And now Ramona's doing her best to cope with Avery leaving for school. "I'm very melancholy, yes. I have to fight back the tears. She'll have a great time. I'll be sad. But that's OK. It's called letting go. Something we all have to learn to do."
The family visited several schools through their trip, and brought some gifts for all they visited with. "The girls play this English game called netball, which is similar to our basketball. The boys play soccer. And me, of course being for women and empowering women and equality, I said, whatever we bring, we bring an equal amount of toys for women as for the men, the same amount. They set up the net game for Avery, and Avery played with the girls. They gave her a uniform. And Avery had the biggest smile on her face, and you can just see that with these kids she was just so happy. "
"The safaris were just incredible. I mean we getup really close to a male lion and his lionesses. And we saw a mother cheetah with her five children. And in South Africa, they only have 200 cheetahs, so the fact that we saw six at one time is incredible."
Of everyone, Ramona thinks Avery enjoyed the trip most. "Avery brought a girlfriend with her and we heard them talking. And they said, 'We're going to come back. Every year we're gonna do a trip, whether it's Africa, or somewhere else, we wanna do a trip as a family and the kids, because it was so special. IFor her, you know we've taken her to Italy and Aspen, and, you know, we've been out to the Caribbean and she's never said that. I mean she was really, she loved it."
"There's something about the air, the way it smells there. It's so fresh. It's fresher than fresh. I can't explain it, it's the most unbelievable. They should bottle that air. And the stars are so vivid. And sometimes we'd have our night safaris, and then you pull up at night to a beautiful dinner under the trees, with the lanterns, and they have the dancers, and the chefs there cooking."
This was Ramona's second trip to safari, but she's not angling to return with her fellow Wives any time soon. "For me, it's a very spiritual trip and that when I'm with all the Housewives, there are certain ones I get along better with at different times, but no one's ever getting along at the same time and I just think it's too special of a place to ruin it by anybody, like, bickering."
Ramona was inspired by the happy faces she saw throughout their trip. "We can all learn from that, I think. They're all smiling, all happy. Everyone. I didn't see one bad face on anyone. You walk through New York City and everyone looks miserable."
The Singer fam decided to head to Africa to celebrate Avery's graduation, because according to Ramona, "I think, you know, you want to build memories. I mean anybody can buy their daughter a Cartier watch, or a Raymond Weil, or a Rolex watch. But you know what? A memory you can never erase. You can lose a watch right? So I wanted to do something really memorable. Something she would remember forever."