When DECO set off to cover one of the most forward-thinking contemporary Safari Lodges in Africa, we did so with a range of MUST- HAVE Safari Essentials. And we aren’t talking the typical khaki multi-pocketed vest jackets. Our destination, the newly revamped Singita Lebombo, called for impeccably designed quality Safari essentials that embody the same sustainable business ethos as the lodge itself.
With no compromise on quality, the handpicked selection of locally designed, artisanal items that make up the DECO Safari Essentials, follow sustainable business practices – utilizing environmentally friendly materials, skilled handcrafted production with minimal negative impact on environment and socially responsible methods. Contemporary African design at it’s best.
We couldn’t think of a better travel partner to a luxury lodge than the finest handcrafted, vegetable tanned leather bags from Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio. Armed with the Paul Newman weekender and the Wolfpack backpack, the DECO team were well equipped to carry our other Safari Essentials, cameras, laptops and notebooks – stylishly enclosed with the Wolf & Maiden Hemingway notebook covers. What is more romantic than writing a Safari travel feature in a leather-bound Hemmingway notebook while overlooking the iconic Lebombo boulders.
Handcrafted in Cape Town using locally manufactured ropes, Pichulik statement pieces are a must for any Safari traveller wanting to embrace the African ornamentation aesthetic that perfectly suits a Safari Lodge stylish look. Adorned with pieces named such as Lunar, Lunar eclipse and Three phase moon, the DECO crew felt a part of the elements in more ways than one.
Sitting Pretty epitomizes ethical fashion with simple, relaxed pieces of understated chic – perfect for that holiday feel, and a beer on the deck after a game drive. The Sitting Pretty label uses natural and environmentally friendly fibres such as organic cottons and hemps and follows ethical trading practices. The team kept any icy chills at bay on dawn patrol flights and evening open jeep game drives, cosy in Stevie taupe hemp wraps and Bjork hoodies.
A dry arid landscape and hot sun awaited us in the northern most part of the Kruger, and it was time for open toe footwear. Delicious color combinations like chocolate and black, navy and natural are the handcrafted Goodie Two Shoes Holiday Sandals from GOOD Clothing. With fabrication and quality of the highest consideration these locally made sandals with padded soles meant all our trekking around in the sun photographing the lodge and surrounds, was done in both style and comfort. The Casablanca linen dress is the ultimate Safari-style attire and all available at Mungo and Jemima.
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