Travel tycoon’s legacy: The Versailles of the African bush

The task of fulfilling the patriarch’s vision fell principally to Antoinette (“Toni”) Tollman, his elder daughter, who oversees design at the family’s luxury brands.

As well as building the grandest lodge in Africa, she wanted to fill it with contemporary artwork and design. Four years after embarking on the mission, she describes the experience as “like giving birth to a rhinoceros”. Xigera, as the lodge is called, finally opened in December.


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