Caroline Bayly
Founder

Caroline’s passion is Southern and East African travel. For the past nineteen years, she has made it her mission to visit hundreds of exclusive safari lodges, island resorts and city hotels throughout the African Continent and its shores.

She always has her finger on the pulse, is constantly seeking hidden gems and building meaningful relationships with safari guides and concierges. That, coupled with her love for the African Continent, and the perfect backdrop it provides, means that Caroline has built up an enviable reputation amongst discerning travellers.

Caroline says, 'When it comes to luxury travel, the key is attention to detail. From the subtle nuances of truly thoughtful service, to personalising our clients’ experiences, our aim is to exceed five star expectations for which we have an unblemished reputation. Africa has a magical, seductive energy about it, whether you’re on a walking safari, skimming through the  Indian Ocean waves or enjoying the luxury of a smart city hotel’.

When our travel muse isn’t eating, sleeping and drinking Classic Escapes she’s soaking up the beauty surrounding 
her home with Table Mountain as the backdrop and views across the city and Atlantic Ocean, hiking, marathon running, mountain biking or spending time at her family's home in the Winelands. 

Creating life changing, unforgettable memories for her clients is what gets Caroline up in the morning. Not that she needs motivation in this slice of heaven which she feels privileged to call home!    

  • ​ Foraging and Foliage in Franschhoek

    Franschhoek in the winter time is simply magical. The light is soft; the air is crisp, and the scenery is verdant.

    What’s more, because this pretty, popular little Cape winelands village is quieter now than in summer time, you feel as though you have it all to yourself. Which we just-about-did for a...

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  • ​ Testing the new Test Kitchen

    Cape Town’s world class Test Kitchen in the artsy neighbourhood of Woodstock has been redefined. And I was one of the first to experience it a couple of weeks ago.

    This may not sound particularly impressive for someone who never misses a beat when it comes to culinary, but given their competitive new booking system, ...

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  • ​ Three thrilling days in the Okavango

    I recently set off on a whirlwind escape to Botswana's Okavango Delta.

    By whirlwind I mean three carefully calibrated days of authentic and high-luxe safari; which with direct SA Airlink flights from Cape Town to Maun is easy enough.

    One of my most favoured safari escapes on the African continent, the Okavangos' ...

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  • Caroline Dub’s Her Top Three

    “What’s your favourite fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town?” I must have heard that question a thousand times in my two decades of luxury travel. The trouble is our Mother City has become a culinary destination with world class restaurants popping up faster...

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  • Caroline Visits Pebbles - A Ripple For Change

    Four years ago I made a commitment to changing young lives. Because I believe that the solution to poverty is through the fundamentals of education. Because I believe children are a product of their nucleus. And because as Mandela so aptly once put it ‘overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it’s an act of justice.’
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  • Delaire Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend!

    Diamonds, wine, art, fine dining and spa treatments are my best friends! And I got to spend time with all five of them this weekend at the jewel of the Cape Winelands. 

    As Cape Town’s wayfaring connoisseurs of discerning travel, we arrived promptly on Sunday afternoon for an overnight stay and site inspect...

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  • Elevate your Safari with a Private Guide

    If you’re serious about safari or you’re a passionate photographer, being accompanied by a private guide will undoubtedly elevate your travel experience - whether you’re trekking for gorillas in Rwanda, exploring the rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia, or searching for the perfect photographic opportunity in t...

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  • Escape to your own private island

    Travel to Tanzania is synonymous with the dreams of the Serengeti National Park, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and adventuring the Ngorongoro Crater. Not many are aware, though, of Thanda Island - a private isla...

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  • Experiential Escapes

    Use this advice with caution. These activities could become addictive and possibly cause you to miss your flight back home! 

    Cape Town is quickly becoming the go-to place for adrenaline-seeking travellers, for good reason. It has one of the kindest climates on the continent and enough natural beauty to w...

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  • Gorilla Trekking - Where, When, Why, How

    The Long And The Short Of It:

    The short of it - if you are on a time-crunch, go to Rwanda; if you want to immerse yourself in a country, spend time with the people, and go somewhere off the beaten track, go to Uganda; if you are an avid Africa traveler and want some serious bragging rights, go to the Re...

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  • IDIOM CUTS THE MUSTARD

    On Sunday we spontaneously lunched at Idiom, the Cape Winelands newest restaurant, tasting venue and a tribute to the Bottega family! It's so new that I’m confident in this case we are the grapevine you are hearing it from for the first time!

    The Bottegas have taken South African wine destinations to new height...

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  • Inside The Tiny Heart Of Africa

    When was the last time you visited a place that touched your soul? That’s Sabyinyo Silverback’s strapline and it couldn't be more congruous if they tried. 

    Nestled in the tiny heart of Africa, as Rwanda is affectionately named, Sabyinyo is owned and managed by the award winning Governors’ Camp Collection who pride the...

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  • Kruger’s Renewed Ivory Lodge ~ More Than Just Luxury

    With a footprint in both the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Game Reserve has not only garnered an assemblage of global awards, but it bridges the divide between man and beast.

    Their flagship - Ivory Lodge- recently revamped at the behest of the More Family is an exclusive and intimate lodge having taken ...

