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Mhondoro Game Lodge Spotlights African Design

  Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Reserve, South Africa opened in early 2016 and seeks to move beyond being just another luxury Africa travel bush destination. Designed to give guests a seamless experience of luxury interiors and bushveld landscape Mhondoro Game Lodge combines cutting-edge architecture with some of the best in African design interior inspiration. The Mhondoro Game Lodge was created by interior designer Myriam Vogel who co-owns the lodge with her husband Frank.  

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Luxury Africa Travel Underwater Adventures At The Manta Resort

Nestled in the Indian Ocean, of the Swahili coast is the remote Pemba Island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, and home to The Manta Resort a luxury Africa travel escape to a place that allows you to disconnect from the noise and pressures of modern life, inviting you instead to immerse yourself in the serenity that comes with nature and a simpler way of life.

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Luxury Africa Travel To Dar HI – Eco-Lodge and Spa

In south Tunisia, one with find the historic town of Nefta, an area famed for it natural geological diversity, including thousands of date producing palm trees. The town is located between sand dunes and the salty plains of Chott el-Djerid, a setting film fans maybe familiar with, as the Nefta Desert was the location for Star Wars and the English Patient. Nefta is also home to the Dar HI, an ambitious luxury eco-Lodge and Spa development dedicated to ecological research and discovery, whilst nurturing body and soul, Opening its doors several years ago Dar HI is the result of a collaboration […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Ngerende Island Lodge Kenya

Offering guests luxury in the Kenyan wilderness, Ngerende Island Lodge is a five-star luxury lodge situated on the Olchoro – Oirogua Conservation Ranch, bordering the northern part of Kenya’s famed Masai Mara game reserve. Located close to the Mara River, the Lodge is surrounded by water on all sides, bar a tiny passage that prevents it from completely becoming an island in the true sense of the word, but this does not take away from the feeling of indulgent isolation and wonder at being away from it all, in a place that is a four-hour drive from Nairobi. The Lodge, however, has its […]

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Africa Travel To Hotel Particulier A Chic Boutique Hotel

Hotel Particulier is French word denoting an elegant private residence or townhouse; and is the name given to a chic boutique hotel in the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The owners of Hotel Particulier, have sought to create a stylish space, with a peaceful, intimate atmosphere that allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. The healing soothing effects of nature is a key feature of the Hotel, which sees rooms located on the ground level to take advantage of a luscious, well-tended garden. Hotel Particulier offers a restful Africa travel escape. [Image credit: Hotel Particulier]

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Singita Mara River Tented Camp Afro Chic Interior Design

    Luxury game reserve specialist, Singita introduce a new camp to their safari camp and lodges portfolio. The Singita Mara River Tented camp in Tanzania is located in the remote Lamai Triangle region, the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park. In keeping with the laidback luxury style of their other properties in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, (see the Singita Pamushana Lodge featured here), preview pictures of the new camp reveal a refreshing, modern take on the safari chic aesthetic by channeling a modern Afro chic interior design. [Image credit/source: Mara Tented River Camp – Singita]

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Luxury Africa Travel Cruising Lake Volta with The Ohemaa LXI

Cruise the waters of Lake Volta in luxury Africa travel style by setting sail in the luxurious confines of the Ohemaa LXI, Ghana’s premier private yacht. Ohemaa means queen; a title appropriate for the stately yacht that mixes contemporary luxury with traditional Ghanaian culture; whilst the numerals, LXI represent the year in which the Volta River Project began- 1961. Having undergone renovation and refurbishment, the Ohemaa LXI is now offering its clientele a truly special experience from the moment you step on-board. [Image credit: The Ohemaa LXI]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Adrère Amellal Desert Eco-Lodge

No electricity meaning no lights, no TV and definitely no sockets to charge your phone/laptop/iPod or other media devices, Egyptian luxury eco lodge Adrère Amellal is the ultimate get-a-way from it all; an enchanting luxury Africa travel destination that blends into the spectacular setting of a desert oasis. [Image source: Adrère Amellal Eco Lodge via Kiwi Collection] 

