Imagine waking up on your wedding day to the warm Kenyan sunrise and the soft purr of distant lions in the wilderness. This dream can become a reality on a Kenyan Safari which incorporate all the magic of Kenya to make this special day truly exceptional.
Kenya Wedding Safari
Some very high profile couples have held their wedding in Kenya lately, and if, like Meghan Markle, you’ve got a wedding to plan, you might appreciate some ideas. Here in Kenya, we can’t promise you a royal castle as a backdrop, but we can magic you away to a fairytale venue.
Picture this: a flowered bower overlooking a sweep of silver beach. The deep blue of the Indian Ocean beyond. A smiling celebrant waiting to tie the knot, a sumptuous banquet laid out for your guests beneath the palms.
And wedding photos with a difference – a barefoot bride dancing on the sand. Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline abounds in superlative hotels, all of which pride themselves on their event capability. We can arrange all the paperwork, provide wedding planners of note, design a tropical bouquet, deliver hair and make-up professionals to rival Hollywood…. and put together a line-up of honeymoon options that’ll send you, literally, over the moon.
Kenya Honeymoon Safari
Your own personal honey-moon might rise over a classic Kenyan safari, or over the minarets of enchanting Lamu. It might shine on nights of romance in the shimmering wilderness of Samburu, or it might give way to sundrenched days of high adventure – climbing Mount Kenya, ballooning over the world famous Masai Mara, horse-riding in the lyrical Chyulu Hills, or sky-diving over world-famous Diani Beach.
Come to Kenya, and let us make you princess for a day… and the queen of your honeymoon.
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Kenya Wedding Safari – Saying yes in Kenya
‘To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, to love and to cherish…’
If you’re planning on saying ‘I do’ in the near future, you’ve probably got a wish list that includes guaranteed blue skies and sunshine for the big day; a wedding venue with a show-stopping backdrop and photo ops galore; a magical honeymoon hideaway that doesn’t require hours on a plane; and the chance to escape the daily grind and encounter wildlife, wilderness and a culture that’s utterly unique. Look no further. We have it all.
Will you Marry me?
Examples of Kenya Wedding Safari
Research has revealed that couples are spending more on their weddings than ever before (the average in 2016 was around US$35,000). Brides are also going to enormous lengths to score points over their friends in the wedding pizzazz stakes. Bouquets now feature fruit and vegetables and are so heavy that they can no longer be thrown (a second one is provided for this purpose), and most have hidden GoPro cameras that allow the bride to film her walk down the aisle.
Meanwhile, if you don’t have your wedding photos taken by an overhead drone – you’re a bridal dinosaur. Come to Kenya to get married, however, and you won’t need to worry about such technological point-scoring because you’ll be able to rely on the sheer gorgeousness of the venue – not only to deliver jaw-dropping images, but also to give you a day that you and your guests will never forget.
Kenya Wedding Safari: ‘Royal’ weddings
If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous couples on the planet and spend your first evening as an engaged couple in front of a roaring log fire in a private pine-log cabin on the slopes of Mount Kenya, then you’ll have to head for Rutundu Cabins.
Remote, rustic and breathtakingly beautiful, Rutundu has many attractions. One of them is the view from the verandah of such soul-stirring brilliance that it prompted (or so the world’s press would have us believe) Prince William to ask Kate Middleton to become his wife.
Others include some panoramic hiking or horse-riding trails amid Kenya’s glorious Afro-Alpine highlands, or the chance to catch some trout from the waters of Lakes Rutundu or Alice. In true romantic style, you can then cook your trout in the time-honoured manner by wrapping it in a parcel of damp mountain grass, and putting it on the log fire.
Rutundu is also one of the few places in the world where your romantic seclusion is unlikely to be disturbed by anything other than the local elephants, buffalo, leopards and hyena. Or by the odd tapping on the window panes by the plentiful malachite sunbirds, because there’s no electricity, no phone signal… and the only way to get to your cabin is by horseback or by hiking 15km up a mountainside. So there’s no excuse for NOT asking the big question. Is there?
