Saskia Valente

Res Desks
Res Desks Consultant

Franschhoek office: Saskia is the team's admin, backup and support superstar. Her tenacity, resourcefulness and ability to think quickly on her feet make her an invaluable part of the team.

Responsibility: Managing client reservations.

Republic of the Congo & Central African Republic

WHAT WE LOVE: The Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic, both former French colonies, are 2 of the 6 countries across which the Congo Basin expands. Second in size to the mighty Amazon, the forests of the Congo Basin contain the greatest number of mammals, primates, birds, amphibians, fish and swallowtail butterflies in Africa. More than a 1,000 species of bird can be found here. The basin is a total of 3.7 million km2 and is home to some of the largest undisturbed stands of tropical rainforest on the planet, in addition to large wetlands. Connecting two of the most iconic locations - Odzala-Kokoua and Dzanga-Sangha National Parks - within this rainforest wilderness offers the most exciting opportunity to discover a part of Africa in a truly pioneering way, while making a significant contribution to the long-term conservation and community sustainability of this region. This is no longer the 'Heart of Darkness'. This is Africa unmasked, beautiful and powerful. This is the most exciting destination to be opening to tourism. This is CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY waiting for you to discover the most remarkable and unspoilt natural wonders of the continent.

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Sundy Praia

Floating in the Gulf of Guinea, the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are Africa's second smallest nation. Here you discover an intimate experience with nature, on the very edge of the ocean, surrounded by tropical rainforest. Creating the perfect balance between nature, design and comfort, Sundy Praia's tented villas have spacious indoor and outdoor areas, private terraces with easy access to the beach. The pool bar with the infinity pool and relaxed style is the is the epicentre of activity during the day while the magnificently designed bamboo dining area is where local organic produce is transformed into an unforgettable culinary journey...

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