Let your love flourish in the Great Rift Valleys, chalk-white beaches, wild Mara plains and mesmerising wildness of Kenya.
Synonymous with the word ‘safari’, Kenya is a dazzling haven for adventure and romance. This gem can be admired with a trip to the Eastern coast of Africa, ideal for sun seekers and beach lovers! Kenya is an inspirational land of arid plains, vibrant cities and idyllic beach resorts where there’s always something new to discover. Home to over 40 national parks and game reserves, Kenya also boasts a picturesque coastline lapped by the azure Indian Ocean. Celebrate your big day dream or escape to this fascinating country for a truly memorable honeymoon.
East Africa’s most bustling city, Nairobi is the gateway to one of the world’s most exciting upcoming destinations and is the beating heart of Kenya. A distinctive mix of wildlife and nightlife, Nairobi is a concrete jungle amidst unparalleled natural beauty.
Only ten minutes from Nairobi’s City Centre is its National Museum. Within its walls lies an art gallery as well as several exhibitions that take you on a journey through Kenya’s bountiful history.
You will learn about Kenya’s rich history and hear talks on the history of migrations, the fight for independence, and rites of passage among tribes. Step out of history and back into the present with a peaceful, romance-filled stroll through the legendary Nairobi Botanical Gardens. Hand-in-hand, walk the trail under the shade and enjoy a quiet respite together.
Sundown transforms Nairobi city into a partying hub that delivers hypnotic dance beats, world-class Djs and an eclectic range of cocktails. Clubbing here is a heart-pumping way to spend evenings after relaxing in the sun and some of the best places to jam include Simmers, Havana Bar and Klub House. If you’re searching for a vibrant night-scene the Central Business District offers a plethora of intimate bars and exclusive clubs. The parallel Kaunda and Mama Ngina Streets are a good place to start if you’re hungry, or head to the Skylux Lounge for trendy and sophisticated bar to sway your hips.
Top recommendation: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Boasting a proud status as a Leading Hotel of the world, the Nairobi Serena Hotel delivers a sophisticated sense of individuality with a gentle touch of African spice. Set amidst tropical gardens, this is a picturesque place to capture sweeping views over the green avenues of Central Park and glimmering skyline of downtown Nairobi. Despite its central location, the hotel remains true to its title and offers a serene setting amongst the bustle of one of Africa’s most developed cities. Succumb to Maisha Spa, a tranquil sanctuary for rejuvenating your skin or relieving any stress from the big day with a deep tissue massage.
Photos: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Beyond the world famous safari parks and sun-soaked savannahs, Kenya has miles of pearly beaches and sapphire shores to cater for water-sport
With a flawless stretch of a white-sand beach hugged by forest, you will never be short on things to do in the sparkling jewel, more formally known as Diani Beach. Horseback riding, scuba diving and jet skiing are just a handful of the things you can put on your itinerary. Renowned for its crystal-clear water and mesmerising marine life, Diani would make for a perfect pit stop to relax, have fun and make memories. ❤
The Maasai Mara is one of the most renowned safari destinations in Africa and for good reason. Deemed the Seventh “New” Wonder of the World, the Maasai Mara sits in the Great Rift Valley, where you can do everything from game drives and walking safaris with rhinos to hot-air balloon rides over the bush. Its plains are home to huge concentrations of game and every year, from July to October, over two million wildebeest flood the plains providing one of nature’s most extraordinary sights.
The Chyulu Hills form a spectacular, though little known, reserve between the Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. The terrain is a mixture of rolling foothills and open short-grass plains, and although many of the ‘big five’ can be seen, the wildlife is more interesting than abundant. Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya at around 21,000 sq km, and Tsavo East consists mainly of vast plains of scrubland, home to huge herds of elephant.
Top recommendation: Mahali Mzuri
Get ready for a wild honeymoon in an exclusive camp, offering unbeatable front-row seats to the Great Wildebeest Migration. Mahali Mzuri offers 12 sublime tents, each ruling over an expansive plot so you almost have the bush all to yourself. Aboard a 4×4 Land Cruiser, you will glide by epic wildlife and watch in amazement as an expert takes you through the lion-packed Olare Motorogi conserve. Settle down in your luxury tent for some stargazing and snuggling after sundown.
Photos credit: Virgin Limited Edition, Mahali Mzuri
Virgin Limited Edition, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak mountain in Africa, serving as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a realm of the mythical Kikuyu god – Ngai. The ancient Kikuyu people built their homes facing this sacred peak as they believed it was a place of light; hence the name Kirinyaga. Often described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits and diverse forests, this is home to many forms of majestic wildlife from white-tailed mongooses to spotted cheetahs.
Start your life as newlyweds by supporting each other along epic climbs in Mount Kenya National Park, for unforgettable memories and vistas. YOu will find three magnificent peaks namely Nelion (5188m), Lenana (4985m), and Batian (5199m), so opt for a level that suits your personal strength.
Lovescribe top tip: The best time to get a fascinating view of the mountain is at dawn when the early light of day silhouettes its stunning summit high over the plains surrounding it.
Top recommendation: Sweetwaters Serena Camp
To learn more about Kenya’s enticing roots and add a touch of glamour to your honeymoon retreat, book a stay at Sweetwaters Serena Camp. Hidden away in the awe-inspiring Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you have plenty of opportunities to explore Mount Kenya and the surrounding nature plains. With sunset painting vivid oranges and reds across the landscape, enjoy top-quality Kenyan cuisine with the sounds of birdlife to really set the scene.
Photos: Sweetwaters Serena Camp