Updates, Map, Indaba & Fams: all you need to know for 2019
07 January 2019

WELCOME TO 2019

The Classics team is back in action and looking forward to another year of positive collaboration with our trade partners. From Goodbye, Team Update and Classics Map, to Indaba, MegaFam 2020 and more, read on for what you need to watch out for in 2019...
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GOODBYE ANGAMA MARA

Just over 4 years ago I sat on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment and watched the sun rise over the Mara with Nicky and Kate Fitzgerald. Behind us was the building site of the new lodge. It has been the most incredible journey with the Fitzgeralds as they have created the multi award-winning Angama Mara experience. They are now ready to fly the nest and soar. We wish Nicky, Kate, Steve Mitchell and the Angama team all the very best for the future. They remain a close Classics partner and will be on our Indaba stand.
For all future enquiries, please contact Kate Fitzgerald: kate.fitzgerald@angama.com

TEAM UPDATE

We have 5 of our team in Tanzania as we speak. Pictured above is Michelle, Cara, Melinda, Lara, and Simon, who are visiting Chem Chem Safaris, Gibb's Farm and Legendary Expeditions this month. Keep an eye out for updates on these soon.

CLASSICS MAP

From Príncipe to Mahé and all the good places in-between, our much-loved Classics Map is growing and will now incorporate the outer islands of Seychelles. Ready by mid-February, please let us know if you would like a copy posted to you, otherwise, they will be available on our sales visits and at trade shows.
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INDABA 2019

As the most inclusive and collaborative African travel community we are firm supporters of Indaba. This year our Classic Portfolio stand is larger than ever before and we have 25 of the best safari, island and hotel experiences exhibiting with us, plus a Delaire Graff Estate wine bar. Take a sneak peak to see who will be on our stand and reach out if you would like to set up meetings.
WHO WILL BE AT INDABA?

SUSTAINABLE AFRICA MEGAFAM 2020

10 countries + 8 trips + 56 trade partners + 1 Mega workshop = 75 reasons to be part of a community committed to long term sustainability across Africa.
Planning starts in the next few weeks, stay in touch to keep in the loop or drop us a line to express interest.
KEEP ME POSTED ON MEGAFAM'20

WHAT'S HOT IN 2019

Link onto the update we shared about some of the exciting developments to watch out for in 2019. Since this update we already have more news which will be shared over the next few weeks. Stay informed and keep reading our Monday Minute.
NEW, HOT & HAPPENING IN 2019
Best wishes for 2019 and happy selling!

Suzanne
Sustainable Africa

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Tanzania

WHAT WE LOVE: This low-key, unassuming country is also home to some of Africa’s most famed tourist destinations: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. While most visitors will congregate at these undeniably exotic spots, Tanzania has many other hidden natural, historical and cultural gems; including 19th-century caravan routes, once-famed ports of call for Oriental merchant ships, ancient rock paintings, Africa’s largest protected natural area (Selous), as well as prime destinations for seeing chimpanzees in the wild. All this is held together by the beauty and dignity of over 100 ethnic groups that live amicably in Tanzania.


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Blue Safari Seychelles

Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last, untouched frontiers, Blue Safari Seychelles pioneers a new style of experiential travel while actively conserving this pristine region. Of the 72 islands and atolls that form the remote outer islands, they have selected the most pristine and enchanting four as their base. From here you can discover, experience and protect the surrounding natural wonders.

An hour's flight from the main island, Alphonse Island is the headquarters of Blue Safari Seychelles. With 22 Beach Bungalows, 5 Beach Suites and 2 4-bedroom Beach Villas, and welcoming children of all ages, this is family paradise. Enjoy a private family channel snorkel or plant a tree, giving it your family name. Visit the uninhabited islands of Bijoutier and St Francois, explore Alphonse Island by bicycle, or enjoy a secluded picnic on the beach. 

Hop on the plane southwestward and a 2-hour flight later you are on Astove Atoll. Stay in the 6-bedroom Coral House from where incredible snorkelling experiences await. The “Wall” is a breathtakingly beautiful sheer drop and is best described as looking down into an underwater Grand Canyon. It consists of the flat and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees from ankle-deep water to more than 1000 metres over a short distance. The “Wall” is known as one of the best snorkelling and dive sites on this planet. The terrain varies from hostile shore breaks on the windward side, to flat calm coral flats on the outside and snow-white sand flats inside the lagoon. Its unique lagoon system is home to countless aquatic seabirds as well as the Caspian turn, dimorphic egret and red-tailed tropic bird along with a population of over 150 giant Aldabra tortoises.

Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé lies Cosmoledo Atoll, an hour by boat from Astove (and the only way to access it). Cosmoledo comprises a larger white sand lagoon surrounded by vast sand flats dotted with over 20 islands, islets, and cays of various shapes and sizes. The remote location makes Cosmoledo a place of wild natural splendor. Habitats include sand dunes, expansive flats, mangroves, grassland and a dramatically fluctuating lagoon. This unique combination creates a hotspot of biodiversity. The atoll with its scattered islands is home to large populations of endemic birds like boobies, terns, and frigate birds. The lagoon and its sandy beaches are favoured by large populations of hawksbill and green turtles for nesting and a host of feisty fish species on the flats. Here, on Wizard Island (or Grande Isle) is a single Eco Camp where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The Camp consists of eight double/twin en-suite Eco Pods with a central communal dining and entertainment area - large tent with bare sand floors.

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