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Luxury Africa Travel To Jnane Villas In The Heart Of Marrakech

I once read somewhere a statement to the effect that Meryanne Loum-Martin lives the kind of life women dream about*. After a first visit to Marrakech in 1985 Meryanne, a French lawyer of Senegalese and West Indian descent was captivated by the city returning many times over several years, along with her husband Dr Gary Martin; and eventually gave in to the creative spirit within that was fighting to get out. A self taught interior designer, Meryanne set about restoring run down riads in the city turning them into amazing boutique hotels oozing the cultural charm of Morocco. Husband Gary, […]

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Africa Eco Travel To Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Rwanda

At first glance Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge itself is relatively unassuming; however it’s the surroundings that grab you first, set in 11 acres of lush, rolling landscape on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans, a premier Africa eco travel tourism destination in North Western Rwanda. [Image credit: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Kiwi Collection]

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Africa Travel To Luxury Boutique Hotel Giraffe Manor

As is so often the way, one post leads to another so in keeping with the pull of all things wildlife I was led to the rather charming Giraffe Manor located 20km from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The name ‘Nairobi’ I found out comes from the Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’ meaning the place of cool waters. [Image credit: Giraffe Manor]

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Idyllic Africa Travel To Lodge des Collines de Niassam

Sandals got me dreaming of sun, sea and sand and idyllic Africa travel, so led me to this stunning image of Lodge des Collines de Niassam in Palmarin, Senegal; four hours from the vibrant capital Dakar. Senegal sits at Africa’s most westerly point on the Atlantic Ocean, and is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape; and although a country marked with a poignant past, it is today a place brimming with optimism. In a tranquil setting, the unique Lodge des Collines de Niassam captures the spirit of getting away from it all and was established in 2002 by Sylvie and Jean […]

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Africa Travel To Wilderness Safari Abu Camp, Botswana

Between last the week’s; fashion post set in the wilderness and being currently engrossed in the charming exploits of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s  Mma Ramotswe that take her on safari, it was inevitable that the next Africa travel daydream would lead to the serene splendour of a classic Botswana safari experience. In particular, if you are looking to surround yourself with the majesty of elephant herds, then Abu Camp situated on a vast 180 000 hectares private reserve is the one for you. I must say there is nothing to put you in place than seeing an adult elephant up close, it makes you realise […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Djibouti Palace Kempinski

I don’t know much about Djibouti so when I came across the Djibouti Palace Kempinski I seized to opportunity to find out more, and was pleasantly surprised to discover a place referred to a  ‘best kept secret’ in luxury Africa travel (though I must say there are many places in the running for that title). [Image source: Djibouti Palace Kempinski – Kiwi Collection]

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BBC Human Planet And Africa Travel To La Maison Rouge in Mopti

The BBC recently did an 8 part series entitled Human Planet, exploring man’s relationship with nature in the world today. Beautifully shot, the series looked at diverse environments such as: cities, rainforests and mountains. Unfortunately I caught it near the end of its run, but managed to see the episode featuring deserts. This episode looked in part at the annual re-plastering of the Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali – a day-long festival involving the community. Re-plastering annually is necessary as heavy seasonal rains can ‘melt’ the fragile structures. [Image source: The Great Mosque, Mali – the GreenProphet]

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Luxury Africa Travel To One&Only Le Saint Géran Mauritius

…it’s been ages since I last posted, have been dealing with one of those curve balls life likes to throw your way every now and then to keep you on your toes. It’s been a rough few weeks and I’m still working my way through… could so do with getting away from it all. A luxury Africa travel getaway to an island in the middle of a warm ocean would be just the ticket. As a child places like Mauritius and the Seychelles were portrayed as the epitome of classic beach holidays, oozing luxury and glamour amidst white sandy beaches; […]

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Africa Travel Riding the Waves at Nana’s Lodge Liberia

Calling all surfers… I have always heard about surfers in search of the perfect wave that draws enthusiasts from all over the world to places like Hawaii, California, Indonesia and Australia. Enter Robertsport, Liberia a place whose uninterrupted surf is literally sending waves throughout the surfing community and attracting tourists to the relatively unspoilt coastline for some surfing and Africa travel.  [Image credit: CNN – Inside Africa]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Singita Pamushana Lodge Zimbabwe

After some breathtaking views… then a luxury Africa travel daydream to Singita Pamushana Lodge in the 140 000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Masvingo in Zimbabwe firmly ticks that box. Kiwi Collection who pride themselves on selecting exceptional hotels have selected it as one of their ‘Wow Picks’ and just looking at the opening image you can see why, it blew me away – absolutely stunning! (…and I know I’m biased!) [Image credit: Singita Pamushana Lodge via Kiwi Collection]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Talatona Convention Hotel

