Classic Portfolio

UK Based Representation

Suite 5, The Square, 36 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690
Member Number: 2390432 Tel: +27 21 876 2153

Classic Portfolio is the leading collection of independent lodges and camps in Africa's wild (and not so wild) places. With our passion for seeking out the unique, we have moved beyond traditional luxury and brought back adventure, fun and purpose by driving sustainability through conscious travel across Africa.

Classic Portfolio and our members are a collective endorsement of each other. We celebrate the identity of each of our members and their unique characteristics. We are not a one-size-fits all portfolio, we are a collaboration of individual passions committed to a common purpose.

Our ethos of accountability and transparency supports commercial sustainability and through the services we offer our members we have been a strategic partner providing sustainable business solutions for over 25 years.

Our members include:

SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE: Sundy Príncipe
NAMIBIA: Wolwedans Premier Camps
SOUTH AFRICA: La Clé des Montagnes, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Marataba Conservation CampsTanda Tula, RETURN Africa, Coot Club
ZAMBIA: Chiawa Safaris, The Bushcamp Company
MOZAMBIQUE: Azura Retreats
TANZANIA: Chem Chem SafarisLegendary Expeditions
KENYA: The Safari Collection
SEYCHELLES: Blue Safari Seychelles


Where we operate

  • Central African Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Congo

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Ballooning
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Photography
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Walking Safaris
  • Guided flying safaris
  • Eco tourism
  • Cultural activities
  • Honeymoon safaris


14 September 2022

IMPACT Workshop 2022

Classic Portfolio will be hosting a 3 day IMPACT Workshop at Boschendal Farm from 20th September. The event ends on 22nd September, World Rhino Day, and has over 90 participants with 42 tour operators and private guides together with 17 Classic Portfolio members, Ellerman House, our host Boschendal Farm and WEEVA Sustainability participating.

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13 September 2022

Classic Portfolio welcomes new member Wild Expeditions

Classic Portfolio is delighted to welcome WILD EXPEDITIONS as the latest member to join our leading collection of privately owned lodges and camps across Africa.

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03 June 2022

TUESDAY TALK - 7th June: Congo Conservation Company

Classic Portfolio invites you to REGISTER for our TUESDAY TALK with Congo Conservation Company REPUBLIC OF CONGO & CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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04 May 2022

[SOUTH AFRICA] Launching Coot Club

With the growing demand for simplicity and connection, we are delighted to launch the latest addition to Classics Portfolio: COOT CLUB.

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02 March 2022

Classic Portfolio welcome new sales team members

At Classic Portfolio we are confident about the future of the African tourism industry and committed to building on partnerships with our key tour operators and agents across the globe.

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16 February 2022

TUESDAY TALK Islands in Africa

Join us as we discover Seychelles, Príncipe and Mozambique. From remote coral atolls and a marine reserve archipelago to a volcanic paradise covered in a rainforest.

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17 January 2022

Tuesday Talks: Insider updates from our South African property owners

JOIN US AS WE REDISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA Suzanne will be hosting a panel of 6 owners and managers who will share insider updates on their products and discuss how best to combine these locations in seamless itineraries.

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08 November 2021

Classic Portfolio - Improvements to trusted web portal

Classic Portfolio strives to be the most trusted resource of information for our trade partners across our collection of truly unique experiences.  We take a multitude of content styles and formats, condense the information and design easy to use documents.

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22 October 2021

RETURN Africa joins Classic Portfolio

Classic Portfolio is delighted to welcome RETURN Africa as the latest addition to our independent collection of lodges and camps in Africa's wild (and not so wild) places.

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15 September 2021

New website. New narrative. New chapter.

Classic Portfolio is delighted to launch IMPACT OF YOUR STAY.

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26 July 2021

Odzala Reopening In 44 Days

After an 18-month pause, CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY will be reopening on the 2nd of September. Here your imagination becomes a reality as Africa's finest rainforest discoveries, Odzala Discovery Camps and Sangha Lodge, are once again welcoming travellers.

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28 June 2021

HBD Príncipe To Reopen on October 1st, 2021

We are delighted to announce the reopening of HBD Príncipe, with Sundy Praia and Roça Sundy welcoming guests again from 1st October 2021.

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02 February 2021

Launching Conscious Journeys

Classic Portfolio launches Conscious Journeys showcasing life-changing holidays across Africa which highlight how our Classics members are contributing to sustainability from the ground up.

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01 February 2021

Kwaheri (Goodbye) Cara!

After 7 years as a trusted and highly valued member of the Classic Portfolio team, we very sadly bid farewell to Cara Carr (Prettejohn).  Cara will be leaving us in March to begin a new chapter with her husband Henry, as they plan to move back home to Kenya.

