Travel Diary: Safari and More in South Africa and Botswana
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.
We leave our apartment for JFK to catch our non-stop flight to Johannesburg on South African Airways. Take off is about 11 a.m., and the flight is 14 hours long. But hey, the flight crew was friendly; we got two hearty meals and great South African wines, and I caught up on loads of movies—Hunger Games, The Five Year Engagement—before they came out on DVD.
We touch down in Johannesburg the following morning, and fly off to Singita Boulders Lodge via a tiny prop plane. It doesn't get more luxurious than this safari haven, set on 45,000 acres in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The 12 "suites" are more like villas, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and luxe touches like watercolor sets and gratis minibars. We immediately jumped into our private plunge pool! From $3,148, all-inclusive. That evening, the Singita guests are treated to a braii (it's like a BBQ, only when Singita does it, it's quite fancy), and a soul-stirring choir and dance performance by the incredible staff.Photo: Courtesy of Singita