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Red Pepper House Lamu

The historical island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast is home to The Red Pepper House, a stylish luxury Africa travel boutique hotel that nestles between Neem and Acacia trees, and interestingly not a Red Pepper tree in sight, the owner just liked the name. Situated close to the Old Town, The Red Pepper House brings together influences in the form of African, Arabic, Indian and European; that have all had an impact on Swahili Culture dating back hundreds of years. [Image credit: Dining – The Red Pepper House]

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Nyungwe Forest Lodge African Interior Design Inspiration

I have just finished reading a delightful and touching book called ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali‘ by Gaile Parkin and in it the main characters take a drive through the Nyungwe Forest, which they describe as being ‘beautiful’. When reading this part I kept visualising the chic Nyungwe Forest Lodge whose website I had come across a little while back. About four to five hours drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali; Nyungwe is a closed canopy rain forest. Designed to blend in with the surroundings the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is located on a tea plantation that sits on the edge of the Forest. In […]

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Africa Travel To Senegal Four Weeks Immersed in Creativity

Nanga def, (‘hello, how are you’ in Wolof… and, also the name given to a rather yummy cocktail!). Four weeks in Dakar have come and gone leaving in their wake a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and colours. My time Dakar was amazing, surpassing my expectations. There are times when some things are just meant to be, when everything just comes together; I felt that during my time in Senegal. I went to Senegal with no real plan of what I was going to do, having deliberately chosen to adopt a-wait-till-I-get-there approach. Unbeknownst to me at the time of planning, my trip […]

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Moroccan Interior Design Peacock Pavilions On Elle Decor

Maryam Montague is probably best known as My Marrakech, the inspirational blog she established documenting her life in Marrakech, Morocco running the boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions that is also her home; and which she designed, built and decorated from scratch with her architect husband Chris Redecke. You can take a peek into the Moroccan interior design and African decor accents in Peacocks Pavilions as the home is featured in the April issue of Elle Decor, which celebrates beautifully, decorated homes from around the world as part of their international issue. [Image credit: Peacock Pavilions Guest Bedroom – Simon Upton/Elle Decor]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Romantic Boutique Hotel Riad Noir D’Ivoire

Tucked away down an unassuming alleyway in the Bab Doukkala quarter of the Marrakech Medina you will find Riad Noir DI’voire, a luxurious and romantic boutique hotel defining luxury Africa travel. Riad D’Ivoire is a place that will surprise and entice from the moment you arrive, making it the perfect romantic getaway. Leave the hustle and bustle of the souk behind as you enter through a wooden door emerging into the spacious courtyard of an elegantly restored traditional Moroccan riad. [Image credit: Private Terrace Jacuzzi – Riad Noire D’Ivoire/Elan Fleisher]

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Africa Travel To Babylonstoren Luxury Farm Hotel in the Cape Winelands

I grew up in Harare, the Sunshine city with a spacious yard to run around in with not a care in the world and taking for granted the ‘comforts’ that come with city living i.e. TV and electricity. My paternal Grandmother, now late, lived a traditional way of life in the rural areas i.e. no TV and no electricity, calling for visits throughout the year, prompting anxieties in my ten year old mind over how to cope without seeing favourite shows or the trappings of city life for the week or so that we would be away; however upon arrival a […]

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Africa Travel Wild Frontiers The Natural Beauty Of Ethiopia

Often receiving more than its fair share of negative press, means for far too many holiday seekers Ethiopia doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an ideal Africa travel holiday destination, but this year I have read about more and more people choosing it as their Africa travel holiday destination of choice as they search for a more meaningful way to spend their vacation time. Wild Frontiers is a pioneering, award winning travel company that specialises in taking small groups of it’s discerning clientele to places that don’t tend to be part of the popular tourist trails and return offering them a unique […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Exclusive Boutique Hotel Villa Monticello

Whether you’re a frequent traveller to Ghana or just looking for a stylish luxury Africa travel cityscape, Villa Monticello is an exclusive boutique hotel positioned to tempt the discerning traveller in search of ‘something a little bit different’ without having to compromise on luxury and quality. Situated in the capital, Accra Villa Monticello combines the ambience of luxury Africa travel with the rich culture of Ghana and is a very chic city retreat comprising just fourteen suites, a defining feature that allows the hotel to extend a highly attentive and personalised service to each guest who comes to stay. What sets Villa Monticello […]

