12 Luxury Safari Christmas Gifts
From the quintessential Christmas hamper to classic safari items that you can use year round as well as on your holiday, we’ve pulled together twelve top luxury Christmas gift ideas to delight the African safari and wildlife fan in your life.
1 Christmas Hamper – Babylonstoren £140
This fully-laden hamper from Babylonstoren brings the staples of a relaxed festive season right to your doorstep. Among the array of delightful treats from this lovely Cape Dutch farm there is something to sip on, something to snack on and something luxurious for the bath. From lifting the lid to the very last indulgence, a sensory experience is tucked away beneath the beautiful Delft packaging of every hamper. Available to pre-order, the Christmas hampers will be dispatched between 12 and 15 December and arrive by the 23rd of December. Note the Christmas Hamper can only be delivered to UK addresses.
2 Long Weekender Bag – Sandstorm Kenya £225
Timeless, functional and built for life in the bush. Handmade in Nairobi these classic soft leather safari bags will take you from your private safari camp to your African beach destination. The Sandstorm Kenya Long Weekender bags are designed with malleable sides to fit into bush plane compartments. Shops in Nairobi, Nanyuki, Diani Beach and Dar es Salaam. Available from leading UK department stores and selected UK luggage shop retailers.
3 Sea Urchin Collection Dangle Earrings in Gold – Patrick Mavros £3,180
The latest Patrick Mavros The Sea Urchin Collection is inspired by these fascinating and delicate creatures and embodies the natural beauty that exists within our fragile oceanic realm. The Sea Urchin Collection combines sterling silver and 18ct gold with coloured stones, diamonds and pearls. Each piece is designed and handmade in the Mauritius atelier. Rings start from £90.
4 Kikoi towel – Aspiga £24
Pack a Kenyan-made Kikoi towel in your beach bag. This traditional African accessory is hand-made in Kenya for Aspiga and is perfect as a beach cover up, for drying off after a swim, or even as a scarf on cold mornings. The towelling layer sewn into the back and hidden pocket (great for sunglasses) make it an all round winner. Aspiga is an ethical clothing brand offering beaded leather sandals, belts, bags & other luxury beachwear, handmade in Kenya & India.
5 Penelope Chilvers bespoke shoes and boots, from £99
Penelope Chilvers’ beautiful bespoke boots and shoes will take you seamlessly from the city to the bush. Ankle boots, long boots, colourful espadrilles and sneakers, there’s something for every part of your safari. The only problem will be choosing which!
6 Safari clothes – Hickman & Bousfield, kaftans from £85
Hickman & Bousfield are proving that this style, one that evokes a sense of old-world adventure and relaxed elegance, is still as current as ever in the fashion world. Founded in 2013, the label has established itself as the go-to destination to find everything you need to dress yourself for a safari sojourn. By no means are they reinventing safari style, but they are a specialist brand that does it very, very well. Womens-wear includes loose fitting shirts, kaftans, culottes and field jackets made from fine linen, poplin and cotton. The natural fabrics are available in earthy, muted tones that are perfect for blending in with the wild grasslands. Enter (GIFT) code for complimentary gift wrapping.
7 Seychelles Signature Candle – The White Company £20
Evoking the balmy breeze of an Indian Ocean island, the soothing Seychelles Signature candle combines notes of fresh bergamot, bright orange and rich amber with warming notes of exotic coconut, vanilla and almond. Like all The White Company signature candles, this one is filled in the UK using high quality mineral wax to achieve a long, clean and even burn. It comes in a beautiful white box, making it a special treat or gift.
8 2016 Photo Yearbook – Africa Geographic £30/$35
Expect a visual celebration of Africa – a showcase of the very best photographs from the fields of conservation, natural history and travel. Dream until your heart is content with the picturesque landscape and wildife imagery in Africa Geographic’s coffee table 2016 Yearbook. Limited print run, order now to avoid disappointment (2015 sold out).
9 The Big Cat Man – Autobiography by Jonathan Scott £20
The hugely popular BBC TV series Big Cat Diary made presenter Jonathon Scott a wildlife celebrity, his knowledge and infectious enthusiasm helping to being the animals’ stories alive. Safari guide, wildlife artist, photographer and author. Read about one man’s passion for Africa and unfailing love for the his wife Angie who shares those feelings in The Big Cat Man autobiography book.
10 Adopt a Carnivore at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre £290
Adopt Shakira for 1 year: U$ 440 / £ 290 / € 350
Be a sole supporter (adopter) of Shakira for one year: U$ 1,500 / £ 900 / € 1,200
AfricCat have around 24 carnivores, including leopards, lions and cheetahs too habituated to go back into the wild. These individuals are going to live out their lives under the expert care of the AfriCat team and continue to be “ambassadors” for their wild counter-parts. The adoption fee covers the cost of food and basic veterinary care. Help AfriCat by adopting one of their resident carnivores for a year. This is an ideal gift for visitors to Namibia who can visit AfriCat and see these cats at the centre en-route to Etosha. You can track collared cheetahs and leopards staying at Okonjima Bush Camp in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
11 Adopt an animal WWF charity £36
A favourite for children, choose from a range of animals; a year’s subscription pack includes an optional soft toy of the animal, a fact pack with stickers and three magazine updates a year. Adopt an animal with the World Wildlife Fund.
12 Olloclip from £60
Increase your iPhone’s safari photo capabilities with one of Olloclip’s clip on lenses, or choose their 4-in-1 option for the ultimate in convenience.
African Safari Insider Guide £ Free
Over 60 pages of invaluable advice and how-tos, written by our team of African Safari experts. Did we mention it’s free?