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Luxury Kenyan Bush and Beach Honeymoon

“The ultimate Luxury Honeymoon, combining three of the best bush locations in Kenya with a private villa stay on Diani Beach”

Budget level: High-End
Country
Kenya
When to Go
All year
Duration
14 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge

This safari combines not only the BEST luxury honeymoon accommodations specials on offer, but takes you to the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu and Diani Beach, it really doesn’t get much better than this for discerning honeymooners.

Fly into Nairobi and stay the night at the boutique Hotel One-Forty-Eight. After a sumptuous breakfast transfer to the close by Wilson Airport for a short flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival game drive to the elegant Richards River Camp in the Olare Olok Conservancy, your home for the next 3 nights. This area boasts the very best game viewing in the whole of the Masai Mara, including arguably the highest concentration of predators in Africa. Do a day visit into the Masai Mara National Reserve and experience the wildebeest crossing the Mara River, if in the migration season. Hot air ballooning over the Mara plains is also highly recommended!

On the last morning in the Mara game drive to the airstrip, fly north to Samburu and after a short transfer arrive at Saruni Samburu. This ultra-chic eco-lodge nestled into a hill offers some of the best views in Africa and makes for the ultimate romantic setting. Spend the next 4 days indulging in the wide array of activities on offer, including unique Samburu cultural experiences.

After the Saruni stay fly via Nairobi onto Amboseli and transfer to the famous Ol Donyo lodge. The lodge rates as one of the best luxury lodges in Africa and Amboseli is famous for the super tuskers that roam the area with Mt Kilimanjaro as backdrop. Spend 3 nights in your private suite complete with roof terrace and sky bed, for fabulous nights under the stars!

Just as you thought it cannot get any better, fly onto the Kenyan Coastal city of Mombasa and transfer to Alfajiri Villas, for a stay in your private villa on famous Diani Beach. Here you will be the guests of hosts Fabrizio and Marica who lovingly developed and own this fabulous retreat. The spacious villas come complete with your own swimming pool and a private butler who will attend to your every need. Do as much or as little as you wish in this opulent setting, a fitting finale to one of the best honeymoons on offer in Africa!

Itinerary in Brief

1 Night Hotel One-Forty-Eight
3 Nights Richards River Camp
3 Nights Saruni Rhino
3 Nights Ol Donyo
4 Nights Alfajiri Villas

All properties offer honeymoon specials.

Safari Rating

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wilderness
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detailed itinerary

OneFortyEight is set in a large lush garden with beautiful lawns in a peaceful part of the City. The location is unique with warthog, parrots, peacocks and monkeys freely coming and going through the garden. Often lions and hyena can be heard at night from the close by Nairobi National Park.

An incredible private home forms the foundation of the Hotel, with original artwork featured throughout making it a living gallery. The 5 brand new suites have been converted from the artist’s original studio, with the Hotel itself spares no modern convenience. The Hotel provides delicious food and wine, beautifully appointed rooms, first class service, in-room television with Wi-Fi and a boutique designer shop on site. Easy access to very good restaurants, museums and wildlife is on the doorstep.

Richard’s River Camp was initially established as Richard and Liz’s ‘home away from home’ in 2006 when their son Willoughby was born. Perfectly situated on the banks of the Njageteck River in the private Olare Orok Mara North Conservancy, the camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp. This camp is also particularly known for its resident lion pride which can often been seen hunting right in front of the camp, and most always can be heard roaring during the night.

With only eight tents, this camp is ideal for individuals as well as exclusive groups who wish to experience the Masai Mara in a personal intimate setting. Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels – the result is a casually luxurious tented camp, combining exceptional wildlife with a contemporary ‘Out of Africa’ experience. There is a honeymoon suite perfect for a very special experience on this honeymoon safari.

Richard’s River Camp offers day and night game drives, birding and scenic bush walks, sundowners, bush meals and cultural visits to a local Maasai Village nearby. At an additional cost are hot air balloon flights can be arranged.

The management couple, Finlay Marrian (born and raised in Kenya) and Hannah Geddes (originally from England but has been living in Kenya for the past five years) will welcome you with warm Kenyan hospitality.

Saruni Samburu is a deluxe, design lodge located in Kenya’s wild north. It is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, which borders Samburu National Reserve, with 80 000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness to explore and enjoy exclusively.

