with an office in the Cape winelands! But most of all we are proud of what South Africa has achieved and the challenges we have overcome. It is a country that has diversity as its hallmark. From lush forests, vast savannahs, beautiful beaches, arid semi-desert, dramatic mountain ranges to its cosmopolitan cities, ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserves, winelands, gourmet restaurants and colourful shanty towns: South Africa has all any visitor could ask for. Strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife, it is also a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.


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.