OUR AFRICA STORY - TELL US YOURS
Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta which turns into a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. The Okavango River Delta is one of the world's largest inland deltas. Chobe National Park is located on the banks of part of the Okavango River and is home to over 120 000 Elephants. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its long stretches of river valleys and its lavish grasslands, is home to an abundant of different animal species including giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.
This plate was inspired by the beautiful nature of the elephant, with curves and lines that reveal this species true beauty.
The Western Africa country of Nigeria is as diverse in people as it is in it's geography. Thanks to large natural oil reserves, the country boasts of large bustling cities. With multiple cities boasting populations exceeding one million, it's no wonder that Nigeria is one of the most populous countries in the world. Its biggest city, Lagos, contributes 9 million residents to the total population. These cities is a vibrant mixture of colours, people and languages and inspired this plate design.
Rwanda is a country situated in Central Africa, bordered to the North by Uganda, to the East by Tanzania, to the South by Burundi and to the West by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda's stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most beautiful settings in Africa. The landscape is reminiscent of a tropical Switzerland. Its dominant feature is a chain of mountains of rugged beauty that runs on a north-south axis and forms part of the Congo-Nile divide. Rwanda has five volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous river. This plate was inspired by the sunrise across the hills.
Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. The country’s name comes from the Kamba, Embu, and Kikuyu names for Mount Kenya. Translated, this means, “place with Ostriches” in all three languages. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It's also home to wildlife like the “Big 5”. The popular Maasai Mara Reserve is known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 3 main tribes of Kenya are the Bantu, Nilote and Cushite. Each one has a variety of sub-tribes which are unique in their particular culture.
This plate was inspired by the intriguing women in the Kenyan tribes, filled with beauty, colour and character.
Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Despite modernisation, the country has retained much of its ancient architecture and even more of its traditional customs. Wherever you go In Morocco you will stumble across beautiful architecture...mosques, palaces, museums, riads, even ordinary houses often bear stunning architectural detail. This plate was inspired by the gorgeous mosaic tiles found throughout Morooco.
Namibia, where desrt heat and the red sands of Sossusvlei lie just within reach of the deep blue Atlantic. The Gemsbok or Oryx is the country's iconic symbol, appearing on the national coat of arms. Namibia is home to the biggest dunes in the world, and nestled somewhere in between the mythical mountains of sands, you'll find the Sossusvlei salt and clay pan - a must see for its unique ruby red ground. This plate was inspired by the Gemsbok.
Gambia is Africa’s smallest nonisland country and is bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It is known for its small beaches along its small Atlantic coastline and for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. The beautiful Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve is home to many animals including, monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. This plate is inspired by the serene movements of water through the Gambian River.
Tunisia is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert, sharing borders with Algeria and Libya. Islamic architecture and Roman architecture are expressed in various facets in Tunisia. Through many buildings, Kairouan forms the epicenter of an architectural movement expressing the relationship between buildings and spirituality with the ornamental decoration of religious buildings in the holy city. The whitewashed alleyways, wrought-iron window frames, and colorful blue doors are Tunisian village architecture at their finest. Tunisia also has a rich tradition of weaving rugs and has inspired this plate design.
Tanzania is a beautiful country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands and the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. This plate is inspired by national animal of Tanzania the Skyscraper of the Serengti – the Masi Giraffe also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves making it unique and beautiful like the country Tanzania and its people.
Situated off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Having developed in isolation, the island nation is famed for its unique wildlife and environment. “Sanctuary of nature” and “ecological jewel”, are the adjectives that qualify the natural wealth of Madagascar. Madagascar is home to a unique variety of boabab trees
which us a nust see for nature lovers. The baobab, also called “reniala” (“mother of the forest”) in Malagasy, are best viewed along the Avenue of the Baobabs close to Morondava. The baobab is also widely distributed in belts across Africa. This plate was inspired by the upside down branches of the baobab reflected in a divine sunset.
Mozambique – home to ocean-borne delicacies and the deceptively sweet legend in a bottle known as Tipo Tinto. This laid-back nation is admired for its fine food, friendly hospitality, magnificent beaches, reefs and rum.
Mozambique is a destination that is best experienced through a haze of Tipo Tinto mixed with Sparletta Rasberry (R&R) on a deck chair in the golden sand, while the waves lap away calmly in your eyeline as you drift into quiet contentment.
This plate was inspired by a delicious R&R at a beach bar.
Algeria is a North African country with a land area that is the second largest in Africa. It is surrounded with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior which extends for miles and miles. The desert occupies more than four-fifths of the Algerian territory. Its expansion starts from the Saharan Atlas as a stony desert, gradually changing into a sand dune desert inland. Many empires have left legacies, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside.
This plate is inspired by the rolling hills of the desert and beautiful shades of sand as the sun falls on it.
Zambia is a country of rugged terrain, diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. On its border with Zimbabwe one can find the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "Smoke That Thunders” – it plunges a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge.
Zambia is also one of the continent's best safari destinations. Kafue National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. Zambiia is further home to over 73 ethnic groups.
This plate was inspired by the rushing waterfall which compliments the MyEdition's PowderRain spray.
Formerly known as Rhodesia, Zimbabwe is known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife. The landscape is characterised by extensive outcroppings of Precambrian rock, which is between 570 million and 4 billion years old. The ruins of Great Zimbabwe – the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend – are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. Traditional houses, especially in rural areas, still have thatched roofs with mud walls, similar to structures dating back to the stone-walled huts of Great Zimbabwe. This plate was inspired by these traditional homesteads which are often decorated with ethnic patterns.
South Afica is is the southernmost country in Africa. From aardvarks to zebras, South Africa is bursting with wonderful wildlife. The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is larger than Israel. This beautiful expanse plays host to nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms that are fused with historical & archeological magic. Plus, the entire area is filled with flora & fauna that range from
red bush-willows to large marula trees that nourish the
many elephants that cross past their roots. This plate was inspired by the beautiful stripes of the zebra.