Summer in Kenya is the best time to honeymoon if you've always dreamed of an African safari. July marks the start of the migration of zebra, gazelles and wildebeests from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands, but it's also a great time to experience glamping or visit the white sandy beaches of the northern coast.
A guide to planning your honeymoon in Kenya
- Embark on safari in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- Get a bird’s eye view with a hot air balloon ride
- Head to the coast for Kenya’s finest beaches
- Experience glamping like none other
It's safe to say that the number one reason for honeymooning in Kenya would be to go on safari! The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and is one of the world's most famous national parks, home to hundreds of species of birds, about 100 species of mammals (the largest concentration of large mammals on the planet), and the annual migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest! It's also the ancient homeland of the Maasai tribe. Game drives are offered in the daytime and even at night (with night-viewing binoculars).
A hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Great Rift Valley or Maasai Mara is an experience you'll never forget. Early morning is the best time to go, giving you a magnificent and completely different perspective of the wild animals on the plains. Many companies even offer a champagne breakfast afterwards! Of course, this doesn't replace the “up close and personal” experience of a game drive, but it can be an incredible way to view the Great Migration if timed right.
Situated on the north coast of Kenya, Watamu is a well-regarded spot for sustainable tourism and is home to gorgeous powder white sandy beaches. Nearby, you can snorkel or dive at the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, which is home to reef-protected lagoons, or enjoy the surf and sand at Turtle Beach and Blue Lagoon. Watamu's marine life is breathtaking, including colorful coral gardens, whale sharks, manta rays and three species of sea turtle. Watamu has also been voted one of the top ten beaches in the world. A variety of other water sports await adventurous visitors, as well.
If you thought you knew glamping, think again – many five-star Kenyan resorts have taken the concept to a whole new level of luxury! In Kenya, it's possible to lounge under your own posh, private canopy with all the best amenities as you observe the wildlife just a stone's throw away. Kenya offers tent camps on the river, in the bush and overlooking the game reserve, so there's something for every taste.
Top-Rated Hotels Nearby
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Villa Rose Kempinski in Nairobi is a unique blend of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality. Situated in the capital with close proximity to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, it's the perfect spot to stay for the first leg of your adventure. This 5-star hotel is also conveniently located in the shopping district and just minutes from Nairobi National Museum and Kenya National Theatre. Check rates for Villa Rosa Kempinski on Travelocity »
Mara Explorer is a luxury campsite on the Talek River within the Olare Orok Conservancy, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara reserve. Each of the ten luxury river-facing tents features four-poster king beds, as well as private outdoor bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers with rainfall shower heads. The five-star “tentalow” has its own restaurant, as well as a fireplace in the lobby. Mara Explorer even offers wedding services, if you're looking for a destination wedding and honeymoon in one. Check rates for Mara Explorer on Travelocity »
Lion in the Sun Hotel is a 5-star resort in Malindi, near Watamu Beach and the Marine Reserve Park. In addition to beautifully appointed Art Deco accommodations and an unusual fusion of Arabian, Indian and African culture, amenities include a health club, a full-service spa, private salt water pools and a complimentary shuttle to the beach. This foodie-friendly retreat serves Italian cuisine, and there's even an onsite casino, the upscale Mayfair Casino & Club. Check rates for Lion in the Sun Hotel on Travelocity »
Diamonds Dream of Africa is an all-inclusive resort that's the epitome of luxury and stress-free travel. The rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant, snacks like morning sorbet, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, plus beach amenities and gym access. Nearby are Watamu Beach and Bio-Ken Snake Farm, but should you choose to remain at the resort, you can enjoy a hot stone massage, body treatments and facials at the spa. Check rates for Diamonds Dream of Africa Malindi on Travelocity »
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is one of the larger tent hotels on the game reserve, boasting more than 50 guestrooms spread over 100 acres. The luxe tents feature pillowtop beds and outdoor showers, as well as the more practical mosquito netting and repellent. The dining room offers a delicious blend of European, Asian and African dishes featuring fresh local produce. In addition to game drives, you can explore the reserve on a bird walk or walking safari. Other options include a fishing trip to Lake Victoria or a hot air balloon ride. Check rates for Fairmont Mara Safari Club on Travelocity »
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