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24 November 2020

Classic Portfolio - Quick Question!

Reflecting on the past, present & future 2020 is certainly a year we will never forget and there are only 37 days left!  We have created 21 questions asking for your input on how we can build better business together in 2021 and beyond.

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21 September 2020

Classic Portfolio - Marataba Conservation Camps Now Open!

We are delighted to announce the opening of Marataba Conservation Camps, a new, conservation-focused safari experience giving guests the chance to be part of hands-on wildlife management and ecological conservation, and to travel with a purpose. In a post COVID-19 world, the way people travel will be changed forever and this reimagining of the traditional bush experience offers guests the opportunity to be part of the future of conservation.

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21 August 2020

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Welcoming Galpin Tented Camp

Adapting. That is one thing we have certainly been doing in these strange times. And it is with great pleasure that Kwandwe Private Game Reserve announce the opening of their new, eco-friendly camp, Galpin Tented Camp.No Wi-Fi, just a quiet, calm setting in the remote southern part of the reserve, Galpin is designed to immerse you in nature, allowing your spirit to drift in time with the rhythms of the wilderness.The camp strikes a balance between comfort and adventure. There are 4 bedroom…

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17 August 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talks - Women's Month

TUESDAY TALKS || In August we celebrate Women's Month in South Africa, a great opportunity to honour the achievements, courage and strength of women. For our next Tuesday Talk, we have lined up an amazing panel of inspiring women, who all own businesses and have made their mark in the tourism world.

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27 July 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talk - Take a walk on the wild side in Zambia

TUESDAY TALKS || In this week’s Tuesday Talks, we’re inviting you to talk a walk on the wild side in Zambia! Zambia offers some of the most authentic, connected and inspiring wildlife experiences amongst breath-taking natural beauty. From the well-known South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi to the remote North Luangwa, Bangweulu Swamps and Kafue, we have another panel of experts discussing what I consider to be one of the finest safari destinations in Africa.

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03 July 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talk - The Congo Basin & beyond...

The Congo Basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth. At 500 million acres, it is larger than the state of Alaska and stands as the world’s second-largest rainforest. This week, our Tuesday Talk features a fabulous line-up of passionate companies striving to establish conservation based tourism in spectacular locations, under very challenging circumstances.

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19 June 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tanzania Tuesday Talk

With COVID-19 protocols firmly in place, we are happy to announce that our properties in Tanzania opening up! Chem Chem is ready to welcome guests to Little Chem Chem and in Arusha, Legendary Lodge will be open from August. We have therefore decided that there would be no better time to have a Tuesday Talk on Tanzania – and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing on the 23rd June.

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08 June 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talks

Last week, we had another fabulous Tuesday Talk and the response has been amazing! We heard an owners' perspective, as 4 visionaries discussed their responsibilities on the ground and gave insight into gearing for the future. We appreciate your tuning in and every question, chat, and email before and after.

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01 June 2020

Classic Portfolio Launching Marataba Conservation Camps

Classic Portfolio are delighted to announce the launch of Marataba Conservation Camps. Due to open in September 2020, the camps offer a new safari experience giving guests a backstage pass to dynamic and innovative conservation in action, whilst also immersing themselves in the vast, wild spaces of Marataba.

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11 May 2020

Classic Portfolio: Transparent. Accountable. Sustainable.

After this crisis over, we all know we need to face a few hard questions… For those of you who know Classics, either through meeting me, Suzanne, in person, or following our weekly communication, you will know that we like to challenge and think beyond where we are now.

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28 April 2020

[COVID COMMENT] Navigating A Way Forward Together

The past few weeks have rattled us all to the core and challenged us both personally and professionally. Every day we face a new unexpected turn of events. Quite frankly we have ask ourselves what next? And while there has been endless talk and social media comment about how we should use this as a 'reset', I am beginning to wonder what this could look like for our African tourism industry.

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13 March 2020

Classic Portfolio & Machaba Safaris

Classic Portfolio is delighted to announce that Machaba Safaris are welcoming two camps into the fold - Ingwe Pan in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park and Kiri Camp in a private concession in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Both camps embody the Machaba ethos of 'eco-luxury safaris that capture the spirit of an authentic African experience'.

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20 February 2020

More ways to create memories at Chem Chem Safaris

In our quest to include the most unique memories in awe-inspiring locations, we are so excited to announce the latest experience from Classic Portfolio member, Chem Chem Safaris. New and immediately available for guests staying at Little Chem Chem and Forest Chem Chem is the option to enjoy their very own #ChemChemMoment with the remarkable bull elephants on the concession.

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04 December 2019

Journey planning made easy with live availability

Our Classic Portfolio 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.

