Top Honeymoon Destinations in East Africa

For the intrepid traveler, East Africa offers the ultimate fun field at any given season. From vast stretches of sunny and sandy beaches, ancient cultures, world heritage sites as well as bounteous wildlife roaming the hundreds of natural habitats. This is not to say that romance and intimacy cannot be achieved, in fact some of the most celebrated honeymoon resorts, luxury camps and private islands are found on the region. From exclusive cabins in Vamizi island to moonlit cruises on the Nile, and air-borne safaris across jungles; here is the region’s top honeymoon spots as recommended by real travelers who have booked their first post-nuptial holiday with




While Vamizi is nestled in the serene environs of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Paradise Islands (Santa Carolina) is the most accessible of Bazaruto’s five islands. The two jewels rival each other in sheer charm, presenting a dilemma to any couple dreaming of pure indulgence and intimacy. Both are circled by the still, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with mangrove forests, river deltas, and ancient fishing villages dotting the shorelines and quietly binding the territory. While Paradise Island was a hit with lovers and wealthy Rhodesians before the Mozambican war –the shadows of the abandoned resorts have actively come to live as forts of solitude and exclusivity. Vamizi on the other hand retains her charm, which was very well immortalized in the words of iconic Daniel Craig of James Bond who claimed to have left a piece of his very bold heart on the crescent shaped isle!




If you are looking for nature in its most virgin form, Serengeti in Tanzania has more than just character. The location, activities, wildlife and the general panorama is excellent. Depending on your budget, you can chose any of the relatively simple but excellent in service lodges or splash on the luxurious cottages such as Singita Ssasakwa Lodge. The difference is all in the century old-furnishings in the manor houses, rustic trinkets and antique fireplaces with a great resemblance to royal grandiose. The guiding, game drives, menus, balloon rides and outdoor activities will mostly offer a common denominator for any couple starting off at Serengeti.



Yearning for a rustic, out of Africa honeymoon setting? Masai Mara, will shower honors on your travel diaries! You can opt for lazy days in one of the many luxury camps, while sipping your favorite cocktail along the river banks, or join the Masai community in their daily rituals. The Mara is also renown for hosting the greatest animal migration, and if you say ‘I do’ in the right month, then you will join the millions of explorers who have traversed continents to witness the wildebeest migration! If rustic and not luxury describes your inner style, try taking up the camping option, and al-fresco your couple baths right under the indigo sun sets!


ZANZIBAR – Ultimate Sun downer cruises


For the ultimate and most giving beach honeymoon, Zanzibar is your best option! The Indian Ocean Archipelago is easily accessible from Dar es salaam via ferry or on a flight from Nairobi. Zanzibar offers a timeless experience with cultural and heritage sites in Stone town such as House of Wonders and the MuseumPalace. Beyond the stone walls is a beach ablaze with activity, it’s a great location for fresh sea food as well as discovering Swahili cuisine. No trip is complete without a visit to the Spice Island of Pemba, and the eco-mooners can also make a nightly sojourn on Chumbe Island for an exploration of the famous Chumbe Island Coral Park. Still a day on your itinerary? Take a quick flight to the mainland for a drive in the nearest park before kicking it back on shore in time for a sun downer cruise.


NAIVASHA and the Rift Region


For just less than two hours on the road, you will have bade farewell to the urban capital of Nairobi and said hello to the charming countryside of Naivasha. The countryside has numerous boutique hotels designed in the pre and colonial times, depicting a romantic fairytale that defies all odds. The Rift Valley region is home to numerous lakes, boasting of abundant birdlife as well as other features such as cliffs, rocks and the popular Hell’s Gate, home to the Lion Kings domicile. It’s a great destination for couples keen on exploration, rather than relaxation.




For those keen on kicking off bucket-list items before, the little ones show up, trekking gorilla’s in Rwanda would make for a great idea. It’s however important that you make proper arrangements prior to walking down the aisle. Make sure your body is ready for the uphill task, get all your vaccinations and book your permits if need be. There are great lodges in Volcanoes Park (French:Parc National des Volcans) – the northern extension of Virunga Mountains, to welcome you with a few honeymoon treats as well as plan your excursions.

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  1. Avatar GATHONI September 13th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    There seems to be a pre conceived an pre determined scheme by the so called ICC to make sure that some suspects get a conviction..even the ignorant an blind cannont fail to notice some curious Rulings emanating from the court…one is left wondering whether this is a legal or political court..

  2. Avatar derek September 13th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    This process is all but balderdash. A court system that allows and has already made up its mind on charges that do not even exist. Did the so=called PNU ask people to rape the children and women in Kisumu? Rubbish court

  3. Avatar Moto Keeprawteach Jr September 13th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    it is just a political court for Africans who doesn’t get along with the west

  4. Avatar Malema-ZM September 14th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    why are africans and AU in particular watching Gaddafi to be killed by foreign dogs. just because these so called rich country that are lacking in resources have to use force to murder our leaders as we watch and then rape our resources. for how long is this nonsense going to be tolerated? our leaders murdered by outsiders

  5. Avatar Beverly W Shieunda September 14th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    let the ICC do its work, we failed to set up the tribunal here in the country and after all, we know what could have happened if it was set up, so why are we pretending.

  6. Avatar sam kim September 14th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    wonder if it was raila how some of you could have comment


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