NAMIBIA–One of the most stunning stops on the Southern African safari trail, Namibia  – with its vast white sand deserts, melon-tinted dunes and opal shores — is a majestic country visited only by a very lucky few.

The Milan-based couple, Andrea Pellegrini and fashion-insider Leila Boscaino spent the summer driving over sand dunes in jeeps, boating past dolphins and jetting around in a private plane.

“After booking with a local travel agency (Latitude 24), we rented a car and drove around Namibia. The landscapes are breathtaking, and every day we tried something different,” explained Andrea.

After a year of the fast-paced Milanese lifestyle, the couple decided to embark on a different type of holiday this summer — one that included jeep trips into the sunset, horseback riding and hiking in the desert.

Since desert temperatures shift from intense dry heat to chilly evenings, Leila decided to stay stylish and comfortable by packing: a Moncler down jacket, a military jacket and a pair of Prada military boots. She also brought a Sarli pashmina scarf, and a sweatshirt by Saint Laurent. Leila also revealed the secret to how she maintained her amazing complexion by stating one simple rule, “No scent.” She used Cetaphil body cream, Roc Keops deodorant, and her “I-can’t-live-without” Cli Anti-age Serum, along with CC cream by Pascal and Byredo’s Flowerhead fragrance.

Andrea explained that, because the weather fluctuates between 30 degrees Celsius during the day and zero degrees at night, he brought an assortment of clothing. His wardrobe included Deus ex Machina t-shirts, hoodies, a cashmere sweater, a windbreaker by HH, both jeans and shorts, a pair of military boots, and a pair of Nike running shoes.

To protect their eyes from the harsh sunlight, Andrea wore shades from Oliver Peoples and Persol, while Leila wore a pair of Moscot sunglasses.

Over the course of seventeen days, they crossed Namibia, from the center to the South and up to North through the desert.

“We stayed longer in places where there was more to see. For example, in Sesriem, there is the famous Dune 45, as well as the Deadvlei, which is known for its dead camelthorn trees, white soil and red dunes.”


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