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08 November 2019

A Once-Off Intellectual Discovery of the Congo Basin

Classic Portfolio is thrilled to announce the launch of a special once-off discovery into the Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic in March 2020, hosted by conservation legends Paul Telfer and Rod Cassidy.  Paul Telfer is the CEO of the Congo Conservation Company, an American-born primatologist with a foundation in research investigating primate viruses and the origins of the HIV epidemic in West Africa.

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12 September 2019

Classic Portfolio's Popular 'Sustainable Africa MegaFam' Embarks on its Third Year in 2020

12 countries, 23 sustainable companies, 56 authentic experiences, 63 adventurous travel partners, 9 MegaFam trips, and 1 Mega workshop A new way of engagement between privately owned experiences and key trade partners, building a community of like-minded businesses fully committed to long-term sustainability 2020 dates:  27 September to 15 October

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26 March 2019

Classic Portfolio - new members and new countries

In keeping with our core values of Private. Unique. Committed, Classic Portfolio is delighted to welcome Machaba Safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe and Wolwedans Private Camp and Boulders Safari Camp in Namibia as our newest members.  Now extending over 12 countries with 17 companies encompassing over 50 camps, lodges, hotels and island escapes, we are the most extensive portfolio of privately owned experiences, offering truly unique experiences while being fully committed to long term sustainability.

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31 January 2019

Classic Portfolio welcomes a new camp in Zambia

We love wild, remote and untamed wilderness areas, and the North Luangwa National Park has always been one of our ultimate safari, pure escapism destinations. With this in mind, we are very excited to launch the latest camp operated by Remote Africa Safaris. Opening July 2019, Takwela - meaning 'we have taken off' - offers a rare opportunity to visit an unexplored area of the vast North Luangwa wilderness.

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21 November 2018

Launching: Deeper discoveries in the Congo Basin

Launching 3rd January 2019 Effective from January 2019, CONGO CONSERVATION COMPANY, who has pioneered tourism in the Congo Basin, expands beyond ODZALA DISCOVERY CAMPS in the Republic of the Congo, to partner with SANGHA LODGE adjoining CAR's Dzanga-Sangha National Park. This partnership, together with the new access route directly from Odzala to Sangha, will turn one of the most inaccessible and untouched corners of Africa into a viable tourism destination for conscientious travellers.

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31 October 2018


The journey over the past 25 years has led Classic Portfolio through the savannahs of Africa, across powerful rivers, over mountains, beyond the shore, and into equatorial rain forests. Behind the vision of this collection of ‘best in class’ destinations throughout southern, east and west Africa is Suzanne Bayly-Coupe. It is with an unbridled passion that she guides the lodges and camps in her care alongside a remarkable team, founded on a collaborative approach to securing Africa’s future in tourism through privately owned, unique and authentic experiences committed to sustainability.

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09 August 2018

Classic Portfolio new member: Blue Safari Seychelles

In our quest to include the most unique experiences in spectacular locations, we are delighted to welcome Blue Safari Seychelles as the latest member of Classic Portfolio.

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17 April 2018

New rate structure for the exclusive-use Tanda Tula Field Camp

Excellent news for families or friends wanting authenticity and an exceptional experience where you are immersed in pure wilderness: Tanda Tula Field Camp announces a per-person rate structure while keeping the exclusivity of the camp.

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16 April 2018

Mwiba's new fly-camping experience

Mwiba in Tanzania has just become more fly... New and immediately available for guests staying at Mwiba Lodge is the option of a night under star-studded skies in a truly luxurious fly-camp. Set-up on the escarpment of the Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Eyasi, this is an unforgettable African experience.

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01 February 2018

Odzala Discovery Camp - NB Updates 2018

The Congo Conservation Company (CCC) and Odzala Discovery Camps has a strong commitment to protecting the Congo Basin. With this clear purpose in mind, we are delighted to share an important update for the year ahead. Keep in mind for every guest you send to Odzala, you are making a significant contribution to conservation of the Congo Basin.

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23 January 2018

Classics Roundup - What's new for 2018

Classics Roundup: As we look ahead at 2018, we would like to share a round-up of our unique experiences and adventures. Through supporting our privately owned members, and their commitment to conservation and communities, you contribute to a sustainable Africa.

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01 December 2017

Classic Portfolio expands into West Africa

Recently announced, Classic Portfolio expanding into São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of Gabon in West Africa with Sundy Príncipe. With its sheer volcanic peaks rising out of the ocean, densely forested vegetation, secluded bays and high density of endemic species, the island of Príncipe is a planet in miniature. Remote and pristine, uncover a volcanic wonderland just off the west coast of Africa.

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