>> Stunning wildlife, sweeping vistas and the odd royal or royal to be. Botswana is enjoying a moment as the place where Prince Harry won Meghan Markle's heart. The prince whisked the American actor for here for a surprise romantic getaway to celebrate her 36th birthday. It came a year into their relationship, just a few months before Harry popped the question.
Reuters Jay Brock visited the lodge to get a fee for the $800 a night luxury retreats.>> At the sumptuous Maputa Lodge behind me, Harry and Meghan spent several nights last year, sleeping in traditional thatched roof luxury tents, where the beds overlook crisp water. Where hippos splash and you can hear the sound of turtle doves in the morning.
They enjoyed a unique, lantern lit, dinner in the bush, underneath the Baobab tree. And behind me, in this lagoon, is where Harry caught a sharp tooth catfish on a sunset cruise.>> It wasn't the first time the couple visited this Southern Africa country. The pair said they got to know one another in Botswana soon after they began dating in 2016.
>> It was, I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars. And we spent, she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.
>> It's a popular choice among the rich and famous, including George W Bush, Saudi princess and Hollywood stars, all looking for some privacy and luxury retreats. But it's been a particular place of joy for Harry. Who used diamonds from the country in his design for Meghan's three stone engagement ring.
He first visited when he was 13, just two months after he lost his mother Princess Diana, and he's returned several times since for charity work. But it also seems to be the Prince's top pick for romantic getaways. He brought his then girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, to the same camp in 2007.