Luxury Africa travel and contemporary style accommodation and surroundings define the Talatona Convention Hotel, situated in one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, Luanda. Emerging from an intense 27-year civil war in 2002, Angola has wasted no time in attracting regional and international investors, making it a top business destination and the Talatona Convention Hotel was created with this in mind, boasting 12 conference rooms catering to your specific requirements. [Image source:Kiwi Collection]

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Africa Travel To The Mandina Lodges in The Gambia

[Image credit: The Gambia Experience] Emerging from a hideous week of snow and the ensuing chaos, the appeal of getting away from it all has sent me into sunshine daydream overdrive, and I know I’m not alone if various conversations I have had are anything to go by, so cue some internet globe-trotting. If you fancy a variation to the run-of-the-mill holiday by the beach, then situated on a mangrove tributary flowing of the River Gambia you will find the Africa travel destination Mandina Lodges at Makasuru Forest. The Gambia is on my ‘must visit places’ list and given how I love […]

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Africa Travel Getaway To Kalamu Lagoon Camp in Zambia

[Image credit: CN Traveler on] Now me and camping don’t usually see eye to eye… I like my creature comforts way too much. But I had to revisit that sentiment when I came across an editorial feature entitled ‘Sleeping under the Heavens’ courtesy of Wedding Nouveau (If you haven’t already come across Wedding Nouveau especially if you are planning a wedding I thoroughly recommend it. WN is an addictive source of cultural inspiration). The editorial features some of the most amazing places in the world to sleep under the stars -including if you are thinking of a luxury Africa travel getaway for your […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Tribe Boutique Hotel Kenya

[Image source: kiwi collection] Wow… what a stunning luxury boutique hotel that celebrates hip, chic African style. A hotel for luxury Africa travel, the Tribe in Nairobi epitomises contemporary cool, bringing modern elegance and glamour to the city. The hotel is a Condé Nast Traveller 2010 Hot List entrant in both the UK and US editions.

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Africa Travel To The Obudu Mountain Resort Nigeria

[Image sources:Localyte and Skyscrapercity] Deep in the tropical rain forest of Cross River State you will find an Africa travel destination to the Obudu Mountain Resort, an ultimate ‘get away from it all’ destination nestled high among the clouds in the scenic mountains on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountains and close to the border with Cameroon. For the energetic adventurer looking to rejuvenate mind, body and soul the Obudu Mountain Resort is the place to take the time and breathe in the fresh mountain air whilst hiking amid the lush green vegetation, all thanks to the high altitude and temperate climate which makes […]

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Luxury Africa Travel One&Only Cape Town

The über-stylish One&Only Resorts is a favourite brand of mine, with an impressive portfolio displaying the very best in exquisite luxury and exclusivity in some of the worlds’ most desirable vacation spots including luxury Africa travel destinations. Opened in 2009, Only&Only Resorts Cape Town claimed the honour of becoming the first luxury hotel to open in South Africa in nearly a decade.  

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Luxury Africa Travel Cruising Nile With The Oberoi Zahra 

The Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo and Luxor, often referred to as the ‘world’s greatest museum’ with its well preserved monuments from great civilisations past, are two well-trodden routes attracting visitors in search of adventure and luxury Africa travel to Egypt drawn by the culture of Ancient Egypt and magnificence and mystery surrounding the pyramids, however taking the time to deviate from the norm uncovers the hidden gems along the way.

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Tanzania

[Image credit: Tanzania Odyssey] Drift lazily high above the Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon, getting a spectacular birds-eye view of natural breathtaking phenomenon like the must-see wildebeest migration. Then once you land, sit down to a full breakfast set-up under the shade of an Umbrella tree amid the peaceful surroundings of the Serengeti plains. Just one of the many memorable experiences to be enjoyed in the Serengeti National Park within whose eastern border you will find the Ngorongoro Crater, the remains of a massive volcano nearly three million years old and a World Heritage Site.

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Africa Travel Experience Cultural Fusion In The Islands of Cape Verde

[Image credits: www.capeverdeexperience] Experience and Africa travel getaway to the small chain of islands of the coast of West Africa that make up Cape Verde, considered to be one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Still relatively untouched, the Cape Verde islands combine a rich mix of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures. The diversity of the islands offer some stunning scenery from powdery white beaches and clear waters to lush mountainous vistas. Although it would be tempting to chill out and relax by the beach it is to Mindelo, the capital of the island of São Vicente we focus our attention.

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Riad Les Bains de Marrakech

[Image credits: Les Bains de Marrakech] Inviting you for an hour, a day or a week, Les Bains de Marrakech is a perfect luxury Africa travel getaway destination for frazzled city folk in much need of rejuvenating their souls. Rated as one of the best riads in Marrakech, just looking at the images on their website is lulling me into a state of soothing relaxation; perfect conditions for daydreaming… so imagine how much more relaxed you would be emerging from the experience.

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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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