A cursory glance at the lineup of design heavy hitters who have turned their collective creativity to the challenge of imagining an ideal bush lodge will confirm that Xigera Safari Lodge, the new Red Carnation adventure in sublime hoteliering, is something akin to an artwork. It’s a truly unique response to the environment that elevates the safari lodge to experiential overdrive. Added to the mix is the luxury of exclusivity, with only 12 suites set in the aching splendour of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The off-grid, Pierneef-inspired baobab treehouse folly, and the interiors conceptualised by Toni Tollman and Philip Fourie — in collaboration with Southern Guild gallery — boast over 80 works from artists and artisans from Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, and eSwatini, including Andile Dyalvane, Peter Mabeo, Cheick Diallo, Dokter and Misses, Dylan Lewis, Ardmore, Porky Hefer, and Conrad Hicks.
Hats off for a unique take on a rather well-trodden aesthetic path. I would agree with their tagline — “There’s nothing quite like it.”
• From the May edition of Wanted, 2021.