This is a 14 day safari including the day you arrive and the day you return home.
Day 1: Arrive in Kenya
After arriving in Kenya, we will transfer you to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.
Days 2 to 4: Elsa’s Kopje
You will be transferred to Wilson Airport for a light aircraft charter flight taking you into the Meru National Park where you stay for three nights at Elsa’s Kopje (fully inclusive of meals and activities).
Kenya provides a beautiful location for a once in a lifetime safari for both you and your spouse with some fantastic safari memories. Kenya has some of the most luxurious lodges for the perfect African safari honeymoon.
Elsa’s Kopje is located on a huge rocky outcrop with views in all directions across the Meru National Park. The safari lodge is so named because it is the site of George and Joy Adamson’s first camp where Elsa and other lions were reared.
The Meru National Park is located east of Mount Kenya and has rich areas of open savannah, woodland and regions of swamp. In the distance are ranges of hills which receive considerably more rainfall than Meru and from which flow fifteen rivers and streams, which pass through the park, providing abundant water for the wildlife and birds.
Meru is a success story of conservation as during the early 1990’s the area was at the mercy of poachers who reduced the animal numbers there. Subsequently, with the arrival of Elsa’s Kopje and under the energetic guidance of the park warden, Mark Jenkins, international funds have been raised to protect the national park and the animals are flourishing again and growing in numbers in this fertile and attractive location.
On your luxury honeymoon safari at Meru you can expect to see good herds of elephant, lion, over a dozen types of antelope ranging from waterbuck to eland, hartebeest and dik dik, buffalo, many giraffe and a wide range of other creatures. Game viewing is carried out by open vehicle, during the day and at night, when a spot light is used, and you can also enjoy walking safaris from the lodge with an armed guide and national park scout.
Elsa’s Kopje is one of the most imaginatively designed lodges in East Africa with nine individually designed thatched stone built rondavels dotted all over the kopje in private locations, each with amazing views. Most have a bath with a view and all have large bed, comfortable safari furniture and built in veranda. There is a spacious thatched bar, lounge and dining lodge, all of which have superb views across Meru and there is an ‘infinity’ pool set right on the edge of the kopje where you can cool off between safaris with the sights and sounds of Africa all around you. The atmosphere at Elsa’s Kopje is one of peaceful relaxation and the standard of cuisine is exceptionally good – all supervised by Ava, your highly competent hostess.
Days 5 to 7: Cottars Camp
You will be transferred to the airstrip where you board your light aircraft charter flight to Nanyuki. On arrival you will be met and assisted with boarding a scheduled flight departing at 1000 to Mara. On arrival at 1130 you will be met and taken by 4×4 to Cottars’ 1920’s Camp where you stay for three nights (fully inclusive of meals and activities).
Cottars’ 1920’s Camp is a superb and stylish camp on a vast 22,000 acre private area of land in the heart of the Masai Mara. The safari camp is set on a hilltop with views for a dozen miles across rolling hills and expansive open plains dotted with acacia trees which are the setting for the world’s biggest animal migration between July and September as one and a half million wildebeest and zebra pass through the Mara. Your honeymoon safari will be an experience like no other.
Cottars is owned and run by Calvin and Louise Cottar who have been operating safaris in the Masai Mara for many years and who know their private conservancy and the entire Masai Mara Reserve intimately. The camp is very traditional with huge white canvas tents, open at the sides during the day, with proper beds, comfortable furniture and en suite w.c and shower, and from the chairs at the front of your tent you can enjoy the fine views across the plains. The camp is run with a good sense of style and the standard of food and service is excellent. Because it is set on a large private reserve you can enjoy walking with an armed guide, tracking animals through the bush and game viewing by vehicle during the day and at night, knowing that you will encounter no other tourists or vehicles. You can also venture further afield into other parts of the Mara following the huge migrating herds and seeing countless lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, elephant and buffalo in the company of Calvin and his other highly expert guides.
More so than any other camp in East Africa, Cottars manages to combine simplicity with a real sense of relaxed style and inspired guiding, cuisine and attention to detail, all of which goes to create an unforgettable African safari.
Days 8 to 13: Funzi Keys
After lunch you will be transferred to the airstrip where you board a scheduled flight departing at 1400 to Ukunda. On arrival at 1600 you will be met and taken by road and boat to Funzi Keys where you stay for six nights (all inclusive).
Funzi Keys is probably the most luxurious beach hideaway for a honeymoon in Africa. Situated on a private island 15 minutes by light aircraft from the Kenya Coast, the island accommodates guests in nine huge thatched buildings inspired by typical Omani architecture. Inside is a vast ‘bedroom’ with four-poster bed, jacuzzi with a view and Omani furnishings, an open-fronted lounge with sofas and low tables.
The owners, Alessandro Torriani and his wife Claudia, are usually there and they charmingly and unobtrusively keep in touch with each guest to discuss what they would like to do each day and what you would like to eat and drink – there are no menus.
Funzi Keys has an enormous pool and wide range of water sports including snorkelling. You can also go deep-sea fishing in the nearby Pemba Channel where the enormous catches attract sports fishermen from all over the world. Guests often like to simply explore the island with its pretty creeks, spectacular bird life. Snorkellers and divers will want to visit the owner’s private islands to the south where there are marvellous reefs and hundreds of species of fish. There is a small beach in front of the lodge and a superb private white sandy beach a few hundred yards away by boat.
The atmosphere is private and relaxed with superb cuisine and dinner can be prepared to order and enjoyed by your own campfire on the beach outside your lodge, in the dining room or on board a dhow moored just offshore. The dhow can also be used for dreamy sunset cruises around the islands when you just want to wind down and enjoy a romantic evening.
Kenya combines an overland African safari with a beach break perfectly, as romance and tranquilty are the main factors of this remote luxury honeymoon safari.
Day 14: Flying home
During the afternoon you will be returned to Mombasa Airport for flight back to Nairobi to connect with your onward flight home.