From the iconic to the rare and remote, we’ve crafted a variety of journeys for our clients over the years. We’ve collected and collated stories of their experiences to showcase what we can offer.
We’d like to dedicate this section of our website to the magicians behind the scenes, our key suppliers and partners who help us choreograph moments of connection for our clients. They have kindly supplied the beautiful photography you see on our website and have shared a few words which speak to our special relationship.
I have known Caroline for many years. In fact even before the genesis of Classics Escapes in its current form! What has always impressed me is her deep understanding of what her clients seek in terms of experience and the memories that are created from their travels. Caroline seeks only the best for her clients and therefore is particular in who she partners with. At Great Plains Conservation our mantra is to expand and enhance natural habitats whilst supporting local communities. We can only do that with committed partners like Caroline and her team. As such we look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Classic Escapes and cannot wait to have YOU stay with us at one of camps in the very near future
"We see Caroline & Classic Escapes as part of our family at Ellerman House. She is an incredibly professional, caring and devoted travel advisor and we love working with her. Her knowledge of Africa is exceptional. We’ve been welcoming Classic Escape clients to our home for the last 9 years and we look forward to welcoming many more in the near future. Rest assured that your trip to Cape Town and South Africa will be an unforgettable one booked by Caroline and her team."
“As a small stand-alone owner-run safari lodge on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, I pride myself on having built my business through meaningful relationships with trusted partners across the globe. Caroline and Classic Escapes is one such partner who is always sure that I am as familiar with her clients coming through the doors of my lodge as I am with her – her attention to detail before guests arrive at Angama Mara enables me and my team to surprise and delight Classic Escapes clients in a highly tailored way to each client, and there is nothing I love more than detail.”
“Caroline Bayly and her team at Classic Escapes are the kinds of partners in the travel industry that you can only dream of. Besides being connected with Caroline for many years in the industry, her eye for detail, curation of tailormade safaris based on clients' expectations and the Classic Escapes team's experience are testimony for great success complete with perfection. The Segera Family has the privilege of hosting honeymooners, wildlife enthusiasts, culinary experts, and lifestyle gurus on behalf on Classic Escapes, and are enjoying the unconditional and brilliant working relationship based on passion and professionalism.”
"Tswalu has enjoyed the privilege of working with Caroline and Classic Escapes for many years. Her tailored approach resonates with our ambitions of providing a completely flexible safari experience, and the relationship she builds with all the properties she works with throughout Africa ensures her clients are truly pampered. We certainly feel part of an extended Classic Escapes family and look forward to remaining part of this wonderful family for many years to come."
"It is an absolute pleasure working with Caroline and her team. Partnerships, like the one we share with Classic Escapes, are fundamental in the pursuit of our 100-year purpose – to preserve and protect large areas of Africa wilderness for future generation. Caroline, thank you for the role you have played in our journey, we look forward to working together for many more years."
Caroline and I have worked together in one form or another for over 20 years. She has always been and remains the consummate professional; displaying a level of care for her clients, itinerary creativity and destination specialisation which makes what she puts together for her clients extremely unique. Classic Escapes and andBeyond’s interests are aligned in the delivery of unique experiences which makes our partnership work. For the ongoing support and partnership we remain extremely thankful and have no hesitation in recommending travellers to Africa looking for the extraordinary to work with Caroline and her team.
"Classic Escapes have been wonderful supporters of Londolozi for the past 13 years. Caroline Bayly-Geldenhuys is knowledgeable and has a real gift for matching the right guests to the right properties. Being a stand-alone family run game reserve, Londolozi has always been careful to partner with people and companies who place the guest at the very centre of their experience. Great relationships make for great travel adventures and passionate teams make all the differences Classic Escapes has both!"
"Caroline and her team at Classic Escapes have proved to be invaluable tourism partners that are constantly investing in destination knowledge and growing key relationships in the industry. This gives testimony to the great value and attention to detail they deliver to their clients who we have had the privilege of hosting in our camps over the years."
"We were very happy to have had Classic Escape clients come and experience the Congo with us in July/August 2019, for a 21-day stay at both Odzala Discovery Camps and Sangha Lodge. This was an excellent booking and we worked very closely with Classic Escapes to create a customized experience for these guests. Caroline requested a call together with myself and Suzanne, owner of Classic Portfolio, to discuss the itinerary in detail and what her guests could expect to experience on a daily basis. She leaves no stone unturned, which also gave us a clear understanding of the guests and their preferences prior to their arrival that helped us make sure their stay was fantastic. Communicating with her and the team on this booking allowed us to cater for all their individual needs and ensure they got the most out of their time with us. The clients had a fantastic once in a lifetime journey, and we look forward to working with Classic Escapes again in the near future! "
"Classic Escapes and Tanda Tula go way back! We absolutely love working with Caroline and her incredible team. Classic Escapes has really taken the time to get to know Tanda Tula, our team and our region so well, they truly understand everything about who we are, what we offer and our commitment to our communities beyond our reserve. Thank you for always matching the perfect clients with Tanda Tula. We love working with you."
"Working with the Classic Escapes team is a great pleasure - they're excellent with their communication, and they always touch base prior to the guests’ travel dates for any special requests to enhance their guests' experience, providing guest details such as dietary requirements and beverage preferences, and any other travel details. We look forward to welcoming many more clients from Classic Escapes! "
"I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working closely with Caroline and Natalie - the Classic Escapes Team - on a number of bookings across various African countries. Caroline draws from incredibly vast destination and product knowledge, thus every booking is uniquely and carefully curated, offering options with the client at the forefront and what they would love to see and experience. Every booking is planned down to the last detail, and she continuously seek out special and unique activities and experiences to enhance her clients’ stay. As a partner in travel, one of the reasons why working with Classic Escapes is such a dream, is the very thorough and detailed communication of each booking, including the client’s details and any requests or preferences. No detail is too small, assisting the teams on the ground to create personalised, exceptional guest experiences."
"We have the highest regard of our partnership with Classic Escapes - certainly an invaluable member of our travel network. The warmth in which Caroline and Natalie approach bookings and the attention to detail, makes Classis Escapes a pleasure to work with. The team goes above and beyond tailoring every clients journey, offering that little extra to the guest experience. They earned their sound reputation by consistently exceeding our expectations and delivering according to their promise."