You aren’t like anyone else, so you don’t want the same honeymoon or anniversary trip as everyone else. Rather than just sitting on a beach for your next romantic trip, why not do something completely different? For travelers looking to combine adventure, romance, luxury and exclusivity, not to mention fantastic game viewing, the travel experts at Africa Adventure Consultants recommend a one-of-a-kind Kenya safari. Read on for our top seven reasons to honeymoon in Kenya.
Kenya is famous for being home to large numbers of the Big 5, as well as myriad other animals. It also offers unique wildlife opportunities for visitors. Imagine breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at the famous Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. This is one of the most Instagrammed properties in the world for a reason! The giraffes will visit in the morning and evening, poking their necks into the windows while you enjoy a meal. Pair this with a safari camp in the Masai Mara to see the great migration of 2 million wildebeest, zebras and other wildlife or visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy to see the last two Northern White Rhino for the ultimate wildlife viewing honeymoon.
Honeymoons and romance go hand in hand and there is no better place for both than Kenya. A private picnic or candlelit bush dinner is the perfect way to enjoy world class food and wine with your partner. Sunsets never looked so warm and inviting as they do with champagne on a sundowner. Enjoy sunrises more than sunsets? Indulge in a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise or sleep out in a tree house or star bed under the African stars and wake up to an awe-inspiring scenery at dawn.
Kenya might be remote, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your creature comforts. Pamper yourself with luxury accommodations that include spacious and modern tents that are more like five-star hotel rooms than camping. Enjoy a massage followed by a relaxing dip in the pool at a safari spa. Or how about a bubble bath for two overlooking the savanna after your game drive? Private butler service always makes things a little easier when you’ve had a hard day on safari!
Kenya offers plenty of adventure from light to hardcore. Hearing a lion roar during a night game drive is an exhilarating new way to experience wildlife viewing. Ditch the vehicle and proceed on foot on a walking safari with your Masai guide, jump on a mountain bike for a new way to explore the terrain or go for a horse or camel ride. Or, visit the Ngare Ndare Forest for a treetop canopy walk and a waterfall swim. For those who enjoy pushing the limits, climb Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak, scuba dive in the beautiful and bountiful Indian Ocean, or explore remote Lake Turkana by helicopter and boat.
Our travel consultants offer expert advice on how to make your honeymoon safari unique and customized. Tracking wildlife with a Samburu tribesman or spear throwing with a Maasai warrior are both fun activities that will help you learn about and bond with the locals. No visit to Kenya would be complete without visiting one of the many local markets where everything from bananas to camels are for sale. Don’t forget to brush up on your negotiating skills as Kenyan’s love to bargain!
Kenya can offer you privacy and exclusivity that would be impossible in other destinations. The private conservancies in Kenya mean fewer camps and lodges and, therefore, fewer people. We can also arrange private flights, game drives, dining or villas for ultimate exclusivity, social distancing and romance. A safari in Kenya’s conservancies allows you to get away from the crowds to remote wildlife viewing areas.
Kenya’s neighboring countries have much to offer for an extension. East Africa has some of the most gorgeous beaches and relaxing in Zanzibar, Pemba or Seychelles is a fantastic way to end a memorable honeymoon. You could also pair your Kenya safari with an extension to Uganda or Rwanda for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gorilla trek.
Our Kenya honeymoon safaris are designed especially for you. You can work closely with us on every aspect or give us some parameters and we’ll take care of the planning so you can focus on the wedding. Make your honeymoon one-of-a-kind by jetting off to Kenya!
Updated March 2022
Photos courtesy of The Elewana Collection, AAC Livingstone Club member Rhea Mae Chavez, Angama Mara, AAC Livingstone Club Members the Porters, Essque Zalu Zanzibar and Alex Walker Serian Camps