Perched on a spectacular viewpoint, its six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya in the distance.

Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the two swimming pools and the Samburu Wellbeing Space. Nearby there is a ground-level photographic hide next to a waterhole where the famous Samburu elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and Grevy’s zebra gather to drink. The lodge is admired for its innovative, eco-chic architecture and interesting design and décor, as well as its Italian-inspired cuisine.

You are guided from start to finish by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and their culture, learning first-hand about their fascinating customs and traditions and their ancient, local knowledge – a truly authentic experience. The vastness and purity of this landscape, combined with the untouched local culture, elegant comfort and welcoming hospitality make for an intimate, exceptional and life-changing experience.

The area around Saruni Samburu is teeming with wildlife – from the giant herds of Samburu elephant coming to drink at the waterholes, leopard making their lairs on rocky outcrops nearby, to endangered packs of African wild dog seen traversing the plains below the lodge. The area is also home to rare endemic species, the ‘Samburu Five’: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk.

Saruni Samburu is an intimate camp and its spacious open luxury vilas are ideal for honeymooners. Combined with the swimming pool and spa a special experience indeed!

Ol Donyo is the perfect lodge for romantic getaways! Spacious suites with private pool, sky terrace and sky beds it doesnt get much better than this for the very BEST honeymoon experience.

All of the lodge’s suites and villas have been individually designed so that none are alike. However, they all follow the same principle of the fusion of luxurious interior life with the great outdoors.

There are 6 suites and a 2 bedroom family unit. Each has a magnificent living and dining area and offers an almost fluid transition from inside to outside. Each also offers a private swimming pool on their adjacent veranda and intimate ‘star beds’ can be set up on their private roof terrace, so you can appreciate the beauty of sleeping under a canopy of twinkling stars.

Aside from observing the wildlife from your veranda, early morning or late evening game drives in an off-road vehicle can be arranged. Even more exciting is viewing the game from the back of a horse. Thanks to the well-trained and experienced safari horses at Ol Donyo, these rides are suitable for all, from beginner to advanced riders. Mountain bike tours and bush walks with picnic breaks in the wilderness can also be organised. For the perfect end to an exciting day in the wild arrange a relaxing massage for a nominal extra charge.

One of the most luxurious and beautiful lodges in Africa with a location to match!

Alfajiri is privately owned and managed by the warm and welcoming Italian team of Fabrizio and Marica, you arrive as guests and leave as friends

Alfajiri Villas comprise of three completely unique villas which can be booked individually for honeymoons, romantic breaks or family adventures. Each villa includes your own butler and offers unrivalled exclusivity, impressive private swimming pools and stunning beach views. Villa stays offer something incredibly personal and special – no sharing, ultimate privacy and ultimate downtime. The Alfajiri team goes out of their way to make your stay personal and memorable; the food and service is award winning, as is the entire Alfajiri experience.

The concept is as you please! Private dining is a la carte, served al fresco or in your villa – your choice, as too is the cuisine. All meals and drinks including local and imported brands of alcohol are included in the rates. The Villas are open all year and your butler is on hand to look after you from start to finish.

Alfajiri is renowned for their service and food experiences, long and lazy meals are one of the signature experiences. Discreet service is on hand 24/7 from your butler and an experienced and friendly team. Alfajiri has won numerous awards for its high-quality service experience including the Harpers and Queen award for providing the best service worldwide. Fresh seafood is brought in daily from the beach and includes some of the best crab, prawns, lobsters, octopus and sea fish available. The menus have a Mediterranean influence; olive oil and Parmesan cheese are flown in from Europe. The salads and fresh vegetables come daily from local farms and the fruit is handpicked from trees and bushes around Diani.

Alfajiri offers the ultimate beach retreat for downtime and pampering or it can be an adventurer’s paradise. You can do as little or as much as you like when you stay here, lots of guests never leave the stunning villas. Included in the rates are a daily massage in your garden gazebo, a driver on demand can take you to any of the following additional activities. • Deep sea fishing • Snorkelling • Diving and diving courses • Kite surfing and kite courses • Sky Diving • An 18-hole championship golf course • Visit numerous community projects and experiences. • Local boat trips to the barrier reef • Numerous water sports activities • Safari’s in the Shimba Hills.

All in all the perfect honeymoon destination and grand finale to one of the best honeymoon safaris on offer in the whole of Africa!

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