Give your lives an unforgettable new beginning surrounded by the wild wonders of Kenya. The country’s natural landscape is as stunning as the abundant wildlife roaming through it, boasting snow-capped mountains, sprawling deserts, grassy savannahs and gorgeous beaches. With rich cultures and unspoiled safaris, Kenya is the perfect destination for adventurous couples.
The incredible diversity of landscapes, cultures, wildlife and activities means that visitors to Kenya have endless opportunities. The North has some of the most pristine nature in Africa, and the rich wildlife of the Maasai Mara is perfect for first time safari-goers. The coastline offers serene beaches, perfect for diving and fishing. In a single trip to Kenya, you can visit tropical forests, relax on beautiful beaches, scale mountains and explore the wild. From the ‘Wildlife Capital’ of Nairobi and ‘Bird Watchers Paradise’ of Lake Nakuru, to ‘Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court’ of Amboseli, Kenya’s wilderness areas are the essence of wild Africa.
Kenya is proud to be home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Clustered in different categories, these sites have been chosen precisely because of their cultural, historical, natural and archaeological value. These world heritage sites combine to form the quintessential Kenya honeymoon experience.
Kenya is home to over 40 unique cultures. Stay in the villages and witness the traditional ways of life in Kenya, or experience urban culture in the nation’s cities, where the fast life is never fast enough.
Safaris have always been a favorite for honeymooners in Kenya, and the country does not fail to impress. From the big five to the small five, Kenya’s game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest game to be found. Head to the Great Rift Valley to witness these natural wonders: its vast plains are speckled with gazelle, zebra and big cats. In the Maasai Mara, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, watch huge herds of wildebeest graze on sweeping plains during their annual migration. Spend a day with a tribe and learn about their daily activities. After enjoying some thrills on safari, make a beeline for the Indian Ocean coastline for some rest and relaxation on pristine white sand beaches.
There are some places in Kenya that you cannot afford to go home without visiting. Stop by the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary and watch as elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. Head to the Chimpanzee sanctuary at the Ol Pejeta Conservatory and meet some new little friends. These excursions are not only informative, but by visiting, you’ll make a difference in these animals’ worlds.
Kenya has an abundant range of accommodations, from luxury tented safari camps and classic colonial-style lodges to secluded beachfront cottages. Breathtaking scenery and superb service are standard throughout the country. If you desire intimacy and seclusion on your honeymoon, a private villa is the perfect choice. Enjoy a private chef and butler who will cater to all your needs, or head to the beach and take a dip in your own private swimming pool. From youth hostels to five star luxury suites, pitching your own tent in the wilderness to relaxing in a private beachside villa, the hotels in Kenya are endless.
Kenya is an ideal honeymoon destination for many reasons – the ease of combining a first class safari with tranquil beaches, the vast range of exceptional accommodations in some of the most pristine and remote wilderness, the breathtaking landscapes and of course, the wild safari adventures. A honeymoon in Kenya is full of possibility – sleep under the stars on the high plains, share an intimate candlelit dinner in the wilderness, or sunbathe on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean. You’ll experience unparalleled luxury, fine cuisine and world-class service while surrounded by the wonders of the wild, making Kenya the ultimate destination for newlyweds. Whether you’re looking to rough it or relax in style, Kenya is the perfect setting for a romantic, exclusive, and unforgettable honeymoon.
- UP ABOVE: For a truly unique view of Kenya’s spectacular wilderness, go up, up, and away on a balloon safari. This incredible once in a lifetime experience offers a fantastic panorama of the great plains of the Mara and the chance to drift unobtrusively over the great herds below.
- RIDE A CAMEL: A camel safari in Kenya is a once in a lifetime experience. Riding through the bush with only the sounds of the wild and the soft tinkling of camel bells, you’ll find yourself travelling at a relaxed pace, moving through the wild in tune with the rhythms of nature.
- JUMP IN: Plunge below the surface of the Indian Ocean and you will discover a whole new kind of safari. Kenya is becoming an increasingly popular dive destination, with an underwater wilderness just as rich and diverse for exploration as the one on land.
- NICE TO MEET YOU: Villages are the perfect places to get to know the culture and lifestyle of the Kenyan people. Spend a day in a local village, learning about and getting involved in their daily lives.
- A DAY ON THE GREEN: Fore! Kenya offers some of the world’s finest designs in golf courses, with state-of-the-art facilities and quality service. With ideal weather year round, golf in Kenya is the perfect way to take a break from the safari lifestyle.
- TAKE A LEAP: There are many ways to see Kenya, but imagine what it looks like from 14,000 feet above ground, floating over the Indian Ocean! Adrenaline junkies will love it. And don't be scared: nothing can beat the leap you just took into marriage!
- CHARGE IT: On a Kenyan honeymoon, you’ll take home more than just memories! With stocked gift shops offering a wide range of traditional artifacts, jewelry, tea and coffee, beautiful fabric wraps and enchanting stone and wood carvings, you’ll be sure to find the perfect souvenir to take home from your honeymoon in Kenya.
- DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: After the sun has set, take advantage of the vibrant, late-night scene of Kenya. If you are in Nairobi, head to some of the stylish bars and nightclubs for an exciting night out.
Tips and Advice
- CAPITAL: Nairobi
- GEOGRAPHY: Located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west and Sudan to the northwest.
- COUNTRY SIZE: About 225,000 square miles, Kenya is twice the size of Nevada.
- TIME ZONE: UTC +3 hours
- AREA CODE: +254
- CURRENCY: Kenyan Shilling
- ELECTRICITY: 220-240 volts. Plugs are two- and three-pin square and round.
- LANGUAGE: Kenya is a multilingual country, with Swahili and English as the two official languages.
- GETTING THERE: Kenya has three international airports; Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa and Moi International Airport in Eldoret. These airports service numerous international carriers, including the national airline Kenya Airways. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, USA and Africa.
- GETTING AROUND: There’s a wide range of travel options in Kenya. If you want to be looked after throughout your trip, you can travel on a shared or exclusive road safari, where you’ll have an off-the-shelf or tailor-made itinerary. Alternately you can take an air safari via scheduled domestic airlines or charter a light plane for your own use. If you want more independence, you can easily rent a vehicle and self-drive or hire a driver.
- WEATHER: December through March is known as the dry season, where it is usually hot and rainless. Rainy season can last from late April to June. The relatively cool season lasts from late June until October each year.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS:
- BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time of year for a honeymoon in Kenya depends on where exactly you plan to visit. For safaris south of Nairobi, including the Maasai Mara, any time of year except April and May will be fine, whereas north of Nairobi, November is the month to avoid. There isn't a specific wet or dry season on Kenya's coast, but it can be particularly rainy from April to June and in November.
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: In order to enter Kenya, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry and it must have at least two blank pages.
- VISAS: Visas are available for purchase on entry at international airports and border crossings. Kenya has recently implemented an e-visa program, which will run concurrently with visas on arrival. There is a separate line at immigration for those who require tourist visas. No photos are required, but you’ll need cash for the visa payment, which costs $50 USD. Visas can also be obtained through a Kenyan embassy or consulate prior to departure, and they will be valid for six months from the date of issue.
- MONEY: With a Visa card, you will be able to withdraw cash from most ATMs, though there may be transaction charges that vary from one machine to another. Currency can be exchanged at any bank and you will need your passport to do so. Forex Bureaux can be found throughout the country, and it does not charge commission or bank fees.
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