Tiana Albertyn Claasen

Res Desks
Head of Reservations

Franschhoek office: Tiana loves being part of a team that makes holiday dreams come true, and more importantly, also prioritises conservation. She feels like a student of Africa every day of her life and loves learning about the diverse fauna, flora and cultures of Africa. 

Responsibility: Managing the Res Desks for clients who opt for this service.

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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Ingwe Pan

Located in a private concession of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 8 tents of Ingwe Pan are tucked into the woodland on the fringes of a large secluded pan. Throughout the season, the pan attracts animals large and small, making for exceptional game viewing straight from camp and in the surrounding areas. Ingwe Pan is a 30-minute drive from the famed Mana floodplain and the Zambezi River, and the terrain is a beautiful mix of baobab groves, mopane and riverine forest...

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