A safari is the perfect marriage of adventure and romance. Our travel editor, Jacqueline Gifford, scouted the top places to honeymoon in game-rich Botswana and South Africa.

I couldn't believe how lucky I was when this assignment came up. I mean, a safari is truly a trip of a lifetime, which is why so many people dream of doing this for their honeymoon. As Travel Editor at Brides, my job is to check out properties around the world, and judge their honeymoon-worthiness: Are there loads of kids by the pool? Are there couples treatment rooms at the spa? So when my husband, Rob, had a rare two weeks off this summer (rule #1: you really need 10 days to two weeks to do a safari properly) we jumped at the chance to fly far, far away to Africa.

So, how to even begin the planning process? I called in an expert—Elizabeth Gordon from Extraordinary Journeys, a U.S.-based tour operator who specializes in safaris, and even has a honeymoon registry service. Rule #2: You need to book with an experienced tour operator, who can connect the dots of your itinerary together and work with you on budget. I told Elizabeth our priorities (learning about wine, seeing lions and leopards); she gave me feedback on various camps, and what their pluses and minuses were; and the trip began to come together. Here, a photo-diary of our 14-day African adventure.

P.S. If you're super into photography, you'll want to bring a nice camera. I am far from a professional, so believe it or not, I just used my iPhone 4S (the 5 wasn't out yet). The photo quality was incredible, and the "share" factor—uploading immediately to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—was so awesome.

Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Gifford

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