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  • KWANDWE MAGIC ON A WHIM

    In the midst of the New Year madness, I had the opportunity to travel to Kwandwe in early January for a mid-week break. It took me a milli second to say yes, and several hours of questioning whether I should be abandoning the high season madness.

    I still went, and I’m more than glad I did. Escaping Cape Town with an early flight t...

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  • LIVING ON LIFE - AN ORANGE KLOOF INVITE

    The wisest Sunday morning decision I’ve made in a long time was undoubtedly accepting an Orange Kloof invite! 

    Kicking off at Cape Town’s Constantia Neck in the early hours on a fresh summer’s morning, determined to defy the regulars on their standard trails, we headed up Orange Kloof towards the Old Woodhead Tunne...

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  • LOVE AFFAIR IN THE ARCHIPELAGO

    In May this year a group of girls, unofficially known as Cape Town’s Luxury African Travel Guru’s, and I humbly include myself, left the city distractions to a place where we thought we’d died and gone to heaven for four nights! Specifically, in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. A romance infused world of sandbars, s...

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  • Marigold - A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek

    A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek, Marigold on the main street is the first authentically Indian restaurant of its kind and it’s making a fiery impression.

    Having recently opened its doors, Marigold, reminiscent of authentic India, evokes the exotic with its small plated menu inspired by aromatic ...

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  • MORE-ISH BREAKFAST AT LADY CADOGAN

    Built at the turn of the 19th century and ‘Victorianised’ at the turn of the 20th century, this national monument in the heart of Cape Town is home to the now hip and historic Cape Cadogan hotel – owned and operated by the More Family.

    As foodie enthusiasts we found our Muesli Mecca here! Who doesn’t love a d...

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  • Objet d'art Obsession

    Let’s face it … holidays are not just about beaches, safaris, wine, cuisine and relaxation. Retail therapy forms an essential part of the R&R mix! In fact, if the truth be known, you don’t need to be on holiday in Africa to shop in Africa ! 

    We always say avoid the urge to splurge on airport-shop trinket...

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  • OUR TABLE UNDER THE TREES

    In March of this year I headed off on a special trip to Machaba Camp in the beating heart of Africa with three of my favourites, my boyfriend Pieter, who coincidently is also in the travel game and of course my beloved folks.

    Machaba, set in the north eastern Okavango, is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore Fig Tree, the tree...

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  • PHOTOBLOG: THROUGH MY LENS ..... EXPLORING THE HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA

    At the foot of The Royal Enclosure at Gondar


    Aquainting myself with a Gelada Baboon - nicknamed 'The Bleeding Heart Monkey' 

    Mystifying moments with the gregarious Geladas    

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  • SAFARI ROMANCE AT IVORY LODGE

    In the spirit of special offers we take a sneak peak at the new look Lion Sands Ivory Lodge located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park, South Africa. 

    We think it's perfect for a romantic safari. Here’s how and why:

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  • Springfontein Eats – Michelin Stars in the middle of the Overberg

    From the misty Elgin apple farms, and gentle Hemel-en-Aarde Vineyards to the Kleinrivier Mountains, you will discover another world worth visiting.

    The Overberg – a tranquil, step back in time, abundant with wineries and restaurants, but you can’t visit without a lingering lunch at Springfontein Eats – much like we did ...

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  • TANZANIA TO OURSELVES

    There’s no doubt that East Africa captures the soul and mine’s lucky enough to have been captured by this captivating country a few times! This time round for three weeks in a life altering exploration of Tanzania’s Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti regions. And, we had it all to ourselves!

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  • TEN THINGS TO PACK ON SAFARI ... AND WHY

    There’s nothing quite like the embarrassment of posing like a Kardashian in front of your light aircraft en route to your safari, only to be directed to unpack your bag because it’s over weight! Over-packing for a safari is common, but not surprising as the International luggage allowance is ten times more generous than the average sa...

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  • THE ART OF TRAVEL

    Dubbed as ‘Africa's Tate Modern’, Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz-Mocaa) had the social scene buzzing with the launch weekend in late September 2017, and it’s continued to be the talking point for both locals and international visitors alike. This privately-owned museum with 100 galleries across 9 floors and...

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  • The Right Way to Whale Watch

    Though better known for its geographic diversity, natural beauty and wildlife, South Africa remains one of the best places to get close to these gargantuan yet gentle giants.

    Every year, from July to November, the Southern...

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  • UNEARTHING ETHIOPIA’S ENCHANTMENT

    On 21 July I stepped into a time machine of the Ten Commandments with a seven-day, flash-in-the-pan trip to Northern Ethiopia’s historic route. If you were anything like me, your knowledge of this undervalued country would probably be limited to conversations with friends, David Attenborough’s documentary of the Gelada Baboons; it’s r...

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  • WHEN YOU’VE ARRIVED - OUR DOUBLE DOSE AT THE STACK

    Let’s face it; these days we rarely have time to reconfigure our corkscrews without another restaurant popping up in Cape Town! This is good news right? It displays our pioneering popularity when it comes to food and wine on a global scale.

    But this is no restaurant. Read More