The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Kenya
Create memories to last a lifetime with an unforgettable honeymoon in Kenya, one of Africa’s most vibrant and picturesque countries.
With its outstanding natural beauty, sprawling savannahs and incredible variety of wildlife, Kenya is a dream honeymoon for adventurous newlyweds. Whether marvelling at magnificent wild animals on safari or sunbathing on the glittering shores of the Indian Ocean, however you wish to enjoy your honeymoon in Kenya, we’ll help you create the perfect itinerary.
From the finest accommodation options and the best tours and experiences to helpful recommendations on things to do, our travel specialists have everything you need to make your Kenyan honeymoon a tailor-made experience.
Why Plan a Luxury Honeymoon in Kenya?
Its sweeping landscapes and glistening coastlines cement Kenya as one of Africa’s most picturesque regions, home to some of the continents’ most vibrant and diverse wildlife and cultures. From the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya and the sprawling savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the white-sanded beaches of Watamu, the landscapes of Kenya are as varied as they are beautiful.
We also recommend pairing the honeymoon destinations in Kenya and the Seychelles for a mix of ‘island getaway’ and wildlife experiences. Looking to relax by the beach? Wake up to the soothing sound of the lapping Indian Ocean, with soft rays of sunlight wafting past swaying palm leaves, throwing long shadows onto the floor of your seafront villa. Or, when the sun sets, spend your evenings gazing across the majesty of the African savannah as long, cloudless days melt into cool, tranquil nights.
Africa Travel Specialist Matt Shock shares how a Kenyan honeymoon with Scott Dunn is curated to deliver the very best experiences that Africa has to offer:
“The charm and intimacy that our authentic tented camps in Kenya provide will have honeymooners swooning. Your time in Kenya will be designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters, adventurous activities from hiking to horseback riding, and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.”
When Is the Best Time to Go on a Honeymoon in Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya depends entirely on how you’d like to spend your stay. Thanks to Kenya’s diverse climate and topography, the weather is often dynamic, with each region experiencing differing conditions over the year. However, Kenya’s seasons are fairly easy to remember with a wet and dry season, each offering a unique experience.
Generally, the dry season, between June to October, is the best time to book your honeymoon in Kenya. During these months, you can hope to enjoy sunny and dry weather, ideal for those wishing to spend their honeymoon in Kenya on a safari or simply taking in the African sun.
Want to see Kenyan landscapes rejuvenated by rain, flowering into a lush green paradise or marvel at exotic birds during their most active period? Then a honeymoon in Kenya during the rainy season may be ideal for you and your partner's shared adventure. Visits during this time (between March and May or November and December) also attract fewer tourists, providing a more personal Kenyan experience.
Whenever you choose to enjoy your dream honeymoon in Kenya, you can count on Scott Dunn to help you craft an experience perfect for you.
The Best Safari Honeymoon Destinations in Kenya
Famed for its sheer wealth and variety of wildlife, few regions are more renowned for their safaris than Kenya. A honeymoon in Kenya's vast sunlit savannahs or sprawling National Parks and Reserves, teeming with exotic wildlife including elephants, wildebeest, giraffes and zebras, is one of the most exciting ways you can celebrate your newly made bond.
Whether you choose to join us for a wildlife tour around the country’s very best destinations during your honeymoon in Kenya or go about it at your leisure, here are our recommendations for some of the best safari honeymoon destinations in Kenya:
The Maasai Mara
The world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, located in the southwestern plains of the Kenyan savannah, is renowned for being one of the best locations on the continent for wildlife experiences. With close to 90 species of mammals, including lions, elephants and rhinos, the number of animals that call the Maasai Mara home is astounding. In perhaps the most spectacular migration in the animal kingdom, between July and October, the plains of Maasai Mara Nature Reserve also set the stage for Africa’s annual wildebeest migration, where you can witness their odyssey across the African continent. Whether on foot or an exhilarating horseback safari, a visit to the Maasai Mara is perfect for those hoping to spend their honeymoon marvelling at Kenya’s breathtaking variety of animal and bird life.
Amboseli National Park
Situated in the south of Kenya, near the Tanzanian border, the vast Amboseli National Park sprawls across an area of 392 square kilometres and is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kenya for safaris. Alongside its wealth of animal life and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli is home to over 400 species of bird, making it a paradise for keen bird watchers. Whether you’d like to spend your visit sleeping under the stars at the secluded Ol Donyo Lodge, on cultural visits to the nearby Maasai communities or exploring the park’s diverse and exciting natural features, Amboseli National Park offers visitors a uniquely unforgettable safari experience.
Samburu National Reserve
Running along the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in northern Kenya is the distinctly beautiful Samburu National Reserve. Covering an area of 165 square kilometres, this national reserve is characterised by its rugged terrain and rocky hills and is populated by an abundance of rare and endangered species, including the Somali Ostrich, Grevy Zebra and the Reticulated Giraffe. How you choose to explore Samburu is entirely up to you. Gaze across the reserve from the back of a 4x4, soar across the Ewaso Ng’iro River on a helicopter safari or visit nearby Samburu villages to learn more about the local culture. Samburu is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kenya for those interested in experiencing an authentic taste of life on the coast of Africa.
