Kenya is a fantastic destination that seamlessly melds together both adventure and romance. There’s plenty to do from scouting out the abundant wildlife to embarking on hikes, and marveling at Lake Nakuru. Aside from nature-based expeditions, there’s also sandy white beaches, luxurious hotels, and delicious cuisine.
If you’re a newlywed that’s looking to head somewhere for your honeymoon, Kenya is the perfect destination. From stunning scenery to colorful history and sweeping valleys, you’re sure to be blown away by this exciting travel destination that’s making its mark on the map.
Unwind and relax at Diani Beach
There’s nothing like sinking your toes into soft white sand that’s kissed by surfable waves. Diani Beach is an Indian Ocean paradise and it’s incredibly popular with a diverse array of individuals from families to honeymooners and more. If you’re visiting Diani Beach, you can also choose to stay in any one of the intimate accommodation options peppered along the beach.
While you’ll certainly be treated to stellar views, Diani Beach is also the perfect spot to relax on a hammock swing, take a dip in the ocean, and even go for a dive. There’s also a wide range of water sports in the area, and the Shimba Hills are right next door – another great place to head to for glimpses of elephants and hikes to stunning waterfalls.
Swim with the Bioluminescence Plankton at Kilifi
A quaint town, you can spend the afternoon wandering around Kilifi’s local shops and exploring the cafes around the area. You can also head to Vuma Cliffs – only a 30-minute drive away for an incredible view of huge waves crashing against the cliffs.
While these are all great places to visit in Kilifi, the area is most popular for its bioluminescent planktons. In the evening, head to the tidal creek and you’ll be in awe of the glowing water that provides a sparkly swimming experience unlike any other.
Spot animals at the Masai Mara
No trip to Kenya is complete without heading to the Masai Mara. It’s one of the world’s best and most magnificent game reserves. Not only will you be treated to gorgeous backdrops, it also has some of the best concentration of animals, and you can also learn more about the culture of the Masai people who live at Masai Mara.
What makes this park special, is the Great Migration. It’s when thousands of zerba, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle travel to and from the Seregenti during the months of July to October. You’ll also get to spot hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River along with lions, cheetahs and leopards. Another great bonus of the Masai Mara is its gentle weather – thanks to the park’s altitude.
Admire the Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park
For a sight unlike any other, you’ll have to head to Lake Nakuru National Park. It’s famous for its huge flocks of pink flamingos, and there are more than 450 species of birds that reside in the area.
It’s not just birds that you’ll spot at Lake Nakuru National Park, the area also has plenty of other wildlife from leopards to white rhinos and lions. The park also has one of the largest euphorbia candelabrum forest in Africa – these trees are a succulent species of plant that can grow up to 20 metres tall.
Wander around Lamu Island
Even though Lamu Island might be small, it oozes with charm. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Kenya’s oldest inhabited settlement that dates back to the 12th-century. As you stroll through the streets, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Houses also have interesting architectural features with Europe and Indian influences.
What’s interesting about Lamu Island is the lack of motor vehicles around. Instead, you’ll probably spot quite a few donkeys roaming around the island. Since most of Lamu’s population is Muslin, you’ll see both men and women donning traditional attire. Some attractions to visit at Lamu Island include the Lamu Museum, soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, and sipping on a cup of Arabic coffee at a local cafe.
Hike Mount Kenya
For the more adventurous, you’d want to attempt hiking up Mount Kenya. The mountain has three peaks that you can choose from – Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana. While the first two would require technical equipment and training, it’s possible for beginner hikers to reach the top of Point Lenana. It is a rather steep climb however, so you’d need to be prepared. The best time to attempt the hike is during the drier months of January to February or July to October.
If you’re not keen on hiking up Mount Kenya, you can visit Mount Kenya National Park instead to catch a glimpse of this picturesque mountain. While you’re there, take in the gorgeous scenery of glaciers, lakes, mineral springs, alpine forests, and even a dense bamboo forest. There’s also plenty of wildlife for you to spot at the park from monkeys to elephants, leopards and hyenas.
Stay at Giraffe Manor
Kenya is known for its luxurious hotels and intimate retreats, but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, you can stay at Giraffe Manor. As the name suggests, the hotel is right next door to a herd of friendly giraffes. There are only six rooms in the manor, so you’ve got plenty of privacy.
Other great amenities at the hotel include a spa that’s perfect for newlyweds looking to pamper themselves, and a European restaurant that serves up exquisite dishes to tempt the taste buds of even the most discerning diner.
The above are some of the things that you can do if you’re heading to Kenya and want an adventurous honeymoon that’s unlike any other. There’s also plenty more that you can add to your list from heading on a safari adventure at Amboseli National Park and Nairobi National Park to visiting the Elephant and Rhino Sanctuary. If you’re visiting Kenya, comfortable accommodation is also a must. While there are luxurious hotels, there are also plenty of great Airbnbs in Kenya to choose from.
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