The ultimate safari lodge

So I thought I’d carry on the Africa theme today.  It’s one of the main areas of the world at the very top of my travels wishlist, with South Africa, Kenya, Zanzibar, Morocco, Egypt and Libya (obviously not for a little while those last two…) leap-frogging the likes of, well, everywhere else, to the front of the pack.

I recently re-read one of my all time favourite books, Out of Africa.  If you haven’t read it, please make sure you go buy a copy today.

It is the most evocative book I think I’ve ever read in my entire life, and paints the most luscious picture of life in Kenya in the early twentieth century, when it was still under British rule.  The hardships and the delights of living in such a colourful wonderful country are described so well, it makes you feel as if you can actually smell the earth and see the vistas at the author’s coffee farm up in the hills far above Nairobi.

If you can’t muster the energy to read it, then the film is the next best thing.  Meryl Streep rocks it!

Anyway, this is not intended to be a book review post, but the story and imagery got me thinking about safaris and, more specifically, safari lodge design.  So…I may have spent a liiiitle while oogling images of the best safari lodges around to share with you folks!  I’m slightly obsessed with the heavy emphasis on organic shapes, wood, leather and stone, and the floaty mosquito net-covered canopy beds – g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!  Oh, and the elephants aren’t bad either!

The best of the best has got to be Chiawa Camp in Zambia:

I also had a little play around on polyvore to try and recreate the luxury lodge vibe:

Out of Africa

Out of Africa by caribbeanliving

What do you think?

Have you or have you not just logged onto the British Airways website?!  I know I have…


  1. Alistair says:

    I’d personally prefer a more rough and ready approach. A bivi bag and a roll matt, and the glorious sky above! (And maybe a guard with a big gun).

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