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Spectacular Africa Travel To Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Last summer I spent four amazing days representing Zimbabwe with my jewellery at an art fair in Oxfordshire; amongst the memories I left with were the number of people who stopped by my table to reminisce on their visit to Zimbabwe, frequently mentioning Victoria Falls; and what really made my day was hearing how most of them had visited within the last few years. The Victoria Falls is a must see Africa travel destination; and is a place that holds a special place in my heart; not only did I get to work on some of the brands established in […]

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Africa Travel To The Chic Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar

Lately it seems everywhere I turn on the net I keep seeing the banner advert for Radisson Blu Hotels; curiosity got the better of me so I clicked in a bid to find out what was on offer and when it came to the hotel chain’s African properties there are quite a few to be found across the continent for looking for contemporary Africa travel hotels and destinations. The Radisson Blu in Dakar caught my attention; I admit I was seduced by the opening image of a chic property in a spectacular night setting.

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Idyllic Africa Travel To Kaya Mawa Eco Lodge Malawi

At the moment, there seems to be a festival taking place everywhere you turn and not to be outdone Malawi will soon host what has been dubbed ‘Simply the finest festival in the world’ by noted UK leading music magazine; Q Magazine… high praise indeed! In partnership with arts and development organisations from the UK, the three-day extravaganza entitled the ‘Lake of Stars’ has rapidly made a name for itself across the region and beyond since launching in 2004. The showcase has grown considerably over the years; attracting top musicians, DJs and artists from Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Grand Hôtel du Lagon Réunion Island

[Image credit: Grand Hôtel du Lagon – Naiade] I know I have often referred to the ‘hidden gems’ of luxury Africa travel throughout the Travel posts but Réunion Island, or Ile de La Réunion to give it its proper name truly signifies the words ‘hidden gem’. A French overseas department located to the east of Madagascar and 200kms south west of Mauritius; Ile de La Réunion is probably one of the region’s least known tourist destinations, as most visitors tend embark at the bigger more well-known islands of the Seychelles and Mauritius.

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  • Eight years ago I started a blog as a place to document the interesting things I was discovering with regards to the design and creativity emerging from Africa. From the moment I created my first blog post little did I know where the journey would take me. Fast-forward to present day I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry, but to also have an active role in creating awareness about it.

On this journey, I have seen Africa’s design industry grow from a handful of names from a handful countries to a continent wide-reach. Some names that were just starting out have become internationally respected leaders in their field, whilst behind them, a new generation of names are coming up and claiming their place in the industry.

To say that it is an exciting time for African design and creativity would be a gross understatement! We are in a time of rapid advancement and unbridled creative expression, that is setting the foundations and standards for future generations to build on. And like many other emerging industries in Africa, creativity is opening up opportunities to those who are willing to seize them. And seizing them designers are!

And as Atelier Fifty Five begins a new chapter it is an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to supporting the development of the African design industry and helping those I work with and write about, and work with to fulfill their potential for creating world-class brands. 
I invite you to visit our website to discover more. [Link in bio]

Tapiwa, Founder Atelier Fifty Five
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  • Colourful basketry, soulful sculpture and an elegant candle make a nice placeholder we think, as we prepare to usher in a new chapter of the Atelier Fifty Five journey. [📷 credit: @atelierfiftyfive]
  • Gifted hands. A glimpse behind the scenes of Kaross a South African based embroidery initiative, whose artisans transform furnishings into works of art. [📷 credit: Kaross]
  • Tools of the trade, a hand carved printing block stamp by textile designer @juliekouamo whose evocative designs tell the stories of cultures past and present. Julie's textiles feature richly layered patterns, textures and printed pictures that come together to create vibrant collages. [📷 credit: @tapiwamatsinde]
  • Fishermen's boats, a familiar sight along the Senegalese coast line. [📷 credit: @tapiwamatsinde]

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