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A delightful blend of Kenya's wildlife rich reserves and idyllic white sand beaches
When considering what to do for a Honeymoon, few combinations of experiences offer the sense of adventure, romance and luxury than a trip to see Africa’s unique wildlife followed by time on its idyllic white sand beaches. Kenya is arguably the best destination to enjoy a safari and beach experience, with abundant wildlife found in varied areas and some of the best beaches Africa has to offer. Start your trip-of-a-lifetime with a flight to Nairobi, spending your first night in a hotel close to the domestic airport so you have an easy journey to catch your first internal flight the following morning. Your first safari will be enjoyed amongst the rolling hills and deep red soils of the Samburu National Reserve in the centre of the country. Famed for its outstanding elephant sightings, fascinating cultural interactions and amazing vistas, this is the perfect spot to ease yourself in to your African experience. From Samburu fly down to the iconic Maasai Mara, one of the most renowned game viewing destinations in Africa with plenty of big cats, excellent elephant sightings and some of the finest guides Africa has to offer. For the final leg of your trip fly across to the beautiful Kenyan coast for a stay on Diani Beach where you can relax in the sunshine, swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and enjoy some of the finest seafood anywhere in the world. From Diani fly back to Nairobi to connect with your flight back to London.
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Day 1: Nairobi bound
This morning catch the BA flight from London Heathrow to Nairobi, arriving in this evening. At the airport you will be met and transferred to the nearby Ole-Sereni Hotel where you will be spending the night.
Day 2: On to Samburu
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the nearby Wilson airport to catch a light aircraft flight north to the beautiful Samburu National Reserve. A short transfer will take you to the charming Saruni Samburu where you will be spending the next 3 nights. Settle in to your beautifully appointed suite before lunch on the terrace and some time to relax in the lovely surroundings of the camp. You will then head out for an afternoon game drive through Samburu to spot its varied wildlife, including the large herds of elephant for which it is renowned.
Day 3: Exploring the wilds
As dawn breaks over Samburu you will be woken with tea and coffee before heading out to explore the reserve in the beautiful early morning light. Spot predators slinking back in to the bush after a night hunting, enjoy seeing herds of antelope soaking up the morning sunshine and revel in the wonderful peace and tranquillity of the still Samburu mornings. In between your activities you can relax by the infinity pool, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the warm, natural service that the genial staff provide. The food here is outstanding a real feature of a stay at Saruni Samburu with dishes inspired by seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.
Day 4: Choose how to spend your day
Perhaps the most taxing part of any stay at Saruni Samburu is deciding which activities to enjoy. As well as traditional game drives they offer guided walks which are a great way to get up close and personal with some of the smaller animals of the bush, as well as learn more about the trees and plants that dot the landscape. You can also visit a local elephant sanctuary, spend some time in a traditional Samburu village and explore hidden caves which are home to ancient rock art sites. If you are really looking to treat yourselves then they can also arrange helicopter trips over the region, capped off with sundowner drinks, which is an amazing way to spend an afternoon.
Day 5: Fly to the Mara
Enjoy a final breakfast on the terrace overlooking the plains before being transferred back to the airstrip for a light aircraft flight down to the Maasai Mara. From the airstrip you will be transferred through the reserve to the lovely Saruni Mara which is tucked away in the renowned Mara North Conservancy, which borders the main Maasai Mara National Reserve. Offering all the benefits of the Mara’s outstanding game viewing, but with the added bonus of being on privately managed land which is much quieter, this is the perfect spot for your big game viewing safari.
Day 6: A full day on safari
Spend the day out with your hugely experienced guide enjoy the amazing game viewing that this region offers. Lion and leopard sightings are especially good here, with the large herds of plains game providing plenty of opportunities for hunting which is always an exciting spectacle to witness. Elephant sightings are also very good here, whilst iconic animals such as giraffe and zebra are seen in strong numbers. Honeymooners visiting between August and October will also have the opportunity to visit the main part of the reserve to see the herds of the Great Migration and possibly one of the incredible river crossings.
Day 7: Relax or explore – the choice is yours
In addition to the morning and afternoon game drives, there are plenty of other alternative activities which you can enjoy at Saruni Mara. The neighbouring Olchorro Conservancy is home to an excellent rhino sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the bush and learn more about the conservation work being done to protect them. There will also be the chance to enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride – a truly iconic Maasai Mara experience and a truly wonderful way to spend a morning of your Honeymoon, capped off with a Champagne breakfast on the Mara plains.
Day 8: To the beach
This morning you will be able to have breakfast in the camp before being collected and transferred back to the airstrip for a light aircraft flight across to Diani Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Kenyan coast. A short drive from the airstrip will take you to Sands at Nomad, an idyllic beach retreat just paces from the pure white sands of Diani Beach and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean beyond. Relax in the shade of swaying palm trees, swim in the lovely swimming pool and enjoy some of the most delicious seafood Kenya has to offer in the lovely beachside restaurant.
Days 9-12: Relax in paradise
Spend your time at Diani Beach enjoying this idyllic seaside paradise – warm weather prevails throughout the year and the gentle breeze keeps you cool but isn’t disruptive to sitting back and relaxing. Of course, there is sufficient wind to enjoy an array of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing or, with one of Kenya’s leading dive schools found adjacent to your hotel there is a chance to explore the underwater world as well. Explore nearby Diani if you wish, or simply relax and enjoy the glorious surroundings of this wonderful hotel.
Day 13: The journey home
After a morning at leisure relaxing you will be transferred back to Diani airport for a light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson. A driver will be waiting to transfer you back across to the international airport for an overnight BA flight back to London, arriving early tomorrow morning.
Duration: 13 Days
Location: Kenya, Africa
This Kenya Honeymoon costs from £5,750 per person and includes:
- International and domestic flights
- All applicable transfers
- Samburu and Mara park and conservancy fees
- 1 night Bed & Breakfast at Ole-Sereni Hotel - Superior Room
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Saruni Samburu - Suite
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Saruni Mara - Suite
- 5 nights Bed and Breakfast at Sands at Nomad - Sea Breeze Room
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