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I Went on an African Photo Safari — Here’s What It Was Like

Has a photo safari been on your bucket list forever? Here’s what that once-in-a-lifetime trip is really like.

Is an African safari on your bucket list? It should be. On my recent photo safari at Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, I spotted elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife up close under the hot African sun. Here’s what it’s really like to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip—and why you should do it, too.


By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "Earplugs. A good pair has saved my sleep and sanity many times!"

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Motto: "Don't be boring."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle (when the first class private suite isn't available)."

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