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Kenya Honeymoons

The home of the luxury safari since the early 1900’s, Kenya still today evokes the image of a timeless safari, reminiscent of a bygone era. A honeymoon in Kenya will be an experience to remember, with a lingering atmosphere of the classic Out of Africa safari romance. 
The North of Kenya has some of the most untouched wildlife in Africa, and the rich array of species in the Masai Mara is perfect for first time safari-going honeymooners. And then there is the coastline - a huge perk for a Kenyan Safari, with some brilliant beaches, diving and fishing. Kenya honeymoons work well for those who seek adventure, who loathe the thought of a lazy honeymoon. The joy of Kenya safaris is the extraordinary wealth of activities, inland as well as along the coast, and opportunities to lap up the atmosphere of the African bush from a well-established old bush home in Central Kenya.

Why a Kenya Honeymoon?  

  • Kenya has the whole honeymoon sewn up – excellent game-viewing and fabulous beaches. A romantic tented safari in the bush and a week reclining on a deserted beach? Oh go on then…
  • Budget – because you don’t have to fly out of Kenya for a safari and beach honeymoon, you keep the costs down, not to mention the hassle of international airports.
  • Kenya beach life is more developed than much of Africa in terms of activities. For those honeymooners seeking active days, there’s kite-surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, mountain biking, amongst others, and the usual world-class diving, snorkelling, big game fishing and sailing. You are sure to be kept busy into your beach time if you wish! 
  • There’s pretty much no time difference from the UK - you can fly overnight and be on safari or on the beach by the morning - so you won’t waste time being jetlagged (our US and UAE guests like to start their trip off with a few days in London for this reason)
  • The Great Migration (1.5m wildebeest) makes it way to the Mara from July and is there until November – a great time to be in Kenya for one of the most dramatic natural events on the planet. Witnessing this remarkable natural spectacle on your honeymoon is likely to be what sets apart this trip from any other that you ever take together, making it an ideal choice foe the once in a lifetime trip that is a honeymooon. 

  • Which are the most romantic lodges for a Kenya Honeymoon?

    In the North, rar from the madding crowds, Borana (Lewa Downs) is a charming and timeless owner-run lodge. We would particularly recommended it one or both of you enjoy a bit of horseback riding. Joy’s Camp (Samburu) is set around a waterhole, offering you the chance to stay in bed and not feel guilty – the wildlife will come to you! It’s a fabulous luxury tented camp with experienced staff who know how to look after honeymooners. 

    In the South, the Greater Mara (outside the Mara Reserve) is home to Alex Walkers Serian and Bateleur Camp which both have private game viewing areas and can dip into the Mara itself if they choose. Serian is particularly remote and might take many out of their comfort zone (Masai warriors keeping guard for wild animals and an authentic bucket showers!) - but absolutely worth it, in our opinion. We also have a lot of time for the bygone era romance of Cottar’s 1920’s Camp.

    It gets more difficult to find areas away from the crowds in the Mara Reserve, but Naibor is a well-managed and presented camp, and Rekero has the romantic views overlooking the huge African landscape (don’t get married in April or May, though, as the camp is closed!).

    On the coast, find Alfajiri Villas – although the villas sleep a minimum of four, we would still wholeheartedly recommend them for honeymooners. This is serious luxury, Far Eastern style; Alfajiri previously won the Harpers and Queen award as the private villa providing the best service worldwide. 

    The best Kenya Honeymoon Lodges

    Kenya Honeymoon Itinerary planning

    As with any trip to Kenya, the key to a good Kenya honeymoon is to stay off the beaten track as Kenya can be very busy in key areas. The north of the country is less busy and offers some top class safari destinations, specifically Lake Turkana, the Mathews Range, Laikipia, Lewa and areas of Samburu. A lovely honeymoon itinerary is 3 nights in the Masai Mara (Naibor), 3 nights Mathew’s Range (Sarara), 2 nights Lewa (or Borana) and then over to the coast for a 5-7 nights of beach romance. You’ll see a different side to Kenya that most will not, and you’ll have the priviledge of privacy that is vital to any honeymoon.

    We recommend you mainly avoid the busy southern areas; Mombasa is the hive of all ‘package’ holidays to the country and its close proximity to Tsavo which means that we do not offer any safaris to this park. Amboseli is the second busiest park in terms of tourist volume after the Mara, and certainly you cannot avoid the crowds here. If you must be here, then Tortilis is the best and only camp we recommend; it is a great location for the iconic scenes of heards of elephants at the foot of Kilimanjaro… which we believe is the only reason to be here!
    The Masai Mara is where you need to be most careful, but get it right and you could be sipping a G&T just the two of you, plus 1.5 million wildebeest - the most spectacular of all the bush television channels. 

