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Castleton Camp is the former home of Singita's founding family. Castleton Lodge in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve was once the family home of Singita’s founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather. By opening the house to commercial use, Singita introduced a new theme on bush lodge holidays. Castleton feels like an old farmhouse - […]

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andBeyond'sNgala Treehouse is suspended twelve metres above ground on a custom-designed platform.  To describe this elegant space as a treehouse seems a misnomer. It’s far removed from the thing ten-year-old you conjured in the garden jacaranda out of some planks and a candlewick bedspread. And yet the name is perfect. A treehouse encapsulates a fragile […]

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Firstly, there’s the name. Safari Moon. Just two words bestow a world of evocative bushveld magic. Secondly, you respond at once to the visual impact.  It’s a commercial lodge that feels like the private home of your wonderful friend who is also lavishly wealthy, slightly eccentric and fabulously talented. Which pretty much sums up Safari […]

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The road to Makanyi raises a high, russet tail of dust in your wake as you navigate what’s known as ‘the middle road’ through the Timbavati Game Reserve. You pass families of elegant giraffe, trotting warthogs, and pirouetting bokkies, to arrive at last in the dappled shade of the 80 mighty marula trees that sprawl […]

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This captivating building hides among low hills and grasslands on a six thousand hectare farm in South Africa. Coromandel Estate Manor House was designed by the famous Italian architect and industrial designer Marco Zanuso in 1975. It was commissioned by Sydney Press, founder of the former Edgar’s group, and one of the foremost businessmen of […]

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Earth Lodge in South Africa's northeast was among the first deluxe hospitality venues to choose ancient natural building principles for its construction. It caused a real stir when this Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve lodge arrived on the lodge architecture scene. With its unvarnished, low-set exterior and environmental building approach that reflected its natural surroundings, […]

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Twenty years ago Makalali Nature Reserve was an over-grazed cattle ranch. Today it’s a wildlife sanctuary and home of the Garonga Safari Lodge, where nature was the leading architect. The owner, former Brit, Bernie Smith, oversaw the creation of Garonga in the mid-90s. He borrowed inspiration from architect Silvio Rech to incorporate the organic shapes and […]

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The revamped Granite Suites at Londolozi Private Game Reserve take their cue from the rugged extrusion of granite rocks that give the camp its name. Interiors maven Yvonne O'Brein is no stranger to giving life to concept briefs. She was behind the re-interpretation of a bush lodge where she had to add the sixth star […]

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Ebony, the original Singita lodge and flagship property, opened to widespread acclaim in 1994. Set among huge trees on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, for several decades it topped the A-List of best-dressed lodges. Ebony has a unique setting. In addition to its reputation for impeccable hospitality, it […]

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When it takes a mere week to purchase, complete and decorate a house, you have to believe the universe is smiling on you. The moment we saw it we knew this was where we wanted to grow old together. Andreas & Hanno Nusch, who own a turnkey events company specialising in destination weddings, fell in […]

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Safari Girl


I’m Bev Tucker, a lifestyle journalist living in Ireland. I grew up in various far-flung corners of Africa where I had the privilege of being taken on long expeditions to wildlife reserves and other interesting places in the trusty family Land Rover, which was loaded with everything we might need for the duration. These were my first safaris and sparked my love of nature and an enduring curiosity about the world. Safari is a Swahili word that means 'to explore, away from home', which prompted the name of this blog. Please enjoy browsing and feel free to contact me with ideas, queries or commissions.

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