"Africa"

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Tanzania, Africa

Mahale Mountains National Park is Tanzania’s far west. We will tell you everything that has ever been written about this place thinking it was enough to prepare you to the sensational Mahale adventure. Wherever you come from, they will fasten your seat belts on a small 12-seats plane that flies to Mahale, then embark you on a big motorized dhow in the fresh water of Tanganica Lake and offer you heavenly pineapple and mango skewers. At an unspecified moment during this long journey the true magic, the imaginative spot, the wonderful hallucination begins. When all the mud-and-straw villages along the beach end, when you pass the Japanese research centre that has been studying for fifty years the wild chimpanzee that live on these mountains, when there is only the greenest rain forest, you will see a huge pelican called Big Bird on the top of a massive yellow-straw hut and someone barefoot on the beach waving their hands to welcome you…

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Tanzania, Africa

You will leave Arusha at dawn, before traffic makes the city impenetrable. For four hours, you will look outside the window of your old landrover and see Tanzania unfolding along the edge of the road, the burnt clay ground, the very vivid uniforms of students, and the gangs of shiny moto-taxis waiting for the next customer. You will cross all the vast expanses, where young Masai men pasture their cattle and the earth becomes drier and drier. You will rest your gaze on Lake Eyasi oasis, beyond the sunny plantations of red onions – the pride and economy of families in the area – and beyond the tangle of palm skyscrapers that leads past the village and to the tented camp Kisima Ngeda. Simple, true, tropical…

Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Tanzania, Africa

Far north of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Eight grand burnished-apricot coloured mobile tents in a line. The zip opens and the small iron beds are flawless, perfect for a couple of Moonrise Kingdom-style Scout lovers in the classic and wild safari land. That is how the most sporting of the most refined safaris of East Africa begins. A red trumpet on the nightstand lies there for proper camp emergencies only, which do not include hyenas howling at night, lions roaring, or rain pattering on the cloth roof. A thermos of strong coffee and someone calling “Hello, helloooo!” wake you at dawn, along with a few minutes of bucket shower (a bucket of perfect-temperature water) you booked before wishing each other goodnight…

Machweo

Machweo

Tanzania, Africa

There are transit, charmless, cities and transit, service, hotels that act as a buffer between an international flight and the beginning of an exploration, and are forgotten soon. Arusha is different. It already is full Africa, travel, observation, disconnection from the West world. Machweo is our beautiful African gardened house in Arusha. Namasi Hill. 1400 metres above sea level. Machweo overlooks a portion of a subtropical hill that never sleeps, and every morning breakfast is a love prayer to the generous autochthonous nature. Cock-a-doodle-doo, birds singing, village activities, avocado trees, banana plantations, papaya, passion fruit. Belgian Chef Axel and his brigade are well known for their refined brasserie pervaded by the scent of local ingredients.

Lamai Serengeti

Lamai Serengeti

Tanzania, Africa

On that part of undulate valley of peculiar beauty and abundant wildlife, the extreme north of Tanzania, close to Mara River and its true legend of the Great Migration, close to Kenya where we see coloured hot-air balloons flying in the morning, Lamai wakes up every day. The lodge is a sweet mirage at dusk, a few shiny dots in the most absolute nature, recalling the first evening stars. Once inside, you’d swear that you are alone and that your room – which is the size of a wonderful little house – was mounted in the big ochre rocks of Kogakuria Kopje like the most precious treasure, so that no one can easily find it…

Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm

Tanzania, Africa

We choose as our favourite place any grand vegetable garden in the world, and the philosophy behind it. From now on, we will spread the news that in Tanzania, East Africa, next to the world wonder called Ngorongoro crater, there is a grand vegetable garden one could admire for days. It is a peaceful hill, on which develops the daily life of an industrious, authentic, wise farm. A tropical farm with a slope covered by coffee plantations – its beans red and ripe – on one side, and a geometry of cultivated clods on the other, and with green gardener boots. A vegetable encyclopaedia, imaginative and exhaustive…

Yourstruly Café

Yourstruly Café

Cape Town, South Africa

A wooden fence separating a sheltered garden from the street, only a few wooden benches, a row of birthday-style multicolour lights, a menu of beers and super thin pizzas: this place has all the right ingredients to be the perfect spot for gatherings after the sunset. All the hipsters and good-looking youngsters from Cape Town meet here. Inside, there’s a minimal bakery/take away with international magazines and a hostel that is well worth a stay (Once in Cape Town). Same time tomorrow!

South China Dim Sum Bar

South China Dim Sum Bar

Cape Town, South Africa

Right at the beginning of the busy commercial Long Street, there’s a small and authentic Chinese dim sum restaurant that you will love. Impossible to resist the temptation to order plenty of prawn, meat and vegetable dim sum, and handmade black sesame and caramel ice cream to finish off.

Dar Darma

Dar Darma

Marrakech, Morocco

There is something magnetic about this riad, and this city. Both will conquer your heart and leave you with sweet vivid memories. It’s a mild evening of May and we’re in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina surrounded by flat rooftop terraces. At night, the muezzin reaches us in the quiet top rooms…

Loading Bay

Loading Bay

Cape Town, South Africa

Café, comfort food, apparel. It’s so good to know that you can spend a few hours in a “shop” that sells all the things you love in one place…

Superette

Superette

Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday morning in Cape Town is the perfect time to spend a few hours at the Woodstock Neighbourgoods Market. A retro-looking young lady on an old fashion caravan serves red tea and homemade lemonade. All around, more than a hundred stalls sell a variety of goods, from emerging casual brands to food from all around the world. It’s the image of a Cape Town where two oceans meet and seven languages blend. Before or after visiting the market, stop at Superette, a super cool bar for all day breakfast or a long brunch with friends. And although you’re not on the ocean, you can recognize its presence. It’s in the air and in the lifestyle of the crowd gathering here: a few surf boards lying around, Kokedama pot-free plants hanging from the ceiling, avocado and eggs on toast.

Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine

Franschhoek, South Africa

During summer, for a lazy lunch, a wedding in the countryside or simply to taste the best bread, charcuterie and wine: Moreson Wine Farm is located at the end of the aptly named Happy Valley Road. The outdoor tables have pastel colour chairs and you sit under vine trellis and lemon trees…

Nature loves to hide

Nature loves to hide

Meraviglia Paper Video #2

Close your eyes, stop, breath in all the air that you need. Beauty loves to hide. Go travelling. Collect smells, inspirations, lights and skies. Wonder is everywhere…

EPIC GREEN

EPIC GREEN

Franschhoek, South Africa

Crossing the whitewashed gate of Babylonstoren is like stepping into wonderland for an imprecise space of time, just as much as you need to make this farm your favourite country place in the world. Never before we’ve tried a more perfect combination of roasted fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Everything is served with ultimate elegance…

Oep ve Koep

Oep ve Koep

Paternoster, South Africa

You will probably get here after a morning in the West Coast National Park, a few hours northwest of Cape Town. You cross the National Park gate and drive surrounded only by low vegetation, white dunes and birds until you reach the Langebaan Lagoon, an expanse of azure blue water battered by strong winds; groups of surfers from a hippie dream gliding over the water. You cross the door of the dim lit Oep ve Koep shop first, then a second door opening onto the sunny inner garden; you leave the sound of the ocean behind and stop for a gourmet break…

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