1940s sophisticated desert safari tents.
Ten luxury ‘suites’ offer dramatic old-world safari glamor amidst the shimmery white heat of the Great Kalahari environment: Green Canvas tents with bukhara muslin-draped walls on the interiors; Crisp linens and a cool pool pavillion keep the desert blaze at bay. At night time, warm hot water bottles and persian rugs underfoot warm the mood. Designed to take in the flowing Kalahari breeze, the tents feature romantic outdoor showers, throne-like wooden commodes, cool copper basins and campaign-style collapsible furnishings. Home of Ralph Bousfield, one of Africa’s most coveted safari guides carrying five generations of African safari experience, this stylish desert getaway carries the nostalgia of the pioneers’ story-telling tents. The walls inspire a quirky, ‘cabinet-of-curiosities’ atmosphere with vintage natural history lithographs from Deyrolle of Paris and the photo journals of safari legend Peter Beard.
It seems strange in today’s luxury-obsessed world to remember that, as far as I know, we were the first safari company in Botswana to use silver, white cotton sheets and napiery on the tables as well as traditional wooden safari chairs and feather bedding.