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.