Kenya is an ideal destination for a romantic safari, with dramatic scenery creating a colourful backdrop against which romance is sure to follow. This is archetypal Africa, with sweeping savannah plains, vast herds of wildlife and incredible activities set to invigorate any anniversary, honeymoon or any other occaison where you want romance to be part of the holiday experience. Get a closer look at many of Africa's most famous inhabitants, with huge concentrations of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle longingly followed by a host of big cat predators including cheetah, lion and leopard. Giraffes, elephants, buffalo and warthogs are also waiting to be spotted. There are many places to visit in this beautiful country from the Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru, where hundreds of flamingo flock each year, or Amboseli National Park, near to the Tanzanian boarder, with the goliath Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the background.
If you really want to get in touch with the natural world around you then heading to Kenya's north will provide the means to do so. Escape the crowds of the Mara for a much more remote and secluded experience. Enjoying a safari in parks such as Shaba Reserve or Samburu will allow for this, as well as giving guests special sightings of unique creatures such as beisa oxryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and gernuk. Many couples looking for romantic locations are also making their way to ranches in the Laikipia Plateau, a result of the diverse range of luxury accommodation on offer, with lodges like Loisaba heightening the romance with beds out under the stars and a variety of activities ranging from canoeing to quad biking.
Safaris in Kenya include a wide variety of things to keep you occupied and splice the romance with a bit of action. Take to the bush by foot on a daring walking safari and enjoy the thrill of an exciting game drive. Soar high above the vast lands below on a romantic hot air balloon ride and treat your taste buds to sumptuous cuisine with dinners by candlelight under a beautiful starlit sky. The camps and lodges in Kenya will go out of their way to provide all manner of extra special romantic touches to complete the experience and make sure your stay is one memorable and unique. A safari, even one organised to be as romantic as possible can be quite a busy affair but there is always plenty of time to relax. In-between game drives and activities you can take a break by the pool or simply immerse yourself in the stunning scenery surrounding you.
However, if you feel you could use even more time to top up your tan and take it easy then Kenya has plenty of beaches nearby to offer their services. Visit Mombasa and take a dip in the tropical warm waters of the Indian Ocean or just off the Kenyan coast discover the islands of Lamu and Manda or relax on the soft white beaches of Zanzibar. You can even combine Kenya with Mauritius or the Seychelles, it's all down to you and what kind of beach experience you're after.
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