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Embark on exotic vista to Africa's most luxurious safari destinations, where designers Nina Griscom and Aurora James source materials and inspiration for their collections.
One of the only hotels in the world where you can feed giraffes from your window, this stunning turn-of-the-century stone mansion was once a sanctuary and is credited with saving several species
“Enjoy late afternoon teas on the terrace in the company of giraffes while the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills.” —Aurora James
From lunching among a gaggle of zebras to meeting the local Maasai people in their artisanal workshops, the Conservancy is one of the few places where you can take walking safaris and explore the Mara on foot.
“There is an etiquette to safari dressing and sticking with neutrals is best along with sturdy shoes—the Vellies were invented for this type of terrain.” —Aurora James
Driftwood Beach Club
Nestled along the Kenyan coast at the edge of the ancient settlement of Malindi, the intimate beach lodge offers illuminating views of the Indian Ocean along with a lively nightlife scene.
“Take a drive along the coast to the Gede Ruins, the remains of an ancient Swahili town that is largely enveloped by jungle.” —Aurora James
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
The Saxon Hotel
Where Nelson Mandela completed his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, the former home of an insurance magnate boasts six acres of gardens as well as exceptional rooms outfitted with African art.
“The minibars are stocked with regional wines and the hotel restaurant is one of the best in all of Johannesburg.” —Nina Griscom
Okavango Helicopter Tour
Chopper excursions offer breathtaking views of the Okavango Delta, a beautiful mosaic of winding rivers and lush grasslands that attracts the greatest concentration of wildlife in all of Africa.
“A textured case lets you firmly grip your iPad in the vibrating aircraft, so you can take the best pictures from above.” —Nina Griscom
NORTH UTHUNGULU, SOUTH AFRICA
Phinda Private Game Reserve
Perched on a cliff overlooking an extinct volcano, the camp touts six beautifully appointed lodges situated in rehabilitated farmland where zebras, impalas, and wildebeests roam free.
“Try to book the Homestead Camp as the patio is an ideal place to sketch, especially when elephants approach for a quick drink of water.” —Nina Griscom
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