It’s onerous to place into phrases how significant it was to return to Africa after virtually two years away from the bush. About every year for over a decade, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to discover many unbelievable locations all through southern and east Africa. However what made this journey much more particular was this time round my journey wasn’t for work, however as a substitute to carry my husband, Kevin, to my favourite place on earth for the primary time and for our honeymoon! Whereas I’d by no means fantasized about my wedding ceremony, I had all the time dreamed of this- celebrating my marriage with a visit to Africa.
As had occurred of many plans final yr, our honeymoon was delayed, which, whereas irritating at first, made lastly getting there all of the sweeter. I additionally, as a seasoned customer to the continent, cherished seeing the journey via Kevin’s eyes. After all, I’d spent years speaking to him about all issues Africa, however now he lastly bought to be taught which you can’t absolutely perceive how unbelievable the expertise is till you’re really there.
Our journey started with what ought to have been an in a single day in Johannesburg, however as a substitute was only a few brief hours of early-morning relaxation on account of a last-minute flight change. Realizing that journey proper now requires a little bit of flexibility, we leaned in, able to embrace every journey. So, after a far briefer pause than deliberate, we jetted off to Maun, Botswana to start our safari.
Our first cease was Jack’s Camp within the Magkadikgadi Salt Pans- a really breathtaking property that formally reopened only some weeks earlier than our journey. The tents listed below are gorgeous with a personal plunge pool, outside bathe, and a lot area! We had three unforgettable experiences whereas right here, the primary being the lesser-known mini migration of zebras which happens on this space at the moment of yr. We witnessed 1000’s of zebras multi function place (one thing that I needed to inform Kevin he gained’t see elsewhere on this journey!). Whereas I’ve had related encounters in Tanzania & Kenya in the course of the Nice Migration, I cherished seeing this incidence in a completely totally different panorama.
Spending time with the meerkats was one other spotlight. These little creatures are extremely enjoyable to observe as they play, battle, and search the world. Certainly one of them spent a while casually lounging on my leg as his friends wrestled proper subsequent to us. So cute and enjoyable!
We additionally actually cherished the cultural stroll we had with a bushman named Cobra. He has such huge data of the world, the crops, the animals, and extra. The stroll will be as brief as about 1.5 hours, however we ended up exploring for nearly 3 hours, wandering the land with Cobra. At one level, we stopped at a scorpion gap and he began to dig into it with the intention to present us the creature. It took some time as a result of the scorpion had burrowed so deep, however finally it was noticed, and we realized all in regards to the arachnid.
From right here, we flew north to the Moremi Sport Reserve for 3 nights at Mombo Camp. Our information, Zee, was a particular spotlight, his data enhancing each side of our explorations of Chief’s Island. One morning we had a fully epic thunderstorm, which I cherished, discovering such storms so peaceable once I’m on safari. Kevin and I additionally had some actually nice cat sightings, together with monitoring a leopard and discovering lions with ten cubs. They had been so playful and one was undoubtedly exhibiting off for us as he tried to exert his “dominance” (so candy!). We additionally cherished utilizing the Olympus digicam that’s accessible in each visitor room at Mombo.
Kevin skilled many “firsts” on this journey, however one in all his favorites was the scenic doors-off helicopter journey we took whereas at Mombo. Our pilot was actually educated and confirmed us a lot wildlife from a completely totally different perspective. Flying with the doorways off seems like such an journey and is a particular second I like to recommend including to your journey, if doable!
We then flew again into South Africa and continued our safari at Singita Lebombo within the Kruger Nationwide Park. All I can say is, WOW. Between the wonderful animal viewing, gorgeous landscapes, stunning room, and unbelievable group of individuals, I feel it’s secure to say we each left a little bit of our hearts right here. The expertise was actually epic and it’s almost not possible to determine only one favourite second. But when we needed to, I feel we’d each agree it was after we had been taken to a particular spot on property for our final sundowner. The views had been astonishing, and it was probably the most peaceable expertise. We had a good time reminiscing about our travels and chatting with our information and tracker about their lives and the affect of this previous yr. It jogged my memory of one thing I typically say to purchasers – we normally go to Africa for the wildlife however return for the folks.
Our remaining safari cease was Singita Ebony, only a brief flight away, positioned within the Sabi Sand. I actually cherished combining each areas of Singita South Africa, as they really feel very totally different from each other. Elephants are my favourite animal and shortly grew to become Kevin’s as we sat and hung out with these gorgeous creatures. From previous bulls to tiny infants, we bought to observe them work together and notably loved seeing two youngsters play battle with one another.
We additionally had a number of very particular eating moments all through the journey to have fun our honeymoon, however I’ll go away these as surprises for future vacationers! We’re so completely happy that we lastly bought to go on our honeymoon, and we are going to endlessly bear in mind this unbelievable journey. The large, open areas of those safari locations had been the right technique to get out and discover once more.