A twin center holiday that is hard to beat
Iconic wildlife safari followed by a week on the Indian ocean beach means honeymoon bliss
Just four nights after your wedding and within just a few hours of leaving London, you’ll be in the heart of the Masai Mara, Kenya’s most loved wildlife safari location.
From the moment you set eyes on the great plains landscape flying in, you will be in awe at the sheer scale of the infamous wildebeest and zebra migration activity. Game viewing doesn’t get much more dramatic and exciting than this, with big cats and crocodiles attracted by the bountiful food supply! For your first safari, you really are hitting Africa’s sweet spot! Staying at Kilima Camp’s luxury tented private camp with a huge selection of activities for four nights, you’ll gain a true understanding of the Mara ecosystem from your professional guide and tracker.
A short flight out of the Masai Mara back to Nairobi for your afternoon connection to Zanzibar island takes you to some serious R&R - much needed after your wedding and safari! A one-hour 20-minute transfer, and you’ll have your toes in pearly white Indian Ocean sands at Breezes Beach Club and Spa. You’ll stay in this little piece of paradise for seven nights, soaking in the sunshine and the beautiful wedding you’ve just had. This honeymoon combines the bush and beach with a focus on wildlife and coastal sunshine.
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Day 1: 2nd Oct
Let it begin
Fly overnight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.
Day 2: 3rd Oct
Welcome to the Mara
On arrival into Nairobi’s International airport in the early hours of the morning, you’ll be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to Nairobi’s smaller internal Wilson airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. This scenic flight takes approximately one hour where you’ll look out the plane windows at the unspoilt wilderness of the open plains below, filling you all with awe before you even step foot in the National Park in the Great Rift Valley.
Upon arrival at your Masai Mara airstrip, you’ll be met by a Kilima Camp guide who will transfer you to your home for the next four nights – this is where the safari fun begins. Drive through the open plains to your camp, amongst potentially millions of wildebeest and zebra, giving the Masai Mara its wildlife-related fame worldwide.
Kilima means “mountain or little hill in Swahili” and is found on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve, on a private concession, meaning you can explore the landscape on foot, by car or even by horse. The staff can even arrange a special night game drive! Kilima Camp is a luxurious private tented camp, meaning your tent has wooden floors, warm tones to the fabrics and furniture, a private veranda with views over the plains and Mara River.
Day 3-5: 4th-6th Oct
Wildebeest Migration and Big Cats
You’ll be right in the thick of it with the infamous wildebeest river crossings occurring around October when you’re staying in the Mara. As the wildebeest and zebra migrate south towards the lush green pastures in Tanzania, they are forced into a dramatic journey, stalked by lions and ambushed by crocodiles.
At night, the bush comes alive with nocturnal animals, filling the air with enchanting sounds – your professional guides and trackers will be on hand to explain the intricacies of the ecosystem and bring nature to life. You’ll be amazed what the friendly chefs can create in this environment! Breakfast is served with a view of hilarious noisy hippos lazing in the Mara River.
**Hot air balloon safari**
This is an ideal opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime flight, in a balloon, over the Mara plains. After an early wakeup call – to the sounds of immense birdsong – you’ll set off to the balloon launch site. After hopping into your basket, feel the heat of the flames that bring you smoothly into the sky – feel a soft cool breeze and look down at the wildlife moving or even bird flying beneath you. You’ll move high and low in the sky, nearly touching the treetops at times! The landing of your balloon is followed by photos and a champagne bush breakfast – the atmosphere is filled with excitement and the food is delicious!
Day 6: 7th Oct
Sand in your toes
After your wake-up for a early morning game drive, and your last hippo watching breakfast in the Masai Mara, you will be transferred back to the Mara airstrip for your afternoon flight to Nairobi. Just after lunch you'll catch a connecting flight to Zanzibar island, off the coast of Tanzania. After a one-hour 45-min flight, you’ll be met by your Breezes Beach Club & Spa driver for a one hour 20-minute drive across the flat island through villages to the resort.
Set in beautiful, tropical landscaped gardens on a pristine and peaceful beach on the east coast of Zanzibar island, Breezes provides one of the best spots for enjoying sun, sea and sand. Its meticulously designed buildings, intimate and private dining and traditional décor create an elegant and unique atmosphere. You'll stay in a standard ground level room with a terrace and garden views, surrounded by palm trees. Your rate includes breakfast and dinner.
Day 7-12: 8th-13th Oct
Sun, Swim & Snorkel
This is your chance to let it all sink in, rest on the beach, by the large pool and drink in the sunshine (and cocktails!). If you have the energy, try kite surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, tennis, or horse riding.
This is an ideal chance to gain or maintain your PADI diving certificate with the in-house 5* Gold Palm and National Geographic Dive Centre, the only one in Zanzibar. As honeymooners, you will receive a 10% discount and they will send you your theory work before you leave for your honeymoon so you can choose to work on the theory from the comfort of your home rather than on the beach. Dive the unexplored and discover the untouched.
Day 13: 14th Oct
Depending on your flight time, after breakfast or lunch, enjoy a return drive to Zanzibar airport for your flight back to London via Nairobi.
Day 14: 15th Oct
The Newlyweds are Back
Arriving to London feeling revived, inspired and happy with the memories, photos and sun-kissed skin from your perfect honeymoon.
Duration: 14 Days
Location: Kenya Honeymoons, Kenya
This East Africa Honeymoon idea costs from £4,275pp for two adults and includes: internal flights and all park fees, meals, activities and accommodation on a sharing basis.
This trip excludes international flights to/from the UK.
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