Africa

Exotic Africa – The Perfect Honeymoon Haven

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

After experiencing the bush magic on their exhilarating day on the plains, the couple relaxes and reconnects for their daily treatments at the Anantara Spa, before indulging in several dining options, including Pan-African specialties and “theater cooking” in the dining room overlooking the lodge’s nearby waterhole, or traditional community dining in the bush at The BOMA outdoor venue. The package also includes roundtrip airport transfers, as well as one complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival. The offer is priced from $960 per suite, per night and valid until Dec. 31.

Contact: kempinski.com/serengeti

kenya Kenya Honeymoon Vacations has an affordable 16-day Serena Lodge Road Safari that combines exciting safari adventures with stays at five luxury Serena lodges and resorts—Samburu Serena Lodge, Mount Kenya Mountain Lodge Serena, Amboseli Serena Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge and Mara Serena Lodge in Maasai Mara—all in the richest game viewing regions of Kenya, with an exciting overnight train journey from Nairobi to Mombasa and a 4-day beach stay at Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel—now that’s romance.

Couples start off from Nairobi in the morning and drive through rich farmlands on the shoulders of Mt. Kenya to the rugged semi-desert of Samburu for a 2-night stay at the Samburu Serena Lodge where they’ll find game rarely found elsewhere, including the liver red reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, long neck gerenuk, blue flanked Somali ostrich, vulturine guinea fowl and also elephants, leopards in the trees, African buffaloes, cheetahs and lions lazing in the grass. Here, too, there’s time for visits to Samburu villages, an experience they’ll never forget. Then it’s on to Mt. Kenya for an overnight stay at Mount Kenya Mountain Lodge Serena that includes floodlit game viewing before heading south to Lake Nakuru, often referred to as the pink lake due to its great masses of pink flamingos, for still another overnight stay. On an afternoon game drive, newlyweds will see water buck, impala, buffalo, certainly rhinos, because it’s currently a rhino sanctuary, and if they’re lucky, the elusive leopard.

The safari part of the program wraps up at two of Kenya’s most famous game parks—the Maasai Mara National Reserve, famous for its great herds of wild game—and Amboseli, located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. From the Mara Serena Lodge, honeymooners can enjoy afternoon and morning game drives, as well as visits to the nearby Maasai villages. En-route to the Amboseli Serena Lodge, they stop for lunch in Nairobi and then spend the next two nights at the foot of the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Finally, it’s back to Nairobi for more game viewing along the way, where they’ll board their overnight train for Mombasa. In Mombasa, they’re picked up and delivered to the Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel for four relaxing days on the resort’s white sand beaches. The program is priced from $4,896 pp dbl with full board and in-country transport.

Contact: kenyahoneymoonvacations.com

egypt & kenya African Travel, Inc. has a doubleheader offering combining two of the most exotic destinations in Africa, making it probably one of the most unforgettable honeymoon experiences a newlywed couple could ever have—the 18-day Highlights of Egypt & Kenya.

On this incredible itinerary, couples spend seven days in Egypt that includes a 4-night Nile cruise aboard Uniworld’s beautiful and luxurious River Tosca from Luxor to Aswan. There’s also guided touring of Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and Karnak. In Cairo, couples will have a full day of private sightseeing at Memphis, Sakkara and Giza, as well as visits to the Citadel, the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and the incomparable treasures of the Cairo Museum. Accommodations in Cairo include the Marriott Cairo Hotel and the Fairmont Heliopolis Cairo.

After another post-cruise night in Cairo, it’s off to Nairobi for an overnight stay at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, spending the afternoon touring the Karen Blixen Museum—think “Out of Africa”—and the Giraffe Center. Here, too, couples enjoy one of the major highlights of the Kenya stay—a home host dinner by a Nairobi family. In Aberdares, on the first game viewing stop, they enjoy an afternoon bush walk getting up-close with zebras, giraffes, ostriches and warthogs and watch the nocturnal gatherings around the waterhole and salt lick from the observation deck at the treetop hotel, The Ark.

En-route to the Mount Kenya Safari Club, the couple’s 2-night home at Mt. Kenya, there’s a stop at the craft centers in Nanyuki, including the Spinners & Weavers, a women’s self-help center where they can select from beautiful African shawls, carpets and other handicraft items. The game viewing here centers on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa. Here, too, they’ll visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered species can be seen.