Planning a wedding can often feel like a full-time job! From the moment you say "yes," you're inundated with plans, guest lists and dress fittings right up until you walk down the aisle. Of course it's all worth it; your big day is incredibly special. But you'll be looking forward to relaxing on your honeymoon once it's all done! For couples keen to go somewhere a little different, Kenya is a fabulous option for your honeymoon. It's exotic, adventurous and will help you create memories that last a lifetime. Whether you want to go game viewing and stay in a luxury tented camp or indulge in a little romance on a deserted beach and dip your toes in the Indian Ocean, celebrate your marriage together in style – in Kenya! Here’s 10 things you don’t want to miss out on when you’re there:
1. Go Game Viewing at Masai Mara
While in Kenya, enjoy the best game viewing Africa has to offer; attractions like Masai Mara and Laikipia give Kenya the fame it deserves. The Masai Mara is over 1,000 square miles and has the largest population of lions in Africa, not to mention scores of buffalo, leopard and elephants to make up the "Big 5.” Honeymooning between June and September? The Mara will be a fantastic experience for you; you can witness the Great Migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras into the lush grasslands of the Mara from the Serengeti plains.
2. Visit the Kenyan Coastline
The Kenyan Coastline is perfectly shaped and ideally located; after game viewing, you can relax on the beach to wind down your honeymoon. After the safari dust has settled, you'll love relaxing in soft white sands at the Spice Islands or on the romantic Swahili coast.
3. Stay at Ol Donyo Lodge near Mount Kenya
The gorgeous Ol Donyo Lodge overlooks snow-capped Mount Kenya and is among the favorite destination properties for travellers in Kenya. With incredible history, passion and scenery, it boasts all the fantastic features you'll want for a luxury honeymoon.
4. Visit the Kiwayu Safari Village
Kiwayu Safari Village is a naturally magnificent resort, 30 miles north of Lamu Island. It's perfect for those who desire a private beach; situated on the coast of Kiunga Marine Reserve, the only other visitors you're likely to see are turtles and a few fishermen rowing by. Kiwayu Safari Village village is excluded from most modern distractions. It has an airstrip from where its users can fly to Kiwayu hassle-free and in the area you can go diving, surfing, sailing, and kayaking.
5. Stay at the Ngerende Island Lodge
With capacity for just 14 guests, Ngerende Island Lodge is a perfectly person spot for a honeymooning couple. Situated on the Olchoro Conservancy, north of the Mara and in the path of the Great Migration, the secluded lodge combines serenity and a natural allure of the jungle.
6. Take in breathtaking views at Diani Reef
A trip to Diani Reef will make your honeymoon truly memorable. Close to the South Kenyan coastline, you and your sweetheart will appreciate the turquoise ocean, pristine white, sandy beaches and plethora of Kenyan wildlife that call the area home.
7. Have peace and privacy at Saruni Samburu Lodge
Situated at the top of the Kalama Mountains, Saruni Samburu Lodge is in the upper mountainous region, approximately 7 kilometers north of the Samburu National Reserve. The lodge offers the privacy and serenity you crave, in a beautiful, wild setting.
8. Hike Mount Kenya
Not content to just lay around and relax for your entire honeymoon? Enjoy a thrilling hike up Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in Kenya and second tallest in Africa. At 5199 meters high, Mount Kenya and its surroundings provide an amazing adventure for honeymooning couples. Other nearby peaks, like Lenana at 4985 meters, also offer breathtaking views of the surrounding forests and snow-capped mountains.
9. Dine in a cave
While there are many fantastic restaurants to tempt you in Kenya, the opportunity to dine in a cave must not be passed up. Hotels like Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant in Diani are truly a once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner of fine seafood cuisine, in a cave that is believed to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Since the cave opens out to the night sky, you and your new spouse can take in a stunning starry view while you dine.
10. Watch Lake Nakuru's beautiful flamingos
Lake Nakuru, located centrally in Kenya, is famous amongst National Geographic readers for its flamingo population. These gorgeous birds gather by the lake in abundance to eat algae, and make fascinating viewing for anyone who appreciates nature. Their shocking pink plumage is not to be missed.