Mavros Luxury Safaris in Zimbabwe
- January 13, 2018
- Christie McCollum
Mavros Safaris in Zimbabwe, Sleep Under the Stars in Luxury
Sleep—we spend a third of our lives immersed in it, but it rarely comes under consideration when we plan vacations. It falls by the wayside as a necessary pause, not an attraction in its own right. But on a wilderness safari in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, sleep is magical.
The Mavros family first settled in rustic, beautiful Zimbabwe five generations ago. Their love of the sprawling, vibrant landscape and the Zimbabwean people swelled with each passing year, inspiring them to start Mavros Safaris, the family business of bespoke safari excursions. Visitors can’t help but fall in love with Hwange National Park. Guests move through days unencumbered by schedules or alarm clocks, taking tour guides out to explore a Noah’s Ark of exotic animals, idly enjoying the sounds of chirping birds by the river, roaming the rugged terrain in pursuit of great adventures, and sleeping under the impossibly vast African sky.
Home base: Little Makalolo. The cozy camp features just six tented rooms with ensuite bathrooms, all gently tucked into the tree line above the plain. Wooden paths lead to a viewing deck where tourists can watch majestic creatures front-and-center as they come to quench their thirst at the watering hole. The camp’s crown jewel is the Star Bed, a plush sleeping platform on the deck, flanked by colorful native rugs, gently illuminated by the glow of lanterns, covered with nothing but soft white netting and a blanket of stars. After a full day immersed in nature, why stop at bedtime? This truly is a dream place to sleep.
Patrick Mavros : The African Luxury Brand
The Patrick Mavros brand was founded 35 years ago when the then-soldier, Patrick, carved a pair of earrings for his wife, Catja. She wore them to the hair salon, where the hairdresser fell in love with them and instantly requested a pair for herself.
From this loving gift, the business was born into what is recognised today as a uniquely African and distinctively exotic, luxury brand. The Mavros sons, Alexander, Forbes, Patrick Jnr and Benjamin are also all passionately involved in the business.
From day one the boys were engrossed in the workshop, experimenting with materials and designs: starting with heavy rough-hewn rock crystals they dug up from the farm, suspended them from fishing line for their adoring and patient mother to wear!
Marrying intricate craftsmanship with an intrepid family heritage, the Mavros’ have not only designed some of the most extraordinary creations in Africa but have also created around them an environment just as magical and bold.
At home, the workshops, the family homestead, the wildlife sanctuary and the studio are all built to form a small village on the family estate in the wild hills outside Harare in Zimbabwe.
The Pangolin Collection Launch
Working hand in hand with the Tikki Hywood Trust, Patrick Mavros created the Pangolin Collection, The trust strives to bring awareness and sound conservation practice to the plight of lesser known and endangered animals globally. They aim to increase awareness of the conservation tool that is legislation and are constantly seeking ways of improving and upholding the laws that protect fauna and flora.In addition to these conservation efforts we run successful captive breeding and release programs throughout Zimbabwe, in an effort to augment dwindling wild populations. If you wish to donate, follow here.