There is nothing quite like celebrating a special occasion on an African safari. From the untamed natural beauty stretching before you and breathtaking landscapes of the savannah to sightings of iconic wildlife and world-renowned cuisines, your trip will be one to remember for all time. Whether you are simply looking for a romantic getaway with your loved one, a special place to ask that all-important question or to celebrate an anniversary, or even the perfect honeymoon destination, Africa has it all. Here are some of the top special celebrations that you and your loved ones can enjoy in the African bush:
There are several options to choose from when it comes to deciding where to celebrate being a year older. The Giraffe Manor in Kenya, an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land, is a good place to start. What could be more thrilling than a luxury stay with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes and elephants? You could also visit the Masai Mara National Reserve or Zanzibar in Tanzania, for a bit of outdoor fun. Go all out and tick skydiving off your bucket list or settle in for nice long scintillating spa session. It’s your day, after all, so go do whatever makes it most memorable.
You’ve gotten the ring, memorized the words, and even practiced which knee to go down on; the only thing left is where to pop the question. Not to worry, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has got you covered. The best part is that you can easily bring the staff of your lodge or camp in on the proposal. They can help you find the perfect spot and set up the scene like a regular picnic until the opportune moment. The African sunset is legendary and proposing at the height of the golden orange horizon is as magical and romantic as it gets. Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged in Africa – who knows what memories are in store for you and your spouse?
Bachelor’s Eve/Bridal Shower
The days leading up to your wedding can be quite hectic, especially with all the planning involved. So release all that stress with a well-deserved party to celebrate your last days as a single person. Nairobi, Capetown, and many other African capital cities offer parties unlike any other. Some even offer limo services to complete the event. If you’d rather stay indoors, consider indulging in a spa retreat and pamper yourselves on this special night.
Say your vows and tie the knot with your partner in one of the most scenic locations on the planet. Make it a nuptial never to forget by celebrating against the backdrop of a luxurious safari landscape with the wild animals cheering you two on in the distance. For instance, the Porini safari camps in Kenya offer immaculate wilderness and privacy with a beautiful natural theme. Governors Camps is another idyllic paradise where you even have the option to have your wedding in a hot air balloon! Talk about an unforgettable experience.
There’s also the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, a fairy tale retreat of Tarangire Treetops with luxurious decked suites supported in widely spaced giant baobab trees. These giant trees mean ample shade for the ceremony, while the area itself overlooks a woodland waterhole well-frequented by elephants, ungulates and speckled avian life. The wedding process is quite straightforward as long as you follow the regulations and properly register with the relevant authorities. What’s more? You could even include the Masai traditional customs and blessings for an exciting and spiritual experience and to set your nuptial apart.
Regardless of how many years or decades have passed since you said, “I do”, celebrating your anniversary on a safari is the perfect opportunity to energize your relationship. Unlike a honeymoon where newlyweds are often just excited to unwind after long weeks or months of preparations, a successful anniversary trip may require more strategic planning. Luckily, safari camps like Masai Mara National Reserve, Kruger National Park and even the Serengeti can accommodate special requests. Simply inform them beforehand and they will provide pull out all stops to ensure you and your spouse discover a new part of the world—and a new side of your relationship.
Renewal of Vows
Couples wishing to renew their vows can get it done in their choice of magnificent and romantic locations across Africa’s breathtaking safaris and pristine beaches. The best part is that the process requires very little paperwork, so you can get right into enjoying the fantastic scenes and natural wonders before you. For instance, the Kapama Southern Camp in South Africa’s Kruger park offers a wonderful escape, boasting abundant wildlife, scrumptious African-inspired cuisines, and majestic four-poster beds with moonlit nights and the one you love around you…. You might be tempted to renew your vows every week!
An African safari is the perfect way to celebrate beginning your new married life together. The combination of luxury camps, roaming wildlife and remote wilderness will find you and your partner overwhelmed by the vast and varied beauty that Africa has to offer. Many safari destinations like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and the Amboseli National Park in Kenya offer accommodation options suited to honeymooners. Order room service or stay in a hotel with Jacuzzi overlooking the majestic plains. You can also head on to Zanzibar or Diani Beach as your romantic honeymoon destination.
There is simply nothing like the romance of safari so no matter the reason for your celebration, you can be sure of having the time of your lives.
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