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St Valentine’s Day Ideas

It’s Valentine’s Day this week and we have some great ideas for those of you who are stumped for a good gift or looking for a truly romantic gesture.

Kenya is home to a truly Out of Africa experience and as this year sees the 30th anniversary of that wonderful film starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford we think it’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration. If you haven’t got time to get there this year then maybe you could book it now for a trip later in the year – after all who doesn’t like to receive a pair of tickets to a romantic destination as a surprise?

We recommend staying at many different romantic lodges and tented camps in Kenya.  One of the most romantic is the recently opened Angama Mara in a private conservancy on the edge of the world famous Masai Mara National Park.

Angama Mara

This is an incredibly romantic place because of the absolutely breath-taking views. These are so spectacular it’s almost impossible to drag yourself away from the camp to go on safari!  Each tented suite enjoys a 180° view over the beautiful Masai Mara stretching out far below. The Masai Mara is the best-known game reserve in the world, home to the Big Five and the world famous Migration which runs from July to October of each year and also the home to some truly stunning African scenery. The Out of Africa back-story adds romance and the tented suites are decorated in traditional romantic safari style with extra touches of luxury making it feel even more special. The staff at Angama Mara also go out of their way to make sure your stay is special and you will have some incredible memories to take home with you.

Other than Kenya two of our other favourite places for romance are the intimate and luxurious tented safari camps of Botswana and the luxury hotels on the shores of the stunningly beautiful Lake Malawi. In both these places we can off the exceptionally romantic experience of sleeping under the African night sky in a star bed. You can’t get more romantic than that!

Kanana Camp, Botwana

This little camp is a hidden jewel on the Xudum River in the Okavango Delta. The area is home to a long line of little islands dotted with lush greenery and trees interspersed amongst the rivers and lagoons. As you would expect the Okavango is filled with wonderful wildlife and you can take the camp’s glass bottomed mokoro canoe to make the most of it. The camp is tiny with only seven spacious twin and double-bedded safari tents each with an en-suite bathroom.  The tents are well spaced apart which means they all feel very private without being too far from the main camp area. New for 2016 are the amazing Star Beds which allow you to sleep out under the Botswana stars. With no light pollution the star gazing here will blow you away and the star beds means you can do it in style!

Nkwichi, Lake Malawi

Nkwichi, is a really wonderful secret that we are not sure we want to share – but we will! It really is a wonderful paradise tucked away on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi.  There are 8 secluded beaches set along a stretch of the beautiful Rift Valley coastline which are all around Nkwichi. Not only do you have easy access to stunning beaches and crystal clear warm waters along the lake but also to some untouched wildlife and inland scenery. The accommodation at Nkwichi is also very romantic as you stay in lovely chalets and house set around the resort. Tucked away in the treeline, each chalet is unique.  All individually are individually designed and built using local materials to blend in to their surroundings, they deliver absolute luxury in a natural setting. This means they are really private and romantic with 4 poster beds and rock-pool baths carved out of local boulders and all of them have mesmerizing vistas of the lake. Nkwichi is also home to a fabulous star bed which means you can also sleep out under the stars. If you don’t fancy that then you can still enjoy a private dinner on the beach. Lake Malawi is often called the Lake of Stars so it really doesn’t come more romantic than that!

 

Posted by Ruth Bolton

 

Reasons to consider a safari honeymoon

Your honeymoon is really the true definition of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday – or at least it’s supposed to be!  This holiday is one that gives you the chance to push the boat out a bit, spend a bit more money than usual and do something different for a change. It also has to suit two people who may have widely differing tastes but combining two different places or elements can solve this problem – and the perfect combination is a safari and beach holiday. You may be looking for somewhere truly romantic and intimate or you may be looking for somewhere with a lot of exciting activities available such as water sports. Combining a safari with a beach stay can give you all of these in one holiday.

A safari is a great idea for a honeymoon. Many of our camps and lodges are incredibly romantic. You can spend your nights in a luxury tented camp in the Masai Mara or Amboseli National Parks, your tent decorated in luxurious linens and candlelight. Or perhaps a suite in one of our beautiful safari lodges where you can watch the sunrise over Mount Kenya. Many of the lodges and camps offer wonderful menus and fine dining can be had in the middle of the African bush. You can spend the evenings sitting by the fire looking at the African stars or perhaps enjoying a sundowner cocktail from the privacy of your own deck while you watch the local wildlife at the watering hole.

Days are spent doing game drives in the early morning and evening where you will get a chance to see and soak up the stunningly beautiful scenery and be amused and fascinated by the wildlife. See if you can spot the Big Five while you are in Kenya and also keep an eye out for the more elusive leopard or the lurking crocodile. Another wonderful game viewing option in the Masai Mara is to book a balloon flight. You sail over the African bush silently in a hot air balloon giving you a wonderful perspective on the game below you before landing and enjoying a champagne breakfast. Hard to beat on a honeymoon!

From there it is an easy hop skip and a jump to the beautiful Indian Ocean where you can combine a safari holiday with a luxury beach resort on the Mombasa coast or on the very romantic island of Zanzibar. There is a huge range of accommodation from small boutique hotels to large luxury all inclusive resorts and everything in between. For the romantic there are sailing cruises on a traditional Arabic sailboat called a dhow or perhaps just lazing about on beautiful white sandy beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters. For the more active you can go scuba diving, sailing, deep sea fishing, water skiing and much much more. A safari and beach holiday really is a unbeatable honeymoon for anyone.