Honeymoon is a serene time for couples to spend a romantic time together away from the rest of the world. Everyone dreams of their honeymoon destination as a place that is isolated with just the two of you but should have all the amenities one needs to be comfortable. Most people invest a lot to get to their romantic stop of choice. However, if your budget does not allow for extreme luxury, you can choose a place that offers the same comfort but does not damage your pocket.
Most advertised honeymoon destination always include some romantic private beaches in the best Coastlines while others are offered in some of the best cities in the world with rooms overlooking great skylines.
For nature and wildlife lovers, a honeymoon in the bush interacting with nature would be the most ideal. Nothing beats waking up to wild animals and birds making their morning calls as the trees respond in chorus to the cool blowing wind. It gets even better when you watch wildlife graze or at the watering hole while you have your breakfast or dinner. Not forgetting great night bush fires as you watch and count the stars.
Kenya is one of the best safari destinations in Africa and for a honeymoon adventure, there a number of places to choose from. You have a choice of private conservation or game reserves, it all depends on your budget and location preference.
1. Shompole Wilderness
Shompole Wilderness is a private, family-owned exclusive camp found in the Shompole Conservancy. The conservancy is found in the southern parts of Kenya between The Mara Game Reserve and Amboseli National Park with the nearest town being Magadi.
The camp consists of 4 private tents set up within the thick bushes under big fig trees by the great Ewaso Nyiro River. The tents are well secluded from each other offering maximum privacy.
The conservancy is owned by the Maasai community, meaning there are no other tourists visiting the area. Activities in and around camp include; tubing, kayaking, canoeing, day & night game drives, walking with baboons, herding with the Maasai, fishing and bird watching.
More information here: Shompole Wilderness
2. Saruni Samburu
Saruni Samburu is a luxury camp perched up the Kalama Mountains in the Kalama conservancy overlooking the great Northern Kenya plains. The camp has six luxury eco-villas and offers comfort and a wide view of the Northern Kenya wilderness.
It borders the Samburu Game Reserve to the north; hence there is plenty of wildlife to view. Activities in the area include; Night and morning game drives, rock climbing, guided bush walks, bush dinner and stargazing. You also get access to the Samburu people and culture by visiting their villages.
3. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides a magnificent view of Mount Kenya in its 100 acres landscape which houses 120 luxury guest room. The hotel offers a blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure.
Some of the activities in and around the hotel include; horseback riding, golf, croquet, bowl green, table tennis, swimming, visit to the animal orphanage. Game drives can be arranged upon request.
4. The Sands, Chale Island
The Sands is located at Chale Island which is 30 minutes from Diani beach and is characterized by wide sandy beach surrounded by mangrove forest. The Island provides a secluded location for a romantic getaway with an incredible fusion of nature and comfort.
The Island has a rich biodiversity that gives life to its forest which has a variety of insects, birds and primates. The seaweed on the shores also provides a good nesting ground for the turtles.
Activities in this exclusive resort include scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, deep-sea fishing, mangrove trips and kayaking.
5. Elephant Bedroom Camp
Elephant Bedroom Camp is found at The Samburu National Reserve. This luxury camp is set on the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro and is well shaded by doum palms and other indigenous trees that form the great riverine forest.
The camp has 14 spacious tents well set along the river that are well-designed with an African touch, each tent having a plunge pool at the deck. The rich wildlife of the Reserve can be seen roaming around the camp.
Activities in the camp include game drives, cultural visits to the Samburu villages, bush walks, bush breakfast/dinner, picnic, Cultural dances by the Samburu Warriors.
6. Sirikoi Lodge
Sirikoi Lodge is surrounded by 68,000 acres of wilderness at the Lewa Conservancy. The Lodge has won several awards like The Luxury Resort in the World 2019, Safari Property in Africa 2019, Kenya’s leading Safari Lodge 2019 and Gold Eco-rated Lodge 2019.
The Lodge is set on green lawns and acacia trees overlooking a natural waterhole and grassland which is a sanctuary for wildlife. Accommodation includes a house that can house a max 6 people, the cottage which can house max 4 people and 4 exclusive luxury tents with a private deck.
Sirikoi provides a farm to plate kind of dining from the 1-acre organic vegetable garden which has a variety of vegetable, fruits and herbs.
Activities within the lodge include game drives, swimming at the infinity pool, visit the organic garden, wildlife watching by the deck, spa treatment with organic made treatments.
Activities outside the lodge which need to be planned prior at an added fee include; horse riding among the wildlife, walk in the canopy at Ngare Ndare Forest, helicopter excursions and quad bike safaris.
For more details: Sirikoi Lodge
7. Sweetwater Serena Tented Camp
The Sweetwater Serena is one of the oldest lodges found in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It consists of 17 duplex tents offering a great view of Mount Kenya and set near a wildlife watering hole.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy has a lot to offer and activities in the area include; game drives with the surety of seeing the big 5 including the white and black rhino, horse riding, bush walks, visit the chimpanzee sanctuary and the endangered species boma that houses the last two northern white rhinos at an additional fee.
8. & Beyond Bateleur Camp
Bateleur Camp is set among forests at the edge of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve overlooking the Oloololo escarpment in Narok county. It has a romantic and total exclusive feel with its structure reflecting the ambience of Kenyan safaris of the 20s and 30s.
The camp has 9 suited tents that provide complete privacy, with the game-filled plains of Maasai Mara on the background. Game drives, balloon safaris, picnics make up activities in this area with the wildebeest migration being the main attraction annually.
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9. Sirai House
Sirai House is a private home located in the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia county. It sits at the foot of the snow-capped Mount Kenya on a secluded 250 acres estate. It is well located high on a ridge surrounded by indigenous forest that is very rich in wildlife.
Sirai gets its name from a Maasai word for euphoria tree which along with olive trees and cedars dots the ridge which the house sits on.
Accommodation is in well-secluded cottages that offer maximum privacy while still providing contact with the main house through a phone and well light walkway. Activities include game drives, walking safaris, horse riding safaris, excursions, camping, picnic and sundowners.
More details: Sirai House