Honeymoon Safari and Beach
By Chay and Vicki Thornhill
When Chay and Vicki decided on a safari for their honeymoon they enlisted our services to make sure it was the holiday of a lifetime. By using our Gift Registry service they were able to invite family and friends to make donations to their honeymoon...
"We had the most amazing time on Honeymoon and wish we were still there.
Every place we chose was perfect and in exactly the right order.
Elsa's Kopje was the best place to start. We had a great guide (John) so saw loads of game there, including Cheetah (my fav), lion, hippo, croc, rhino(black & white), elephants, giraffe, zebra, tons of different kinds of antelope (Vicki loves Dik Diks). Tons of great birds as well. The food was great too.
Saruni at Samburu was an amazing location, the views from the top of the rocks were simply stunning. We didn't see as much game here, but did track a lovely leapard for ages, it came right by the vehicle as well. We had two younger guides here, but they were great fun.
Kizingo was amazing. Such a perfect place, secluded, private, and the people (Mary Jo & Louis) were so welcoming. The evenings in the bar were really great fun, and again the food was lovely. It was really hot in Lamu, but we coped as the sea wasn't far, and we went snorkelling one day too.
Manda Bay was a great place to complete our amazing honeymoon, with the extra luxury there. The food here was really great, and the pool was perfect to cool down in..."
"Thanks to everyone's generous contributions, we enjoyed the most amazing Honeymoon in Kenya. We started our trip with a night at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi to refresh and unwind after the flight from London.
From here we flew to Meru National Park. The least visited of Kenya’s national parks and reserves, Meru is an unspoiled wilderness. It was here that George and Joy Adamson returned Elsa the lioness to the wild as depicted in the film, Born Free. We spent three nights in the fabulous honeymoon suite at Elsa’s Kopje, a three level room, with breathtaking views, most definitely Elsa’s pride! We saw the most amazing wildlife here, including Elephant, Hippo, Rhino, Lion and the fantastic cheetah.....
Our next stop was the new Saruni Samburu where we spent two nights on safari.
Located seven kilometres north of Samburu National Reserve, Saruni Samburu is surrounded by 95,000 hectares of private wildlife conservancy. Perched on top of a spectacular viewpoint, the lodge has just six rooms overlooking numerous waterholes where elephant, leopard, giraffe and zebra gather to drink. Our highlight here was tracking a gorgeous leopard for a day.
From Samburu, we flew to the coast. We had five nights chilling at the fantastically laid back Kizingo on Lamu Island. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela.
Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. We loved relaxing on our own private beach, keeping cool with dips in the sea, and sipping cocktails in the great beachside bar. Evenings were spent enjoying wonderful food and more cocktails whilst gazing at the star filled night sky. Our hosts were fantastic, and made Kizingo the perfect honeymoon location. We snorkeled at a local island, and even watched turtles hatching on the beach.
Our final destination was Manda Bay, an exclusive resort located on the north western tip of Manda Island, one of the unspoiled islands that make up the Lamu archipelago. We spent three nights here in a beachfront cottage. Our highlight here was an evening cruise on a traditional dhow, watching a classic African sunset.
From Manda Bay, We flew back to Nairobi for the return flight to London."