HENRY DAVID THOREAU

“We can never have enough of nature.”

LEADERS OF STYLE III

ON SAFARI WITH NET-A-PORTER AND MR PORTER

Words

Saasha Burns

Photography

Benjamin Holtrop

WELCOME TO THE LAND OF TIGERS. Only Aman-i-Khas, a luxury wellness retreat located on the border of Ranthambore National Park, could greet you in such a way. Once the hunting ground of the Maharajah, the National Park became a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and a Project Tiger conservation area in 1973.
 

To celebrate our second birthday, we traveled to Rajasthan, India with an intimate group of like-minded creatives for Leaders of Style III. Guests flew in from around the world to stay at the luxury AMAN property, sleeping in soaring six-meter canopies designed by Jean-Michel Gathy and divided Mughal style around a communal fireplace. All guests were greeted by their own personal butler known as a batman, who was available at any time, 24 hours a day to ensure their stay was truly unforgettable.

Dressed safari-style in NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER SS19 pieces, guests woke in the early hours of the morning to enjoy a private sunrise safari in open-top gypsy Jeeps through Ranthambore National Park. Home to crocodiles, leopards, sambar deer, langur monkeys and some 300 species of bird, the park is also the setting for UNESCO World Heritage site, Ranthambore Fort. It’s also one of the best places to see Bengal tigers in the wild.

Each safari group was led by their own naturalist, including veteran ranger, Daulat Singh Shaktawat, who survived a near-fatal tiger attack in 2010 when he bravely tried to protect local villagers when male big cat, T-7, wandered into their busy village. Incredibly, he survived and continues his invaluable conservation work alongside WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to maintain and restore tiger habitats and critical corridors within India. On safari, we chanced upon a family of three Bengal tigers relaxing and playing in the golden morning light.

It truly was, an experience like no-other.

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