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Planning a honeymoon? Here are some of our itinerary ideas for an unusual, authentic and unforgettable East African honeymoon:

by Tom Blakey

East Africa is an incredible honeymoon destination and one of the most romantic African vacations.

Whether you’re interested in a classic Tanzanian safari, tracking mountain gorillas in the jungles of Rwanda or simply relaxing on the beach on the exotic island of Zanzibar, a honeymoon in East Africa can be a perfect combination of adventure, relaxation and romance.

Here are some of our itinerary ideas for an unusual, authentic and unforgettable East African honeymoon:

Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar - 11 days

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

From tracking wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, to soaring over the plains of the iconic Masai Mara in a hot air balloon, and swimming with whale sharks in Zanzibar, this African adventure combines some of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa.  

Kenya & Zanzibar Honeymoon – 12 days

Beach in Zanzibar

This magical honeymoon includes a spectacular Masai Mara safari and 7 nights of luxurious relaxation on the spice island of Zanzibar.

With an exhilarating Masai Mara safari experience in Kenya plus a few days relaxing on the exotic island of Zanzibar, this honeymoon is the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation and romance.

Kenya and Zanzibar are home to one of the best honeymoon hotels in East Africa, that combine exclusivity and personalized service in an intimate setting.

We will recommend accommodation that matches your requirements and sense of style, and we will also offer suggestions about optional extras, such as a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the plains of the Masai Mara followed by a champagne breakfast, or a romantic beach dinner under the stars.

Kenya Safari & Beach – 8 days

Hot air balloon over Masai Mara plains

Instead of taking an international flight after your romantic safari in Kenya, enjoy a luxury safari in the Masai Mara and a few days of rest and relaxation on the white sands of Diani Beach on the Kenyan coast.

Luxury Kenya Safari – 7 days

Zebras in Masai Mara

If you'd rather not combine your safari with some beach time, this luxury Kenya safari is for you. 

Experience first-class safaris and exhillirating game drives in the Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park in northern Kenya. Then head t the south to spot the 'big five' in the Masai Mara.

Stay in luxury lodges in the Samburu Reserve and the Masai Mara, and enjoy game drives, guided walks and authentic cultural interactions.

Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar – 12 days

Herds in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

This classic itinerary includes incredible game drives in the National Parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti, plus the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll also have a few days of post-safari relaxation on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.

Remote Tanzania: Safari & Beach – 12 days

Giraffe in Kenya

This unique honeymoon itinerary offers a remote and authentic safari experience in the Selous Reserve and Ruaha National Park, plus 5 nights of rest and relaxation on remote Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean.

Selous & Zanzibar Holiday – 10 days

Cheeatah family with cubs

As Africa's biggest game reserve and covering an area of 50,000 sq. km, Selous offers an authentic and adventurous safari experience. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital, following your safari, before heading over to one of Zaznibar's most exclusive beaches.

The suggestions above are examples of honeymoons which we can arrange, however they can all be tailored to suit your personal preference. At the initial enquiry stage our Africa Fair Travel Specialists will ask you what you want to see and do, and then they will create a magical honeymoon which matches your exact requirements.

We appreciate that every couple has their own preferences with regards to the places where they want to stay and we’ll ensure that we select accommodation which is right for you. (Please see below for details about some of our favourite honeymoon accommodation choices).

We will also offer suggestions about optional extras which we think will make your honeymoon even more special - such as a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the plains of the Masai Mara followed by a champagne breakfast or a romantic beach dinner under the stars.

We understand that your honeymoon needs to be absolutely perfect, and we are committed to making unlimited changes until you’re 100% happy with everything. We want to ensure that your honeymoon will be the most memorable and romantic holiday you will ever take and nothing is too much trouble for us.

East Africa Honeymoon Accommodations

Here are some of the luxury lodges, romantic resorts and beautiful boutique hotels that we like to recommend as accommodations on our tailor made East Africa honeymoons:

Saruni Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya

Saruni Mara

This is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa.

The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa: the Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve.

We recommend that you stay in the Love Shack (photo above), which is a secluded cottage, known as Saruni Mara's honeymoon suite. The neutral colour scheme, elegant furnishings and beautiful antiques create a feeling of classic elegance and romance.

The bedroom is very spacious, and opens out onto a large veranda with a magnificent view of the valley leading onto the Masai plains - the perfect private dining area.

We think that Saruni Mara offers the perfect combination of adventure, luxury, wildlife and culture.

Konokono Beach Resort - Zanzibar

Konokono Beach Resort 

Konokono Beach Resort is located on the Michamvi Peninsula on the east coast of Zanzibar.

It is one of the most tranquil and secluded places on the island. The resort is a quiet paradise offering privacy and romance in the heart of nature.

You’ll find all the modern luxuries such as a beach bar, restaurant, pool and spa which were designed with your romance and relaxation in mind. After long, lazy beach days, you can enjoy romantic sun downers on the beach, just meters from the clear tropical waters.

Almanara Boutique Hotel - Diani Beach, Kenya

Almanara boutique hotel pool 

Located south of Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, Diani Beach rests between the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the open plains of the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Stretching 25 kilometres along the coastline, pearl white sands and lush green forests provide a backdrop of serenity that defines paradise.

Tucked amidst the towering palms and tropical gardens, Almanara Luxury Villas sits quietly, with its six fully inclusive villas along with a gorgeous Boutique Hotel. Complete with personal chef and maid services, this all-inclusive resort provides guests with the chance to enjoy 5-star luxury with a special focus on the personal quality of the service.

Pole Pole Lodge - Mafia Island, Tanzania

Pole Pole Lodge in Mafia Island

Considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world, Pole Pole Lodge is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality.

Balancing barefoot luxury with respect for local culture and environment, it is the perfect place to relax after a safari, and the ideal base for exploring the underwater wonders of Mafia Island.

This hidden gem of an island is a particularly great idea for scuba divers looking to get off the beaten track.

Saruni Samburu, Samburu Reserve, Kenya

Saruni Samburu viewing deck

Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over the Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya.

As the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness (a home to rare endemic wildlife) to explore exclusively, and guided by Samburu tribesmen passionate about their land and culture, the safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.

When we book your accommodation we’ll let them know that you’re on your honeymoon as we know from experience that most of the lodges, resorts and hotels we use will go out of their way to make your honeymoon even more memorable - with extra touches such as candle-lit private dinners, room upgrades, massage treatments or a complimentary bottle of bubbly on arrival.

If you'd like to start planning your East Africa honeymoon, call our Luxury Travel Specialists for a chat about your dream trip or fill out our no-obligation enquiry form.

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