While we have a number of itineraries custom-designed for honeymooners in our archives as well as posted online, we’re always excited to see what some of our valued industry partners think is best. Today we’ve asked Emily over at Andrea Hugo Associates to share with us her idea of a perfect Africa honeymoon itinerary!
Planning your honeymoon can be one of the most exciting aspects of wedding planning. There are hundreds of destinations to choose from but we’re convinced that East Africa is the perfect destination from which to start the biggest adventure of your life! The Bushtops Camp Collection’s three Wild Luxury camps, along with a stay at the House of Waine in Nairobi, create the perfect Honeymoon Safari.
Your Honeymoon can take place in any order, but for the sake of simplicity we have assumed you start in Nairobi, Kenya; where we recommend two nights at the House of Waine to recover from your long journey. Originally a family house, situated in the quiet Karen neighborhood, it was lovingly converted to a boutique hotel and features 11 bedrooms of unique design in an exclusive and serene setting.
From Nairobi, you’ll head to the bush to experience the best of the Masai Mara and Serengeti on safari. Your honeymoon would include 3 nights in each of Bushtops’ three camps: Mara Bushtops in Kenya and both Serengeti Bushtops and Roving Bushtops in Tanzania. All of Bushtops’ guests enjoy Wild Luxury, but we make sure honeymooners receive extra-special attention. As a newly married couple, we treat you like royalty, assigning you to specially-appointed honeymooner tents, where a bottle of bubbly awaits you. A private bush breakfast adds another memorable moment.
The words ‘exclusive’ and ‘luxurious’ are often exaggerations: at Mara Bushtops they fit like a glove. Watching from your own 100 square meter private deck as an abundance of wildlife congregates around the adjacent salt lick is, literally, unforgettable. Having your butler draw your hot tub after a spectacular game drive is heavenly. Delving into the well-stocked wine cellar and enjoying superb cooking simply adds to the magic. Together, these experiences create an oasis of five-star luxury, blending peace with adventure – and first-class comfort with unforgettable sights and smells, sounds and sensations.
One of the crowning glories of Mara Bushtops is the Amani Spa, where you can enjoy anything from a massage to a facial, hydrotherapy session to skin treatments, fitness workout to a sauna, Jacuzzi to a swim.
Serengeti Bushtops is an oasis of 5-star luxury within one of the world’s most magical settings. Picture yourself gazing out over the stunning scenery of the Serengeti. Imagine returning from safari and watching the sun set from the comfort of your tent’s private hot tub. Consider the thrill of watching the annual migration thunder across the mighty Mara River. Or simply revel in the thought of being pampered by your butler and our friendly staff, before enjoying our fabulous cooking and fine wines in the comfort of our restaurant and shared spaces.
Located an hour’s flight from the Serengeti Bushtops, Roving Bushtops sits proudly in the heart of the Central Serengeti, at Seronera. Not only does this superb location provide exceptional year-round game viewing for our guests, it means that for half the year (usually from November to May) we are within reach of the migrating wildebeest and zebra herds – and their attendant predators. As a luxury camp on wheels, it combines the glamour of its siblings with the excitement of game drive camping, to create the most thrilling of safari experiences. When you leave, we know that unforgettable memories will combine with the knowledge that you have left no environmental footprint whatsoever, helping to preserve one of the most special places on earth.
This combination of Wild Luxury, safari adventure, first class facilities and blissful relaxation in Kenya and Tanzania will prove to be the perfect start to a life full of wonderful memories together and make for a perfect Africa honeymoon itinerary!