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    How much does a Kenyan Honeymoon Cost?

    Safari lodges in Kenya start from around $400 per person per night, for a brilliant safari in a good location - albeit with comfortable but basic accommodation. This ranges all the way up to $1,800 per person per night for some of the most luxurious lodges in the whole of Africa, deep in the heart of the action-packed Masai Mara. When the logistics of getting from A to B are considered - which on safari means flying - the prices do inevitably increase. A 10 day honeymoon in Kenya, combining a couple of safari areas with a few days of beach time, comes in at around $4,500 per person. From here, a honeymoon can go anywhere up to around $14,000 per person for the super luxurious end of the spectrum. However, when looking at other African countries for a beach and safari honeymoon combination, this price can be considerably more given the more lengthy flights to get to that precious coasline, which Kenya has in abundance! 

    When is the best time to take a Honeymoon in Kenya?

    Kenya is on the equator, so it never gets too cold. The more pressing issue is actually when the rains arrive. Added rain means the wildlife isn't as concerntrated, making the game viewing not equal to when it is dry and hot. Really though, who want's a honeymoon on a beach in the rain? So stick to dry season, which at its peak is from June until November. The period from November to March is good too, but there can be a few short showers. April and May should generally be avoided as this is when the heavy rains start, but there are still some places that are worth a visit and rates tend to be very low.

    Top 5 Honeymoon tips 

    A combination of two or more areas works really well to give you a varied and interesting safari experience - all are diverse and interesting in their own right. 
    Visit a beach at the end (and even at the beginning too!) - you have to finish with a bit of relaxation!
    Look for smaller, boutique lodges and camps. Some of the bigger beach resorts are ok, but for an authentic and wild safari experience you don’t want to be in a big hotel as we think it takes away the magic of being in the bush. .
    Avoid trying to combine Eastern and Southern Africa. It is possible but the logistics waste a lot of your precious honeymoon time. They are better done as two trips.
    Always ask us about Honeymoon Deals, this is a big thing in Africa and can bring some of the more expensive lodges into a more affordable price bracket!

    Kenya Luxury vs Kenya Adventure Honeymoon 

    The amount of different ways to explore Kenya is astounding, and there is no right or wrong way - it is totally dependent on the type of experience that you want. From the thrill of hiking in the Samburu Mountains and quad biking in Laikipia, to relaxing next to your plunge pool in one of the Mara’s hyper-luxury safari lodges, Kenya has it all. That is not to say that a luxury trip can’t also be adventurous; the joy of a tailor made honeymoon in Kenya is that you can combine all of the elements which appeal to you into one amazing and unforgettable trip. 

    Kenya Honeymoon Vs Tanzania honeymoon

    Kenya and Tanzania are amazing honeymoon destinations; both unique and with so much to offer. Kenya has been an established safari destination for so long, it has really mastered the art of safari – the original is best! That being said, the exceptional game viewing in Kenya, and particularly in the Masai Mara, can come at a price. It's deserved fame means that the park can get quite busy, especially during peak season. Things are a little quieter in Tanzania, which can be a bonus, especially when seeking intimacy and privacy in a honeymoon.

    However, Kenya is still fantastic for a varied safari experience. Combine the Masai Mara with one of the beautiful private conservancies in the Laikipia area for the best of both worlds; this way you get to enjoy some of Africa's best game viewing, whilst also absorbing the magic of a safari in a tranquil, private and relaxed setting.

    How to combine a Kenya safari with the beach? 

    Kenya is one of the best destinations to combine a brilliant safari with an idyllic stay on the beach. The Indian Ocean coastline spans the entire Eastern length of Kenya, and dotted up and down are some beautiful beaches, boasting some really reasonably priced and some super luxury accommodation gems. Some spots are admittedly very busy, but with careful planning you can avoid this entirely. It is also now very easy to combine a Kenyan safari with some time at the beach on the colourful island of Zanzibar. Flights link so well, it means you can get from your safari in the Masai Mara to Zanzibar in just a few hours.

    Kenya safaris can also easily be combined with the islands of the SeychellesMauritius, and the northern beaches of Mozambique.

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