Classic Portfolio

UK Based Representation

Address:
Suite 5, The Square, 36 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690
Member Number: 2390432 Tel: +27 21 876 2153 / +44 207 096 1287

Classic Portfolio is a strategic marketing company offering innovative solutions to a collection of privately-owned, unique lodges & camps committed to Africa's future.

With passion, purpose, and integrity, we go down some remote and unknown paths, offering our expertise and guidance to our members ‐ a truly incredible collection of travel and conservation destinations in Africa.

It's a fun and inspiring journey finding services and solutions for these vast and wild places with like-minded partners.

Our members include:

SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE: Sundy Príncipe
REPUBLIC OF CONGO & CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Congo Conservation Company
NAMIBIA: Wolwedans Premier Camps
SOUTH AFRICA: La Clé des Montagnes, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Marataba Conservation CampsTanda Tula
BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE: Machaba Safaris
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

  • Botswana
  • Central African Republic
  • Kenya
  • 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

News

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

CLASSICS 25

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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