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May 16, 2023

This old Southern California gal has made one helluva comeback - click to read the story.

May 9, 2023

Now in her 70’s, the owner of Deeppura Garh knows precisely when she fell under India’s spell. It was on her sixth birthday when her parents gave her The Jungle Book. As for so many other children, Rudyard Kipling’s tale set in India wove a spell for the little Italian girl. She recalls, “I read […]

April 11, 2023

A working farm and boutique hotel in Portugal's Alentejo spins simplicity into gold. If you pare it down to the plainest facts, São Lourenço do Barrocal is an award-winning boutique hotel on an expansive estate in Portugal’s Alentejo. Of course, that’s not all there is to it, but it’s this distinctive simplicity that makes it […]

April 6, 2023

Jessica Bosworth Smith’s paintings depict sumptuous interiors, exotic exteriors, verdant jungles, cosy kitchens and cats, cats and more cats as she explores her interest in spaces both familiar and fantastical. She opens up about topics from creative discipline to creative block and answers the Safari & Living Proust(ish) Questionnaire.  On her choice of subject matter  […]

April 4, 2023

After graduating with a diploma in graphic design and briefly working in that field, Buhle Ramalepa took a leap of faith to earn her way as an unknown artist. Five years on she's painting walls... Building on her portfolio of bold, large-format surface patterns, she was commissioned to paint murals for the chic urban Black […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Safari Girl


I’m Bev Tucker, a lifestyle journalist living in Ireland and Africa. My ancestry is Anglo-Celtic transplanted to East and Southern Africa six generations ago, which prompted the name of this blog. Safari is a Swahili word that means 'to travel away from home'. I grew up in various far-flung corners of Africa where I had the privilege of being taken on long expeditions to game reserves and other interesting places in our beloved and trusty family Land Rover loaded with everything we'd need for the duration. These were my first safaris and sparked my love of nature and an enduring curiosity about the world. Do enjoy browsing through these pages, feel free to contact me with ideas, queries or commissions and click on the blue link to follow me on Instagram.

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