From the foothills of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Baringo, the Laikipia Plateau sits on the edge of the Northern Kenyan Frontier. Made up of a patchwork of privately-owned ranches, conservation zones, and farms, Laikipia plays an important role in the preservation of endangered wildlife, hosting more threatened species than anywhere else in East Africa. Spend your days in Laikipia exploring the African bush on foot with an experienced guide on exciting walking safaris, your afternoons lion tracking through the savannah, and your nights fly camping under a canopy of starlight. Truly, a visit to Laikipia during your honeymoon in Kenya will be one to remember for a lifetime.
Famous for its rich natural beauty, Northern Kenya contains a diverse range of breathtakingly beautiful locations, particularly its Great Rift Valley, snaking from Syria all the way to Mozambique. Perfect for safaris, spend your honeymoon in Kenya exploring the selection of national parks and wildlife reserves that sit within Northern Kenya’s expansive borders. The area is also known for the rich cultural heritage of its people, who practise a traditional way of life in harmony with their natural environment. For those interested in experiencing Kenya’s rich culture, or taking part in some of East Africa’s best safaris, a honeymoon in Northern Kenya may be perfect for you.
The Best Beach Destinations for a Honeymoon in Kenya and the Seychelles
For newlyweds looking to spend their honeymoon in Kenya lounging Watamu’s white sands, gazing across Diani’s sparkling shores, or traversing across the mangroves lining the pristine town of Lamu, the beaches in Kenya and the Seychelles are among the finest on the continent. Whether you’re visiting to lay back and relax, or are seeking something more exhilarating, here are some of the best beach destinations for a honeymoon in Kenya and the Seychelles:
Stretching 17 km along the southern coast of Kenya lie the sparkling powder-like sands and turquoise waters of Diani Beach, renowned across East Africa for its breathtaking natural beauty. In fact, Diani Beach has been repeatedly voted as Africa’s leading beach destination, thanks to its picturesque setting and inviting atmosphere. Diani Beach is among the best honeymoon destinations in Kenya, with something for everyone to enjoy. Snorkel in the warm Indian Ocean, dine on exceptional local cuisine or stay in some of Kenya’s best luxury resorts, like the exquisite Alfajiri Garden Villa. Diani Beach is truly second to none for couples seeking an idyllic beach location to spend their Kenyan honeymoon in sheer bliss.
Africa Travel Specialist Matt Shock recommends making Diani the perfect finale to your Kenyan beach honeymoon:
“If you want to finish on an idyllic white sanded beach, but still have the African mainland charm, then Diani will tick all your boxes. The small boutique hotels and lodges have a true home away from home feel to them, and your money will go further than any other beach destination in the region.”
One of the oldest and best-preserved settlements in East Africa is the laid-back town of Lamu, situated on Kenya’s northern coast. Surrounded by towering palms and snaking mangrove forests, Lamu has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its rich cultural roots and spectacular views.
The town’s white-sanded beach is perhaps the biggest draw of this rural community, where its winding coastline is hugged by the tranquil Indian Ocean. Here, you can enjoy the local cuisine and culture before jumping on a boat to explore Lamu Beach and hop around some of the islands surrounding the town. Lamu is a dream location to visit during a honeymoon in Kenya, perfect for those looking to take in the unreserved beauty of the African coast while enjoying a healthy dose of the local culture.
With its warm waters, sun-kissed beaches and coral reefs bursting with marine life, there’s no question that Watamu is one of Kenya’s most idyllic beach locations. All along the town’s seafront stretches the magnificent Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve, a protected area home to over 600 species of fish and coral. For newlyweds interested in exploring Kenya's rich underwater ecosystems, there are few places to snorkel more serenely beautiful than Watamu and its Marine National Park. Whether you’re exploring underneath the waves on diving expeditions or soaring about them on exhilarating kitesurfing experiences, no beach honeymoon in Kenya is complete without visiting the outstanding town of Watamu.
If we could recommend anywhere in East Africa to best celebrate, we would suggest a honeymoon visiting Kenya and the Seychelles. The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 idyllic islands scattered 2000 km off Kenya’s coast, renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back atmosphere. The islands offer a wealth of things to do and you can spend your days embarking on island hopping tours, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the islands on exciting helicopter flyovers or lounging back in some of the finest accommodation options anywhere in East Africa. Travellers visiting between October and November also have the chance to experience the turtle hatching season at Denis Island, an unforgettable way to end your African honeymoon
Africa Travel Specialists Matt Shock shares his thoughts on the picturesque Seychelles and offers advice on what to enjoy during your stay:
“Seychelles is probably one of the most beautiful pristine beach destinations in the world. It is the perfect blend of nature and relaxation as you can spend your days on the beach or diving, snorkelling, hiking or island hopping. Perfectly combined with a safari in Kenya with direct flights between Nairobi and Mahe.”
How to Plan the Best Kenya Honeymoon Itinerary
Whether seeking inspiration while crafting your perfect experience or you’d like to join us for a curated excursion of some of the country’s best locations, our travel experts at Scott Dunn will create a honeymoon in Kenya ideal for you. Does your dream honeymoon package include safaris through Kenya’s sprawling savannahs or a tour across the best beach locations on the African coast? Get in touch with one of our Scott Dunn travel experts today, for the Kenya honeymoon itinerary perfect just for you.