Well & Wild: How To Have A Safari Spa Honeymoon
Torn between a chilled spa ‘moon and a thrilling safari? Have both with these epic ‘spafari’ trips.
Safari: Critter-spot from the pool
The view from the infinity pool at Kifaru House makes for a once-in-a-lifetime dip; vast ecru grasslands, Mount Kenya and, if you’re lucky, a rhino plodding across the horizon. Kifaru calls the 65,000-acre Lewa Conservancy home, as does Africa’s healthiest population of black and white rhinos, making it a great place to see the most endangered member of the Big Five. Mornings and evenings are spent on 4X4 drives (for horseback safaris) in search of lions, cheetahs and rare Grevy’s zebras. Back at the house, the thatched cottages are less ‘cosy and cute’ and more ‘spacious love nest’, with sink-into-me-four-posters, airy en-suites and private verandahs with views across zebra-flecked plains.
Indulge in royal romance
A 30-minute trundle deeper into the Conservancy, you’ll find the brilliantly authentic Lewa Safari Camp, with 11 Meru-style tents and views of grazing impalas. The tented rooms have polished mahogany floors, thatched roofs (listen for nesting bush babies) and sturdy canvas walls. If you can’t spot the elephants from your private verandah, there are twice-daily drives with impeccable guides, who’ll pack up a bush breakfast so you can feast while watching buffalo. With conservation a key focus, Lewa is a firm favourite with the A-list. Prince William even proposed to Kate Middleton here – and if ti’s good enough for a duchess…
Sleep under the stars
It’s hard not to envisage the opening scene of The Lion King as you take in the expansive Laikipia plains from Loisaba Tented Camp, perched high on the edge of a crater. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the nine super-luxe tented rooms mean this pinch-yourself panorama is always in sight (you might even spot giraffes from your bed). For more bedroom sightseeing swap your tent for a Star Bed. Located a 15-minute drive away, the Star Bed camp sees your four-poster rolled out onto a raised verandah each night, so you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the bush (listen for the soul-stirring sound of lions roaring in the far distance).
This article was originally published in the August/September issue of Brides Magazine UK.