A safari wedding promises not only plenty of sun, but magnificent landscapes as well. Weddings are notorious for having plenty of photos taken, and with good reason, you want your special day captured for posterity!
In this article, we give you the top three safari destinations in Kenya for honeymooners and the reasons why they are your best bet for hosting your special days. These are safari destinations that promise a lot of fun and memorable moments.
- The Maasai Mara:
Maasai Mara is famed for its picturesque scenery and vast selection of wildlife. This is also where the annual Wildebeest Migration occurs. The reserve has a host of luxurious camps set in the extensive wilderness and forms the perfect romantic setting for your nuptials.
It’s not just the scenic views that make this savannah wedding an attractive option, the photos at sunset will be to die for. In the Mara, you also get to experience the famed amazing African sunset! Let’s also not forget that this is a reserve teeming with wildlife, from the Big 5 (the African Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo) to over a million Wildebeest and over 200,000 Zebra, Impala and Gazelle (an animal faster than any horse among the Breeders Cup 2019 race). Imagine having some of these beautiful animals in your wedding pictures! Memorable, right?
In addition, you can even begin your honeymoon right away, and while at it, get to experience other attractions of the Mara such as Hot air balloon rides, picnics, a bush dinner, horse riding and nature walks. Should your nuptials be at any time between the months of July and October, you can also get to witness the annual wildebeest migration, a spectacle so great it has been declared the 8th wonder of the world!
- Diani beach:
Diani Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kenya. Her pearly white sands saw it ranked among the top 12 best secret beaches in the world (New York Post).
For your honeymoon in Diani, imagine nothing but breath-taking views of the azure Indian Ocean on one side and a pristine stretch of white sandy beach as far as the eye can see, on the other. Since Diani has some of the best world class hotels at the coast, you and your guests are assured of deluxe accommodation and catering.
A wedding in Diani is also an opportunity to interact with the very hospitable Swahili people and get to sample their culture and heritage.
It also goes without saying that the wedding photos will be stunning. Not only that, there are a host of other activities to do during your stay, such as swimming, snorkeling, deep-sea diving, sky diving and even a round or two of golf.
Aside from Diani’s visual appeal, the town of Mombasa offers other attractions such as a visit to the Old Town and Fort Jesus, a visit to the Haller park and an amazing nightlife. There isn’t a dull moment at the Kenyan coast. Beach nuptials promise all these adventures and more.
Watamu is a small town that offers plenty of activities and fine dining. Located approximately 105 km North of Mombasa, the beaches here are made up of 3 bays; Blue Bay, Watamu, and Turtle Bay. With its sparkling white sand and the turquoise ocean waters, these beaches are one of the perfect settings for weddings.
A cool ocean breeze wafting amid the palm trees offers a tranquil note on which to start your marital bliss.
Given the many hotels dotting the area, you will be spoilt for choice as to which world class resort to go for. With the top notch and competitively priced amenities on offer, this is one destination that will not disappoint.
For the night owls in your party, Watamu has a vibrant nightlife that offers entertainment all hours of the night. The beaches are also rich in coral, making them perfect for snorkeling. Aside from the beachfront, Watamu boasts of a marine life that is as diverse as it is colorful. From Hawksbill Turtles to Dolphins and over 500 species of fish.
With a moment to spare, you could also visit the nearby Arabuko Sokoke forest, which is home to Elephants, Monkeys and rare species of birdlife.