Lions and tigers and polar bears? Three safari honeymoons on other continents.
NEWLYWEDS HAVE GONE WILD! Not that it's their fault: With so many luxurious nature-watching expeditions popping up outside the traditional safari zone, how could they not be curious?
First stop on our critter-centric journey around the world: The Great White North. Every fall, Churchill, Manitoba, plays host to so many polar bears that the town has to form its own "bear patrol" to shoo them off the airport's runway. At Seal River Heritage Lodge (a quick charter flight away), guests snap photos of the giants from resort porches and spy on them dog-paddling in Hudson Bay. Other subarctic denizens likely to be seen include caribou, wolves, and seals, but the trip's highlight may be the pod of friendly beluga whales that pop their shiny white heads out of the water to nod hello. (Slip into an insulated rubber suit and the chummy cetaceans might even let you swim with them.) Eight-night Birds, Bears, & Belugas trip, $8,250 for two, including some flights, all meals, and excursions, July and August; 800-661-3830 or greatcanadiantravel.com.
Seeking balmier climes? You'll be happy to learn that Africa experts Micato Safaris have added a honeymoon package in India to their roster. Among other nifty items on the itinerary—a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, an elephant ride, a private dinner at the former Maharajah's Palace in Jaipur—you'll spend three nights in Oberoi Vanyavilas, an exclusive tent camp near Ranthambhore National Park, where the endangered tiger still roams. Your mission? Spot the striped ones daily. Eight-night package for two, including meals, from $16,400, September through April; 800-642-2861 or micato.com.
Finally, we head Down Under, to Kangaroo Island, Australia. Home to both marsupials (mammals with a pouch) and monotremes (mammals that lay eggs), the isle is rife with 'roos, as well as wallabies, echidnas, seals, penguins, pelicans, platypuses, and the densest koala population in Oz. Two-night trip from Adventure Charters, including air from Adelaide, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, and two days of private tours, from $3,140 for two; 61-8-8553-9119 or adventurecharters.com.au.