April 3, 2023

Paul Kristafor's turned wood vessels are as delicate as porcelain and seem to hum with an inner life that dictates their forms. I called on him in his Porterville studio to talk about his work. Paul Kristafor has been turning wood as an art form for close to four years. “The first two and a […]

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April 3, 2023

The wanderlust life of Divya Aurora Zeiss-Cohen, the name behind the design agency Swantribune, has paused - for now - in the shadow of the Italian Alps, but her work continues to evoke the romance of travel in bygone eras. With a name as beautifully evocative as hers, it’s fitting that Divya Aurora Zeiss-Cohen would […]

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March 16, 2023

It goes without saying that a lodge with Tengile’s status should offer a bush experience with all the finest bells and whistles. And so it does. andBeyond’s Sabi Sands camp is uber-chic yet laid back. There are enormous 200m² suites with private sunken verandahs, glorious bathing facilities, private pools, river views, unbeatable proximity to wildlife, […]

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March 15, 2023

A Spanish master artisan weaver, Javier Medina has revived a traditional craft by giving it a contemporary flair. Esparto grass weaving is a traditional craft native to Spain's large inland Extramadura region, where he grew up. For centuries, esparto was plaited and woven to make everyday functional items and furnishing. With the rise of convenience […]

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March 13, 2023

Just outside the town of Victoria Falls on the south bank of the Zambezi River which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you find an eclectic eatery and social space that stirs the imagination. It's a feast of Gypsetter style with a nod to the great explorers of way back when. This multi-level eating […]

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January 11, 2023

Did a Monet go missing from an important art collection in Zimbabwe? I spoke to Louisa Treger about the novel she wrote after she investigated this rumour. Her novel The Dragon Lady (2019) is based on the life of the exotic Lady Virginia Courtauld who was pivotal in the story. “It began with a family visit […]

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December 26, 2022

Put a Sabi Sands private lodge in the hands of two architects and a style maven and you get a remarkable merging of art and design that results in the ultimate modern safari destination in the wild beauty of the African bush. The project was recently shortlisted for an award by the World Architecture Festival […]

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December 22, 2022

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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December 21, 2022

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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December 19, 2022

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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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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