When I think back on this summer, my trip to Africa was without a doubt one of the very best parts. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It’s a magical place and being there with my family made it all the more so. I’ve received a number of questions about the trip. Scroll down to check out a few snaps from the trip along with my answers to the FAQs.
What countries did you visit in Africa?
We started our trip in London. After spending four days there (perfectly planned by Indagare), we flew to Africa. We visited three countries in Africa: South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. We spent the first three nights in Botswana at Zarafa Camp. From there, we flew to Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls. We stayed at the Matetsi River Lodge. The last camp we visited was Londolozi, which is located in South Africa.
Which camp was your favorite?
While it’s really impossible to choose a favorite a camp as they’re all amazing, Londolozi would probably be it for me. This place was really unbelievable. Everything was top-notch – the service, the guides (ask for Graham and Paul!), the food, everything! The staff really made the trip for us. They went over and beyond with everything. They even put together a 4th of July celebration for us on our last night there. If you’re going to South Africa, I highly recommend it as a stop on your itinerary. I also think it would make an ideal honeymoon spot.
Do you recommend using a travel agency to plan a trip to Africa?
I absolutely think you have to use a travel agent. This is the kind of trip that has a lot of moving parts and a travel agent is a must. We used a company called Trans Africa Safaris. They planned a perfect safari for us. I also recommend a company called Indagare. They’re one of my very favorites. I love working with them. They always plan really fabulous trips.
Did you follow the baggage weight limit? What suitcase did you take?
Yes. There was a weight limit for luggage. And yes: I did, in fact, manage to abide by it. Considering the weight limit for all bags (including my carry-on tote!) was less than 28 pounds, this was quite the feat on my part. I had to really strategize when it came to packing. I took only the essentials (things like my Barbour coat, a fleece vest, my favorite cashmere sweater, a couple of these button-down shirts, and several of these t-shirts) and made sure that all of these things had mix-and-match potential. (However, looking back, I probably could have gotten away with packing a little bit more as they weren’t as strict with the baggage limit as I thought they would be.) Since they day goes from cold to hot and then back to cold, the key is really to bring lots of layers. Also key: a lightweight duffel. My Paravel suitcase was the a perfect suitcase for this trip.