Kenya Wedding Safari: Maasai wedding
High on colour and hot on culture, a Maasai wedding ceremony can be arranged in any of Kenya’s iconic wilderness escapes. And it can feature anything from a traditional blessing by the local chief to a guard of honour of Maasai warriors. You might also like to consider appearing in a traditional Maasai costume, or perhaps just a hand-beaded traditional wedding-collar or tiara. As for music, a choir of Maasai maidens is hard to beat, especially when accompanied by leaping warriors.
Kenya Wedding Safari: Billionaire’s mansion
Fancy getting married in a billionaire’s mansion? Then head off to Ol Pejeta House, once the ranch of businessman, Adnan Kashoggi. Set in its own private game conservancy, this stunning mansion can be hired in its entirety complete with personal chefs, two swimming pools and a panoramic wedding site that has already seen the knot tied around some of Kenya’s most fashionable wrists. There’s also a private honeymoon cottage, and the nearby Sweetwaters Tented Camp to accommodate a few hundred of your closest friends.
Kenya Wedding Safari: A wild wedding
For the ultimate in safari weddings, head for one of the best kept secret wedding destinations in East Africa – Nairobi National Park. Just fifteen minutes from the city centre it promises rolling savannah, lions, rhinos, its own mini migration and a collection of idyllic picnic sites that can also double as wedding venues. For a truly green wedding, serve gourmet picnic food in hampers and use the resident trees as your wedding bower.
Kenya Wedding Safari: Out of Africa
Karen Blixen’s story, Out of Africa, still resonates. And her home still stands at the foot of the Ngong Hills, right next door to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, which offers both superlative catering and charming accommodation. Alternatively, do as Karen did, and head up the Ngong Hills, which offer a unique panorama: Nairobi on one side and miles and miles of Africa on the other.
Kenya Wedding Safari: Tropical shower
To those who live in the chill and windy reaches of Northern Europe and North America, nothing is more alluring than the thought of guaranteed sunshine for the big day, blue-chip skies for the pictures, and a gilt-edged invitation to run barefoot along the beaches of the Indian Ocean. Consequently, Kenya’s coastline is one of the world’s hottest beach wedding venues. Many hotels also offer a dive school, where you can arrange for a wedding beneath the waves.
Kenya Wedding Safari: Hot air hitch
If you’d like to avoid the hot air that inevitably surrounds the wedding hype, you might like to consider getting married by balloon. Rising high above the jaded conventions of limousines and horse-drawn carriages, this will allow you to blow into the ceremony on the wind of romance, and hurl your bouquet down to your fighting girlfriends from a basket suspended from a rainbow-coloured globe.
Kenya Wedding Safari: Safari spin
For those in search of a sublimely safari spin on the wedding wardrobe, inspiration can be gleaned from the Nairobi workshop of Anna Trzebinski who merges Maasai and
Samburu inspired beadwork with cashmere, feathers and leather to create a series of unique and exquisite creations.
It’s the very latest trend, an ecologically sound wedding. And with good reason, because the average wedding emits 14.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere while the average person emits 12 tons of CO2 per year. So… how can a Kenyan wedding help you to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding slipper? Here are five gloriously green ideas:
1. Forget the confetti and use rose petals – Kenya is one of the world’s largest rose growers so we’ve got plenty to spare. Alternatively throw birdseed – we have over 1,100 recorded bird species and are considered one of the world’s most rewarding ornithological destinations.
2. Looking for the ideal green wedding gift? Why not allow the bride and groom to help a family in Maasai land by donating a goat or a cow – this will provide nutrition for the family and income to put the children through school.
3. Cut down carbon miles and stage your wedding, your reception and your honeymoon in the same place. We’ve got venues ranging from Indian Ocean idylls to rhino sanctuaries. And guest entertainments from lion-tracking to turtle preservation.
4. Instead of using paper for your place cards, use local leleshwa leaves, which when bruised will emit a subtle camphor fragrance and are traditionally used by
the Maasai as deodorants. Simply print the name of the guest on a tiny piece of paper and pin it to the leleshwa leaf.
5. Cut down on plastic by using recycled water bottles